Our unique Antique 50 mm Venetian Blinds

Whenever one thinks of 50mm wooden blinds, an image of the usual Hibachi, Basswood, Bamboo or Faux-wood blinds come to mind. They are common window treatments, suitable for most rooms, depending on the utility of the space, and their simple design and construction makes them functional and easy to use. They are available in many different textures as well as rich and vibrant earthy colours, distinctly representing woods. The versatility and varied ranges thus makes this product some of the most popular and recognised world over. With their deep woody textures and colour, they have been in the blinds industries around the world, for decades.

Faux-wood or (Plas-wood) Blinds are an alternative to real wood blinds and are a mixture of man-made materials and plastic particles, which have been combined and extruded to form the slat. These extrusions are then either embossed or left the way they are depending on the look one wants to achieve. Faux-wood or fake wood blinds are extremely popular as they are both economically and aesthetically pleasing. Unlike real wood blinds, they can be installed in high-humidity areas and do not fade or warp over time. With their high UV ratings and their ability to stand the test of time, they have become the most popular choice of Venetian slating

Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds

However, in 2014, a unique and brilliant product was created that has been and still is leading the way in the blinds industry as a new and innovative product in the 50mm wood lookalikes.

The Antique blind got its name from the unique aged affect the laminate gives to the surface of the slating, where the slating used is Faux-wood. Its vintage feel is reminiscent of old framed art, where the golden borders seem aged, showing through a different surface underneath the streaks of flecked gold and bronze. This product was dubbed its new name as it became a new and innovative take on the 50mm slats, making its appeal broader and creating a new design for the slating which had never been seen before.

Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds


The Antique Range now added a new dimension to the Faux-wood products. The new surfaces or laminates, meant that a new design of 50mm Venetian slats were born, carrying the same positive properties of the faux-wood before it and still cheaper than real wood blinds. Its distinctiveness comes from the tell-tale texture each slat has, like aged streaks of colour and grain, it truly adds a touch of elegance to any room.

Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds

They are available in a pleasing range of colours that allow them to blend into any décor scheme or design.

Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds

While there are many design elements or ideas throughout the colour sample available, that relay the layered Antique style, one detail that is apparent is that it is easy to incorporate into any type of space be it contemporary, modern, minimalist or traditional. Some of the colours offered are silvers to gold to bronze, which can be paired with design schemes that offer interior elements of colour. Other colours offered are based on the natural woods, where the ‘wooden’ structural structures are featured clearly and boldly on the laminate, offering a strong but still neutral look to the window. Whichever look one goes for, one thing is apparent, these blinds are not only unique but are a breath of fresh air for the 50mm Faux-wood that has been around for so long.

Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds Ambient - Antique Venetian Blinds

Another new and defining feature of these blinds is the headrail or pelmet that they come with. The new sleek and innovative design is based around the piece matching the blind colour of choice. To do this, an aluminium extrusion has been used with a slot for the slat to fit into, neatly and elegantly. The aluminium is of course powder coated to match closely to the colour choice of the blind and can be used for either recess or face-fix option.

The Antique blind has come a long way and is yet still to break ground

“I believe innovation is the most powerful force for change in the world” Bill Gates.

Green, emerald and jade: colours and accents for an interior upgrade

We are coming up to our month of September and apart from it being Heritage month for South Africa, it also marks the start of spring. A time for new leaves upon the trees, the blooms of Jacaranda’s bosting purple beauty throughout our beautiful cities, and green. New, fresh and earthy tones begin to flourish everywhere and as such gives us the opportunity to share our green inspiration.

Colours and accents for an interior upgrade    Colours and accents for an interior upgrade

The colour has become more popular in 2017. Green is related to renewal and stability– and it is universally experienced through its richness in nature. The colour green on furniture, walls, and accents sets beautiful spaces that allow all other colours in the room to bloom. If shades of emerald, jade, and lime are your thing, we have incorporated it in some of our ranges too.

Colours and accents for an interior upgrade

While this colour may not instantaneously come to mind when you are contemplating the perfect home decor, it is actually one of the most adaptable, timeless and invigorating colours. It is a delightful choice whether you add a few little accents or use it as a statement colour. From emerald to seafoam, here are some inspirational spaces we think incorporate the colour well.

