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The home is a deeply personal space that reflects your taste, your style, and what makes you happy. If you look over towards your windows right now, and you feel anything other than joy, then it’s time for an upgrade.

There are only so many different ways to cover your windows. As such, the battle between plantation shutters and blinds rages on. If you’re trying to choose between shutters or blinds for windows in your home, here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision and to guarantee that you’ll fall in love with your choice!

The Truth About Blinds

Blinds can be very simple and cheap, you can throw them up on your windows in a few minutes, and they’ll do a passable job of keeping out light if you manage to get a perfect fit.

Blinds can be challenging to clean, especially fabric ones that soak up dust like a sponge. They can fade in colour due to exposure to the sun, and many of them don’t do a great job of blocking out all of the light.

Blinds can also have moving parts in them that can get jammed, that can start to stick, or even that can start to degrade when exposed to moisture over time.

There are many different styles of blinds, so some of these issues will apply to some types more than others. For instance, you can find blinds made with plastic, vinyl, or even thin pieces of wood, instead of fabric. These materials help to make blinds easier to clean when it comes to wiping off the dust, although the constant movement of venetian blinds is an annoyance that many of us have come across! There are usually fabric strings that hold together venetian blinds, which is a real problem for long-term durability and are an element practically impossible to clean.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Shutters

Shutters can be fabricated to fit your windows perfectly, which is our specialty! We can craft shutters for large windows, small windows, and windows in all shapes and sizes. That’s the magic of shutters, they can be circular, diamond-shaped, full height for tall windows & doors, and they come in many other styles for every room in your home.

Shutters are made from durable, solid hardwood that can stand up to varying environments much more than blinds can, which results in a quality window treatment that will last.

You can find blinds for less money than shutters, but it’s the type of situation where you get what you pay for, and higher-end blinds don’t compare in quality the same way that our made to measure shutters do. You’re comparing flimsy plastic or fabric to solid hardwood that will last a lifetime.

Shutters give you optimal control over who can see into your home, how much light can get in, and how much airflow you want at any given moment. They can be adjusted in many different ways, much more easily than blinds can.

The Decision: Should I Get blinds or Shutters for windows?

At the end of the day, the final decision comes down to choosing which style you think looks the best, and suits your needs on a practical level. Some people care more about the style and aesthetic than others, but a huge win for shutters is the fact that they look better (in many people’s opinions) They also function better, they last longer, and they’re easier to maintain.

When you put all of these facts together, it’s a pretty clear win between shutters or blinds!

This isn’t to say that blinds are never a good choice, if you like the look of blinds enough to justify the downsides, then you’ve found your best fit! But if the numerous benefits of shutters are more important to you than the look of blinds, especially if you’re in the majority of people who think that shutters simply look a lot classier, more elegant, and better overall with their timeless aesthetic, then the choice is simple when it comes to choosing between shutters or venetian blinds.

Browse our site and contact us today to get a quick quote and book your free no-obligation appointment. We will measure your windows perfectly, discuss every design/style option available, and return to professionally install them for you – it’s the most effortless way to upgrade your home.

As a homeowner, you want to know that the investments you put in will not only make your home a more enjoyable place to live, but that they will add that all-important kerb appeal. Whether you’re looking to make some money from your property in the near future or many years from now, there are a few easy and affordable ways to add value to your house without making major structural upgrades. Inadequate kerb appeal could lead to you getting on average £57,000 less than the asking price, so it’s important to maximise it wherever possible.

Here, we’ll run you through our top five affordable ways to increase your home’s kerb appeal and add value to your house. Including our very own affordable shutters!

 

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1. Upgrade your front door

One of the quickest and most impactful ways of adding kerb appeal is to ensure your front door is as stylish and inviting as possible. It’s the first thing prospective buyers, in fact all guests, will see and sets a precedent for the rest of the home. Surveys have shown that signs of wear such as dirt, mould and peeling paint can put buyers off before they’ve set foot inside.

