Now I won't lie, I cannot sew! And despite watching numerous you-tube videos and hunting down my curtain makers, the numbers just didn't add up and we wanted this installed in a matter of days. So I decided to try a no-sew approach. I must say this hasn't been endorsed by IKEA but we did end up using everything from there. So if you are a no-sew kind of guy/gal and you want to create something similar, this is what you need.
This took me around an hour from start to finish. So a super quick and easy project. (After you navigated the isles of IKEA)
Work your way down the blind. I would suggest keeping the fabric (yet to be adhered), rolled up as it prevents it from getting creased or in your way. I applied a SY strip at every baton on the blind, This made sure that the fabric was definitely attached at these points. You could also consider using upholstery spray glue on the rest of the blind, but I was concerned regarding staining, and keeping the fabric supple so I avoided this. Make sure that your fabric is flat the way through before ironing on.
At the top of the blind there are little metal loops that the blind hangs from. To get the fabric over and around these, make little cuts in the fabric at the point where it would fold over and slide the head of the loop through. Make the cut as little as possible as you do not want the fabric to start fraying.
Once you are done on the front of the blind, flip it over so the fabric is face down and the blind back is facing up. Now its time to hem the edges. I started with the sides as the fabric had a neat edge here and it was an easy win. Next move to the top and bottom. Fold the cut edge of the fabric so that the end was tucked in, then apply the SY strip and while holding the fabric in place iron it down. You will need to work on smaller sections at a time ensuring that the fabric is flat, neat and taught before ironing.
Finally at the corners, by folding in the corners of the fabric and using the same way we did at the top and bottom, make a neat hem.
Making sure that all the SY has set, you are ready to hang you blind!
Some things I learned while on this no-sew roman blind project;
Last one in my colour series but most definitely not the last. I adore Green and think its resurgence in design has come about with the love of Mid-century modern and biophillic design. I think the reason I love green is that it is such a calming colour and depending on the tone can evoke totally different feelings. I must admit my favourite greens are emerald to teal greens and then the sage greens. Anything too minty puts me off but that is just personal taste I guess. Here are some incredible spaces that I hope can inspire you to use more green in your interiors. If you don't feel that you are "a green person" - (I have had clients say this to me!). Try edging sideways into it from blue and consider teal.
Teal is the mid step between green and blue - so you get these really deep lush colours that remind you of the sea and nature. I adore this gorgeous green used as a backdrop to my favourite chandelier currently - designed by Paola Navone.
And this bedroom by Katerina Shamanova is super luxe and playful - did you spot the bird light?
Now I know I said that I am more partial to deep greens and not so much into minty ones, but I just want to share some things that I think do work and I would consider using in my interiors. Here these pale sage greens work really beautifully in a relatively minimal interior. They are paired with lighter woods and greys to create a contemporary and fresh feel.
If you want it to be a little moodier, more sophisticated maybe - try a slightly more saturated tone and pair it with similar darker colours for a more umptuous feel.
For more playful and jewel lovers - steer yourselves towards the emeralds. Especially if you can get your hands on some gorgeous tile! I mean look at the high gloss lustre on this family bathroom by Kelly Mindell.
If you are really brave keep the emerald but go everywhere with it - like in this private dining room at a social club in San Francisco.
Now for the brave few, come with me to a darker side. Its gorgeous and comforting. Painting a large proportion of your walls dark green has this incredible immersive experience - it makes the space feel like a jungle or a forest. It reminds me of the brilliant Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku which is Forest bathing - this is where you spend time in a forest to reduce your stress and improve your well being! If you can achieve that feeling in your home - SCORE!
So get a load of these gorgeous spaces. We start with the stunning bedroom created by Nicola Broughton (aka The Girl With The Green Sofa). Or look at that incredible kitchen by deVOL. I love green so much I even used it in my living room.
Next up in the colour series I am going to be showcasing Blue! Its a gentle transition from the indigo we just discussed but if you missed it head to the Indigo journal entry now. As with all other colours blue comes in a range of saturation, hues and intensities. It is considered a cold colour on the spectrum so using it in the northern hemisphere, I would advise caution - that being said its a fantastic colour and a clear favourite in costal and Blue and white schemes.
If you like the pale blue look but are afraid of it looking too cold, I always advise to add warm metallics, darker wood tones and upping the texture. If you want to go for something a bit bolder why not try an ombre wall? This can be a cheap and effective way of introducing bolder colours but in a graduated way. It also allows the feature wall to be slightly softened. If you do not fancy doing the ombre paint effect yourself, designers guild have a wallpaper that does the trick brilliantly.
If you are feeling a little bolder, go for a gorgeous blue on blue effect. Mixing different hues and textures gives a space a very curated feel but allows you to really delve into the colour. Remember to focus on texture to ensure its still an interesting space to be in.
For a more modern take - try this gorgeous azzul Yves Klein blue which has such energy in it. Favoured by the designers Sophie Robinson and 2LG studio.
If you want to be inspired further head to the rest of the articles in my colour series and sign up to my newsletter to never miss a beat.