Light nights, light mornings {and botanical roller blinds}

Well, hurrah for the clocks going forward.

I don’t think I have ever, ever been so grateful to lose an hour!

This winter has felt very, very long indeed hasn’t it?

That extra hour of daylight made the world of difference yesterday though. Added to the fact that spring finally seems to have sprung. At last winter got the memo, to say that it had long outstayed it’s welcome; and we were treated to a long, gloriously sunny day, that seemed to stretch on and on.

Bliss.

This time of year is my very favourite; the light evenings and light mornings. I love it. The anticipation of warmer days ahead.

I miss daylight so much during the winter months and am beyond happy to see sunshine filling the rooms of our little cottage in the spring. Washing the walls with warmth and light and making everywhere feel fresh and new.

I rose early yesterday morning and opened the shutters at our bedroom window, just a little, to let the light in.

I love how shutters block out the glow of the streetlamps at night — and also make the room feel very cosy when it’s cold outside — but, as I lay there looking at how the morning light cast shadows on the wall, I decided that I’m going to invest in some blinds for the spring and summer months.

It’s been such a long winter. I want to embrace the daylight and give our bedroom a fresher look for spring.

Question is, do I go for a neutral? Or a colour?

Plain? Or patterned?

The choices are endless — there are some really gorgeous options available.

I’m quite keen on the current trend for all things botanical; and botanical roller blinds would work really well in our bedroom. I’ve found some fabulous ones by Luxaflex that would tie in really well with the bedding that we’re using at the moment.

Navy and White Botanical roller blinds from Luxaflex

Navy and White Botanical roller blinds from Luxaflex

Navy and White Botanical print duvet cover

Navy and White Botanical roller blinds from Luxaflex

Such an amazing match aren’t they? From a distance you would almost think that they’re from the same range.

I love the fresh navy and white watercolour print.

Although, I guess, if I wanted to change the look and feel of the room, maybe it would be better to go with plain navy to tie in with the walls?

Navy roller blinds from Luxaflex

Navy roller blinds from Luxaflex

Navy roller blinds from Luxaflex

All Change

That said, I was planning on changing the wall-colour this summer…

I have loved our inky dark walls — especially during the winter months — but now that spring is here, I’m toying with the idea of repainting them.

I’ve recently had my head turned by some gorgeous soft pinks; not quite as sugary blush as Rose Quartz, which was the colour of the year for 2016. The shade I particularly like has more of a grey tone; a little like the colour of fresh plaster.

Our other bedding from Bluebellgray is so colourful that it would sit with most wall-colours but, I daresay, navy and white printed blinds may not be such a wise choice.

Especially for a girl who changes her interiors as often as her socks.

Maybe a more neutral shade would be better?

Muted duck-egg blue — or sage green — would work really well.

Or maybe I should use this opportunity to have a proper spring clean.

Out with the old and in with the new.

I could still have botanical roller blinds — with the design coming from a relief pattern, rather than a print. And if I go for a very neutral colour, they’ll sit with practically any wall colour or any other soft furnishings that take my eye.

There’s been such a resurgence in houseplants recently; they’re definitely the accessory of the moment.

A well chosen succulent or leafy palm is the perfect way of bringing an interior bang up to date and this is translating down to soft furnishings too.

I was eying some lovely palm print curtains last week but, once again, with such a bold choice you’re limited to what you do with the rest of the room.

Which is why I think I’m going to go with these gorgeous botanical roller blinds.

Neutral enough to sit happily alongside any colour or pattern that takes my fancy, whilst it’s discreet palm leaf pattern gives a little nod to the botanical trend.

Botanical roller blinds from Luxaflex

Now you see it… I love the unobtrusive little repeat pattern on these botanical roller blinds from Luxaflex

Botanical roller blinds from Luxaflex

…now you don’t. Particularly as it’s almost unnoticeable from a distance.

So here’s to light nights, light mornings and to my new botanical roller blinds!

It’s time to let the outside in — and welcome spring with open arms!

For more gorgeous printed blinds, have a look at my Pinterest board.

This is a collaborative post with Luxaflex but all thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own. Pop and have a look at their website for more blinds, shades and shutters to suit every home.   

