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After the stifling heat and the bright colours of the mid-summer months, it’s time to embrace the ‘Indian Summer’ colour trend.

 

Indian Summer Shutters

 

Acting as a halfway-point between the lively colours of summer and the more muted tones we traditionally associate with the autumn months, these rich matt shades are the perfect way to incorporate colour into your home.

 

Many of these colours are popular all year round, with Orchid shades still dominating our homes whilst rich oranges set to remain popular well into autumn. Ultimately, it’s about toning down the hot summer palette and welcoming the calmer shades we’ll start to see emerging in autumn and into winter – but all the while still maintaining a broad colour range that’ll help enliven your home.

 

For many, it’s hard to include such colours in the home in a suitably subtle way – yet using Shutterly Fabulous’ unique colour matching service makes this difficult task a piece of cake – shutters are an ideal way of including pops of vibrancy into your home without dominating the entire room, and getting the colour you want is as easy as providing a sample.

It’s December time, which means only one thing for most of us – time to start getting ready for Christmas!

It’s December time, which means only one thing for most of us – time to start getting ready for Christmas!

It might be the most wonderful time of the year – but it can also be one of the coldest. As the cold finally starts to set in, why not think about installing some real wood shutters to your home to help keep Jack Frost out? Offering an extra layer of insulation and comfort to your house, shutters are an aesthetically pleasing way to provide ventilation and warmth without ever compromising on style.

Even if you’re going away from your home this Christmas – perhaps to visit family and friends, or maybe for a well-earned holiday – shutters still serve a useful purpose: even if you’re not in the home. Shutters make it impossible to tell if someone is at home or not, providing privacy to the interior, even when the slats are open with light pouring in. Giving the illusion that the property is being lived in will then make it significantly less tempting for burglars – many of whom strike during the holiday period.

If you’re planning on just staying in at home with your family at Christmas, shutters are an incredible way to dress the home – whatever the season – and will make a fantastic present for your home!

Happy Christmas from all of us at Shutterly Fabulous!

While maybe not being quite as drastic as quitting your job, or packing your bags and moving to a small Caribbean island (however nice that sounds!), changing your room and design can give you that same refreshed feeling.

Whether we like it or not, the pack mentality of humans seems to work in weird and wonderful ways. One of the major worldwide actions is a change of scenery in February; whether it’s a new job, a new place to live, or a new ‘you’. It seems that the change is promoted in January, then acted upon in February – in fact this gone Monday is the busiest day of the year for job interviews!

While maybe not being quite as drastic as quitting your job, or packing your bags and moving to a small Caribbean island (however nice that sounds!), changing your room and design can give you that same refreshed feeling.

As mentioned last month Marsala is the Pantone colour of the year, so naturally the design world is leaping on this luxurious colour to promote warm and somewhat regal designs. Whites, pastels and brass all accentuate this shade.

Maybe you don’t like to follow the trends and instead make your own path. Why not bring other countries to you by creating a foreign theme in your design. We have seen shutters integrate perfectly in African, Mediterranean and Asian themes.

If like us, you’re over the winter already and keen for the first glimpses of spring to push through, then you’re going to love the latest interiors trend.

If like us, you’re over the winter already and keen for the first glimpses of spring to push through, then you’re going to love the latest interiors trend. After months of dark, moody paint colours and thinking about how to make your home feel cosy, there is a shift towards colours that are lighter in mood. Pastels are a classic spring decorating trend, but this year it’s specifically ice cream colours. We’re talking about the classic pinks, baby blues and sherbet yellows you’d find in a 50s seaside ice cream parlour.

Above: Caracas Chair from Heal’s; Pink chair from Occa Home; Manami rug from Habitat

What makes this trend different from previous pastel passions is that it achieves a much more modern effect – no twee frills or flounces, no florals or soft edges. This year’s pastels are appearing in geometric prints for rugs, cushions and accessories. Think of the graphic shapes you’d see on Miami’s Art Deco buildings rather than stripes or flowers.

Above: Furniture from the Ambrose collection at Heal’s

It’s not just abstract shapes that will keep your ice cream colours looking sharp and contemporary either. In Heal’s new Ambrose collection, pastel colours are teamed with natural wood furniture in pared-back, modern shapes, adding an organic edge. Painted wood surfaces also feature, mixed in with modern materials like enamelled steel, wire and plastic.

As any child knows, an ice cream is the perfect way to pick up your spirits and celebrate a change in the weather. Whether you go for something as simple as adding a cushion or want to add a lasting splash of colour to walls or windows, this trend is the perfect preview of the spring that’s on its way.

Fancy getting a head start on your home? Is it time to refresh a room that’s past its best? Well at Shutterly we have a brilliant new competition to help you do just that.

Fancy getting a head start on your home? Is it time to refresh a room that’s past its best? Well at Shutterly we have a brilliant new competition to help you do just that.As home stores and designers start revealing what they think will be the big trends in colour and design for Autumn 2015, we wanted to share with you one of our favourite new looks, and offer you a chance to give your own space an update.

Everywhere we look we’ve seen blue as a huge story for this autumn’s homes. From deep navy to vibrant, bright blues the shade is everywhere, and no one did it better than iconic homestore Heal’s in their new Pinner range. We caught up with Kirsty Whyte, Product & Design Manager at Heal’s, to ask her about why blue is such a big presence this autumn, and how to make it work.

