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Sometimes the smallest decorating changes can make the biggest difference. Window dressing treatments are no exception, from curtains and blinds, to film and shutters – the possibilities are endless.

Here at Shutterly Fabulous we offer a wide range of shutters to suit every window and every room; whether you’re wanting to make your bedroom a cosy tranquil space or provide a practical window bathroom solution – there is a shutter style to suit. What’s more, with our colour-matching service, you can add your favourite shade, whilst complementing the rest of the room scheme.

 

Window dressing Kitchen

The kitchen is often deemed the heart of the home, with homeowners spending more active time here than in any other room. Whether it be entertaining friends, preparing meals, or simply having some down-time, the kitchen is without a doubt an active space.

As a result, the design of our kitchen is really important, from the smaller design details, such as surface finishes, through to the lighting in the space, creating the right ambience in this room is essential. Not only should practicality be a main consideration but ensuring that this busy hub is designed not only for today but also for years to come, is imperative.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

Incorporating kitchen shutters into your space is the perfect solution for dressing kitchen windows. They work particularly well in a kitchen environment as they allow the light to stream in whilst helping to hide unsightly views such as outdoor bins. Additionally, issues such as water damage and maintenance aren’t a problem for shutters as they can be simply wiped clean if any spills or splashes occur – a common incident in a busy family kitchen and one not solved with curtains and blinds!

Wanting to add some extra light to your kitchen/dining space? Patio doors are a great addition, however, as they reflect ample natural light around the room, this also means that privacy is often spared and as such, these large expanses of glass can be tricky to dress and style. Shutters are a simple, practical solution to window dressing patio doors, not only providing the privacy you may require, but also controlling the light and temperature – perfect for all year round! Read our blog: Choosing plantation shutters for patio doors.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

Window dressing bathroom

Bathrooms are the ideal place for relaxing and unwinding from a long stressful week. Bathroom shutters are the perfect solution for any bathroom needing a quick fix, turning it from a standard bathroom into a serene and peaceful setting.

The bathroom can be a notoriously tricky space to decorate due to the amount of moisture in the air, so more should be considered when updating it. Shutters are a handy solution for your windows, providing not only style to your space but also the perfect amount of privacy. Perfect for use in high-moisture areas of the home, the Shutterly Fabulous vinyl range won’t warp or get water damaged over time, unlike curtains and blinds. Made from lightweight aluminium and coated in vinyl, these shutters are 100% water resistant, meaning that they’re suitable for use in wet rooms.

Café Style shutters are a great option as they provide that much needed privacy, whilst still allowing the natural daylight to flood the room. Why not think about incorporating cool blue and grey accessories into a scheme, to create an on-trend look in your bathroom. Alternatively, Tier-on-tier shutters can offer great flexibility, as each panel can be adjusted independently.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

Window dressing living Room

The living room is another important space in your home, seamlessly transitioning from hosting space to a wind down zone. If your living room is in need of a new lease of life, sometimes it can take just one simple step to transform your dream haven of tranquillity and style.

If you have a living room that needs a little something, shutters can often be just the finishing touch you’re looking for and can be easily complemented by curtains and blinds. Read our blog: Pairing shutters with curtains.

There is a selection of shutters that can work within your living room, from tier-on-tier, café style or Full height shutters, all providing you with much needed light and privacy. Considering injecting a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral room, or, opt for neutral shutters for a versatile base to complement any living room style.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

A bay window is a much sought-after architectural feature in a home and is found in a lot of living rooms these days. It will seamlessly open up a room, making it feel larger and lighter, but it can also be challenging to dress with curtains and blinds. A simple and effective solution for your bay window is Bay window shutters, providing you with both privacy and an elegant aesthetic, bay window shutters will give your home that much-needed update inside and out.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

Window dressing bedroom

The bedroom is the place we spend the most of our time – the hideaway we come to in order to relax and unwind, shutting away the stresses of the rest of the world, and yet, with so much emphasis on the look of our living rooms and kitchens nowadays, we’re all probably a bit guilty of neglecting to give ourselves the bedrooms we deserve.

Your bedroom should be a refuge – a place to escape to after a busy day and a space that fills you with feelings of peace and serenity. One of the easiest ways to update your bedroom and make a real impact on your mood, is to incorporate colours and textures that elicit a calming response from the brain. Colourful Bedroom shutters are a great window dressing idea and can work with natural light to inject colour in an effective and controlled manner. Bedroom shutters enable you to balance the light and privacy in the bedroom, where comfort and well-being are a must.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

Solid shutters are a great option, whether you’re looking to insulate your room, add privacy or block out the light at night, the opaque nature of this style will act as an additional protective layer from the outside world.

