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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.

Why Shutters?

It’s an open and shut case. From looks to sound-proofing, security to energy efficiency, there are all sorts of reasons to choose interior shutters.

 

1. Cut your heating bills and help the environment

Closing shutters at dusk is proven to insulate windows and can dramatically reduce your heating costs. Choose FSC® certification for sustainable Poplar hardwood shutters that use even fewer precious resources.

 

2. Easy cleaning for a healthier home

Dust is much easier to wipe off wooden slats than blinds and curtains. When these get ingrained with dust, it creates a breeding ground for dust mites. The result? Unpleasant itching and allergies.

 

3. Invest in real kerb appeal

You’re not just treating yourself to a crisp and contemporary revamp. When the time comes to sell, buyers will notice the difference too, since nothing says modern-and-maintained quite like plantation shutters. They’re just the thing to disguise unsightly PVC windows too.

 

4. Perfectly fitted in every way

With shutters you can express your style as you cover a space. Made-to-measure to the millimetre, they can go anywhere you want and be finished in all the colours of the rainbow.

 

5. Shhhutterly peaceful

A fully-closed wooden shutter acts as a natural noise barrier. Open or shut, our shutters are too sturdy and well made to bang and rattle around like blinds.

 

6. With privacy comes peace of mind

Close your eye-level shutters to keep your room and its contents out of sight and still let the light shine in from above. Complete reassurance for relaxing roadside living.

 

7. Control of light levels, protection from UV

No other window covering gives you better light control. Throw back your shutters to let the light flood in or angle the louvres upwards to keep the sun from fading furniture. (Don’t worry about fading shutters either; they’re finished in a UV protective paint or stain.)

 

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Creating a baby’s room design that isn’t pink, blue or yellow

Baby room designs tend to be blue for boys, pink for girls, and yellow as the gender-neutral choice, but these options can be both restrictive and, dare we say it, overdone. If you’re keeping your baby’s gender a surprise until he or she arrives, or you don’t want to reveal the gender yet to family and friends, it is possible to create a gender neutral baby room that features other colours not the stereotypical blue, pink and yellow.

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Going for a gender-neutral baby room should not prevent you from creating a beautiful and well-designed space for your baby. Our gender-neutral baby room ideas are here to help you get inspired. Just because a room doesn’t state whether your baby is a boy or a girl, doesn’t mean it can’t still make a statement…

Go minimal

A great option when deciding on your baby room design is to go for minimal paint, flooring and window dressings. Choosing an off-white for the walls and a neutral colour such as beige for the carpet may not initially scream “kid-friendly.” But the minimal base actually allows you to decorate your kid’s bedroom in a variety of fun ways throughout the years. You can add exciting and personal touches through soft furnishings, wall art, rugs, wooden shutters, and accessories. The best part? As your child grows, it’ll be extremely easy to update their bedroom, as the base colours can stay the same.

Image credit: Cuckooland.com

Choose primary colours

Another great option when it comes to baby room designs for unisex is to stick to primary colours. Primary shades of red, yellow, blue and green can look a little childish elsewhere in your home – but for a baby’s room, they’re perfect. Just make sure you balance out these somewhat garish tones with some softer, neutral areas to avoid the effect of the room becoming too intense.

Play with neutral tones

If you decide to go for a neutral baby room design, there are lots of ways to bring warmth and youth to the room. Playing with a few different neutral tones, such as taupes, creams, browns, beiges, and greys, can actually create a comforting and cosy effect. Including different textures and accents can also help elevate a less bright and vibrant room décor theme. To bring elements of colour, why not opt for muted coloured shutters, and blankets, soft toys and baby mobiles in soft pastels to complement the neutral scheme.

Pick an accent

If you’re giving a room a refresh for your baby’s arrival but you want to limit the need for repainting or DIY you can still introduce colour to a gender neutral baby room, in a way that doesn’t seem so overwhelming (or so focused on the gender binary). Yellow is somewhat of a cliché in terms of a gender neutral colour, but, in truth, there are many pops of colour which don’t necessarily suggest “girl” or “boy.” Greens, reds, purples, turquoises, gold or silver can all be implemented alongside your neutral colour scheme in order to make your baby’s room seem a bit more fun, but still classic and chic.

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Keep it natural

A great tip in terms of gender-neutral baby room ideas is to take some inspiration from nature. Using natural fabrics and materials can make a less brightly-coloured room more interesting to look at. It’ll also mean the room is visually stimulating for a baby but won’t look too immature as your child grows up.