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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23 Comments

  1. 31st March 2018 / 9:08 am

    I love how often you change the look in your home – our interiors have been basically the same ever since we moved in almost ten years ago! We like blinds too – as much as I love the lighter mornings and evenings in the Spring and Summer months blinds are an absolute godsend when it comes to blocking out the light in my girls bedrooms so they actually go to sleep at a decent hour! I like the ones you chose in the end – as you said the pattern is discreet and I find it quite calming to look at.

    • 3rd April 2018 / 5:50 pm

      I’ve always been the same Chloe — even when I was a child I used to swap my bedroom round!! I love changing things in our home — as I keep reminding my husband — it’s cheaper than moving!! ;) xx

  2. 3rd April 2018 / 10:34 am

    I could do with new blinds these look fab love the matching blue too definitely look like the same range. Gorgeous for spring. #wrc

    • 3rd April 2018 / 5:46 pm

      We’ve been looking for some replacements for the shutters for ages. So happy to have found some :) xx

  3. 3rd April 2018 / 11:03 am

    Love all the blinds Caro – and there’s only one thing for it – you’ll have to change your blinds to match your bedding and your walls, so you’ll need most of them. There you go. Sorted :) Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc x

    • 3rd April 2018 / 5:45 pm

      HA! Love your thinking Steph!!! ;) xx

  4. 3rd April 2018 / 11:27 am

    I’m always so impressed by how many designs and choices there are out there now. I love the blue and white patterned ones, so pretty

    • 3rd April 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Same — things have come on such a lot haven’t they? I remember those horrible vertical blinds that everyone used to have — or net curtains!!! There are some lovely blind designs these days :)

  5. 3rd April 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Caro that is the perfect match, I do love a colourful blind they just brighten a room. I do love a bit of colour, detail and pattern it makes me happy. But sometimes you just have to go with plain dont you its so good to have the option. x

    • 3rd April 2018 / 5:43 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it! I couldn’t believe how well they went together xx

  6. 3rd April 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Ah yay for longer days and botanical fabrics!! Those blinds look gorgeous as does your bedding. Also, I’m a big fan of plants in the house.

    • 15th April 2018 / 7:39 pm

      SO happy that the clocks have gone forward and the days are longer! I love the spring and summer :)

  7. 4th April 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I need more info on that bedding of yours. It’s so pretty and would match my new bedroom perfectly!

    • 15th April 2018 / 7:43 pm

      It’s by DKNY and a couple of year’s old but bluebellgray have one very similar called Corran — I’ve got their Tetbury Meadow design too — such beautiful quality!

  8. 4th April 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I love the blue and white pattern ones. Very spring like and fresh.

    • 15th April 2018 / 7:43 pm

      Me too Claire!! My favourite, I think :)

  9. Victoria Higham
    4th April 2018 / 6:28 pm

    I love the blinds you’ve chosen, Caro. I have dark walls in our living room and a neutral blind really helps brighten things up. This is such a timely post for me. We’ve just had our loft converted and it has a lovely big window but I’m starting to worry about the sun bleaching our new carpet now (hopefully) brighter weather is here. Will check out Luxaflex.

    • 15th April 2018 / 7:44 pm

      Aah thanks Victoria :) I hope you manage to find something you like!

  10. Suzanne W
    7th April 2018 / 9:48 am

    Oh my goodness, it’s a minefield of choices! I would have no idea which to go for but would definitely go for a blackout colour in a bedroom – I hate any light coming in in the mornings! Sage green is a very ‘in’ colour for bedrooms – I have it on our walls! Love it. xx

    • 16th April 2018 / 3:58 pm

      It’s a total minefield!! To be honest, I’ve gone full circle and have now decided on plain white ones, the same as we have in the twins’ room. They fit in a frame — almost like Velux blinds — but for standard windows. Who knew that choosing window dressings could be so stressful!!! ;)

  11. 8th April 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I was literally SO happy to come back from holiday and realise the clocks had changed. I just feel so much more productive when the evenings are lighter. I love these blinds, we still need to figure out what to go for in the rooms at the back of the house where we don’t have shutters and I think blinds of some sort will eventually be the answer Xx #HomeEtc

    • 16th April 2018 / 11:42 am

      I feel the same — I literally feel as though I’m in hibernation mode during the winter months; I hate the dark! Am definitively not a fan of the colder months!! Hurrah for spring!!

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