The Elavate Blind System: Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar; The New Elevate System

So, you’re wondering about the New Elavate System from Eclipse; What is it? How does it work? Do you really need it? The answer is simple – if you’re looking for the elite combination of Style and Practicality then yes, you absolutely do need this smooth and stunning System for your home – and we’re about to tell you why.

Is the Elavate System available for any Blind style?

Perfect for complimenting your décor, the Elavate Blind system is available in 3 hugely popular Blind styles sure to catch your eye; Choose from Pleated, Honeycomb or Venetian Blinds for your Elavate System and bring effortless style right to your fingertips.

Let us quickly break it down for you – to make finding the right Style for you a little easier:

  • Pleated Blinds come in 20mm pleats and offer fantastic control over Lighting and Privacy
  • Honeycomb Blinds conceal the Holes and Cords in the Fabric giving a much cleaner look
  • Venetian Blinds come as 25mm aluminium slats and a huge range of Designs and Finishes to really let your creativity shine.

How does Elavate work?

This is probably your main question, right? Or what makes the Elavate System different from any other Blind? Well, the Elavate System has absolutely no chain, cord or wand mechanisms – so, no loose controls hanging around and ruining the aesthetic of your neat and tidy décor.

This smooth-operating system could not be simpler; using the Bottom Bar, simply raise and lower your Blind to wherever you please – open, closed, partially open, partially closed – the Elavate Blind will stay exactly where you want it. With the Venetian Blind style, just lift the bottom bar slightly to tilt the slats to your preference – so easy!

Can my Elavate System be Motorized?

We’re knee deep in the age of Technology – so it’s only right that this new Blind system dives in with us. Elavate Blinds can absolutely be motorized; control your Blinds with just the click of a button or, with the multi-channel remote, have your Matilda moment and control several Blinds at once!

The Elavate System is also compatible with Powershade Smart Hub, Alexa or Google Home – perhaps, you’ve got an iPhone or Android as well? Powershade Smart Controller allows you to control not just one, or two, but all of the Motorized Blinds in your house from wherever you are with WIFI connection! If all that’s not enough, you can Schedule your Blinds to close at Specific Times, providing added security for your home when you’re away! The Power is quite literally in your hands.


We know that last part has completely blown your mind already – but there’s more to come!
Thinking of Child-Proofing your home for a new arrival? Well you can forget about Child-Proofing your Elavate Blind because we did all the hard work for you.
The Elavate System is completely Child-Safe by design which makes it unique from most Blind Operating Systems you’ve seen before; there are no free-hanging Cords, Chains or anything that little ones can get their hands on.

Materials for my Elavate Blind

Eclipse have combined the Elavate Blind System with their Outstanding Senses Cassette range – if you haven’t heard about this gorgeous collection then let us run it by you quickly. The Senses Cassette is available in White, Black, Cream, Gunmetal Grey, Bronze and Silver – with complimenting Endcaps in White, Black Chrome, Cream, Brushed Silver, Brushed Bronze and Chrome. The best part about the Senses Cassette range is that it’s available for a huge range of Blind styles beyond the Elavate System. So, you can coordinate your whole house, keeping on top of that desired aesthetic.

The Venetian Elavate Range is available in a huge selection of fantastic designs; from plain-coloured and perfect patterns to wonderful wood-effects and fabulous finishes – maybe a vibrant red with a metallic finish to show off your flamboyant side, or perhaps a classic cream with perforated finishes to let the light shine through? It’s all down to you.

There’s so much to choose from in our ranges of Pleated and Honeycomb materials – you absolutely can’t go wrong with a choice from neat-looking neutrals, fantastic florals and geometric patterns, as well as exotic colour hues. You can even keep it practical with the hugely popular Blackout material – absolutely ideal for Bedrooms and Nurseries.

Raise that Bar

Now that you’ve decided that you absolutely must have the Elavate Blind System in your home and no other Blind will compare to the sheer joy and happiness you get thinking about this simply stunning and smooth-sailing system – it’s high time you got in touch.

