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Cafe style is a popular option for street-facing rooms, affording full-privacy while letting in buckets of natural light. This style is a popular option to pair with curtains, providing you with the style and practicality of the shutters, with the soft, flowing nature of the curtains.

This Traffic White shade creates a flawless and sleek look, allowing other colourful interior choices to shine. Our range of brighter shades give a real sense of space as they reflect light in your home. The hidden rod ensures a sleek finish for these classic 64mm slatted, cafe style shutters.By Shutter Type

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

 

1. Dividing a living room

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

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2. Natural divider to a bathroom or ensuite

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

 

3. Balcony door shutters

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

 

4. Creating a play area for children

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

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5. Kitchen Door

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

 

6. Create a workspace/study area

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

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7. Creating a utility space

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

 

8. A hatch between two rooms

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

 

9. Walk-in wardrobe

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

 

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

 

How interior blogger Modern Luxe Blog transformed her Victorian living room

Shutterly Fabulous are perhaps originally known for our Brighton shutters. We first began as a shutter company in Brighton 16 years ago, measuring and expertly fitting wooden shutters in East Sussex. So when the opportunity to talk with one of our original Brighton customers who is now known for her fabulous home and covetable interior style, we couldn’t pass it up.

 

Poonam Sharma writes the interior blog Modern Luxe, and lives in a glorious Victorian family home in East Sussex. Her plantation shutters grace several windows in her property, and we are delighted she’s here to share her design story renovating her living room with us today.

Nowadays, our shutter repertoire far extends the shores of Sussex – we measure and fit wooden shutters to homes like Poonam’s all across the UK, but revisiting a home we were proud to fit, and to see Poonam’s shutters hanging every bit as fabulous as the day they were installed, fills us with delight.

Poonam, it’s fantastic to talk to you today. Tell our readers a little bit about you, your blog, where you live and how you came to own your Victorian home

I live in Hove, East Sussex with my partner Willis and my son Zachary (who’s 5). We live in a Victorian villa in Hove, which we are still finishing (and it’s taking ages!).

I started writing my blog about a year ago when I was at home looking after Zachary. Being a mum can be very demanding and I wanted to do something else I loved, which was interiors. So I decided to write a blog about our renovation and styling our home. Because as all mums’ know, there is only so much kids TV your brain can take.

We obsessed over our house for 2 years, watching it daily on Rightmove, but unfortunately it was way too expensive for us. When we finally looked at it, we fell in love with it, and put in a ‘cheeky offer’. Shock horror when they accepted it!

What did your Victorian home look like when you first moved in and what were your plans for the living room?

Structurally the house was sound. But the interiors were just awful (and that’s putting it mildly). It was owned by a family who’d had it for years, but they did nothing (and I mean nothing) with the interiors. That said, we were more than happy to buy a place where we could renovate and put our own stamp on it.

So we pulled down walls at the back of the house, remodelled the bathrooms, removed all the outdated patterned wallpaper, and installed a huge glass façade in the kitchen-dinner area.

The living room like the rest of the house hadn’t been touched. We wanted to enhance all the original features, like the coving, fireplace and amazing architraves. So we painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s Railings to make them really stand out.

You’ve done such a beautiful job bringing the property up to date. We love your Modern Luxe style and would love to hear tips for families to recreate the look. What key design elements make your living room modern luxe while being family friendly?

Aww thank you that’s very kind. The key is to understand how you want the space to feel and how you are going to use it. We bought our red velvet sofa before Zachary was born and split the corner unit into two. But it didn’t feel right for us. And as a family, it felt way too formal. So we pulled the 2 sofas back together creating more of a relaxed feel, where we could enjoy the space together. Storage was also important to us. We bought a USM unit that’s definitely more grown up. We wanted somewhere to hide Zachary’s toys and still look’s stylish. Kids storage doesn’t have to mean just kids storage. Be creative and use storage solutions that match your interiors.

Your living room shutters are obviously a key part of the look. What made you opt for shutters in your Brighton property?

I’ve always loved shutters and it was the first thing we bought for the house. And whilst, they enhance all the original features, it also gives our house a modern feel, which is one of the reasons we love them. Our house wouldn’t be the same without them.

