The wise sayings on Henry Ford and why we help you make a choice

Apart from your friendly local Goth there aren’t too many people who subscribe to the Henry Ford school of thought when it comes to colour choice.

The American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company famously said: ‘Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.’

Thankfully manufacturers swiftly moved on from that dictatorial attitude, and all imaginable colours are now available. Car specs vary enormously even within the same model range. You might even think we’ve moved too far in the opposite direction, with too much choice.

Even buying a cup of coffee is no longer the simple process it once was, for example, and a bewildering range is set before you at Costa, Starbucks or whichever coffee empire is your favoured brand.

At My DIY Blinds we like to offer the greatest possible choice. Here is the big difference, though — we don’t want you to be frustrated by the immense range which might leave you wondering where to start.

Instead we offer clear guidance on the type of blind that will best meet your needs and even the type of fabric or colour choice that matches your taste.

We’re always happy for you to pick our brains over the phone and we also provide clear guides that show you how to measure up before placing your order and then clear fitting instructions in written and video form.

If you’re shopping for blinds and need help to kick-start your browsing please start here, via this link to our Guide to Choosing Blinds for Windows and Doors

We’ll walk you through the process and narrow everything down, before taking you through our simple, four-step process to ordering here

 

 

More notable Henry Ford quotations *

• If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

• My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

• If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

• Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

• When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

• You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

• Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

 

And finally, perhaps our favourite at My Diy Blinds…

• Quality means doing it right when no one is looking!

* Source: Brainyquotes.com

Whatever else keeps you awake at night, make sure it’s not unwanted light

It’s amazing the lengths some people have to go to in order to get a good night’s sleep.

We met a woman who was reduced to sleeping in a broom cupboard – yes, truly! – because it was the only way she could escape the night-time noise from outside her flat.

Other people’s methods of securing good sleeping conditions might not be quite as drastic, but they do mean taking unusual steps.

Some people wear earplugs, others use an eye mask, while others resort to sleeping in separate rooms to avoid their other half’s snoring.

Regrettably, we can’t do anything about your partner’s night-time snorts, but we had some interesting feedback on our TrustPilot page, from a customer who had a specific reason for ordering blackout blinds.

Dr Ian Gibson, from the United States, wrote about his experience, and his comments raise several interesting points.

He says: ‘I had blackout blinds made to complement another set of blinds in my main bedroom, thereby getting rid of the need to wear an eye mask at night. They do the job well. I’m happy with the quality of the blind and I’m happy with the look of it.

‘I think the company gave me more material (i.e. more drop) than I asked for, which is great, because I can actually decide whether to drop it to window sill level or below for extra blackout.’

But it’s not just the product that left Dr Gibson so happy. We always stress the importance of correct measuring before ordering and we offer guides to show customers how to do this, something that Dr Gibson appreciated.

He says: ‘I took a long time working out measurements (measuring and double-checking etc) and it paid dividends, because this blind fits amazingly well. It also means I can do away with fussy curtains in the bedroom and have more of a sleek, contemporary look.’

And there was one final bonus that Dr Gibson appreciates, one that hadn’t previously occurred to him. He says: ‘It even freed up a corner from curtains so that I could display a shelf.

‘I also like the fact that the blinds came on a metallic support role. And I’m glad I went for the chrome pull cord. I went for a pattern on the blind, tpp, because I wanted to be more adventurous than I normally am, and I have to say, I really like the pattern and quality of material.’

We hope Dr Gibson’s comments are of help to you, and that you feel encouraged to explore our site and send for samples.

Or you can find out more about our blackout blinds – complete with 12-month guarantee – here

And remember – blackout blinds don’t need to be dark colours.

View our full range here!

Top tips on creating a great space to study

At this time of year, there’s no getting round the fact that holidays are well behind us and it’s time to get down to some serious studying, whether you’re a student or a parent with children of school age at home – or whether you are one of the burgeoning army of people who work from home.
Work space here can often be cramped and cluttered – particularly if it’s in a young person’s bedroom. Not exactly what you need to encourage them to get on with the difficult business of homework!

So here are our top tips on creating a great space to study.

Set the tone
Create a calm and pleasing space. Make sure your study area is quiet and fairly tidy. If the space is for you to be working at home you could find it stressful, so keep your study space as free from noise and distractions as possible.