Real Wooden vs Faux-wood Blinds

Real Wooden versus Faux-wood Blinds

50mm Fired Walnut Slat – Real Wooden versus Faux-wood Blinds


Should I Go with the Faux? Real Wooden vs Faux-wood Blinds

It’s a battle of the blinds are we’re here to keep the peace. The question of Faux wood vs Real Wooden blinds is a conflict keeping every homeowner up at night, but we’ve got all the facts to help put your minds at ease.

Both offer a timeless, classy finish to the room of your choice, but what are the major underlying differences? In terms of style, they are similar in their versatility. We offer both Faux and Wooden blinds in a range of colours and grains. From the effectively authentic browns and beiges, to the modern and simple greys and whites.

So, whether you’re hitting that rustic, up-cycle look or a sleek and simple finish – we’ve got a blind for you.

Fauxwood Wooden Venetian Blind

Available in 35mm/50mm – Orion Slats with Vamp Tapes

How do Real Wooden and Faux-wood Blinds work?

Real and Faux wooden blinds come in the Venetian style, that is, horizontal slats attached vertically by string. If you’re not loving the idea of having the exposed attachments, we offer a wide range of coloured tapes (strips of fabrics) that lay vertically over this giving a more tidy finish to the look.

Sunwood Wooden Venetian Blind

50mm Acacia Slats with Dove Tapes

Now, both styles work similarly in how you manoeuvre them. They are controlled by cords at each side of the blind. The right-side cord raises and lowers the blind, the left-side cord is used to tilt the slats. This allows control over light exposure as well as privacy.

Maybe you want a little sunshine but don’t want the whole neighbourhood watching you do your laundry? Just tilt your slats upwards to let in the light whilst also keeping your privacy in-tact.

Are they safe for children?

The idea of having cords hanging around can be scary – especially if you’ve got little ones running around. Not to worry – a new legislation was introduced way back in 2014 which requires the cords to be at least 1.5m above the floor. As well as this, a small plastic cleat is fitted to the side, to tie up any excess cord!

Real Wooden versus Faux-wood blinds

50mm Acacia Slat

Can Real Wooden and Faux-wood Blinds go in any location?

So, the first thing to think about here is the cords. With the new safety legislation cords are much shorter, and therefore would be difficult to control if placed – for example – behind a kitchen counter or sink.

This, however, is where we come to one of our differences between Faux and Real Wooden blinds. Unlike Faux Wood, Real Wood blinds can be motorised. So you can control those hard to reach blinds with just the click of a button. Very handy – right?

Another thing to consider in terms of location is the materials. Faux wood blinds are made from PVC, where our Real Wood blinds are formed from sustainable Basswood. Neither materials are suitable for an open reflective space like a conservatory. The consistent change in temperature in conservatories can distort the materials.

In terms of kitchens and bathrooms, or generally any room where moisture may be an issue, Faux Wood has the advantage. Real Wood blinds do not fend well against water exposure, but the PVC material is water resistant – so more suited to these types of rooms than Real wood!

Both are easily cleaned, however, because of their materials. Just give them the odd dusting and use a damp cloth on PVC if necessary. Although – be careful – because our Wooden Blinds are stained, any cleaning chemicals could possibly distort the colour!

Fauxwood Venetian Blind

Faux-wood PVC Bathroom

Which one will be nicer to my bank account?

Even though the Faux Wooden blinds are heavier material than the Real Wood, they are generally cheaper!

Other Strengths/Limitations

Real Wood blinds come in a slightly wider range than Faux wood – this is based upon the slat sizes. We offer the Real Wood blind slats in 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm. The Faux Wood have larger slats that we offer only in 35mm or 50mm. Also, due to the 50mm slats being the most popular choice, we offer a wider range of Real Wood colours this size compared to other sizes. The larger slat blinds seem to be a top choice for some. This is perhaps because of the larger gaps letting in more sunlight than the smaller, more compact slats.
Now even though PVC are generally the more financially preferred option, Real Wood blinds have their advantages too. As a lighter material, Real Wood Venetians are also available in Perfect Fit blinds – another great choice for your home!

Sunwood Wooden Venetian Blind

50mm Urban Oak Slat

Have you made your choice?

At the end of the day, we’ve may have the know-how, but you have the final decision. Two perfectly stylish choices with their own advantages – think practicality, think style, think about what’s best for your desired location. Now that you know, best have a browse …