If you’re looking for a quick and affordable fix, give that front door a deep clean to get it looking sparkling. You could give your wooden door a new lick of paint, or change the colour altogether (red, blue and yellow are particularly striking shades). A new door might be an option too, together with a heavy duty custom knocker to add a sense of authority and uniqueness. Or you could go one step further and revamp the entire door frame, adding stained glass above it. Ditch that uPVC door and get a bit of wood involved, your wallet will thank you for it in the long run!

 

Affordable Ways to Increase your Home’s Kerb Appeal
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2. Book in a regular window clean

Gleaming windows tell the story of a home that has been cared for and looked after. Conversely, dirty windows do the opposite. It is easy and inexpensive to employ the services of a local window cleaner, who will pay regular visits to ensure your windows are kept looking as new as the day they were installed. Take a walk outside and notice how instantly the kerb appeal of your home is transformed, even if other elements are still to be addressed.

 

3. Freshen up those window frames

Window frames, especially wooden ones, can show signs of wear and tear that make a home’s exterior look tired and neglected. Ask your window cleaner to give the frames a bit of love too. Wooden window frames can suffer with problems associated with damp and rot, so replace any that are beyond repair. You could go for a new coat of paint, or even a new colour scheme altogether. You may have been drawn in by the allure of deep green or black window frames on certain houses, and they can certainly add a striking edge to the front of a property. Coordinate the colour with your front door for an even bigger impact.

 

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4. Create an inviting front garden

As many as 67% of homeowners feel that a neat and tidy front garden will add kerb appeal to their home. Buyers coming to look at your property will be pleased to see that there’s not much to be done from an aesthetic point of view, whilst it creates a sense of warmth and invitation for all visitors. Simply keeping shrubs trimmed, pathways weed-free and adding large potted plants will do wonders. Chequered pathway tiles look particularly stylish, whilst you can simply cover worn out areas with gravel or shingle for a rustic yet tidy look.

 

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5. Have us install beautiful affordable shutters on your windows

By their very nature as semi-permanent fixtures, affordable shutters are one of the best ways to add value to a house. Not only can they help the asking price, but they look incredible from the outside as well as inside. Our team of local shutter experts will measure your windows and provide you with sound advice on the best options for your windows, returning later to install your beautiful new shutters. We’ve been doing this for many years now, with thousands upon thousands of very happy homeowners, and there’s no window that we can’t make look fabulous.

 

If you’d like to get your home’s kerb appeal singing and dancing, then book a free, no obligation appointment with one of our local shutter experts right here.

 

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Looking for ways to add a contemporary flair to your Victorian home? We’re here to help with some useful tips!

Victorian terraced houses are popularly sought after due to their beautiful period features, but these days, homeowners are exploring different ways to modernise the style of their home without impacting its unique character.

A timeless window covering, shutters will harmonise with any interior décor and will provide an eye-catching focal point that can be enjoyed both inside and out. With a range of styles available, there will be a shutter design to complement any room in the home. Whether you want to block out sunlight in your modern victorian bedroom with solid shutters or maintain privacy in the bathroom with café-style Polyvinyl shutters, there will be something to suit the architecture of your chosen space.

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Victorian terraced houses can tend to be quite tight and narrow, so using various different decorating techniques to create the illusion of more space is essential, especially in a modern victorian kitchen. Wall colour is an impactful part of a room, so choose a lighter shade to instantly open and transform the way light bounces around the home.

Mirrors are also a great way to make a stylish statement and build the impression of a larger space, go for a floor-length style to make the room feel taller, or have fun with it and create a mirror wall that will increase the perception of depth.

 

If you want to maximise on the light that flows into your home, shutters are a great option. Other window solutions can block natural light when trying to maintain privacy, but shutters will allow you to live freely in your home whilst allowing natural sunlight to stream in.

This contemporary Victorian house displays how Newcastle shutters can be installed onto bay and regular windows to bring in daylight and uplift the home.

 

Contemporary Victorian house

 

If you would like more information on how shutters would suit your contemporary Victorian house, or would like to book an in-home consultation with one of our shutter specialists, then you can request an appointment, or call us on 0800 970 0800.

Looking for the perfect way to transform your space? Getting your conservatory style right can be a tricky task, so we’re here to help.