Shine bright

White rooms have a reputation for looking a little bit clinical – but done right, white walls look clean, crisp and refreshing. A white base for a gender-neutral baby room also allows you to dress it up with homeware and accessories over time. Just make sure you have plenty of soft furnishings and a warm, adjustable light to make the room cosy for your baby.

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Utilise patterns

A great way to bring a fun, focal point to your baby’s room that avoids gender bias is by the clever use of patterns. You can select patterns which don’t lean too far either way in terms of gender but still add some interest and playfulness to your gender-neutral baby room. Patterns can be added primarily in soft-furnishings, such as rugs and curtains, but could also appear on an armchair or sofa, or even wallpaper. Again, these decorating touches can be changed out over time, to allow you to update the room without a pricey and time-consuming decorating process when your baby becomes a teen.

Make it interactive

As your baby grows, their bedroom will become a place to learn, play and discover. You can really lean into this when deciding on gender neutral baby room ideas. Consider making your baby’s bedroom more interactive, with a blackboard wall they can actually draw on, or movable games such as maps built into the walls. Not only will this mean you can keep your child’s room gender neutral, but it’ll mean they actually get a say in the decoration process too!

coloured shutters

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Make their windows sing

Keeping the walls neutral and opting for a fun window dressing will make a baby’s room sing. Solid shutters are great for blocking out light while your baby sleeps, bringing all the natural light through during the day as they play. Dress your solid shutters with polka dot transfers in a variety of colours available from craft stores, and you can remove these and retouch the shutter paint years later as they grow up.

Be inspired by vintage

A fun source of inspiration for your baby room design might even lie in an heirloom you have from years gone by. Choosing a vintage or retro theme for your gender-neutral baby room that suits the heirloom can lead to some truly stunning and meaningful bedroom design. Choosing high-quality retro furniture and a colour-scheme which doesn’t lean too hard on any one particular shade is key to getting this look right. You want it to look deliberate and curated.

Design a mural

If you do go for a more specific gender-neutral baby room idea, a mural is an excellent way to make their room design exciting. You can find a local artist to paint your mural of choice – or, if you’re feeling creative, have a go yourself. You can even order wallpaper with baby-friendly patterns and scenes printed on it. It tends to be a good idea to have just one wall as a mural and to keep the others light and neutral, in order to prevent the room feeling too busy or claustrophobic.

Interested in installing shutters to your baby’s new room? Book a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our expert consultants and we can discuss your needs for your baby’s window dressing. 

How to style a minimal home: Q&A with Lou, Little Green Shed

A great lover of incorporating natural materials and all things Scandi into the home, Lou Archell has been writing her blog Littlegreenshed for eight years. During this time, she has gained an impressive, loyal following who are regularly treated to inspirational imagery and advice on creating an affordable pared-back scheme that still looks beautiful and feels lived-in. It’s fair to say that Lou’s home is one to lust over and this is why we were very excited to be able to chat to her and hear her top tips on creating a beautiful, family-friendly home.

 

Tell us about yourself, your writing career and what inspired you to start a blog

Hi, there!  Yes, I’m Lou Archell, I live in Bristol, UK with my partner Dan and our two sons, Charlie & Rufus – oh and I also write a blog called Littlegreenshed. I started blogging back in 2010, as creative outlet whilst I was a stay at home mum with two small boys.  Littlegreenshed has grown over the past 8 years, from being very much an online diary to the travel and lifestyle website it is today. I am very fortunate to say that writing Littlegreenshed now provides an income to support my family, and I still get to stay at home!

 

Your blog style is minimalist, pared-back and Scandi-esque – where does your love for this style come from?

 

My style is inspired from Scandi design, minimalism and from nature. I adore homes that reflect those aspects, think natural materials, pale colours, a calming environment.  My home is very much like that.  Although I do aspire to have a completely minimal space (with wonderful storage & zero clutter) but with two tweenage boys and their growing amount of stuff, this isn’t always easy to achieve.  My blog is a place of calm away from all that home life… a place to write about beautiful interiors, travel destinations and my aspirations and dreams.

 

 

 

Your home features lots of muted hues, natural materials and greenery. What are some easy ways for homeowners to create a similar look?

 

A few years ago, I decided that I would have a similar colour scheme to run throughout the house. No loud colours anywhere. I become slightly obsessed with only buying homewares, electrical goods etc in white or neutral colours.  For example, I have a white tv, and grey digital radio.  My crockery is white, grey or blue, same for furniture and soft furnishings.  In my home you will not see red, orange (except the kid’s rooms), purple or pink.  Just whites, greys, blues and beiges.