Colours and accents for an interior upgrade Colours and accents for an interior upgrade

Above images are some of the colours from our Antique Range which feature tinges of green and rustic colours. Perfectly paired with a plainer curtain, or simply by itself, this is a unique feature that is more subtle however still creating a feature of green in your space. The linear design on our Stone Antique is fully embraces the general character of the vintage vibe without being too over-bearing.

Colours and accents for an interior upgrade Colours and accents for an interior upgrade

Window treatment options would be incomplete without the option for a unique ultra-rich look of opaque panels or roller blinds. Classic sheer material is great for blocking light, and with this look there are three options; closed, semi open with the zebra material feature or open. It can give your room the feel of a sumptuous and calming space. Choosing this unusual Sharon Green roller high impact in both traditional and modern spaces or the Taffeta Green for a more perminant or blockout option.

“Green is the prime coolour of the world, and that from which its lovliness arises” Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

Accents that reinvent spaces: Table tops and decor ideas

Coffee tables, bookshelves and entertainment centres are placed in many areas of a home or space. The living room is the perfect example, full of all kinds of surfaces just waiting to be styled. I would like to use this blog post to talk about the most forgotten surface: the side table. It does not have to be just a place for cups and remotes, this piece of furniture can make a statement. Here are my tips and tricks for side table decorating options, both in functionality and style.

Below are some of the accent pieces we used in our décor scheme for the Solar Supreme Roller blind range. Opting for a mix of blues and golds next to a dark grey shade of the fabric is a good design styling tip for anyone looking to brighten their rooms and spaces.

The side tables with a lush golden cut out pattern gives a sense of depth and texture to any space. Adding some reading material to any occasional table top is an excellent way to make a room or sitting area feel warm and inviting. While adding an accent vases and flowers are the perfect opportunity to add a pop of colour. The blue tones set of against the warmth of the gold. Simple but stylish!

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Gold accents work well with any piece of furniture, so if your side tables are wooden, look at adding some gold statement pieces to their surfaces.  Placing colourful sweets in clear jars or containers is a great way to add colour and function to your surface in a social setting. Scented candles and diffusers are a great look and feel but also keep your spaces fresh. Accent treys are a great way to contain your surfaces décor pieces and keep neat designated areas for each idea.

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Another styling tip for side tables is to layer them. If you place pieces and elements which vary in height, it will make your spaces fuller and far more interesting to look at.

A statement piece should be used on each space. For instance a statement lamp or vase with height will give each surface a purpose.

Go for either silver, bronze or gold on your table top as it is eye-catching and adds dimension to whatever else it is paired or grouped with. Placing it on top of books is another great tip.

Go for greenery! Having a small plant or vase of flowers or one colour piece amongst all the neutrals is always a delight.

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Having a charging station and a designated space for remotes is not only an opportunity to incorporate decor onto your surfaces but also offers great functionality.

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Injecting style and personality onto your horizontal spaces is made easy with some of these tips and tricks. Above we have used some of them on a butler’s trey, with a large lamp accented with blue tones. A small piece of greenery adds some depth and colour, along with a scented candle placed on a bamboo grass trey. Perfectly set next to our very own Vintage Ash Antique blind. Below is a close-up of this amazing new colour!

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The launch of Ambient Security Aluminium Shutters

Ambient Security Shutters – In 2015 Focus embarked on the journey of becoming a manufacturer for a new range and product. Usually, when you have big news, you need a big plan. And that’s where the product launch came into play. From establishing the proper messaging to reach our audience, creating helpful content for our customers and setting the stage for the new product, we embarked on a three day launch and training session.

Most companies use marketing businesses to set their launch up, display the products or services in a particular way and reach their audience, however we chose to make the three days more personal. We chose to make it about our customers and their needs.
It takes discipline. When you launch a product, everyone in your company is probably excited about the technical specs, and all of the different ways your product pushes the boundaries, and it is easy to assume your customer feels the same way. However, we knew we were displaying our product to you for the first time and covering every aspect by receiving questions from each of you was important to us.

This is what we based our marketing around. By not just assuming but actually showing you a compelling picture of how it’s going to make your experience with the product easier, giving you the tools you need and getting you as excited about the Ambient Shutter as we are.

We were fortunate enough to have the hall in the Jackal Creek Golf estate; its scenic views off its terrace and natural surroundings gave us a perfect backdrop and setting to display our brand new product. Here are some of the photos of the experience.