As the warmer months roll in (finally!) our minds have turned to relaxing with a cold drink and that means sprucing up your favourite sunspot.

We will show you how to put your stamp on your room using different design ideas, with our Conservatory Shutters as the finishing touch to enjoy your idyllic space the whole year-round.

 

How to decorate your conservatory

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Conservatory style idea: add a pop of colour

The colour palette you choose will have a big influence on your space. Neutral tones are great for keeping your conservatory bright and spacious (think creamy whites and pastel tones to create a timeless look). However, adding a pop of colour can transform a room and add excitement.

A colourful sofa or chairs are a great way to make a statement, with jewel-toned velvets or vivid primary colours. If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, a vibrant vase or throw cushion will do the trick. 

How to decorate your conservatory

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Conservatory style idea: Choose furniture to suit the feel of the room

Depending on what you want to use the space for, there are some excellent ways to make it your own. 

If you love to entertain, adding a bar or drinks cabinet along with a stylish dining table will score top points with friends. On a balmy summer evening, fold your Shutters for doors back to create an alfresco experience.

If your conservatory is more likely used for curling up with a good book and relaxing in the sun, rattan furniture or a comfy armchair are a great way to fill the space. Adding in a bookcase and a chic rug will make this the cosiest spot in the house. 

 

How to decorate your conservatory

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Conservatory style idea: Bring nature inside with indoor plants

Adding some indoor foliage is a fantastic way to liven up the room. An olive or citrus tree can be an attractive (and tasty) addition, whilst a Bougainvillea is a beautiful option for a climbing plant. 

But if you’re not blessed with a green thumb, a cactus or succulent is a low maintenance alternative to give your conservatory style.

 

How to decorate your conservatory

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Conservatory style idea: Enhance the room with lighting

Finding the right lighting will change the atmosphere of your conservatory completely. A statement chandelier will add a touch of elegance and can be the main feature of an otherwise cleanly decorated room. 

Try dotting lanterns around the room to intensify the glow of a summer evening or candles to get that homely feeling in winter. 

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Conservatory style idea: Find the perfect window dressing

We believe the windows do all the talking in your conservatory, and the perfect window covering makes a world of difference.

Conservatory Shutters are the best choice to add style and sophistication whilst ticking all the boxes for practicality. 

Depending on the design you opt for, shutters can be the focal point of the room or the cherry on top of an expertly curated space. Whether you’re looking for modern conservatory ideas with cool white shutters or a more traditional feel with our authentic stained shutters, we’ve got you covered. Our shutters are bespoke and measured to the millimetre, meaning they’re unique to your space and the perfect solution for roof windows.Request a brochureHow to decorate your conservatoryAt Shutterly Fabulous, we believe you should enjoy your conservatory no matter the season, with shutters key to regulating the temperature. In the colder months, they act as an insulator to ensure your conservatory stays warm and snug. Then when summer rolls around, you can rotate the slats, either flooding the room with sunlight or keeping a cool glow.

Don’t worry about keeping up appearances as the UV protected coating will ensure the paint doesn’t fade. Although the bonus of giving that much-desired layer of privacy will mean you can forget you have neighbours entirely! With our tips on how to decorate your conservatory, you’ll have the perfect room to entertain or relax in. Find your colour palette, source the right furniture and add some complementary accessories for the perfect design. Finish up by adding plantation shutters to get the conservatory you’ve always dreamed of in no time. Read more about how conservatory shutters work in the summer here.Book an appointment

Want to add a luxurious feel to your home but don’t have the high-end budget? Then you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a plethora of tips and ideas to achieve affordable luxury in all areas of your home. We believe that the use of colour, statement pieces, and of course your favourite plantation shutters can really achieve this luxurious look.

 

The Midas touch

When we think of luxury and glamour, straight away we think of gold. A simple addition of the Midas touch to your interiors will add the opulence you are craving. Accessories in your favourite metal hue can do the trick. From candlesticks to plant pots, even a chic art deco drinks trolley. Here at Shutterly Fabulous, we would opt for an ornate gold mirror. This would not only add instant luxury to your interiors, but make your room feel more spacious too.

