The month in blinds – the nights are drawing in!

Well I’m not sure where the summer went but suddenly it’s late September and the Edinburgh morning’s are getting darker and chillier –  next step the central heating will be on and it’ll be dark by teatime!

August proved to be a  busy month for us at Portobello Blinds – the fact that the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe were going on didn’t deter our customers from getting on with the job. Luckily September has been likewise – in the first few weeks of the month there’s not many areas of the city we haven’t ventured to – as well as a nice sprinkling of jobs on our doorstep in Portobello and Duddingston we’ve also installed blinds in Leith ,Corstorphine, Abbeyhill, Mussleburgh, Liberton and North Berwick amongst others. As usual the reason that folks have been wanting blinds are many and varied – we’ve had a full range from requests for a simple roller blind or venetian blind for newly decorated kitchens, blackout blinds for new babies bedrooms, vertical blinds for a conservatory, roman blinds to replace some that weren’t quite long enough, a couple of new builds jobs where the customers were after some inspiration and ideas for their blank canvasses and a request from London for some roller blinds in a five bedroom student flat in Marchmont which the landlord had never visited!

Probably the most popular style in the last month or so has been wooden venetians in a white finish – and it’s easy to understand why. they look fab when they’re up – so clean,modern and stylish AND at a fraction of the cost of wooden shutters.

I think though that my favourite blind we’ve  fitted over the last few weeks was the pleated blind we supplied to a local family in Portobello. They had recently completely gutted and redecorated their basement tenement flat living room – including sanding the floor and painting the floor-boards white to match the white walls. When I went round for a home visit it was clear they were looking for something extra special to finish off the job – and they certainly chose it by opting for an amazing pleated blind which features the latest ‘Hive’ technology. This gives the blind a cellular stucture which not only looks great but also has fantastic insulation properties – ideal for an Edinburgh tenement! The other bonus of this blind was that it was also in blackout fabric which meant that when they had family visitors kipping on the living room sofa bed they would get a good night’s sleep. The colour they chose was Espresso – it looks amazing though I feel my photos don’t do it justice!

Notable runner up this month was the amazing large roller blind in Mezza Gris fabric (basically big grey and white chevrons – you’ll find it and many other great fabrics at which we installed in a beautifully renovated kitchens french doors. Love it.  Have a look at the photos of some of these jobs below – there are loads more at our Portobello Blinds Facebook page so be sure to have a look/like at that as well. Thanks for reading folks

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