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Guests were greeted at the door with name tags, coffee, tea and smiles and we used the Ambient branded stationary as place-settings where customers could take notes.
The décor of the hall was a perfect backdrop to extended training sessions, mingling and discussions of the new shutter which was neatly displayed in the Ambient Shutter sample. (Please click below to enquire about a sample stand or panel).
Ambient could not have asked for a better launch or setting. A big thank you to Jackal Creek for having us.
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Ambient Security Shutters

Ambient Security Shutters


Elegant and Modern Black and Grey – Ambient Venetian Basswood Blinds

Not quite grey and not quite taupe, these neutrals play to both sides of the color spectrum. It was therefore of course a no-brainer adding them to our Basswood 50mm Venetian Blinds and with our ever-growing Ambient range, we are very excited about these tones. Adding them as a back-drop and to areas of broader or larger spaces allows one to add bold color and accents to a room.

Grey and Black Living Room inspiration

Black and Grey inspiration for 50mm Ambient Venetian Basswood Blinds

The Versatile Stone Grey

It’s almost a clay hue, which is full of shades you’ll see right outside your window that you’ll want to bring inside. Whether a bold black frame of sleek basswood, or the lighter stone color, these hues are excellent modern takes on window-coverings.

Our new Basswood range includes two new colors, one of which is the warm Stony grey color, and the other is a matte, stone Black. We have taken inspiration not only from Elle Décor and Plascon colors 2017, but we have also drawn inspiration from earthy hues in nature and the flexibility that these colors allow for interiors. Below is out new Stone Basswood.

Ambient SA Basswood 50mm Venetian color: Stone

Ambient SA Basswood 50mm Venetian color: Stone

My favorite inspiration is pairing this warm grey hue with a gold bright tone. The juxtaposition of these colours is not only complimentary but creates an interesting three dimensional feel. Pairing our warm grey tone Basswood Blinds with these gold accents displayed below would make for a highly complimentary interior, whether it be a gold and blue curtain or gold framing on the walls next to your window treatment, this is sure to enhance any space.

Inspiration for Stones – grey mixed with gold

 Stone Basswood - Inspiration and color pallet

Stone Basswood – Inspiration and color pallet











This month of Spring, for pastels – we are pleased to be casting the spotlight on a gorgeous and elegant neutral. The colour inspiration came from Plascon called Ravine (EC 62) from the 2016 Colour Forecast and featured in the latest issue of Spaces Magazine. Ravine is the perfect base colour around which to build a look. It is a contemporary neutral in that it is a great blend of beige and grey. Below is inspiration we drew from fashion- shockingly stylish!

Ambient Range - Stone - Plascon and Fasion style inspiration

Ambient Range – Stone – Plascon and Fasion style inspiration

As seen in the above images, grey does well as a background to wood and warmer tones, meaning it does not age in a space, making it versatile. Since our featured hue has a nice earthy quality to it, it adds an organic vibe to a room, especially when paired with natural materials such as wood and stone. This living room features a variety of different textures, but they are tied together well through the use of warm gray neutral hues. As seen in this sitting room design, warm grays play well with a variety of wood tones. Since our featured hue has a nice earthy quality to it, it adds an organic vibe to a room, especially when paired with natural materials such as wood and stone.


Weightless Black Charcoal

Our new Basswood Wooden Venetian Blinds range with these two colour pops have the perfect texture and feel for subtle window treatments. Basswood Venetian Blinds have superior quality and look. They offer great UV protection, easy cord lift control, and are resistant to cracking, chipping and peeling. Use this Charcoal as an eye-catching window treatment to frame your windows and control light.

Ambient range - Basswood Venetian 50mm - Charcoal

A perfect and simple solution to having a bold but clean slate is this matte black colour. Our inspiration for this colour has come from the modern trend of having an undertone and darker contemporary feel on the windows – thereby creating a border to the world outside. Below is our inspiration is pairing this harsh matte black hue with a gold bright tones, woody textures and earthy colours. Please click here to view more colours http://www.ambientsa.co.za/basswood-blinds/


Inspiration in Interiors: Frame your windows Black


This Black Ambient Venetian Basswood is both masculine but subtle, modern but classic. It would create the perfect blind to a contemporary room featuring wooden furniture, elements of color and curtains drawn back featuring warmer shades. All blinds are manufactured with strict quality controlled and supervision and we are able to produce large quantities without compromising the integrity of the product.