You chose tier on tier shutters in your living room which is a popular choice for bay windows, what enticed you to choose this style and what do you love about them?

The front of our house faces a road so we decided on tier on tier shutters to open the top panels (to be like café style shutters) and allow the light to flood in while still preserving our privacy. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than people having a nose into your house whilst you’re watching your favourite Netflix drama 🙂 And if we’re feeling particularly daring (and the house is tidy), we also have the option to open both the top and the bottom shutter panels fully and let people have a nose around our living space. Tier on tier shutters just bring so much flexibility!

Do you have any tips for homeowners who may be choosing shutters for their homes? 

We’re very fortunate to live in a house with large bay windows and we wanted the shutters to look part of our house rather than just an add on. So we went on a shutter hunt around Hove, looking at houses similar to ours to see how their shutters looked and talked about what we liked or didn’t like about the various shutter styles. So when choosing your shutters, you need to decide how you want your windows to look from the outside but equally as important how they will look and feel on the inside. Cos let’s face it, we spend most of our time inside our houses. The way they look and open from the inside is key to getting the look you want. We went for white shutters to match the bay windows. And because our windows are big we also went for the larger louvres to avoid it looking too busy. The smaller louvres (individual panels) have a more traditional look, but with bigger windows, wefelt the large and fewer would look better. So my advice is to do your research (Pinterest/Instagram), go on a shutter hunt around your area viewing similar properties and you’ll quickly know which shutters will best suit your home.

Now that you’ve lived with your Shutterly Fabulous shutters for many years, how do shutters compare to other window dressings you have in your home?

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I get bored quickly and have a tendency to revamp rooms in our house on an ongoing basis. And if we’d opted for curtains or fabric blinds, I think I would’ve got bored by now. But, I have to say we’ve never got bored with our shutters. We have them in all our windows at the front of the house, making it look more uniform (first impressions and all that!). It’s the one thing in the house I wouldn’t change. They’re modern, elegant and timeless. We’ve had them for about 10 years and absolutely love them. So whilst I think about changing wall colours, furniture etc, the shutters are definitely here to stay.

That’s great to hear, we agree. Shutters are such a timeless investment. We’re curious now, do you have any other interior projects on the horizon?

OMG where do I start! If I had my way I’d start redecorating the whole house again! But unfortunately, Willis has to rein me in. I’ve just finished Zachary’s bedroom and I’m now trying to sort out the garden. But I’m the least green-fingered person ever and seem to kill anything green. Eeek! I’m not too sure what it’s going to look like, so watch this space!

Well best of luck with it! Finally to wrap up we like to ask everyone we interview, what’s the best piece of interior advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t rush into anything before understanding your own style, and trust me I’ve made a few mistakes in my time. It’s all too easy to get sucked into the lovely images on Instagram/Pinterest and thinking it will look great in your house. The key learning for me has been to; define my style, understand why I like it, then make it my own.

That’s such brilliant parting advice Poonam. Thank you for allowing us to interview you today! Take a look at Poonam’s blog Modern Luxe blog for more interior inspiration, or follow her on Instagram @modernluxeblog

Are you looking to fit shutters to your home in Brighton or elsewhere in the UK? Book a free appointment with your local shutter specialist today.

How to achieve the perfect yellow and grey living room design

Despite being one of the most uplifting colours for a home, we think yellow isn’t used often enough in interior design. When this bright, cheerful colour is paired with a neutral like grey, it transforms a room into a spring oasis – making what may have felt like a dull space initially, feel like a more cheerful room to relax in.

Pic credit: Carol H Wall

Adopting a yellow and grey colour scheme in a living room is a great approach for creating a calm but vibrant living space. To avoid using too much yellow and risk making the living room look ‘primary’, it’s all about getting the balance right with yellow and grey design, and in this blog post, we’re sharing tips to achieve the perfect grey-yellow look.

