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How we transformed the windows of this Edwardian mansion

The Shutterly Fabulous Photoshoot

Ever wondered what it’s like to go behind the scenes of an interior design company’s photoshoot? Clue: It’s long days, hard work, but a whole lot of fun. Take a look at how we transformed the windows of this mansion in Chislehurst, Kent, capturing some of our most fabulous shots yet.

The world of interior design is a creative, exciting and emerging sector. If you’re as passionate about interior design as us here at Shutterly, you’ll swoon over this post we’re sharing with you today. Have you always wanted to experience what it’s like to be on set, behind the scenes at an interior design photoshoot? Well today we’re taking you on a whistlestop tour of the Edwardian mansion we transformed in Chislehurst, Kent. It’s safe to say we made one truly stunning home even more fabulous…

The Living Room…

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Awash with period details such as original panelling, intricate cornicing and heavy cast iron radiators, the living room in this Edwardian mansion was breathtaking. It’s wide angled bay was the perfect spot for us to show off the benefits of our Tier-on-Tier shutters. Any window dressing other than shutters would have hidden the shape and lines natural to the architecture of this stunning home, and the homeowner was thrilled when she saw how practical – and stylish – the end result was.

After

We installed our Classic Poplar Tier-on-Tier shutters in Bright White to this angled bay. Choosing tier-on-tier gave us the option to keep the grid detailing either exposed or hidden. The flexibility of having two different tiers also allowed us to maximise light entering the room while keeping the bottom tier closed to retain privacy. For extra light control we simply adjusted the louvres in the bottom tier.

Every detail was considered to get the perfect look to accentuate this traditional home. We specifically chose hidden pushrods for this window to keep the look fuss-free and minimal, as there were lots of lines and symmetry featured in different areas of the room as it was. We opted for one of our standard colours, Bright white, to bounce light around the room and contrast against the wooden panelling.

Get this look in your home: Tier-on-tier Classic Poplar Shutters in Bright white, 76mm slats, with hidden pushrods.

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The Bathroom…

Before

As many other homeowners with bathrooms sympathetic to the Edwardian era will know about, most of the day the room has limited natural light entering the room. The bath being situated in the centre of the room in perfect alignment with the window also meant privacy was an issue for the homeowner. As a temporary fix the homeowner rectified this by using a frosted window covering. Fine for daytime bathing, but this can still reveal shadows to passers by when the lights in the bathroom are switched on and it’s dark outside. Blinds and curtains not an option, this was the perfect room for us to showcase the benefits of our cafe style shutters.

After

We fitted our Waterproof Polyvinyl cafe style shutters in Bright white to this bathroom window – the strongest choice of our styles for many reasons. Specifically made for steamy bathrooms and kitchens, our polyvinyl shutter range is impervious to moisture and anti-warping. To make the most of light at all times of day, installing cafe-style shutters instead of full height shutters meant that the top of the window would be constantly exposed, yet the bottom still provides ample privacy. In this instance, cafe style shutters have made a focal point of the grid detailing common in period sash windows and tackled the homeowner’s window dressing issues of privacy and light head on.

Get the look in your home: Cafe style Waterproof Polyvinyl shutters in Bright white, 76mm slats, with central pushrods.

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The Dining Room…

Before

t’s often forgotten that shutters make a good window dressing solution for patio or French doors. Doors left without window dressing look completely acceptable, but doors dressed with shutters look sensational. Key for this room was to make it feel less narrow while giving it a practical focal point in keeping with the traditional features of the room. We were excited to dress it in shutters from our Elm range.

After

We chose to fit our Premium Elm Wood range in Natural stain to the dining room windows and door to give the room instant warmth and even more charm. We purposefully opted for a darker shutter rather than white in this room which was great for making a focal point of the width rather than its narrowness. White shutters are great for elongating rooms, ideal for small or large spaces whereas Natural Elm’s darker contrast gives the illusion of the doors and windows appearing closer as we entered the room, offering a cosy look. On cold evenings, we imagined this room being full of guests with our shutters setting a cosy backdrop to the scene.

Get the look in your home: Full height Premium Elm shutters in Natural, 76mm slats, with hidden pushrods.

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The Kitchen Diner…

Before

Always a tricky room to decide on window dressing for, kitchen diner window treatments need to strike a balance between cosy and practical. The kitchen diner in this home had four sets of very tall patio doors with minimal space to install bespoke curtain rods above, and hang curtains or blinds. With our shutters being bespoke to every window and renowned for being easy to maintain, we were excited to give these doors a new look with our shutters.

