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New Trend:
The Textured Triangle …

May 2018

Lucy Shore, Creative Designer at Sunflex offers us insight into the latest trends in the world of interior design - found in the pages of Hallis Book 9!

The trend for geometric patterns has been strong for some time, with stripes and blocks at the forefront. But now the textured triangle is dominating this geometric scene and is regularly featured on the pages of top home fashion magazines.

‘This simple shape can be used so effectively within home interiors,’ said Lucy. ‘It’s all about the triangular motifs being enhanced by surface textures and finishes.’

Universal has the perfect solution for this trend - The Textured Triangle Blind. The design has been created by combining printed textures with triangular shapes which embrace the look and feel of this new trend.

‘Expressive printing techniques really bring the triangle to life and give it a much softer edge, which is easily integrated onto furnishing fabrics,’ Lucy stated.

The look works well with other contemporary Scandi simplistic designs, which are at the height of fashion too. The neutral colour palette of this black-out roller blind, with a hint of blushed pink, creates a fresh look to any room.

To view or buy click here

Step into Spring, with a fresh new collection from ILIV …

May 2018

Step into Spring, with a fresh new collection from ILIV Inspired by walks along sandy coastlines and beachcombing holidays, the new ILIV Sea & Sand collection is a refreshing medley of painterly, fun designs including sailboats, beach huts, colourful ice lollies, sea birds, seahorses and much more.

Available in three eye-catching colourways, Sea & Sand is the perfect collection to add a relaxing seaside feel to any room.

To view the new collection click here

To order your pattern book click here

NEW Silent Gliss Website…

April 2018

We’re proud to share the news that our supply partners Silent Gliss have launched their new contemporary website! The re-designed image-rich site offers easy navigation to images, case studies, detailed product information and the latest developments from Silent Gliss.

To visit the New Silent Gliss website click here

New ILIV Collections …

April 2018

ILIV have just released two new exciting collections for the new season – Nalina and Haworth.

Boasting beautiful globally inspired designs, this rich woven collection gives a fresh look to any room. This hand-crafted collection includes eight textual designs with simple motifs from English oak leaves, to Navajo designs in a choice of nine colours, from soft ivory to rich ruby, for a perfectly harmonious home.

To view the new Nalina collection click here

A collection of on trend woven check designs with a luxurious faux wool finish. This collection comprises of four designs; two traditional checks Heathcliff and Cottlingley; a classical stripe design Haworth and a complementing plain design Clayton, combining a large range of coordinating colours.

To view the new Haworth collection click here

The New Antoinette Collection …

March 2018

We're pleased to announce the launch of our new range of opulent Antoinette tiebacks and trimmings, which are a modern take on the grandeur of the past. Evoking the luxury of Marie-Antoinette’s Palace of Versailles, the new Antoinette Collection offers a choice of nine rich colours, including Silver, Gold, Rouge and Mulberry.

Embellishments are key in this opulent revival and the new collection offers a wide choice of trimming styles, giving you the option to create subtle detail or go for all out luxurious splendor! Adorn cushions, blinds and curtains with a choice of rich cording options, intricate braids, ruches and stunning ball and tassel trims.

Antoinette tiebacks are available in double or single options. Adorned with sumptuous ruches, they have long skirts for added luxury. The matching tieback extenders are dual purpose. Link them together and add to the tieback ropes to increase their embrace or create a stylish knotted rope tieback, perfect for smaller windows. Echo the styling of your scheme with a matching key tassel.

Read more here

To view the Antoinette range and pattern books click here

Hallis Blinds Training Day…

February 2018

On Tuesday 13th February, customers attended a special Hallis Blinds Training Day at The Barns Hotel in Staffordshire.

The aim of the day was to share with customers, insights and best practice when working with or selling our extensive range of blinds. Julie Milner-Williams, Area Field Account Manager and Amanda Maguire, Internal Account Manager for the West Midlands were joined by expert trainers Marc Brown, Product Manager for Blinds and David Lorek, Sales Support at Hallis.

The team provided an overview of the Elite and Professional Roman Blind Systems, including Child Safety and Somfy Motorisation as well as imparting expert advice on the Signature Blind collection, including Venetian, Duette, Visage, Duo, Roller and Vertical Blind Systems. Customers also experienced practical sessions on Laminated Rollers, Perfect Fit, Intu blinds and Motorisation.

Customers were explained the finer details to consider when choosing blinds for different situations and the unique selling points of each type. Everyone also benefitted from the professional experience and tricks of the trade shared to those who were new to the Signature range.

Feedback on the day was extremely positive. Customers agreed that the day had been very beneficial and informative and felt much more confident with their product knowledge.

For details of further Blinds Training Days and other customer training events visit our Training Seminars page.

Ultra Violet: Pantone colour of the year …

February 2018

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way in interior decoration for 2018.

"Pantone’s colour of the year 2018 - Ultra Violet is a bold and vibrant shade of the colour purple," says Lucy Shore, Creative Designer at Swish. “This vibrant shade is so versatile and can be used in many different ways within the home.”

Whether you have purple walls or just want to give a subtle nod to the new colour trend – try bringing it into your home with accessories or soft furnishings. This purple shade is sure to add energy and sophistication to any interior.

Swish Elements and Swish Design Studio have a stunning array of curtain poles in a range of finishes which will complement this colour trend. Choose from Antique Brass, Graphite or Chrome to add a hint of energy and luxe.

The Swish Universal Roller Blinds take on elements of this colour too. The Purple Lily design and the plain Grape Roller Blind are ideal for those who just want to bring a hint of this trend into their home.

New Silent Gliss Metropole Colours

February 2018

Working with customer feedback and the latest colour trends, we're proud to introduce five new colours to the Metropole range. The complete range now centres around two colour spectrums ‐ hard metallics and softer pastels.


NEW Slate Grey replaces Steel Grey. A contemporary metal colour without the the cold finish. Available in 30mm, 36mm and 50mm poles.
NEW Charcoal adds a transition from grey to black. When you want black but not really black! Available in 23mm, 30mm and 36mm poles.


NEW Matt White introduces a more muted option for the popular White. Based on the best-selling white. Available in 23mm, 30mm and 36mm poles.
NEW Ecru replaces Cream. A subtle shade of cream that will blend with any neutral scheme. Available in 23mm, 30mm and 50mm poles.
NEW Ochre sits perfectly between Taupe and Sand. Offering a soft beige with warmth and depth. Available in 30mm poles.

Click here to view the new Metropole Brochure featuring the latest colours, or click here to browse through the latest point of sale available to bring the full colour pallette alive for you and your customers

NOTE: To make way for these new colours, four colours have been discontinued and are available whilst stocks last. Cream, Steel Grey, Oak Effect and Classic Gold have been discontinued and are available while stocks last.