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This can even be achieved on a budget, as gold pieces can be found in a range of high street stores and online interior shops. If you’re feeling creative, why not purchase some gold paint and update your current accessories. You could gild the legs on your coffee table or update a picture frame, with even your hooks and hangers receiving this embellishment.

 

Soft furnishings

Nothing says luxury like an abundance of soft furnishings. Layering cushions and throws can achieve a luscious yet affordable look.

In winter months, concentrate on rich fabrics and materials like wool, silk and velvet to really stand out. This has the added benefit of keeping you cosy on those long winter nights too. Texture is very important when designing your home decor. With soft furnishings you can add depth with fringing, cable knit and fur.

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Go minimal

Luxury can also be achieved with simplicity. Why not go all white to achieve a subtle and delicate interior instead? Pair the rest of your interiors back and concentrate on a few key quality items for an affordable modern home decor.

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To create that simplistic look, start off with our bestselling Bright White Shutters. We put the ‘affordable’ back into ‘affordable luxury’ because we can offer the lowest UK price for hardwood plantation shutters, matching any like-for-like quotation.

 

Lavish lighting

Now is the time to be brave with your lighting. Go big or go bold, we say!

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Impressive floor lamps and elaborate lamp shades are very on trend right now. You can even incorporate all our affordable luxury home decor ideas with this rich, velvet floor lamp or make a statement with a structured, eye catching suspension lamp.

 

Rich colours

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Azur, emerald, charcoal, burgundy and maroon; all of these colours instantly make you envisage a luxury interior. These sumptuous shades are best used on a large scale. This can be on your walls, furniture and even on your shutters. Did you know that Shutterly Fabulous can match to any Farrow and Ball, Little Greene and Dulux trade colour?

So whatever jewel tone you opt for, we can match it.

 

Bigger is better

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Grand, spacious rooms and towering ceilings are not just for those who reside in castles and palaces. With a few clever design concepts, you can expand your interiors to match the grandest in the land.

Painting the ceiling in a light and contrasting colour can draw your eye to give the idea of a taller room, as will the simple addition of a picture rail: a classic period feature. Another affordable option, and the oldest trick in the book, is the use of mirrors. A large mirror positioned well will create the illusion of added depth.

 

An artful addition

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Artwork and prints are becoming a more affordable home edition. Many shops are offering reasonable options to allow you to fill your rooms with carefully selected one-off pieces.

To match your rich colour palette, why not choose a jungle/tropical themed image, or keep it classic with black and white photography. The possibilities are endless with wall art, mix and match themes, frame colours and sizes. If you surround yourself with images you love, you can’t go wrong!

 

If you want to achieve an affordable home decor that oozes luxury, follow these steps:

Gild your accessories, layer your soft furnishings, don’t forget lighting, pick rich tones and go big with prints and mirrors.

 

Book your appointment today with one of our Shutter experts, so we can help you complete your luxurious look.

Have you ever wanted to totally transform your living space without having to consider planning permission for an extension, or deal with the inevitable disruption to your household that comes with the building work? Well, look no further because plantation shutters work wonderfully as room dividers. Often, we think of shutters in terms of covering a window, but plantation shutters are an affordable and durable way to make your living space work better for you and your family, allowing you to go about doing what you love most. Here are 9 creative ways to use shutters as room dividers:

 

1. Dividing a living room

If you’re looking to convert a large living space into a dining area and living room, then plantation shutters will create a stunning room divide. Choose between a variety of different style options, such as tracked shutters to achieve the optimal look and design. The shutter panels can always be folded back to the side, should you need to open up the room again, for large family gatherings or parties.

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2. Natural divider to a bathroom or ensuite

Adding that extra ensuite bathroom to a room can be a costly endeavour. Shutters are not only stylish but will save time and money. Closing your ensuite or bathroom off to the main room with a shutter helps create a less intrusive look (especially important for smaller rooms) and also ensures that full privacy is maintained and incoming light can still reach parts of the room that would otherwise be blocked by a solid door.