Gold – Grey – Tan – Black Inspiration. Pairing shades and tones that compliment any colour scheme

Benjamin Moore Stonington-Gray in a stairwell. Black-hand-rail-and-white-spindles-and-original-artwork



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Investing in Ambient Aluminium Security Shutters is a good idea

Shutters are attractive in any space with numerous fixing options such as Bi-fold, Hinged or Bypass. They are therefore versatile, easy to use, easy to clean and are aesthetically pleasing. For anyone wanting to weigh up the pros and cons of this product, this blog post is for you. The decision one makes to invest in such a luxury product should be taken seriously and reading through all the technical and design features may help you make up your mind as to whether Blinds or Shutters are what you are looking for.

Ambient Aluminium Security Shutters

Ambient Aluminium Security Shutters

Lifespan of Shutters vs Blinds

Blinds are wonderful for adding colour and texture to your windows, with more design options available and depending on what kind of blind you choose, the average lifespan of a blind window treatment is 7 years. Where Eco-wood or Antique may last as long as 15 years if not in extreme heat and sunlight and if properly cared for. Roller blinds on average would certainly remain around the 5 to 7-year mark, with cleaning once a week.  Venetian blinds, be it 25mm or 50mm may last as long as 5 years, if no repairs are needed for bent slats.

It is undeniable that with powder-coated extruded Aluminium shutters that the lifespan on an extremely conservative estimate is 30 years, longer in most cases. Aluminum Reinforced Shutters’ artificial structure means that they are incredibly durable. The stiles, rails and louvers are made with an aluminum core that is actually co-extruded into the solid polymer at the same time the component is made. The aluminum core is lighter than wood (for less strain on window frames and surrounding walls) and makes much wider louvers which makes it possible to have better views wherever they are installed.

The co-extruded aluminum support also makes it possible for aluminum reinforced window shutters to be set up with screws for top-quality strength, compared with other poly shutters that are just glued together. Using screws is by far the most secure method for assembling shutter panels and also allows for easy replacement of a louver if it becomes damaged.

Aluminum Reinforced plantation shutters have a been coated with powder coating process in a plant and are moisture resistant and fire retardant. They offer a high insulation value against heat and cold and are easy to clean and maintain. With low maintenance and guarantee not to warp or discolor, these are a perfect long-term solution.

Stone Coloured Ambient Aluminium Shutters Outdoor

Stone Coloured Ambient Aluminium Shutters Outdoor


There is no doubt that interior shutters are attractive. They come in a variety of sizes and the finish is clean and sleek, as well as functional mounting options. They fit in with just about any decor and offer a clean, cohesive look throughout the home. You can select from 4 different colors. Remember that Ambient shutters are seen from both the interior of your home as well as the exterior. If the exterior of your home is dark, Satin White will brighten up the space.

However, I the look of Shutters is too stark for your tastes, blinds offer a far more comprehensive range of woody textures and stains or roller fabrics for a softer feel. Blinds allow you far more choice in terms of the options available in each category of blinds as seen here http://www.ambientsa.co.za/roller-blinds/ or http://www.ambientsa.co.za/antique-blinds/. When it comes to selection of choice between blinds r shutters, apart from the price, the look and feel may sway you to choose blinds.

Ambient Basswood Blinds

Ambient Basswood Blinds


Interior shutters can be adjusted to let the light flow in, yet keep prying eyes out much like mini-blinds. This allows you to have privacy as well as light. If you angle them in such a manner, you can even see out, but others won’t be able to see in. The other advantage here is that there is no lifting of heavy blinds to create this privacy. Some blinds such as the wooden blinds or Faux-wood blinds generally get heavier as you pull them up, since thy stacking as you are pulling, they get heavier as each slat lies on top of the other. This is not a feature with Shutters.


Want to let the fresh air inside yet maintain your privacy? Not only can you adjust the Ambient for supreme privacy and control the light coming in, you can open up the windows, let the air flow in, and then adjust the shutters for total ventilation – all without compromising your privacy.

Some blinds like Ambient Roller Blinds don’t allow so much versatility however the Zebra range is quite cleverly designed to allow an all-open, all closed or partially open when lining up the “Zebra Stripes”, as seen here http://www.ambientsa.co.za/zebra. Venetian Blinds allow a similar sort of option with the tilting of the slats for any angle, where the downside is their weight when lifting them back up to the lintel completely.