It’s also worth considering plantation shutters when redesigning your child’s room. Benefits include privacy, heat insulation, light control, but most importantly, unlike curtains or blinds, there are no chords hanging down which instantly eliminates hazards.

 

Window dressing ideas

 

Why not make every room in your home Fabulous! Speak to one of our shutter experts to discuss ideas or book an appointment here.

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.

Contemporary Victorian house

 

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. 

How to decorate your conservatory

 

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.

When thinking of unfinished wood, there’s a word that springs to mind: Biophilia – meaning a love of life or living things. According to many design gurus it’s going to have an increasing influence on interior design and architecture. And why? Because we feel better when we’re surrounded by nature and any space that doesn’t offer some element of the outside world will make our senses feel deprived.

Even when relaxing, our bodies want to feel alive, to feel connected to the living world, so it’s no surprise that biophilia as a buzzword is on the rise, and that many more of us are going to incorporate a natural look into our homes.

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Kind to the environment

Studies show that the baby boomer generation are more likely to buy cheap, disposable furniture, valuing affordability over resilience. For a generation that’s hampered with overflowing landfills, this makes little long-term sense. The benefits  of natural products like unfinished wood are obvious – clean, durable and kind to Mother Earth.

In response to such short termism, Natural organic materials such as stone and plant life are increasingly finding their way into our domestic environments, and so it follows that wood and natural light will do the same. Our classic plantation shutters bring the last two elements home whilst adding much more besides. First though, let’s look into the benefits of utilising unfinished wood.

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Wood

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Unfinished wood flooring is a popular interior design choice with people who like to keep wood in its natural state. It’s a very flexible option too because it’s raw wood, and therefore offers a blank canvas to work from.

Unfinished wood brings a welcome sense of the rustic into the home, and when we think of the countryside we tend to relax. Which is what being in the home is all about! You can add your own protective finish once it’s installed, whilst keeping a pure, rural look, which subtle finishes will help achieve.

A vividly coloured rug works a treat on a pale wood floor and as most colours on the spectrum complement light wood, you have plenty of combinations to play with. l

Unfinished wood furniture

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Raw wood furniture needn’t just be functional, in fact it can be used in very stylish ways as an alternative to varnished wood or gloss finishes. Even a small item of furniture like a chair or stool can make a noticeable improvement to a room, adding a warm, comforting feeling. It can also be used decoratively, changing the shape and feel of a room’s space with mood-enhancing contours, accentuated by complementary lighting.

Mixing wood

Another great feature about unfinished wood is it contrasts fantastically with other wood types. So, if you want to bring some diversity and add darker woods to your raw materials, you could choose combinations of mahogany and walnut, beech and ash or maple and oak.

Wooden shutters by Shutterly Fabulous

Unfinished wood has a timeless appeal and matches particularly well with our shutters. Our range of classic shutters suits most interiors and exteriors, and our Premium Elm Wood range is ideal to accompany raw wood furnishings. Fashioned from only the finest timber, it gives a finish that’s second to none.

Paints and wood stains for shutters

By choosing the deep, sweeping grain of Elm, you’re treating your windows to the ultimate in natural wood shutter elegance. Our Premium Elm shutters are made from a luxurious timber with a pure wood effect that’s best emphasised with a rich stained finish, of which we offer a range of refined tones.

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The classic wood stain range from Shutterly Fabulous

These shutters, with their diverse, deep grains, give you a rustic yet sophisticated finish, that will turn any window or door into a practical, eye-catching feature of your home, attracting envious glances from urban or countryside-dwelling neighbours alike!

If you’d like to talk to one of our plantation shutter experts about wood stains, paints or booking an appointment, then call us on 0800 9700 800

 

 

Choosing the right colour for your plantation shutters can be tricky. Between more popular neutral colours like white and grey and more daring bold colours, let us give you the lowdown on how to achieve the perfect look for your home.

The colour decision process is an important one and there are two things you should consider; personal taste and which part of the room you’re looking to complement. Plantation shutters can be used to blend and merge with your current features or stand out against them to create a statement piece.

 

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Creating a timeless piece that you’ll fall in love with again and again

So why is white such a popular colour for shutters? As the most neutral of colours, white coordinates well with any design you choose for your interior. Not only does white open a space for a clean and fresh look but it provides the perfect base palette for all your seasonal transformations.

If you’re looking to achieve a crisp, contemporary look, the brightest of whites is your winner. However, opting for a subtle warmer tone such as Dove or Alabaster allows a more traditional style of window dressing.

When choosing your colour, consider the matching process; not only to your soft furnishings, but to your window frames and sills. Matching your shutters to these elements creates a seamless effect in your interiors.