Getting the balance of yellow and grey right in your living room

There are many yellow hues you can choose from that will all create a different feel in your space; muted, softer yellows will bring a subtle, calmer look, whereas bright sunshine yellow will bring energy to the room. Regardless of what hue of yellow you opt to work with for your yellow and grey living room design, it’s important not to bring too much yellow and not enough grey to the design in order to avoid the space appearing small, closed and claustrophobic. Try using grey as your dominant colour like on the walls, on painted furniture or rugs, and reserving yellow for accent touches like cushions, window dressing and artwork. You’ll find this balance will let the colour sing in the room. If you’re brave, we offer custom colour shutters in any shade of the spectrum. Yellow shutters will bring a focal point and brighten the room.

Which yellow is the right yellow?

As with all colours of the spectrum, there are multiple tones of yellow that will create a different look depending on what your preference is. Bright and lemon yellows are ideal for a fresh, modern look and work exceptionally well with most greys. If you want to achieve a look which is a little more understated and sophisticated then mustard or a Hunyadi yellow are the ideal choices and the perfect accompaniment with darker greys. A mustard yellow and grey colour scheme is ideal for a more mature taste in decor, while bright yellow has a youthful vibrancy and great for young families. Then there are paler yellows which carry a vintage feel. Pale yellows work superbly well in a traditional setting accompanied by wooden floors and large sash windows. Exploring various interior design brochures, fabric samples and looking at photos of yellow and grey colour schemes will ensure that you select the right choice for your yellow and grey design mission.

Pic credit: Orchid Furniture

How to balance colours

As we shared, being the brightest colour on the visible spectrum, yellow instantaneously injects a sense of vibrancy and life into any room. However, due to its naturally spirited nature, yellow should be used with caution – especially if you opt for a bright yellow over, for example, a darker mustard shade. Grey works exceptionally well with all yellows but you need to ensure that the balance is right. As a rule of thumb, in a yellow and grey design, grey should be the dominant colour and the yellow should be used with caution to avoid the space appearing too garish. Aim for about 10 to 15 per cent of surface areas in the room to be yellow. This can include shutters, walls, ornaments and furnishings alike. This might not sound like a significant amount but yellow’s dominant presence doesn’t go unnoticed, even when used exceptionally sparingly.

If you’re looking to make a statement

Yellow is a powerful colour to make a statement with. Think yellow sofa, curtains, shutters or a yellow armchair and you’ll bring a lot of character to a room in one hit. If you want to decorate part of your room in a standout yellow like this then we recommend opting for a more understated, complimentary grey for the rest of the room. Or how about the other way around? Paint a feature wall in a glorious yellow, and accompany this with grey accessories and grey shutters to bring balance to the room.

Yellow shutters

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Inviting additional colours

When designing a room in yellow and grey, these two colours don’t have to be the exclusive shades you use in your room. Many colours compliment yellow and grey and can create a more subtle overall vibe. Shades of taupe work exceptionally well and add a sense of old-school sophistication. For a more contemporary feel, blues can add a vibrant touch. For a super modern feel, blues and pinks can be used in conjunction with yellow and grey for a pop art inspired look that exhibits a modern, fun and energetic character.

While working with yellow in interior design can seem like a frightful foray into the world of the unknown, by following these handy tips you too can achieve a stunning design that is sure to impress.

Are you ready to make a splash with colour? Download our brochure for interior inspiration and see how shutters can transform your home.

Our top Interior Design Tips for Small Living Rooms

Clever illusions, smart colour palettes and furniture that can do it all. Decorating a small living room is the perfect creative challenge.

Getting ideas for styling a small living room can be a struggle. It’s hard to know how to arrange your coffee table, hang your artwork and position your sofas in order to make the most out your compact space. A good understanding of the space you do have will help you make design choices that bring your small living room to life and create an environment that thrives no matter the square footage. If you’re looking for some interior ideas to maximise the impact of your small room, read on to find out some useful tips and tricks.