Stone Grey Shutters for a sleek Interior Design

Interior Ambient Venetian Range

 Easy to clean.

Interior shutters are virtually maintenance-free. Use a damp cloth from time to time and wipe off the dirt, dust, and grime. In addition, you don’t need to take them down in order to clean them as you would with other types of window coverings. A quick wipe down is all you need. The shutters have a larger surface area than mini-blinds making them much easier to clean.

 Child safety.

Ambient Shutters do not have dangling cords or strings that children can get tangled up in, making them a safer alternative to mini-blinds and drapes. Families with small children and babies don’t have to worry about their babies getting tangled in the window coverings when they have shutters installed. Shutters are a much safer alternative. Usually a downside to consider would be that children can easily open and shut the shutters due to the design, however our shutters have a Patented Louver Lock.

With Ambient Blinds, generally you can install hooks to keep pullies and strings out of the way.

Capital home improvement.

Aluminum Ambient Security Shutters not only provide design, privacy and light control, they can enhance the value of your home.

Shutters make your home more attractive for you, or for a future buyer. When you install these particular shutters, you are installing an asset that can actually be appraised into the cost of your home. Ambient shutters also have the added benefit of security, for a South African home owner, this is another attractive feature.

Usually new home owners and people looking to buy install new blinds, it is not often however they are not an added value or key feature for a prospective buyer.

Ambient Black Solar Weave

Ambient Black Solar Weave


Ambient Aluminium Security Shutters offer clients a shutter with added security features. These superior quality shutters combine aesthetics, practicality and added security to effectively enhance the interior or exterior design of homes, hotels, offices or retail shops. The shutters can be securely locked by means of a patented spring-loaded bolt system and key lock. Shutters are maintenance free as well as being particularly well suited to the harsh conditions of coastal areas and can be powder coated in a wide selection of standard or custom colors.

The Louver Lock which we have also patented is a new feature and is one of a kind, allowing added security and versatility with your Ambient Shutter.


Stone Ambient Range Shutters

Stone Ambient Range Shutters

Ambient Shutter Installation – Ahmed’s Textiles

This Ambient Shutter Installation – in the heart of Johannesburg – was recently completed by our dear friends, Ahmed’s Textiles. The pristine white walls, ceilings with splashes of colour complimented our shutters beautifully. The shutters create wonderful shadows and effects in the room while adding a sense of luxury and privacy.

AMBIENT Satin White Shutter Installation- Ahmed’s Textiles

AMBIENT Aluminium Security Shutters – The Shadows are beautiful


Ambient Security Aluminium Shutters are durable, have a timeless classic style, and are maintenance free. Their stylish design combined with practicality, which stretch from light and air control, to added security have made these shutters a desirable item in any home.

Ambient – Satin white – Open

With Ambient Shutters producing a high quality, personalized and custom-designed solutions – comes standard. Our shutters have been installed in some of the top celebrity and designer homes and hotels in South Africa. Ambient Shutters can also be used as partitions or room dividers within the home, as well as externally to enclose a patio. 100% locally crafted, their adjustable louver with louver locks and security shutters offer a 10-year guarantee.

Ambient Aluminium Security Shutters – The flush bolt lock patented system looks so sleek


Our Ambient shutters are designed to fit right in with your home life. We offer a wide range of shutters that are inherently flexible; our neat hidden tilt rod and tight-fitting louvers, for example, allow a range of light and privacy levels. With moisture-resistant materials and design, our products are suitable for bathrooms, kitchens and other damp environments.



Along with all these wonderful added features, Ambient Shutters can be fitted onto any window and in this installation they were particularly high. Some windows you definitely don’t want to mess with. Windows that sit high on your wall or things like sliding glass doors would be way too much hassle or just not feasible to replace the glass or put in window mats or window blankets. One of the biggest benefits of shutters is their customization. With several frames, mounts, and custom options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that can work for any window in your home.


This installation feels cool and warm at the same time and with summer around the corner, this highlights another aspect of Ambient Security Aluminium Shutters. The way most of that sweltering summer heat comes inside your home is through your windows. By installing a window treatment designed for energy efficiency, like ambient shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your home this summer.