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The growing trend of using greys has been sweeping our homes and interior shutters are no exception. As a balanced practical colour, grey shutters will give your home a more conservative and sophisticated look. A cool grey offers an essence of calm, whereas a darker charcoal grey communicates strength.

Plantation shutters – a great focal point

Colourful plantation shutters make a fantastic alternative to a feature wall as they bring a focal point to any room. Unlike a feature wall, plantation shutters also give you control over how much natural light you let in, transforming the ambience from dusk till dawn.

Colour blocks are growing increasingly popular, injecting bursts of bright and bold shades for playful pops of colour. Why not combine fruity lemon and papaya with geometric patterns for a fresh, industrial hit of colour, bagging plenty of character and vibrancy.

Shutterly Tip: Choosing the right yellow will induce high-spirited energy and boost productivity – ideal for a functional workspace at home.

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Dark mood and tonal ambience

Dark, moody tones will soon be coming back into season, creating a cosy space for those all-important nights in. At Shutterly Fabulous we love a deep crimson shutter, certain to bring instant quality to a bedroom or living area.

Dark shutters also help absorb the natural light seeping through the windows, making any small rooms appear larger than they are.

Choosing a dark shutter palette acts as its own décor. There is little need for interior change when you’ve made a statement as bold as this one.

Shutterly Tip: Keep your interiors looking crisp and clean by alternating dark and light colours that balance both the room’s natural and artificial lighting.

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A feast of colours to choose from

Whichever colour route you decide to go down, always keep in mind what kind of mood you’re looking to create. Shutters are a practical and long-lasting solution to your window dressing, so be sure to allow yourself the flexibility for your home.

At Shutterly Fabulous, we colour match to any Farrow & Ball, Dulux Trade and Little Greene Paint. So, if you have that perfect colour in mind that’s not on our charts, simply speak to a fabulous member of our team or book an appointment and begin transforming your home today!

 

 

 

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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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.

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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

 

 

 

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.

Here at Shutterly Fabulous we understand that choosing the right window coverings for your home can be difficult. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the many benefits of having plantation shutters to help you make the right choice.

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1. Shutters give better light control than curtains

A big factor when choosing how to dress your windows is light. Do you want more light or less light? The benefits of shutters are that they offer you full control over the light levels that enter your room. And because shutters allow you to regulate the distribution of light in your rooms better than curtains and blinds, you’ll need to use artificial light less, saving money in the process.

Conversely, when you prefer to use less natural light and keep the cold at bay, Solid wood shutters are an ideal choice. Shutters’ heat-retaining attributes are also a key factor in keeping energy bills down.

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2. They have a classic and timeless design

Beautiful plantation shutters are a classic style that will never go out of fashion. Whether you’re trying to achieve a modern design or complement period features, shutters can match a plethora of interiors. As well as transforming the interior and exterior look of your home, shutters always look as though they truly belong.

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3. Shutters are easy to clean and keep clean

No-one likes the hassle of having to take down curtains to wash them, or trying to dust venetian blinds. Another benefit of having plantation shutters is that they are so easy to clean. We would recommend wiping down the slats with a damp cloth once a week – and that is it! As well as adding a relaxing feel to your home, their low maintenance requirements provide you with added downtime.

Solid panel shutters Shutterly Fabulous

Solid panel shutters by Shutterly Fabulous 

4. They complement your colour scheme

Whether your colour scheme is dark and smoldering or crisp and white, Shutterly Fabulous shutters can complement this!  We can Colour match any Farrow & Ball or Dulux trade colour so that you can create a seamless scheme for your home. Blend your shutters beautifully or make a further feature of them by letting them stand out in bold accent colours.

Tier on Tier shutters by Shutterly Fabulous

Tier on Tier shutters by Shutterly Fabulous

5. Shutters add value to your home 

From creating kerb appeal to a high quality addition to your interiors, plantation shutters are a great way to add value to your home. You might not be able to take them with you, but when you feel it’s time to sell, these classic window coverings will prove themselves to be a valuable asset.

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6. They help provide peace and quiet

Shhh, can you hear that? You simply can’t beat a good, rejuvenating sleep. Unlike blinds, plantation shutters are proven to act as a natural sound barrier. The wood that we use in our designs acts as an effective shield to outside noise. Rest assured, once you’ve had your shutters installed, you’ll enjoy a more peaceful home and considerably better sleep.

 

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7. Solid hardwood that lasts

All of our shutters are made from strong and durable hardwood that will last the test of time. With a no-quibble 5 year guarantee, you can be confident that you’ve chosen a high quality, long-lasting product for your home.

For more information about the benefits of having shutters, you can fill out our online form to organise a no-obligation home consultation today or request a brochure.

 

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