Tranquillity
It’s important to make your space tranquil. Decorate the walls in soothing, plain colours in your work area, such as sage greens and duck egg blues. These are cheerful without being too vibrant.

Time saving tidiness
Make sure you clear the floor space. Clutter easily builds up in a work space and can make it hard for you to find materials you need easily, which costs time.

Floor with a purpose
Laminate or wooden flooring is ideal in a study as you can more easily wheel a desk chair on it. This type of flooring also gives a contemporary, attractive feel to the space. It’s also a help if you find a dust-free environment, because this saves you from allergies and sneezing.


Storage
Choice of desk
Next, think about a good table or desk. Laptops on your knees can lead to aches and pains, no matter how young you are. A decent desk starts at just a few pounds, but if you’re a stylish, studying adult you can go to town – it all depends what you feel will make you work well (and what you can afford, of course!)

A place for everything and everything in its place — that’s the next most important thing. So make sure you have plenty of storage space.

Under-bed storage can be incredibly useful in this respect, with the help of some suitable boxes that you can pull in and out as required — you might want to consider boxes with wheels.

Equally important is shelving, particularly if you need to keep a lot of books in order. Again, sturdy shelving can be achieved on a tight budget, or you can splash out on a real style statement to complement your designer desk if required.

Make it easy for your eyes
Lighting is important in a study, particularly if it’s part of a larger room – a pool of light can help create a sense of privacy and promote concentration. Buy a good desk lamp to create a pool of light to work in.


So … you’re all ready to study. Of course, we can’t make you or your children actually get down to some work – but at least now you have no excuse!
By day, direct sunlight can be distracting, so invest in some good Made to measure Wooden or Vertical blinds that you can slant to control the amount of light flooding into your work space. They can also look contemporary and chic.

Which hues should you choose for your child’s bedroom?

So many things come together to influence the atmosphere of a room. Smells, sounds, temperature, light and furnishings all play their part, but above all else there is one key element. Colour.

The way we decorate our living spaces has a major impact on how we enjoy our properties, but it can go much deeper than that.

Colour can also affect how we behave, so parents are taking a keen interest in the hues they choose for their children’s bedrooms.

It’s a delicate balancing act. You want to inspire and encourage lively exploration of topics that will enrich young minds, but at bedtime you want to be sure all is calm, ready for sleep.

Youngsters are super-sensitive to colour so it’s important to get it right.

We’re not saying you risk major psychological scars if you get it wrong, but it’s worth taking care, because even though research has uncovered the secrets of how colour influences our minds, every person is different.

What to avoid
It’s important to understand your child and how their room might affect them.

If you have a child who doesn’t settle easily, for example, red might not be the best choice for the predominant colour. Fine as a highlight for an alcove or a made to measure blind, but not for every wall.

Inspiration and co-operation
Pull back from full red and go for orange instead, because it is still warm and friendly but inspires confidence and independence. It is also said to put children at ease, so it’s good for promoting a good atmosphere for when others visit to play.

childrens room cars print
Single windows

Broom-broom – show us a children’s room without a car and we’ll show you a Disney character without a smile, which is why our transport-themed roller blind is always a big winner

Happy colour?
In the UK we look upon yellow as a spring or summery colour — must be something to do with all the daffodils that mark the end of winter — so if you’re aiming for happiness in your child’s room this is an excellent choice.

Research has also shown that yellow promotes concentration. But if you go overboard you tip the scales towards unrest and even anger.

Going green
Another colour associated with nature, this will soothe and encourage feelings of comfort. In such a relaxed atmosphere it is found to promote reading skills.

Calm down with a spot of the blues
If your child is prone to tantrums or other challenges with their behaviour blue might be a good choice. It is said to reduce anxiety levels and has been found to lower blood pressure and heart rates.

Left in a purple haze
This is the royal colour, so not surprisingly we look to this for self-confidence. It is also seen as promoting creativity and for some reason compassion. This is another colour that should not be overdone. Restrict it to highlights.

In the pink
Just for girls? Probably. But even girls can have short-lived loyalty to this brightest of colours, so rather than a full-on pink transformation, stick to artwork or posters which can easily be removed when the phase passes.

* For more:  Checkout the Complete Book of Colour by Suzy Chiazzar