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You might ask yourself: Why should I go for shutters rather than blinds for my bay window? That’s an excellent question, and one that we are happy to answer. Being the UK’s original shutter installation provider, it may not surprise you to learn that we believe shutters are always the best choice when it comes to your bay windows. But we certainly aren’t biased; we back up what we say. So, if you are trying to decide on bay window blinds or shutters, just keep reading…

Privacy and Light Management


This may be one of the main selling points of blinds, but shutters will offer you the same qualities, and to a greater degree. Shutters are bespoke and measured to your bay window, and you will have much more control over the moveable slats than you would with blinds. With shutters, not only will you be able to control the amount of light coming into your room, but your privacy will be considered too. Furthermore, the customizable nature of shutters gives you even more versatility. Whether it is café style, full height, or tier on tier shutters for bay windows, you will have the last say on how much of your window is covered. Blinds, on the other hand, do not afford you with the same luxury.

Insulation and Ventilation


As mentioned above, shutters are measured to the specifications of your windows, bays or otherwise. They are also fitted into their own frame, allowing minimal air to escape. This means that shutters are ideal for keeping out those jarring winter drafts. And for those warmer summer days, their adjustable slats – available in 64mm, 76mm, and 89mm – mean you can let in some air without skipping on privacy. Blinds on the other hand, simply hang from the top of your windows, allowing unwanted air to enter the room freely and minimising insulation.

What About Maintenance?


When deciding on bay window blinds or shutters, maintenance is an important factor to consider. After all, you want your windows looking their best for years to come. Luckily, plantation shutters are simple to clean. A quick wipe down with some lightly soaped water or a going over with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment will easily do the job. Blinds are much more fragile and usually made of fabric, meaning much more care is needed when giving them a once over. Shutters also trump blinds where resistance to UV and water damage are concerned. In fact, all Shutterly Fabulous’s premium hardwood shutters are coated with a special UV protected paint, ensuring you will be enjoying them for years to come.

Shutters for Bay Windows Are Always Bespoke.


While already mentioned above, we feel it is worth reiterating. Shutters will always be made to the exact specifications of your bay windows. Whether you have a box or angled bay, whether the windows are sash, PCV, or even of a special shape, you can be sure that our shutters will accentuate whatever makes your windows special. Where blinds hang down and obscure, shutters hug and accentuate the unique shape and features of your windows.

Still deciding on bay window blinds or shutters? Our friendly team are happy to answer your questions. Call us on 0800 970 0800 or send an email to hello@shutterlyfabulous.com.

Weighing up the benefits of vinyl vs wood plantation shutters? Read our guide to the materials available before you make your choice.

When it comes to interior design choices, there is always a balance to be struck between form and function. If you chose all of your décor based purely on its performance, you might end up with a home that lacks charater; while if you go purely on a striking look, you might find your furniture and interiors degrade with time and need to be replaced.

Ideally, when it comes to furnishing your home, you would strike a happy balance between the two. That is definitely true when it comes to shutters, which provide just that: a function that goes beyond simply having a striking and timeless look and feel. That is why Shutterly Fabulous offers different materials for our range of shutters, namely Painted Hardwood, Stained Hardwood and Polyvinyl Waterproof.

So, when it comes to vinyl vs wood shutters, how do you know which material is right for your home? Well, many people are drawn to the natural feel of Painted or Stained Hardwood, along with its durability and, if you go for the Stained Hardwood option, its beautiful natural wood-grain aesthetic.

While shutters a popular around the home, they are also a timeless choice for bathrooms, too. With their ability to regulate light, heat, and noise and, crucially, their ability to shut to provide much-needed privacy in this most private of settings, they’re always a popular aesthetic choice when furnishing bathrooms, with many preferring them to the frosted glass that has become ubiquitous in the world of interior design.

While some bathrooms may be fitted with excellent dehumidifying technology, most bathroom shutters will expect to deal with a fair amount of condensation from baths and showers, and even direct contact with water if it is a wet room. It can be a conundrum for people who want the distinctive look of shutters in their bathroom, but who are concerned about the effects of water on the materials over time.