After

Full of natural light, this space was a dream to photograph. We fitted our full height Classic Poplar Wood shutters in Bright white to the room to make the most of the light and give a clean minimal look. Generally, the larger the slat size the more space between each slat and thus the more light. We opted for our largest slat size, 89mm, to allow the most light possible to enter the living area. Shutters are easy to clean and don’t absorb smells in kitchens like fabric window dressings can, and opting for this larger slat size offers even more space to get a feather duster between. Important considerations for everyday living areas that can harbour a lot of dust. This is one of our favourite shots from the day.

Get the look in your home: Full height Classic Poplar shutters in Bright white, 89mm slats, with hidden pushrods.

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Curious about how we can makeover your home? Book in your free consultation with one of our expert consultants today.

Shutter Solutions for Bay Windows

Time to throw away your bay window curtains! Let us explain our bay window ideas for your home.

The United Kingdom is plentiful of homes with bay windows. Victorian and Georgian homes are typically built with bay fronts and modern architects alike add bays to give a home a less ‘square’ feeling. While looking fantastic, they can be cumbersome to add curtains or blinds – taking up significant space or not closing properly. Our shutters for bay windows can solve this problem.

In this instance (above) displayed in an angled bay, these bay window shutters have been constructed in a ‘Tier on Tier’ style. This is a common favourite for bays as tier on tier shutters have the most versatility of any design. While being able to have both tiers closed, slats can be angled to adjust the light with maximum control. When the top tier is opened, the shutters appear in a cafe style allowing maximum light into the room – yet still keeping privacy on the lower half. Perfect for living room windows.

In this box bay (above) wooden bay window shutters have been made in a cafe style. Perfect for lounges and studies, cafe style shutters can be used in place of bay window curtains to give great privacy – but still allow in plenty of light.

SW11 bay window fitted with white shutters

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Living in London definitely has its perks, with a wealth of shopping opportunities and amazing restaurants on your doorstep. But with this comes the hustle and bustle of city living, as our customer in Battersea soon found out!

Battersea Rise, SW11, is one of the main roads running through Wandsworth and has the advantage of being near the very popular Clapham Common and the abundance of unique shops and little cafés on Lavender Hill. Being so close and well connected to the city is also a bonus but one that brings many commuters through the Battersea Rise, SW11 area throughout the day and night. Our customer was looking for Victorian style window shutters that would provide privacy for the house during the evenings that he spent in this office room, and decided that Shutterly Fabulous’ fantastic range of interior house shutters were perfect for his needs. Click here for another installation in Battersea.

When this shutter customer was considering window coverings in his new house, shutters in the tier on tier design were the obvious choice as they offer flexibility in terms of filtering the light that is let into the room at different points of the day and also getting the privacy required with so many people walking past the window. White shutters with 64mm slats were chosen, along with the front pushrod to keep the design quite traditional and keep the décor of the house quite cosy.

Tier on tier shutters allow you to open the top row of panels while leaving the bottom row closed, meaning that the room stays bright and sunny and prying eyes are kept at bay. These white coloured plantation shutters look great and are versatile enough to fulfil our Battersea Rise customer’s very specific needs.

Why not call us at Shutterly Fabulous and ask how our Battersea shutters can suit your needs?

Hampshire windows turn American style!

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American shutters are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, actually the term American shutters is a bit of a misnomer. Shutters across the world have gone though a dramatic transformation since their origin in ancient Greece – although the Greek shutters were traditionally made from marble and the slats didn’t move. It was a revelation to have something at openings in ancient buildings to prevent dust and debris from getting inside.

The American shutters we think of today are manufactured most often in wood and have slats which open and close. This customer’s American shutters in Andover, Hampshire only go halfway up the window and have 89mm slats to let lots of light in yet still retain privacy. These are called café style shutters.

American shutters we see in TV shows often have a rod on the front of the shutter panels to open and close the slats with, At Shutterly Fabulous you can choose to have a rod on the front of the panel if you like – or not. The “no rod” option is called Open Sky. Read more about our shapes and styles here.

Our Andover customer wanted to have American style shutters but really didn’t want to add any detail to the panels. They felt that their kitchen had simple, almost rustic furnishings and wanted their shutters to have that same kind of feel. They chose a bright white so their shutters look neutral and their furnishings can accent the room, choosing large slats or louvers on their shutter panels give a clutter free feel, as does the open sky push rod system which they have chosen.

This style of window treatments is really becoming so popular in the UK, they are definitely a statement piece in any home and they really are functional, more so than heavy drapes or curtains as you can choose how much light you want to enter the room you have the shutters in, by simply opening or closing the slats.