 

I lead such a busy life, and I work from home, so I wanted to create an interior that made me feel calm. It is quite easy to achieve, you just need to stick to a neutral palette. We have painted all the walls in a soft off white (I’ve used Farrow & Ball All White), which is soft and gives a gentleness to the space.

 

Nothing in my home is expensive. It is full of items that I have collected from car boots, flea markets or Dan has made.  I’ve upcycled pieces of furniture by painting them.  Just use what you have, paint things, and add plants 🙂

 

Such great tips! We are curious, having 2 small boys running around, how do you keep your home both beautiful and family-practical? Tell us your tips!

 

  1. Boundaries Just because you have a family shouldn’t mean you need to compromise on what you like.  Our home is very much ‘used’.  Do what you love, set a few boundaries like no eating on the sofa and all coats and bags must be put away immediately – and you should be fine!
  2. Storage Our house is very small, so storage is a must. We have two IKEA kitchen wall units in our lounge that we use to hide the kid’s computer games, an important thing.  And an old chest of drawers in the dining room, which I painted black, houses our growing pile of shoes.  Think outside the box when it comes to storage and use what you have.
  3. Go with it Be prepared to go with the mess. If things get messy, that’s life. We have scuffed paint and chipped furniture like everyone else.  We probably redecorate a room once a year, it’s like the Forth Bridge, we go around in circles!

 

What sort of window dressing do you have in your home? And does it contribute to day to day life?

 

We actually have shutters in all our rooms. I mentioned earlier that our house is a small Victorian terrace, and all our rooms are tiny. So, to me the idea of curtains seems to make our small rooms even smaller, more cluttered and messier.  I love how shutters make our rooms feel bigger. Minimal, with clean lines. They also block out the light and give us privacy too. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to curtains now.

 

Do you have any big home projects on the horizon? If so, what are they and do you get your family involved with the decorating/decisions?

 

We are always planning new projects. Next is the bathroom. We put our current bathroom in 13 years ago, when we first moved in, and it’s now looking very tired.  I dream of marble tiles and black taps, we shall see if our budget can reach that far! As for the family, I show them pictures on Pinterest and they give me a thumbs up or down. And that’s about it.

 

Finally, what’s the best piece of interior advice you’ve ever been given?

Buy everything in white!  Seriously it works.

 

Loving Lou’s style? Lots of the homes we measure and install shutters to opt for white shutters which can bring that sought-after minimal, scandi design. Take a look at Our Shutter Colours for inspiration – we offer custom colour matching too!

Shutter maintenance: How to clean shutters

It’s easy to keep your shutters clean and looking as fabulous as the day you had them installed. Here’s all you need to know about cleaning your shutters… 

 

Shutters aren’t just the most stylish window treatment out there – they’re also simple to look after. Finally you can bid farewell to the tedium of unhooking curtains and taking them to the dry cleaner’s, letting the neighbours check out your interiors, then rehanging for privacy once more. Nor do you have to worry about your window treatment taking on odours such as cooking or smoke from a fireplace.

In fact, with shutters there’s very little you need to do to clean them…

 

Dust the slats

To keep shutters clean, all you need to do is dust the louvres (or panels if you have solid shutters). Using a microfibre cloth or feather duster, tilt slats flat and dust. Then, turn the slats the opposite way to clean the other side.

Work horizontally

Alternatively, you can work horizontally by purchasing a slatted blind cleaner which can be a faster job, cleaning several slats in one go. Slatted blind cleaners are widely available on the high street and online.

Use a vacuum

Don’t like dusting? Use your vacuum cleaner on shutter slats instead. The soft brush is the attachment to use, and you can tilt the louvres one way, vacuum, and repeat with them tilted the other way to get the job done.

Wipe down heavier stains

If you have kitchen shutters, these can require a little more maintenance from time to time. They can gather a slight film of grease over time, simply because of the room’s atmosphere. Cleaning is still a breeze, though, if you use a very slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. A quick wipe and you will have them as pristine as when they arrived.

Always keep in mind that wooden shutters and water aren’t a happy combination so don’t get them wet when you’re cleaning. Of course, if you’ve chosen shutters for a condensation-prone area, like a bathroom, and they’re made from waterproof polyvinyl, cleaning with a damp cloth isn’t an issue.