 

3. Balcony door shutters

Shutter doors are one of the most common uses of plantation shutters, as they form a very natural-looking divide to the outside. If you have a large balcony or some patio doors, shutters offer the perfect means to regulate incoming light without jeopardising your privacy. Shutters also have soundproofing qualities and act as a proven insulator.

 

4. Creating a play area for children

Make the most of your living space by creating a separate children’s play area. Use a natural dividing point in your living room to section off a children’s-only space. Open the louvers to allow you to monitor playtime whilst reclining in your favourite chair just on the other side. Again, the panels can be pulled back freely to regain your open-plan living space, should everyone want to join in with the fun and games.

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5. Kitchen Door

Shutters are a great addition to the threshold of any kitchen, perfectly closing off the space so you can prepare that surprise meal for your loved ones or enjoy some time to yourself. They will help to ventilate the kitchen and keep pungent smells from escaping and spreading through the rest of the house. Hardwood shutters are also hardwearing and easy to wipe down should they get grubby or oily.

 

6. Create a workspace/study area

If you work from home, create a workspace by dividing up an existing room with a plantation shutter room divider.  Be completely in the zone and separate recreational areas of your home from workspaces. If you have children studying for exams, but have limited space, plantation shutters are a really good way of closing off a built-in study area, creating a secluded and peaceful area that can be hidden away again.

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7. Creating a utility space

No one wants to be constantly thinking about the laundry, and having your washing machine on display can make for a busy kitchen. Keep your utility area out of sight and out of mind the elegant way, with a beautiful, bespoke fitted room divider, so you can enjoy a more spacious kitchen.

 

8. A hatch between two rooms

When in use, a hatch between the kitchen and dining room can seem great for serving food, such as at breakfast time, but less than ideal when you’re cooking for guests and don’t want them to be distracted by clatter from the kitchen. Shutters not only look great but form a sound barrier and are easily folded back out of the way again.

 

9. Walk-in wardrobe

Why not finish off your built-in wardrobe with bespoke, sliding shutter doors. Furnishing a wardrobe with hardwood shutters infuses the space with coastal charm and holiday vibes throughout the year, leaving you feeling wonderfully relaxed.

 

These are just some examples of how versatile plantation shutters can be. Call our shutter specialists, who are more than happy to discuss your design options during an on-site consultation, or book here.

 

You might be surprised to discover that conservatory shutters are a stylish and functional solution to stop your conservatory overheating. So if you’re looking for conservatory shading to regulate the temperature during hot and cold months, read on. 

Conservatories are a fantastic asset to your home, especially during hot summer months where you entertain guests enjoying an unrivalled view of out onto your garden. But for all their benefits, conservatories can prove tricky to regulate temperature. If your conservatory is too hot to relax and read your book during summer months, and too cold to do work on your laptop during winter months, conservatory shutters are a natural cooling solution, and temperature regulator, thus proving to be the perfect solution.

With shade control being just one of the many benefits, plantation shutters for your conservatory are the perfect addition.

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Why opt for shutters for a conservatory?

First, for light and shading control

Conservatory shutters allow light control in a way other conservatory window dressings simply can’t. With adjustable slats, you have the freedom to adjust the level of direct sunlight entering the room. This means shutters provide adjustable conservatory shading allowing you to cool the room on hot days while adding an extra layer of insulation in cooler months. Your conservatory will be comfortable to spend time in, all year long.

Next, they offer unrivalled privacy

Another huge benefit is the privacy conservatory shutters bring against prying eyes. Conservatories can often feel exposed, especially if you’re garden is overlooked by neighbouring properties, or you have an undisturbed (and rather unwanted!) view into next door’s driveway. Installing shutters to your conservatory will bring privacy when you need it. Plantation shutters are stylish, sophisticated and as functional in a conservatory as in every other room of your house.

Another reason, insulation

Believe it or not, plantation shutters are known to act as a layer of insulation when installed to a property. Studies have shown that the bespoke nature of shutters being installed exact to the millimetre of your windows, reduces heat loss through draughts, thus reducing your energy bills. During colder months, this makes shutters an ideal window dressing for all rooms as well as conservatories. They keep the light bouncing through the space while preventing heat loss. So if you’re worried about your conservatory not feeling cosy, there’s no need.