Contact Shutterly Fabulous for a ballpark quote to see how much this style of window shutter would cost to have in your home. Provide approximate heights and widths and Shutterly Fabulous can give you a quick ballpark quote over the phone or via email.

Parsons Green shutters

This snug play room in Parson Green has been fitted with Shutterly Fabulous wooden shutters. Our Parsons Green shutter customers had an extension built with wide open windows on each wall, and a triangular angled roof. Wide shutters are not a problem for our team of manufacturers here, give such a wide shutter frame stability it was actually sectioned into three parts, with the shutter panels opening up within those sections.

The triangle shaped end of the room, or Gable End has be fitted with triangle shaped shutters. Irregular shaped shutters like the gable end shutters in Parsons Green are something which we often have to contend with here at Shutterly Fabulous.

Our Shutter Manufacturers have a team of designers who will send us a detailed design drawing for us to approve before the gable end shutters, or triangle shutters are manufactured. They have to get the angling right which does take additional work and time, along with additional manufacturing time. There is an increased cost for triangle shaped shutters but this is something which we will be able to quote you for at the consultation which is a non obligation quote.

The Parsons Green shutters have been finished in Cloudy White, which is a softer white than our brightest white shutter paint finish. They have been manufactured in 64mm slats, or the 2 ½ inch slats which are actually our most popular slat size. We manufacture or shutters with different slat sizes. We have 47mm, 64mm, 76mm, 89mm and a very large 114mm slat. The larger the slat, the more light can be let in when the slats are wide open.

If you have larger windows and larger panels, you can certainly look at using the larger slats. We would recommend using smaller slats if you have very small windows or a smaller reveal, as you need enough room for clearance for the shutter slats to be able to open and close fully.

If you are interested in larger slats, or just can’t decide, definitely organise a consultation. Our consultants have extensive design knowledge and will be able to look at the windows you have in your home to see what type of shutters will suit your window.

…With black stained Triangle Shaped Window Shutters””

Our wooden window shutters have always been offered in 2 different woods, the second of which was, until 2006, Oak. Oak has a lovely deep grain and is well suited to certain homes. We changed from making Oak shutters to making Elm shutters in 2006 as we found a reliable FSC certified source for this wood at a cost effective price. Shutters made from Elm have a very similar appearance to Oak with the stain soaking into the deep Elm grain to give your shutters a fantastic, rich appearance.

This converted attic in Weybridge has an entire wall of windows which has been fitted entirely with our poplar wood shutters finished in black paint.

This Weybridge attic window is a great example of how Shutterly Fabulous can install wooden window shutters to suit almost any window and space. It has various different shaped panels and Shutterly Fabulous have been able to design panels of wooden window shutters to allow access to the opening windows and to ensure a perfect fit for the triangular shape at the top. It really is spectacular to look at and has become a key design piece in this Weybridge home.

Due to the high quality paint and stain process our shutters receive, your shutters will not need retreating for a period of around 7 – 10 years. Of course this varies depending on how well you treat your shutters, but so long as you treat the panels with respect, your shutters will last a lifetime!

When you book a consultation with us we will take into account exactly how you will be using your windows and your window shutters and design wooden shutter panels to meet those requirements.

Shutterly Fabulous shutters are exclusive to us and our shutters are not sold via any other full service shutters company in the UK. Call us on 0800 9 700 800 to discover why we’re unique.

Small window shutters fitted on the south coast

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Windows differ in each property; we have learnt by designing and fitting shutters in many properties throughout the South Coast, that there are no standard sizes or standard windows!

The small windows in this lounge in the South Coast of England are small single pane windows, not what you’d expect from a “standard” lounge. Shutters fitted on these small single pane windows have been designed to match the style of the windows, a single shutter, one opening left, and the other one on the other single pane window, hinged to open right.

The customer has chosen larger slats to allow lots of light to enter between the slats when the slats are fully open.The larger slats mean that less slats are fitted in a shutter panel. And they are obviously spaced further apart from each other. Less horizontal lines breaking up a window means that the look is slightly more modern.

The customers chose another design feature which helps create a modern look for the window shutters to match they simple, modern décor. They opted for the shutters to have no push rod on the front of the panels to operate the slats opened and closed. Instead they opted for our hidden, Open Sky, push rod system. This seemingly “rodless” shutter has slats which open and close in unison.

The open sky push rod system works by connecting the louvers in the shutter together by connecting them on the back of the panel towards the window.

Lounge window in Willesden, NW10 is fitted with café style Shutters.