That is where Shutterly Fabulous’ Polyvinyl Waterproof range comes into its own. They’re designed to effortlessly deal with the effects of condensation and water over years, without warping or bending, and will look as good a decade down the line as the day they’re installed.

Form vs function, vinyl vs wood shutters – the best thing is that with all materials and styles covered across Shutterly Fabulous’ range of beautiful plantation shutters, you’re free to make the best choice for each room, and therefore the best choice for your home, without ever having to compromise.

Popularised during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, the roots of the classic terraced row house go as far back as the 16th century. From split-level flats in central London to whole houses in high streets and suburbs around the country, this style of housing has become a mainstay in British life, providing all the security and flexibility of a family home while continually providing an excellent use of space in populated areas.

Bay windows are a feature that has made Victorian properties such a firm favourite in the world of housing, but it can also present challenges when it comes to finding a window solution that enhances the design. However, shutters are a great option that will complement bay windows whilst providing many practical benefits.

If you are wondering what plantation shutters will work best for your Victorian row house, please see answers to the most asked questions below.

What window solution will work best on bay windows?

Plantation shutters are the most stylish and compact option for bay windows. A mainstay of Victorian-era decoration, full-height, tier-on-tier and café-style shutters will complement the building’s architecture and provide versatility in the home whilst giving the space a clean and minimal look.

Why are plantation shutters the best option for bay windows?

There are many reasons why made to measure plantation shutters make the perfect partner for Victorian bay windows. Firstly, they are made to measure and easy to install, which eliminates the problem of curtains or blinds that may not measure up perfectly with your windows.

In addition to this, shutters will offer ultimate flexibility in the home that will allow you to live comfortably. Whether your Victorian row house is on a main road with lots of nosy passers-by or you experience outdoor noise entering your home, plantation shutters are a natural choice that will offer unrivalled privacy, noise insulation, light control and more whilst adding to the aesthetics of the space.

Can I have plantation shutters anywhere in the home?

Yes you can! While many people look for shutters to make a beautiful centrepiece for the living room, they remain a great choice for any room. Full-height shutters work beautifully on French windows, for example, while café-style shutters are a great choice in a bathroom or kitchen.

Whether you live in a small or large property there is always the question of how to best use the space that you have.

Here we look at unique and elegant ways to utilise the space in a room by incorporating a bay window with seating. And a perfect way to enhance these is with plantation shutters.

Why opt for a bay window seat?

A bay window seat provides the perfect space to make use of the natural light that is exposed through the window area. Compared to ordinary flat windows, bay windows project outwards and because of this, more depth for a cushioned seating area is created.

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In addition to the bay window’s depth, a wider angle is provided either side of the window that offers a better view. Having bay window shutters will also allow more space for seating in comparison to curtains that can crowd the seating area. Shutters give you better optimisation of light and privacy control – whether you’re opening your slats in the morning or blocking out the streetlights at night.

A bay window seat with shutters can produce the perfect arrangement of natural light, privacy and comfort.

How do I style a bay window seating area?

When thinking of the general style of your bay window seating area it’s firstly important to consider what the room in question is used for.

When considering lounges or living rooms, these are spaces best used to socialise, relax and entertain family and friends. It’s useful to incorporate the purpose of the room into the overall design and style of the seating zone.

To create a comfortable setting for rooms like these that are regularly used for socialising, you can incorporate a larger seating platform to allow room for more than one person. In addition, larger cushions can be added for a more comfortable seated area along with a larger coffee table to accompany it. For the larger bay window add a single seated sofa on either side to create a more social corner to the room. It’s good to talk!

Bedroom bay windows with seating

Bedrooms, being quieter rooms used for rest, relaxation and recuperation, are ideal places to create a seated area for lounging or reading. As a bay seating area is a great place for natural light, it creates the perfect reading space if you’re lucky enough to have a bay window in the bedroom.

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Image credit: Bella Mancini Design

It’s also a perfect design opportunity to create a bay window seat with storage. For the avid reader, the storage around the seating area can be used as a small library. This can be done by adding open shelving units around the window or by simply building an open storage box under the seat to showcase a collection of books. This is a versatile idea that could even be used to showcase other personal items such as vinyl. You can have fun with your seated bay window storage area by recreating its look with your other bay windows and tempering them to suit each individual room.

