Make the room go dark again! – JD, 5
My house is becoming more beautiful every day. I’m so proud of the little tweaks we’re making – I’ve yet to show you the new eBay bargain wall hangings we have in the kitchen, but today, I want to show you a big change we made this week – a new lounge blind from Hillarys.
The man who came to measure up took just minutes to tell us what type of blind would work best – vertical blinds, as it turns out, are best for sliding patio doors like ours, as they slide entirely out the way when you need them to, and fill the space well.
He then handed over a swatch pack. He was incredibly patient as I flitted between being sure I wanted a neutral tone to being tempted by deep purples and cute motifs. Head won over heart and I selected a milky coffee colour that I knew would work well with the room’s colour scheme. He was able to tell me the price including fitting (£205) there and then and we booked in a fitting date (about ten days hence).
On the day and bang on time, the lovely man from Hillarys arrived and had the blind fitted in under 20 minutes.
I was a bit amazed actually. It was also virtually mess and noise free – the only noisy bit being when he fitted the child safety cord, and that was only for a few seconds – and he swept up the dust afterwards.
I am absolutely delighted with the difference it has made to the room. When fully closed, the blind blocks out a large proportion of the sun and heat, which means our greenhouse-like living room is actually cool enough to sit in during the midday hours for the first time in weeks. I also think it looks great and fits the space perfectly.
Drawn back, the blind takes up very little space and is so well tucked into the recess that it doesn’t get in the way of the glass doors at all.
Up top, the little bits that connect the blind strips to the track are the bits that deal with the most stress, I’m told, so they’re made from clear plastic. Apparently this helps them to last longer as the sun passes through them, rather than being absorbed, which eventually makes plastic brittle.
At the bottom, the sections hang neatly together and look stylish.
The child safety device was fitted half way up the wall and means we don’t have to worry about the dangers of a long, trailing cord. It’s discreet and keeps things neat – best of all it comes as standard with all Hillarys blinds, so it’s great to know other homes are also getting that level of safety built in. If you don’t already have these devices on your blinds, I’d strongly recommend checking out Make It Safe for more info on why it’s so important.
I’m absolutely delighted with our blind and would thoroughly recommend the Hillarys service.
And if you’re wondering where we got all the cute wall stickers from, they’re part of the bargainous range on sale in Kiddicare. Well worth a look if you want to make your decor kid-friendly without resorting to brightly coloured paints.
Disclosure: we had a blind fitted for the purposes of this review. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.