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What’s so special about Shutterly Fabulous conservatory shutters?

We get the angles right

Conservatories are notoriously difficult to dress with curtains or blinds, never mind bespoke shutters. Customers are often unaware that having shutters in your conservatory is an option, often worried that due to the angled roofs and different shaped windows, they can’t find window dressing to fit. Here at Shutterly Fabulous, we pride ourselves on being able to measure and install shutters with absolute precision to any type of window, no matter the shape, size, height, whether they’re in reach or out of reach – and conservatories are no exception!

Our shutters are protected to prevent sun damage

Our shutters are coated in UV protected paint. This means, unlike fabric window dressings, your shutters won’t warp or fade in direct sunlight. With this fantastic feature, conservatory furniture and floor coverings will also last longer as shutters will prevent damaging effects of the sun at the push of a slat.

Every shutter is unique to you and made for your windows

Conservatories are all unique shapes and sizes, and for that reason so are conservatory shutters. In fact, all the shutters we manufacture are made bespoke for the window we are installing – no matter which room. Our experienced team of shutter consultants measure and survey windows, ordering bespoke shutters to be made to any specification. Our shutters offer a sleek and beautiful finish for years to come, adding value to your home and character to your windows.

Like what you hear? Want to get a quote to get shutters fitted to your conservatory? Book an appointment today

For more information about the benefits of having shutters on your conservatory or what we can do for your specific windows book a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our shutter specialists. fill out our online form or request a brochure. Prefer to have a chat first? Call us on 0800 9700 800.

At Shutterly Fabulous we often get asked by our clients “Can you paint plantation shutters?”  A quick internet search will yield an abundance of results to this question, so to make things easier for you we’ve comprised this quick guide to answer all your paint-related questions.

In short, we would always say to our customers that they should avoid painting their bespoke shutters. Let’s find out why.

 

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Can you paint plantation shutters?

The question isn’t so much can you paint wooden shutters, but rather whether you should. Of course, it’s possible to paint almost anything, but we would always recommend that our customers steer well clear of repainting their shutters.  Our shutters are sprayed with several coats of an acrylic-based polyurethane (PU) paint which gives them their signature flawless finish. PU is a very durable paint with resistance to several external factors such as chemicals, abrasion, UV, temperature and – most importantly – water.

Nowadays most paints are water-based so any attempt to paint them with such materials will spoil the look of your beautiful shutters. Not only this, but any attempt to repaint your shutters will require their removal first. Doing so would invalidate our 5-year warranty, so that’s an approach well worth avoiding!

 

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What about Polyvinyl shutters?

Another question frequently put to us is “Can I paint vinyl shutters?” Just the same as with our solid hardwood shutters we would say it is best to avoid painting them altogether. This is especially applicable with our polyvinyl range because it is a waterproof product. As already highlighted, our PU paint is highly water-resistant, so any attempt to use a water-based paint on our waterproof PV shutters will end in a less than aesthetically pleasing result.

 

What if I accidentally scratch my shutters?

Whilst we do recommend that our customers avoid painting their shutters, we understand that sometimes accidents happen. Maybe you’ve accidentally smeared the frame and left an unsightly mark, or a pet has scratched a slat resulting in a little bit of paint coming off. Luckily, we provide a little pot of specially made touch-up paint following every installation so that these little mishaps can be easily rectified. Whether it’s a small scratch or tiny fleck, it can be touched up within minutes, to ensure your shutters continue to look as good as the day they were installed.

 

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Make your shutter colour a timeless choice

We understand the desire to paint your shutters. Who doesn’t like to spruce up their home with a new colour scheme every once in a while? Indeed, according to one survey, in the UK we decorate our homes once every two and four years. So how best to avoid changing your shutters every time you decide to put a new lick of paint up? The simple answer is, choose a colour that is timeless.

