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The challenges of discrete shading

24 June 2021

Driven by customers’ needs, Silent Gliss offers bespoke curtain and blind systems complemented by expert technical advice to address the challenges in achieving the perfect balance of light and shade.

Being able to control light and shade impacts how we enjoy interior environments. That’s why an installation of solar shading is an investment in improved comfort. A great example of this is at Close House, a Listed former mansion house set in the grounds of a luxury golf club in Newcastle upon Tyne. Here, electric side window and doors were fitted with motorised roller blinds. These are operated by the Silent Gliss remote control system.


Since 2000, Close House operated as a hotel and a wedding venue before being transformed into a family home and this particular project focused on the Garden Room. Technical specialists from Silent Gliss worked closely with local practice Doonan Architects on the project. Attention to detail was imperative, with the challenge being to install the blinds as discretely as possible.


The remote system enables the user to operate the entire blind system simultaneously for maximum comfort. For optimal discretion, these motorised roller blinds were installed in a recessed channel above the ceiling level to ensure the blinds were hidden when not in use.



The Garden Room, where both the window and doors are fitted with motorised roller blinds. 



The amount of light and energy that passes through must also be carefully considered. At Close House, recessed and custom-coloured profiles were specified to enable the winter garden systems SG 2195 to fit closely to the walls and minimise the amount of light coming in. More colourful and dense fabrics may be less transparent, decreasing the amount of light that enters the room, but these would also have an effect on the users’ enjoyment of the room.



Recessed and custom-coloured profiles were selected to minimise the amount of light coming in. 

A fire retardant fabric has to be selected for both private and public installations At Close House, the Colorama 2 fabric from Silent Gliss was chosen as the main colour. This was selected for its ability to blend in seamlessly with the interior decor.



Colorama 2 fabric was selected as the main colour. 


Having the Oeko-Tex label, which shows textiles tested for harmful substances, fulfils the need to for an environmentally friendly material, while washability is one of a number of other important factors.


All pictures: © Andrew Heptinstall 

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