Follow these tips regularly and you’ll keep your shutters in tip top condition!

 

Keen to fit shutters to other rooms in your home? Take a look at our room inspiration guides for window dressing ideas and styling advice.

Call in the shutter experts where you live

We’re bringing our unrivalled design, measure and fit service to new areas. Specialist consultants based in Bristol, Bath, Dorset and the M1 corridor are ready to give your home lasting style.

 

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Shutterly Fabulous began life in Brighton back in 2001, and we’re proud of our Sussex heritage. Our mission back then and now? To bring premium wooden shutters to UK homes. But we didn’t just want to offer smart window treatments. Shutterly Fabulous has always prided itself on unrivalled customer service every step of the way from consulting on the best shutters for every room, to designing them, and from measuring to manufacture and installation.

The way we deliver on our quality and service promises is through our design consultants with experts based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, and our specialist fitting teams, available nationwide. And now we’re growing. We’re not turning our backs on our Brighton roots, of course, but we’re adding new local consultants in Bristol, Bath, Dorset and the M1 corridor.

 

How to get expert shutter advice

If you’re looking for shutter expertise, call Shutterly. Our consultants know all there is to know about the possibilities of top quality wooden shutters and understand the materials, methods and pitfalls, so you can trust them to design the best window treatments for your home. And just in case you were wondering, they’re not commission-driven, so all their guidance is focused on creating style together with managing light and privacy in your rooms.

 

Why choose shutters for your home?

Our new local consultants are experts in their regions, as well as shutter specialists, so they can help you choose shutters that complement your home’s architecture and the heritage of the local area as well as making your interiors look great.

 

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Made your home in Dorset? Consider introducing rustic solid shutters that’ll complement the picturesque villages of the region. Painted in a colour drawn from the local surroundings they’re the perfect way to subtly link your property to the locality whenever the house was constructed. Solid shutters are winners for privacy and light control, too, and especially good for stopping daylight disrupting sleep.

 

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Proud Bristolian? Bristol’s wide array of building styles include wonderful Georgian and Victorian architecture with windows whose attractive features you won’t want to detract from with bulky or boring window treatments. If you’re looking to install shutters in Bristol, full-height louvred shutters are great for bays and tall windows, or maximise the light coming in with café-style shutters covering just the lower portion of the window.

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Resident of Bath? The Georgian terraces of Bath and the warm Bath stone properties that dominate much of the city deserve a window treatment of equal grace. Shutters in Bath properties emphasise the proportions of the architecture. Dressing every room with shutters will maintain symmetry. Tall windows can benefit from tier on tier louvred wooden shutters so the panels of the top and lower half can be operated independently for flexible control of light and privacy. Unusually shaped window? Our consultants can design shutters that follow its lines to draw attention to the elegant feature instead of hiding it the way other window treatments would.

Not sure which window dressing works with your home’s style and the local area? Our consultants can design shutters that work in harmony with your property whatever its age and architectural features – and that will continue to look good for years to come.

 

Want to speak to one of our new local consultants? Get in touch

Choosing the right shutters for patio doors

Want to put shutters on your French doors? We can help you find the right shutter style and design for you.

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What are the benefits of shutters for French or patio doors?

Whether you have traditional double French doors or contemporary folding, sliding patio doors, shutter door window dressing is the perfect addition. Why? First of all, if they are installed on a track they can be pushed to the side to enhance the view looking out the doors. They look super smart – which is especially important if you are designing an open-plan space that includes other windows which can be fitted with them too. Shutters also allow you to control the privacy and lighting in your room – perfect if yours is a space that’s overlooked or is south-facing and tends to overheat in summer. Then there’s the easy maintenance – a light dusting will be sufficient for shutters on French doors in a living room, or a wipe with a damp cloth for those in a kitchen diner. Other shutter benefits include reduced energy use and sound reduction through insulation – a must for rooms with large expanses of glazing.

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How easy is it to install shutters on French or patio doors?

It may seem a tricky task, but there are lots of clever ways to ensure it is achievable, especially when installed by out team of experienced shutter installers. There is a  variety of fitting options:

Option one (best suited to narrower expanses): attaching window shutters to external French doors. The obstacle to overcome with this method is that the wide expanse and the requirements to use the doorway mean that the width of the panels away from their anchoring points is notably further than that of a normal window shutter. The most common method of attaching plantation shutters to French doors is simply making the panels a lesser width. By lessening the width of the panels, it puts less stress on the hinges which avoids shutters dropping over time.