What dressing works best for bay window seating areas?

When thinking about bay window seating areas the ideal environment would be comfortable and private. Choosing plantation shutters enhances the bay window by taking advantage of its depth, while still complementing the foundation of the window. They smarten the window’s look without appearing to reduce its dimensions like other dressings can do.

How to create the perfect bay window with seating Shutterly Fabulous

The choice of style of the shutter can depend on the amount of natural light that usually comes through the room. If you have a window that has a lot of natural light you may want to choose café style shutters that will provide privacy for the bottom half of the window and an open top that brings in natural light.

On the other hand, you could choose to go for full height shutters that provide full privacy at the window but still afford the opportunity for natural light to enter the room.

 

If you’re thinking of enhancing the space in your home with some classic, timeless shutters, then speak to one of our experts on 0800 970 0800

 

 

 

How Abi Dare created a sanctuary in her Bristol home

Designing and crafting the perfect bay window shutters is something we specialise in at Shutterly Fabulous, so when renowned interior blogger Abi Dare from These Four Walls leaned on us to make over the bay window in her Bristol home, we were delighted to advise her. With a distinctly minimalist style that is inspired by her time spent in Scandanavia over the years, shutters were her first choice for her living room bay window, to balance form and function, while making the most of the period features in her Victorian home.

If you’re curious about whether bay window shutters will work for you or not, or if you’re trying to achieve a similar neutral interior style in your home, read on for Abi’s story and tips to help you create a sanctuary…

 

Hi Abi, it’s great to talk to you today. We love your blog, These Four Walls. You have a very calm, distinctly minimalist style. Can you tell our readers what inspired this look in your home?

Minimalism has always appealed to me, and I’ve never really liked anything flashy or over the top. I’ve spent a lot of time in Scandinavia over the years, and that’s definitely inspired my design choices – I love the way Scandinavian homes balance form and function and generally have a ‘less is more’ approach. I remember visiting the design museum in Copenhagen on a school exchange when I was 14 and marvelling at all the beautiful mid-century furniture on display. I knew I’d discovered an aesthetic that was going to have a big impact on me.

I’m also very drawn to neutral colours, and for an unusual reason. I have a condition called synaesthesia, which is when one sense merges with another rather than being experienced separately. In my case, it means I see each letter, number and day of the week as a different hue, and as a result, my mind is constantly buzzing with colour. Avoiding clutter and surrounding myself with muted tones is a much-needed antidote to that!

You have such an interesting relationship with colour. What do you believe to be the benefits of living with neutral colours, and are there some neutral features in your home you couldn’t live without?

I find neutral colours very calming, and they definitely help me to unwind and feel relaxed in a space. They’re also a timeless choice as they don’t really date. And they work with most other colours, meaning you can easily change the look of your home with soft furnishings or accessories, without having to redecorate in full.

That said, I appreciate that many people prefer to have more colourful homes, and I strongly believe that we should all decorate in whatever way makes us feel happiest. For me, that means lots of white, grey and beige, but for others, it might mean vibrant pink or midnight blue!

Tell us more about your Victorian home in Bristol. What has been the most satisfying interior design project(s) you’ve undertaken in the house?

My husband Chris and I have a very typical three-bedroom red-brick terrace dating from around 1900, which we bought just over four years ago. We fell in love with it because it has beautiful period features but is much lighter and airier than many Victorian homes, and we’re gradually going through it room by room to make it our own. The living room has definitely been the most satisfying project to date – it was the first space we finished and it set the tone for the rest of the house. It’s also the room we spend the most time in, so getting it right was important.

To someone who loves your Scandi-influenced style, and would like to decorate their home in a similar fashion, where would you say is the best place to start?

Get the basics right – wall colours, flooring and any major pieces of furniture such as sofas and beds. They set the tone for the whole space and are often the most difficult things to change, so focus your time and money on those first. You can then add smaller items and accessories over time, as and when budget allows or you find the right finishing touches.

