I really love natural light which is one of the reasons I am not so keen on the winter months with the shorter duller days. In the summer I actually avoid using artificial light when it’s lovely and sunny outside as it’s far better, my husband thinks I’m a bit crazy for doing it but I’m not too bothered.
I have been thinking recently about our loft. Just like any other loft that hasn’t yet been converted it’s cold, dark, dusty and possibly full of spiders the size of my hand although to be honest I wouldn’t know as I have never managed to climb the ladder to the top to look in. I’m having visions of those spiders from the film Jumanji right now, scary!
Anyway my plan is to eventually get this room converted with a nice staircase leading to it. The room itself at least in my head will be large and airy and very importantly bathed in gorgeous natural sunlight, or at least in the day anyway.
Of course in order to do this I need to make sure that I have good quality windows and blinds. Anyone know a company they can suggest? The loft conversion is at this stage something I really want to do but I want to do it properly so I asked my parents where they got their windows from as they had their loft converted about 10 years ago. Apparently they used Velux for both their windows and blinds and I can quote my mum whom I just spoke to “we are very happy with them”! Of course if they weren’t happy with them dad (affectionaly also referred to as Victor Meldrew by some family members) would have had something to say so clearly they must be good.
Now, so as not to inundate you with my research, I will just focus on blinds today. With nice big windows you also need good blinds a must which my sister discovered when she first moved into my parents loft room as she couldn’t wait to get in there even though they didn’t have the blinds in there just yet. I personally could never do that. One of my superhero powers, I have a few but don’t tell anyone, is that I am light sensitive. And no, before you ask I do not have any vampiric tendencies except maybe once a month when I might get the odd craving for a bloody steak.
Blinds for me are very important and I wouldn’t want to throw just anything infront of the window and hope for the best although the blinds we use it will depend on what we decide to use the room for. Options would include a study room or a play room or a bit of both for the children, an office for me to get my work done in peace and quiet, a relaxation room where my husband and I can go and read a book, watch tv, have friends over to chat and watch a movie again without the children, a spare bedroom – no I am not having another mini person in case anyone is curious.
There are numerous options available in relation to blinds but of course a hot topic which I must address is energy efficient blinds. I was quite pleased to see these are available on the Velux Blinds website. These actually have a dual purpose serving as blackout blinds as well which is useful. With their aluminium coating they can improve insulation by up to 26% and they come in 12 colours!!! I’m getting pretty excited already.
These have a fabulous sleek design with no visible cords and neat pleats and apparently thanks to the handy Pick&Click system you can install it in minutes – they make it so easy so I don’t need to keep on at the husband to do it as I can do it myself, always a good time saver!
I also quite liked the look of the Roman blinds to help create a beautiful looking room and a lovely calm environment where my husband and I could relax with friends and family and take a little time out from the rest of the household every so often as we all need a bit of ‘me time’.
I love that these can be used to create a soft light effect perfect for promoting a peaceful environment in the home. They come in 20 types of fabrics and a range of colours allowing you to get those creative juices flowing and tailor these to suit the room and the style you are looking for. The fabrics are interchangeable meaning you I also change the look to suit my mood or the season the choice is mine and they are easy to clean another bonus point.
Another thing I need to take into consideration is whether I am going to need roof or window blinds. Velux window blinds are specific for Velux windows and sound great as they offer heat protection, sun screening, and light control. I have two options with these, to have them as exterior awning blinds or interior blinds, both come with electric, solar or manual operation and naturally the child in me wants whatever is electrically operated so I have buttons to press! The Velux roof blinds are compatible with a wider range of windows including Velux but also other loft windows, skylights and they offer light and energy control, as well as insect and heat protection. Velux roof blinds come in different colours and operations. Decisions decisions, it’s all quite exciting and I am not quite sure yet what to do. The products are made from good quality materials and I have seen this first hand at my parents house. They have had their blinds for 10 years and never had any problems, plus there is a 3 year guarantee which is useful although probably won’t be needed if my parents blinds are anything to go by.
If I opted to make it a playroom, study room or bedroom for the kids we could use one of the Disney designs or a Star Wars design depending on who ends up in the room.
The options are numerous and I really don’t know what to do yet.
What do you guys think?
Photos have been sourced from the Velux blind site (hope it’s ok to use them guys x)