If you’re planning on decorating in the near future, then we would always recommend going for an understated look that will age with your taste. We provide a number of shutter colours including whites, off whites and subtle wood stains so your shutters will complement any look you may go for in the future. Of course, this shouldn’t put you off going for those coloured shutters that you’ve had your heart set on. Colour needn’t mean constraint, and with us providing a colour match service for Dulux Trade, Farrow & Ball and Little Green paints, you’ll be sure to find the perfect, timeless colour for any room.

 

If you would like more information on shutter care or would like to book an in-home consultation with one of our shutter specialists, then you can request an appointment, or call us on 0800 970 0800.

 

 

If you’re wondering how to dress your bay window or you’re looking for design ideas to make the most of this period feature in your home, look no further than our Shutterly Fabulous bay windows style guide.  We’re sharing the best bay window decorating ideas to achieve a look you love. 

Bay windows make a stunning feature in any property, but they can pose a problem to dress for their tricky angles and tall, unreachable windows. The good news is that with over 16 years of experience dressing UK windows with our high-quality, made to measure shutters, we know a thing or two about how to achieve a look that’s practical and stylish.

In this bay window decor guide, we’re sharing ideas to dress your bay windows as well as practical ideas to position furniture so that ultimately, you’re making the most of the space and style within your window area.

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How to dress your bay window

There are many different bay window decor solutions to choose from, and more often than not, that’s what can puzzle homeowners. Curtains, blinds, shutters or Venetian blinds? Which do you choose? Well, all window dressing types have their pros and cons, but when it comes to bay windows, by far the most timeless, practical investment is installing bay window shutters to them.

Why dress a bay window with shutters?

  1. They’re timeless
    Having bay window shutters installed to your home complements every interior. Opting for neutrals such as white or grey, ensures a timeless design that will work to any colour scheme through the years.
  2. They’re built and fitted bespoke to the measurements of your bay window
    Built bespoke to the millimetre, bay window plantation shutters look more a part of the architecture of your home than any other bay window dressing will. Shutters offer a ‘finished’ look that allows your window dressing to remain in keeping with the era your home was built.
  3. They’ll maximise light entering the room
    The style options shutters offer, such as full height, cafe style, solid or tier on tier, give you a wide variety of choice to suit the aspect of your window, and your light and privacy needs.
  4. Bay window shutters offer insulation benefits
    It’s true, if your bay windows are single glazed, fitting bay window shutters will help to insulate your home and prevent heat loss through draughty windows.
  5. They add value to your property
    You can’t take them with you when you move home but you will benefit from a higher price when you come to sell. Bay window shutters smarten the interior and exterior of a home and attract buyers.

Practical bay window decoration ideas (for the area in front of your bay)

With window dressing sorted, now let’s look at other ideas to style a bay window which makes the most of the space in front of your bay if you have a fairly wide opening.

1. Use your bay window to position furniture

The area in front of a curved bay, angled bay, or box bay can pose a little tricky to make use of, especially if your bay window is a little smaller than most. The most common, practical use for the area is to position furniture.

In a living room, this might mean placing a sofa (if it’s a large bay) or arm chair (if it’s a smaller bay) which can create a sociable feel in the room.

In a bedroom, you could look to place a dressing table or chest of drawers in the opening, giving you a larger area to change or dress the bed (without banging your legs on furniture every turn you take!).

In an open plan living or dining area, placing a table and chairs in the bay window area creates a focal point and can easily be pushed back and styled with fresh flowers when not in use.

Tip: Ensure your window dressing doesn’t obstruct the area you are using and is easy to open and close every day. Plantation shutters are ideal as they are installed bespoke to window frames, they tend to sit flush to window frames and they are easy to open and close with bi-folding design, or a quick tilt of the slats. 

If you’re contemplating shutters or curtains, read our guide.

2. Build in storage and seating to your bay window

If you’re willing to invest a little more in the design of your bay window then consider building storage and a seat below the window frame. It is remarkable how bespoke joinery transforms the practicality, design and value of a home when done well, and in little time you could not only have plenty of storage space for blankets, books, and collectables, but also a reading nook area of your own.