Light is also key to Scandinavian style. Look for colours and window dressings that maximise natural light, and position lamps to create a soft, cosy glow rather than using harsh overhead lighting.

You recently chose to install our made-to-measure wooden shutters in the bay window of your living room. Can you describe how they’ve transformed the space for you?

The window faces straight onto the street, so being able to have privacy without blocking out natural light is wonderful. It’s made such a difference to the room and the way we use it – it somehow looks both cosier and larger at the same time, and we feel a lot more comfortable now we’re no longer living in a goldfish bowl. What’s more, the shutters fit the pared-back decor perfectly and look so much smarter than curtains, which always hung awkwardly.

I also love being able to have the windows open behind the shutters, so that fresh air can filter through the slats – and there’s no longer any risk of our cat jumping out onto the road, which was always a bit of a worry beforehand!

What factors made you choose full-height shutters and what advice would you give to someone who’s considering having shutters installed to their bay windows?

Initially, I was keen to have tier-on-tier shutters, as I’d seen them in other homes and liked the idea of having the top sections open and the bottom ones closed. But the shape of our window meant there would be no way to open the top tiers and have them sit flat against the wall, so we’d only end up banging our heads on them! I, therefore, decided to keep things looking as clean and minimalist as possible, and opted for full height shutters rather than breaking them up with different sections that we wouldn’t use – although the slats at the top and bottom still open independently of each other, which is really useful.

It’s something I wouldn’t have realised without the help of our local Shutterly Fabulous design consultant. It just goes to show that it really is worth using a company with consultants, rather than trying to measure up for shutters yourself. The latter might work out a bit cheaper in the short term, but you risk making costly mistakes.

Now that you’ve been living with the bay window shutters for some time, what single feature do you like best about them?

The fact that we can tilt the slats to let in natural light without anyone being able to peer in from the street. It means we can happily lounge around in our pyjamas on weekend mornings, enjoying a lazy cup of coffee with sunshine streaming in!

What advice would you give to other homeowners looking to dress their bay window with shutters?

Do a bit of research using magazines or Pinterest, and see what style of shutters you’re drawn towards. But try not to have too many set ideas before the design consultant visits, as they really know their stuff and will be able to advise on what will work best for you and your lifestyle. There will probably be options that you haven’t even thought of!

You’ve obviously been very busy with your home interior projects. But are there any other renovations you’ve got lined up?

We’re in the middle of sprucing up the kitchen with new door fronts and worktops. We also have grand plans to rejig the layout and move the bathroom upstairs, but that will have to wait until finances allow! And as we love the shutters in the living room so much, we’re considering installing them in our bedroom, too…

Thanks very much for taking the time to speak with us. Before we wrap up, we like to ask everyone who we interview, what’s the best piece of interior advice you’ve ever been given?

Take time to work out what you want, rather than what you think you should have. It’s always worth living in your home for a while before making any major decorating decisions, as you’ll get a feel for the space and light, and how you use the various rooms. I know it’s tempting to rush into big projects, particularly if you’ve inherited decor that you really don’t like from previous occupants, but if you act on impulse you’ll risk spending time and money on something which you’ll come to regret. For example, when we first moved into our house we wanted to knock down a wall to create an open-plan kitchen-diner because that’s what most people do with properties like this. But I’m so glad we didn’t, as we’ve come to realise that we like having separate spaces and being able to close off any mess in the kitchen!

Fantastic advice, thank you for allowing us to interview you today Abi! Take a look at Abi’s blog These Four Walls for more minimalist interior inspiration, or follow Abi on Instagram @thesefourwallsblog.


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How to make the most of period features

Lucky enough to have a home packed with character? Then don’t let it’s architectural details go unnoticed. Read our tips on maximising the impact of period features…

Pic: Shutterly Fabulous

Was it the high ceilings, ornate plaster work, and elegant bay window that made you fall for your home? Or perhaps you couldn’t resist the charms of beams and an inglenook fireplace? Maybe it’s the architectural details of another period that created an irresistible pull? Whichever features you’ve inherited in your property, Shutterly Fabulous have put together 7 tips for making the most of their character.