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Contemporary interior shutters are thought to originate from many different places, often likened to plantation shutters from Colonial USA, or perhaps the Victorian and Georgian solid shutters popular in Willesden and other areas of London. In regency style town houses, some of the original wooden shutters still exist at windows and can be bought from salvage yards. Other well known shutters are those from Ancient Greece, made from solid marble (obviously these differentiate themselves from the contemporary window shutters of today as these didn’t have slats which could pivot and turn).

Lots of customers looking for café shutters in contemporary surroundings are particularly looking for plantation shutters. This rural yet bijou style of decoration, is chic, but with an elegant country twist. Although our Shutterly Fabulous shutters don’t have particular ranges, you can create your own contemporary finish by choosing the colour, slat size, how many panels you have. The beauty of the Shutterly Fabulous contemporary window shutters is that they are bespoke for your own interior. These café style bay window shutters are in vogue and give a beautiful contemporary look to windows.

Having window shutters painted in a white, or off white again helps towards this contemporary look. Matching the shutters to your walls or furnishings keeps all aspects of your interior uniformed, giving a contemporary plantation shutters feel to the whole look. Our Willesden, NW10 customer was inspired by a family friend’s shutters in Shepherds Bush, W12.

The contemporary window treatment in this Willesden property are a Café style sunshine bay window covering, meaning that the plantation shutters only travel half way up the window, or finish at a point where you want them to, perhaps to match up to a bar already travelling across your window. This contemporary look is called Café Style as it’s reminiscent of café’s and bistros in regions of Europe. Our shutters for sale offer the UK’s most competitive installed shutter prices.

Tulse Hill Shutters South East London Individual Bay Shutter Frames

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The shutters in Tulse Hill, South East London are fitted to a sunshine bay or a curved bay. Curved bay shutters are becoming more and more common place, particularly in the Tulse Hill area.

Fitting curtains on a curved bay can mean having heavy drapes hanging at the windows, blocking out essential light and becoming a bit of a dust trap. Installing shutters at a curved bay means that you get lots of light pouring into the room from all angles, the whole point behind a sunshine bay window.

This curved bay window is very typical of a sunshine bay or curved bay in the Tulse Hill area. The Tulse Hill shutters have been fitted in their own individual shutter frames. This is partly due to the curve of the window and partly due to the architrave surrounding each pane of glass.

The bespoke shutters have been manufactured in a specific colour at the customers request. Custom colour shutters are a frequent request here at Shutterly Fabulous, we often match to Heritage colours, or to Paint and Paper Library colours. Muted neutral shutter colours are very of the now and as such customers are ordering custom shutters to match home furnishings in similar neutral colours and shades.

These individual shutters in individual shutter frames on this curved bay in Tulse Hill, South East London really set themselves apart from other shutters and as such have become a huge focus feature of the room. These are our standard colours, which our bespoke shutters are manufactured in at no extra cost. Additionally we have a range of stains. Again these are our standard shutter stains and we will manufacture our bespoke shutters in this range at no extra cost.

Bespoke London Shutters

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There are so many different types of buildings in London as they span different eras of design that we find ourselves here at Shutterly Fabulous designing very different bespoke shutters in London for each of our customers.

The plantation shutters in this London property are fitted to four separate sash windows. We often fit to sash window openings. Our London customer’s shutters are each made with one shutter panel opening left and one shutter panel opening right. Each of the Shutters on the London sash windows has 89mm slats.

Shutter slats come in a variety of sizes. There are 45mm slats, 64mm slats, 89mm slats and 114mm slat sizes. Most of our customers choose either 64mm slats or louvers for their shutters, or the 89mm slats. There is no right or wrong for which slat size you choose, but larger slats when opened wide at their open position would certainly decrease privacy at the window, and the smaller 45mm slats would increase the privacy on the same sized window when at their open position as there would be more horizontal wood at the window.The shutters in this property pictured have two panels, one opening left, 1 opening right, and they have a mid rail situated at the point where the sash meets in the centre.

The mid rail in the centre of the London shutters in the picture has two main functions, one which is that it covers the natural break in the sash where the top sections meets the bottom section, also it allows the push rod which operates the slats opened and closed to have a break in it. This allows our London shutters customer to operate their top slats independently from their bottom slats.

This means that there is more control over the light which comes in through the shutters, and allows a bit more flexibility as to how the light is directed and angled when it comes in.

These shutters are painted in the softer Cloudy White rather than our brightest white paint finish. The customer has chosen Poplar wood which is from an FSC certified source. Why not see if we can help you with your shutters, use our online quote form or give our sales team a call to get a quote for your windows.

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