Option two (a good choice for wider expanses): fit the shutters on a track system. Instead of freely swinging to concertina shut (as above), the shutters are attached to metal rails, either at the top of the shutter, the bottom of the shutter – or in some cases both. This is achieved by attaching a small metal risen disk on to the top of the shutter panel; this then locks in to a clasping metal rail holding the shutters in the perfect position. This is essential for shutters over a certain width to ensure they function properly and do not drag.

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Which tracked shutters to choose for your French or patio doors?

We offer even more choice here! In fact we have two different variations of tracked shutters for your French doors or wide windows:

The first tracked plantation shutters are bi-fold. These shutters work in the same way as normal shutters: they are hinged and concertina together to fully open and close. Of course, the slats in these must be closed before they can concertina away to ensure the panels lay flat against each other. These shutters are connected by certain points at the top or top and bottom of the shutter along a rail, so they smoothly hold position as they fold. This tends to be the more commonly used form of tracked shutter.

The second tracked plantation shutters are known as bypass tracked shutters. These shutters work with the panels always holding a position parallel to the window and fixed at two points into a top and bottom track. These shutters, locked in their parallel position, are on two rails of track, allowing them to ‘bypass’ the other panel passes. This design is less commonly used as, depending on the quantity of panels, you will always have a number of plantation shutter panels covering your window. That said, for some rooms, such as smaller spaces, this is the best – or only – design solution.

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Which shutter designs work best for French or patio doors?

Due to the obvious need to connect your shutters to the tracked shutter system, the only design of window shutter available for track shutters is full-height plantation shutters. These shutters cover the entire height of your window with one panel, and can have their slats separated by utilising a mid-rail, which you may want to position at the same height as any mid-rail – or the handle position – of your door. The mid-rail, by the way, is a beam of solid wood that goes across the panel allowing two groups of slats to be operated independently of each other.

 

What else to consider?

The bulkiness or depth of your doors’ interior handles may affect the position and installation method of your shutters – this is something to factor in when measuring up. If you’re not sure, ask one of our advisers.

If your folding sliding doors fold into your room, our shutters may not be an option. Discuss with our advisers before ordering.

 

Need more help?

If you have any questions on tracked shutters, or any issues with plantation shutters for your French doors, book an appointment, no obligations and we’ll be in touch to arrange a home visit and discuss your options.

Trend: Return of the dressing table

Thought of as chintzy for years, a new crop of sleek, stylish dressing tables is on the market.

For years it has been firmly off the interiors wish-list, a piece of furniture that was associated with grannies and chintz. But the dressing table is having a moment, with leading designers creating sleek modern versions and the high-street following with their own take.

Perhaps it’s the popularity of the boutique hotel bedroom or the rediscovery of classic dressing table designs from the likes of Ercol… or maybe we’re just all admitting that make-up looks better when it’s not applied on the run. Whatever the reasons, investing in a smart little dressing table is this season’s easy way to make your bedroom over into a chic and sexy boudoir.

Habitat dressing table

Image: Habitat

We first saw the trend emerging at the 2014 Milan Design Fair, where high-end furniture specialists Se showed a stunningly glamorous contemporary take on the dressing table, complete with a dramatic angled mirror. This was the first time the brand had commissioned a female designer – Nika Zupanc – to create a range of furniture, and this piece introduced a lovely element of feminine delicacy to the collection.

Image: Furniture Village

Back in London celebrated designer Bethan Gray has also created an elegant version of the dressing table for the John Lewis Design Collective, premiered at London Design Week in the autumn. Gray’s design is typical of the new breed of dressing table. The trend is for pale wood or white lacquer, ideal for creating a fresh, feminine feel. Gray’s model also features a marble top, offering a cool and very hardwearing surface for storing your make-up on.

Image: Marks & Spencer

The shapes are important too – a dressing table, unlike a desk, doesn’t need to be huge to show off your status. Rather it’s a discreet but practical space that won’t dominate your room. The current crop have slim legs and unfussy Mid-century Modern styling. Look out for storage drawers below – or in the case of Habitat’s version, alongside. A touch of glamour is also a must – we love the copper details on drawer handles on Marks & Spencer’s version. Most important of all though is the mirror – a large round mirror will gleam like a gem and frame your face perfectly while you indulge in your morning routine.

5 shutter ideas to steal from design experts

Inspired by our regularly updated Pinterest board Shutters Room Inspiration, we thought we’d highlight a few of our favourite ideas-to-steal from interior-designed private homes, restaurants and swanky hotels.