Interior design tips for small living rooms

1. Make use of vertical space

When you’re limited on horizontal space in your room, look upwards to see how you can play with vertical space. If you’re looking to achieve the illusion of a larger area in a small living room, drawing the eye upwards is an effective way to distract from a narrow view. A gallery wall, although seemingly cluttered, can in fact be a genius way of tricking the eye into believing the room is bigger than it is. Use two thirds of the wall height from the top down to lift the attention toward the ceiling. Rooms with high ceilings have a traditional appearance and will maintain a sophisticated feel even when limited in size. Take advantage of this by opting for lower seating that emphasises the space from floor to ceiling to accentuate the height of your living room in a way that exudes luxury.

 

2. Make your small living room cosy

Who said bigger was better? Sometimes, the best way to accentuate a smaller living room is to enjoy it for what it is. Embrace the intimacy of a more compact living area by arranging seating close together. Work with interesting angles rather than lining your furniture to the wall for a more dynamic look that gives the room more intrigue. Hang pendant lights with slender shades above side tables to invite warm light in without making things claustrophobic. Jewel-toned hues can adorn the walls to add a sense of luxury without feeling boastful or brash, acknowledging the more compact size and infusing it with a sense of romance.

 

3. Increase the level of natural light with living room shutters

Natural light will help flood your living room with openness and immediately create a more spacious feel. Don’t obstruct windows with heavy fabrics, opt for a clean and sleek approach to your window dressing. A simple way to accomplish this is with living room shutters, which can be fit to the exact size of your window to ensure a crisp, neat finish. Keep open during the day for a bright, airy atmosphere, or close and tilt the slats slightly to maintain cooler temperatures while still inviting light in. Draw attention to large windows by opting for coloured shutters. Subtle pastel tones provide the perfect accent to cooler toned rooms for freshness, or choose a vivid shade for a pop of colour – the key is to direct the gaze toward natural light. View our range of shutter styles and shades to find your perfect style.

4. Create the illusion of space with mirrors

It’s no secret that a well-placed mirror will create the impression of space in small living rooms. Consider various shapes and styles when choosing a mirror for your space. Experiment by hanging several mirrors in a mosaic layout to add more visual purpose to a bare wall. Dark corners can be lifted with a long mirror and complimentary lighting. Remember to hang your mirror opposite a light source to ensure reflected light works hard to bring brightness into your living room.

 

5. Choose slimline furniture

Where floor space is at a premium, avoid furniture with bulky bases and instead choose chairs and tables with slim legs. Not only will this prevent your room from feeling heavy and cramped, but it can also create additional storage solutions. Floating shelves are a good option for displaying personal keepsakes, books and photos without looking cluttered – let your ornaments be the focal point and stand out. Add some greenery to your walls by sitting a plant with long vines on the top shelf to direct eyes upwards and create a sense of length.

 

6. Make a statement with a large area rug

In a smaller room, don’t be tempted to size down when it comes to rugs. A large area rug is a perfect option for a small living room as it brings the furniture together, rather than creating breaks on the floor. Choose colours and patterns that complement your surroundings, but avoid staying too neutral. Bold lines or a striking pop of colour add depth to really own the space. A rug is also a great way to add texture and define the style for the whole room. Keep things cosy with a fluffier pile, or for a sleeker finish to work with a more contemporary look, choose a more understated cut wool style.

 

7. Paint your walls a light colour, then accessorise

If you’re looking for a way to really open up your small living room, keep your base colour light and bright and build upon it with carefully selected pieces. Opt for a slightly off-white shade for the walls to avoid a clinical look that still radiates freshness. Strip back carpets and embrace the floorboards, reviving with a coat of paint to lift the room. Favour dusty greys or muted pastel tones to work with the walls. For furnishings, a white sofa with accents of vivid colour through cushions and throws will create an inviting yet airy space. Contrast sharp whites with dark natural wood textures with smaller coffee tables and photo frames to maintain a homely feel. Wooden window shutters can help to bring the whole room together.

 

8. Choose multi-functional furniture to make the most of your space

Find creative solutions to space storage with furnishings that can work double duty. Ottomans are perfect for additional storage that keeps clutter out of sight and when needed, can be used as extra seating. Coffee tables which double up as storage will stylishly disguise any mess while also creating a focal point that brings the room together.

 

Looking for window dressing for your living room? Get inspired by these living room shutter ideas… 

Small window shutters fitted on the south coast

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

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

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

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

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

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