1. Dress a bay window

Bay windows are beautiful period features and give a home interest from outside and in. A window treatment that emphasizes their shape and proportions is what’s required here, but it needs to work hard too, shielding the inside of the room from the gaze of passers-by, while still letting in precious daylight. The bay window dressing that’s perfect for the job is shutters. White shutters will maximise light reflection within the room to brighten it, but if the bay window is one of your room’s finest features, why not opt for coloured shutters that will make it even more of an attention grabber? With our custom colour service, you can even choose the hue you love the most as a finish for painted shutters.

Pic: Country Living at Carpetright

2. Let beams stand out

If original beams are a feature of any of your rooms, don’t let them fade into the background. Painting the surrounding walls and ceiling white or stone colours can help make dark beams a more prominent feature – and if yours is a small room with a low ceiling, you’ll also appreciate the space-expanding qualities pale walls bring. Make sure other decorative features don’t stand in competition either. In this space simple furniture shapes that tone with the beams and a rustic-style floor covering leave the original features to do the talking.

3. Look upwards

High ceilings are a cherished feature of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes, and it’s good to draw attention to this dimension of a room. Hanging pendant lights to a low level, whether that’s over a kitchen island, dining table, or as side lights in the bedroom is one way to put the focus on the loftiness of a space. Make sure you choose a light fitting with an attractive cord or chain if you’re employing this strategy – a long length of plastic will do nothing for the room scheme. Pay attention, too, to the final height of the light fitting so it doesn’t block conversation across a table, say, or make it possible that someone tall sitting at a breakfast bar will knock their head on it.

Pic: Marks & Spencer

4. Paint mouldings

Dado and picture rails are elegant features of older homes, and paint’s an easy way to accentuate them. Using white is one way to do it – try contrasting this with a charcoal or deep green or blue on the rest of the wall for a contemporary look. Alternatively, use the same shade below the dado and above the picture rail with a coordinating colour in between, as shown here. Like a more traditional look? Try painting the picture rail and above in white.

Pic: Original Style

5. Restore the path

Original tiles leading to the front door may have become damaged and dirty over time, but restoring them to their former glory is a worthwhile project to emphasize a home’s historic credentials and even add value to your home. If the tiles have gone missing or broken over time it’s easy to find historic designs to bring back the period style that’s been lost. Take a peek at the paths of neighbouring homes if you’re not sure what yours would have looked like. The same goes inside the hall. Have a look under the carpet and you may be lucky enough to find original encaustic tiles which can be restored and cleaned – either on a DIY basis, or by calling in a professional.

Pic: Farrow & Ball

6. Focus on the fireplace

Original fireplaces are fabulous focal points for a room scheme, so even if yours is no longer used, it’s worth making it the central feature of the space. Dressing the mantelpiece is one way to help draw the eye. Hang or prop a generously sized mirror and add decorative accessories. Balance rather than symmetry is the way to go for a modern look – and don’t overcrowd the area. Stacked logs can fill an empty hearth in an appealing way, as can candles, but make sure they’re tall versions or they’ll look lost in space. Lay a rug in front, too, to help make the fireplace the main event, or follow this room’s lead by painting eye-catching stripes in front.

7. Pick out panelling

Don’t let wall panelling be an unremarked feature of a period home. Colour is the perfect remedy to make it a statement in the room. Try a jewel-like blue, as here, which looks spectacular teamed with gold accessories. Alternatively, go for a dark and dramatic shade and team with a sofa or armchair in a bold colour. After a softer effect? A gentle grey will emphasise the panelling’s detail and marry the old and new in a room perfectly.

Brighton’s best
interiors bloggers

Brighton buzzes online just as much as on the streets. We love checking out blogs by talented local writers, interiors experts and creatives for getting fresh perspectives on our hometown, as well as keeping up with the latest events, openings and festivals.

Brighton buzzes online just as much as on the streets. We love checking out blogs by talented local writers, interiors experts and creatives for getting fresh perspectives on our hometown, as well as keeping up with the latest events, openings and festivals. Here we pick five of our favourite Brighton interiors blogs that we hope you’ll take to your heart too.