You’ve decided that your windows need some shutters, but have you worked out what overall look you’re going for, down to the finer details? With our colour-matching service we can produce pretty much any shade you fancy, but sometimes it’s hard to pin down how your choice will work with the other elements in a room. For instance, what colour are your walls, window frames and furniture going to be?

Inspired by our regularly updated Pinterest board Shutters Room Inspiration, we thought we’d highlight a few of our favourite ideas-to-steal from interior-designed private homes, restaurants and swanky hotels…

Shutters with curtains

These are our full-height Plantation shutters in a gorgeous soft pink – so obviously we’re going to love them. But do you know what else we love about this bedroom? The fact that there’s a swoosh of soft curtain layered on top of the shutters. There is no good reason not to have both shutters and curtains – many people do – and if you opt for a fabric that’s heavier than this delicate sheer style, such as velvet or linen for instance, then insulation levels will be exceptionally high.

Shutters in black with black-framed windows

It’s true what they say about the devil being in the details. In this monochrome living area, in a hotel suite at the Ace Hotel in New York (designed by Roman and Williams), framing the windows in black then adding solid black shutters makes the white backdrop seem anything but ordinary. It’s a look that’s all about contrast. Living in a Victorian or Georgian home? Update your window frames with pitch black paint – it’s daring, but makes for a lovely and less expected result than white. Try adding it to your skirting boards too.In the Ace Hotel room, the use of black outlining reappears throughout the design – from the chair to the standard lamp – making for a strong, continuous look.

Shutters in an all-white setting

Then again, white never looks ordinary when used on almost every inch of a room – as the interiors of the Grace Hotel in Santorini prove. This is the floaty, dreamy, all-white aesthetic that never really goes out of style, and it’s having a bit moment (again) just now. There are a few grounding contrast elements in this particular take on it – the striped cushions, flooring and the art – but to really make an impact make sure all the main elements are white, such as the walls, upholstery, lighting and shutters. This room would also look striking with white painted floors – an easier update than tiles, if you already have floorboards.

Shutters that provide the colour pop

Similar but different, the shutters in this white living room add the only real splash of colour to proceedings – and we love that they are colour matched to the door. The turquoise blue gives the look a Mediterranean vibe, which, from our January perspective, can only be a good thing – even if you’re living in Macclesfield there’s no compelling reason not to go for this look.

Shutters that tone with the (grey) walls

There are many things to love about the interiors at hotel One Leicester Street in central London, and a lot of them are in the dining room. Grey walls tone into darker grey solid wood shutters and the popular neutral shade looks especially good with rustic wood and warm metal details. Try in a living room or bedroom with copper or brass light fittings and accessories and textiles in bright shades that will pop out from the soft grey base.

Tips for Successful Shutters in your Kitchen-Diner

Plantation shutters are the absolute best choice for window dressing in a kitchen. The ability to clean quickly, alongside their durability and functionality, gives many benefits over curtains or even blinds. So what style of shutter is best for your room?

Kitchen Shutters

As the Jona Lewie song suggests, the kitchen is one of the most lived in rooms and the centre of focus of the house. Whether it’s an old friend passing by and popping in for a quick cup of tea, to finding people ‘in the kitchen at parties’, you’ll need to make your kitchen into a workable yet pleasant area.

Plantation shutters are the absolute best choice for window dressing in a kitchen. The ability to clean quickly, alongside their durability and functionality, gives many benefits over curtains or even blinds. So what style of shutter is best for your room?

As shown in the feature picture above, many kitchen/diners have doors leading onto patios or the garden. Shutters for patio doors are absolutely perfect, working especially well in recessed kitchen windows as in this case. In this modern kitchen design, wide slats with concealed push rods have been used to create a clean look.

 

In this dining area shown above, café style shutters have been utilised to create privacy in this ground floor area. When thinking about dining room window ideas, café style is often the ‘go-to’ choice, as privacy can be kept – while still allowing maximum light into your room. These wooden kitchen shutters have been matched to the grey colouring of the lights to create a subtle, yet flowing look in the room.

 

 

Our final tip, in kitchens like this first floor flat, windows are often smaller and inset to the room. These make a perfect area to have some fun with colour. Make your kitchen ‘pop’ using a bright shade and make your shutters the focal point of the room. Not only does this make for an interesting design, it can also take focus of counter-tops – meaning you can utilise that space with more items without your kitchen appearing too ‘busy’.

 

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