Complete the look of your bespoke, built-in bay window seating with high quality, crafted bay window shutters.

Bay window design ideas if you want to make an impact

Bay windows are glorious features of a home that can be celebrated with the use of colour and styling. If you want to make an impact in your room, then you could consider one or two of these ideas which will add that drama.

Make a statement with colour

Shutters, blinds and curtains come in a variety of different colours and patterns allowing you to dress a bay window in almost any colour imaginable. Our shutters can be colour matched to any high street paint brand, which means if your walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow and Ball, and you want a darker, complementary coloured shutter such as Purbeck Stone, we can make them for you. Whether you go bold, or go neutral, our standard paint finishes complement all interiors. Find out more about the coloured shutters we offer.

One thing to keep in mind is the exterior look of your home. Ensure your shutters match your building and other rooms you’re fitting shutters to (if this is applicable/important to you).

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Make a statement with natural material

With a wide array of linens, wooden blinds and cotton materials on offer, you can make a feature of your windows by opting for natural materials. Our wooden stained shutters in our Premium Elm range offers a textured grain and a natural warmth to the room.

Pair shutters and curtains

Who said you had to choose one or the other? Shutters and curtains are becoming a popular choice for homeowners usually opting for white, grey or cream shutters and pairing them with a complementary patterned or plain curtain. It really adds wow factor.

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Add emphasis to stained glass

If you’re lucky enough to have inherited stained glass on your bay, don’t cover them up. Lots of our customers choose to fit cafe-style shutters up to the mid point of their window, leaving stained glass exposed and looking fabulous inside and out. Alternatively tier-on-tier shutters give the option to open the top set (as pictured above).

Get the Shutterly ball rolling

We hope this guide has helped to provide you with some bay window decor ideas for your home. If you’d like to get a ballpark quote and a free-of-charge measured survey or just discuss your options to install shutters with us, call us on 0800 9 700 800 or book your free appointment online today.

Shutters or curtains?

Are you considering replacing curtains with shutters? Then look no further. After reading our lowdown on how plantation shutters shape up against curtains, you’ll have your mind made up in minutes!

When it comes to the most effective style of window dressing, there can only be one winner. Let’s find out why.

 

1. Shutters provide great longevity 

Although the initial cost of plantation shutters is higher than what you’d typically spend on curtains, shutters last considerably longer. Our stylish window dressings are built to last and we never compromise on quality. All our shutters are covered by a 5-year warranty, so in the rare event that anything needs replacing you can let us do the work for you.

 

2. They’re perfect for privacy and light regulation

With curtains it’s almost impossible to achieve the right balance between privacy and incoming light. Shutters will offer you the best of both worlds! Your slats can be tilted for privacy whilst still letting daylight in. To flood the room with sunshine, simply open the panels away from the window. The eco-benefits of shutters are also obvious: the more light you let into your room, the longer you get to keep the light switch off!

 

3. Shutters offer great insulation and soundproofing

Unlike curtains, our shutters are custom-made to fit your window aperture to the millimetre, meaning that once installed, shutters act as a proven insulator, which will help you save money on energy bills in the winter and regulate the temperature of a room during warmer months. The barrier created by closed louvers is also naturally soundproofing, blocking out noise to ensure you get a restful night’s sleep.

 

4. They’re very easy to maintain

Whilst curtains often quickly appear dusty and stained, requiring frequent washing or dry-cleaning, shutters are very easy to clean and only need a quick wipe with a damp cloth every week to get them looking as good as new again. For this reason, clean shutters are much more hygienic and especially beneficial to little ones, as they reduce the risk of allergies.

 

5. Plantation shutters are design classics with real kerb appeal

Lastly, plantation shutters will undoubtedly add oodles of kerb appeal to your home. After installing shutters, the value of your home increases. Their timeless appeal will transform any living space for good. Your neighbours will love them and will soon be popping round for a cup of tea to take a closer look.

And if you happen to get tired of all your new admirers, you can always tilt your shutters closed to give the impression of not being in!

 

Why not visit our appointment page and book a free on-site consultation to get a feel for how shutters would work for you.

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