Hello Pea Green

If you’re looking for the best cutting edge ideas on home trends, plus news from interiors exhibitions across the globe, then the HelloPeaGreen blog by professional interior designer Mary Middleton is the perfect place. Full of insider info and lots of inspiring images, Brighton-based Mary has a great eye for what’s up-and-coming in the design world at large.

Fizzy Peaches

Based just outside Brighton, the blogger behind Fizzy Peaches is Lyndsay, who describes herself as “cyber geek by day, blogger by night, dog lover and tea drinker in-between.” We love her blog because she’s always out and about, reporting on the best things about living by the sea, whether it’s the latest restaurant opening, craft club or food festival. Keep up with everything our home town has to offer with the ‘Brighton’ strand of her blog, or check out progress on the home she’s recently bought as she blogs her way through the makeover.

Pic credit: Fifi’s home in Brighton

Fifi McGee

See a new side of Brighton with blogger Fifi McGee, as her eponymous blog features gorgeous photography of the areas surrounding Brighton and the Sussex Weald taken by her photographer partner. Fifi blogs about how to get the very most out of her 1930s semi detached home in Brighton and has a relaxed, contemporary vibe to her style. The blog’s tagline is “Cushion mad and happiest when out on a country walk” and this sums up her charming, personal take on homes and seaside living perfectly.

Brighton Bohemian

Self-confessed Brighton Bohemian Sarah Harman focuses on the more creative, free-spirited aspects of life on the coast in her blog BrightonBohemian. Sarah also runs online jewellery shop Moon Tide, so her blog is not only full of great and genuinely different jewellery ideas, but also some fascinating interviews with local artists and makers.

WeLoveHome

If you want the best Brighton-centric design advice then ask an expert. Maxine Brady is an interiors stylist working for big name magazines, and combining this career with her blog WeLoveHome. Whether you want to know about the best local shops and designers, where to buy the latest trends on a budget, or follow Maxine’s progress revamping her own Brighton home, this blog is full of indispensable insider tips and advice.

The interiors rues designers use – revealed

To make your home beautiful and on trend, who better to turn to for advice than the experts on modern interior design? Get wise to decorating secrets, tips and tricks from the pros.

 

Want to introduce Pantone’s colour of the year, Greenery, to your home? Interiors writer at Ideal Home Jennifer Louise Ebert advises adding it to a pared-back scheme in colour blocks, and teaming this with plants – real or faux.

To turn a house into a home stylist Maxine Brady recommends swapping white plastic switches and sockets for metal versions. She chose grey for her own home, but loves copper versions, too.

Interior designer Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen says a mistake she frequently sees in homes is art hung too high, which spoils the look of the room. Her recommendation? Hang it so the centre of the picture – or the centre of a gallery wall – is 1.5m from the floor.

Concentrate on your home’s hallway if you want to feel happy every time you walk through the door, as well as create a great welcome for guests, advises interior designer Nicole Gibbons. Upholstered stools can be slipped underneath a console table in even a small hall and pulled out when you’re slipping shoes on and off.

Don’t go overboard when you’re adding cushions to a regular-sized sofa (large modular designs can take extra). Interior designers Suzanne and Lauren McGrath say that more than five is too much.

Team pastels with black for a contemporary look, advises design expert Holly Becker. It grounds them and makes the look sophisticated and grown-up. Try adding a touch of red or vibrant orange, too.

Pic: Feather & Black

 

To give your rooms a glamorous finish, opt for curvaceous furniture and look for details such as piping and tufting, says stylist Emily Henderson. When it comes to selecting fabrics, go for velvet, linen and silk with sparkle or even sequins, she adds.

For a sociable seating group but a formal look in the living room, interior designer Abigail Ahern recommends placing two chairs opposite the sofa with a small coffee table in between.

Pic: Loaf

 

Stylist and TV personality Pippa Jameson is a fan of the trend for velvet sofas, but recommends a protective treatment for the fabric and choosing a dark colour such as midnight blue or grey.

Interior designer Lauren Liess says that we needn’t be afraid of positioning furniture and accessories in front of bookcases – the shelving can work like a wall does. Why place pieces right by shelves? Creating the grouping of furniture the room requires or adding interest may be the priorities above shelf access.

How to get boutique
hotel style

Want a luxury, hotel-style interior without the price tag? Recreate five-star luxe with our guide.

 

Dress the window

Whether you’re thinking contemporary boudoir or boutique bedroom, hotel style calls for a sleek window dressing that’s both on trend and timelessly stylish. In other words, shutters. White will reflect plenty of light in a small space that’s starved of natural daylight – and you can endlessly change your colour scheme around it – but don’t forget that other neutrals, such as greys, beiges and even black, will look equally hotel-chic.

Pic: House of Fraser

 

Be bold with scale

Creating a hotel-style home means you’ll need to rely on a few statement pieces. It might be a beautifully upholstered chair, a stand-out rug or an over-sized lamp. Or it may just be a huge houseplant (which let’s face it, is the most affordable option – and one that’s bang on trend for the year ahead). For maximum impact, put it against a wall painted in a moody paint colour, such as black or dark blue. This colour contrast trick works outside in the garden, too.

Pic: Shutterly Fabulous

 

Add bright colour accents

Most hotels – even kooky boutique ones – have a neutral colour scheme, even if it’s at the dark and dramatic end of the scale. Which is where bold colour accents come in. Just a touch of bright pink or lime green or sunshine yellow in these schemes will stop them feeling dowdy and understated and give them some contemporary wow-factor. You could even introduce the colour in your shutters with our Colour Match Service.

Pic: Ikea

 

Go for natural materials

Leather sofas, wooden furniture and stone floors all go a long way to persuading the eye that the room they’re looking at cost a fortune – but of course, we all know that just a little clever shopping can make bargains look beautiful (hint: look for texture and keep the colour palette limited). Up the luxe factor by layering your scheme with deep pile rugs, chairs upholstered in touchable velour, faux fur throws and comfortable squashy cushions – and of course, add that splash of all important colour.

Pic: Koket

 

Choose the 3 Ms

Marble, metallics and mirrors. Need we say more? These three magic ingredients will make a bathroom or kitchen instantly hotel-glam. Marble is a hot trend for the year ahead – you can find it on everything from wallpaper to telephones; and metallics are playing a starring role on vases, bowls and even wall tiles. Mirrors? All we’ll say is: the bigger the better to up the impact.

Pic 6 The Dormy House

 

Create comfort

However slick, streamlined and sleek your hotel-style interior might look, it’s got to be comfortable for you to enjoy it. So, if you can, try before you buy; and if you can’t, consider the texture carefully. That means armchairs, beds, sofas and even flooring you’ll be walking on barefoot. Bedding and shutters, too. If you’re going to be standing, sitting, lounging, lying on – or just looking at it – it’s got to be inviting.

 

Check out our hotel style interiors Pinterest board for more inspiration

 

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Shutterly Fulham Shutter Company

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Fulham in the South West of London is an affluent area within close reach of Chelsea and Kensington. Our customer in Fulham SW6 contacted our shutter shop for information about window coverings, how they worked etc and wanted a brochure to show some images of our window shutters and the styles they can be manufactured in.

The building styles vary dramatically throughout the area which means so many different styles of windows which can have shutters on them. Here at Shutterly Fabulous, although we don’t have a shutter shop in Fulham itself, we are a shutter company who install in Fulham, south west London and the surrounding areas.

Concerned about how much light is let in by the shutters, our customer contacted us for advice about slat sizes and general information about how to make sure they got what they wanted out of their window coverings. The Shutterly Fabulous shutter shop has an expert team, consisting of the office team, consultants, installation teams and an aftercare service. Getting the correct window shutters for your windows is the topmost priority of our shutter company.

The team was able to advise our customer that in order to let lots of light in, they should discuss with the consultant on the consultation visit, larger slats. The larger the slats you have in a shutter set, the larger the space between them, therefore when the shutter slats are wide open lots of light will come in between them. In order to help with privacy and help with reducing the light when the slats and panels are closed, the Shutterly Fabulous office team explained about side rails.

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