“Encroaching evenings and clear winter skies were the initial colour inspiration in Heal’s furniture for Autumn 2015,” she told us, “with earthy neutrals and bold colour statements sitting alongside each other. Navy blue is becoming a new neutral, complimenting the adjacent materials of natural oak and white, while still adding an element of excitement.”

The exciting news is that we are offering one lucky reader a brilliant head-start on the new season’s trends with £250 of vouchers to spend at Heal’s. If you’d like to get £250 to spend on beautiful new homewares – blue or otherwise – then simply enter our #roomrevamp competition on Facebook.

All you have to do is tell us which of your rooms needs a revamp, then like and share our page. The winner will be chosen after the closing date of midnight, Sunday 9th August 2015. See here for full T&Cs. Good luck!

Whether its welcoming family from overseas or inviting the neighbours around, the season when we open our homes up to guests for the holidays is – yes – nearly upon us. Here are five great ideas for upgrading your home to provide a cosy, comfy welcome.

Whether its welcoming family from overseas or inviting the neighbours round, the season when we open our homes up to guests for the holidays is – yes – nearly upon us. Here are five great ideas for upgrading your home to provide a cosy, comfy welcome.

Order a new sofa

Remember how last year you watched Downton Abbey perched on a kitchen stool because the sofa was full of your extended family? If you vowed to get yourself a new sofa in time for Christmas this year then now is the time to start shopping. Sofa lead times even from big high street names can be lengthy, so don’t delay the process of trying a few out for comfort in store.

Invest in a bigger dining table

Your normal dining table plus a wallpaper pasting table plus a big tablecloth to cover the join? Make everyone feel welcome for a celebratory dinner by ordering a really great dining table that can expand to fit everyone, without any gaps or wobbles. A solid wood table with a well-designed expanding centre section will be worth the investment. And if you are expecting a house-full, then two long matching benches can make a stylish alternative to a set of  stacking chairs, and will fit more people on too.

Upgrade the kitchen

Cooking a feast for a house-full will never be a breeze, but replacing appliances with bigger and better-performing models can give your skills a boost. Whether it’s getting a bigger fridge/freezer with an ice-maker built into the door for easier entertaining, upgrading the oven to a self-cleaning pyrolytic model or replacing your kettle with an instant-hot water tap to save time and precious counter-space, now is the time to make a list of gadgets that might make the holiday season easier. Shopping now will give you plenty of time to get them professionally installed and give you the chance to try them out before the big day.

Makeover the guest bedroom

When was the last time you slept in the guest room? Hopefully not recently! But if you’re expecting guests it’s worth road-testing the room first. Is the bed comfy, is there somewhere to store clothes and cases? And do light-levels in the room make for a restful night? Have a test run now and you’ll have plenty of time to order a new mattress or occasional furniture to really welcome guests in style.

Add warmth with shutters

Talking of light levels, adding shutters to your rooms will have many benefits, with improved control on light and privacy, better warmth insulation and of course, a smart new feature that will give the whole house a real lift. If you want to order shutters guaranteed to be installed before Christmas then our cut-off date for orders is 20th October.

If you’re thinking of transforming your room with fabulous shutters before Christmas, ensure you get your orders in before our cut-off to avoid disappointment!

While it might be daunting to think that far ahead, we’re already planning for Christmas and the festive season! While you might be thinking of booking your Turkey at Marks & Spencers, or what this years toy of the year is for your child – our main concern is to make sure you can get your window shutters before Christmas!

Our Christmas cut off falls on the 20th of October 2015. This means any orders placed before this time will be up and installed in your home before Christmas – fantastic!

However… this year we are delighted to be able to offer, for the first time, our express delivery shutters service! This means you can order up to Friday 6th of November 2015 and still have your shutterly festive home!

You can win £1,000 to spend in our shutter style competition, and find out more about the different styles of shutters that are available

 

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Always wanted shutters for your home? Well now could be your chance to make that design dream come true. We’re offering the chance to WIN £1,000 to spend with us when you enter our competition below. All you need to do is:

 

1. Visit our shutter styles page and select the shutters you would most like for your own home. Below we give you a run-down of our shutters styles to help you pick your favourite.

2. Like our Facebook page here, then copy and paste the link to your favourite shutters into the comments below. Also tell us which room you imagine them going in. If you already Like us on Facebook then just paste your favourite shutters in your comment.

3. Name a friend who would love our shutters too!

 

The winner will be drawn from correct entries after the closing date: midnight on 31 July 2016.

Read our terms and conditions here. Good luck!

 

The inside story on shutter styles

 

So you’ve always wanted to have beautiful, practical shutters at home. Now is the big decision – which style to pick? Here are the main styles of window shutters and why the advantages are of each one.

 

 

Plantation shutters

 

Flexible, chic and adaptable, Plantation shutters are our forte. You can select the size of the slats – smaller slats help reduce light levels, while larger slats are ideal for bigger windows and increased privacy, as well as adding a more contemporary feel. Whatever format you choose, our shutters also have the benefit of louvres that can be pushed fully flat upwards or downwards.

 

 

Solid panel shutters

 

Perfect for getting an authentic, traditional look in a period home, solid panel shutters give the sophisticated feel of a Georgian townhouse to your windows. As a single, solid panel they are also great for reducing noise from outside, blocking light and keeping a room cosy. You can select from solid panel shutters in poplar or elm, and of course pick a custom colour if you desire. There are also two different styles – our raised panels feature extra detailing ideal for traditional schemes, while the plain Shaker style works wonderfully in more contemporary, minimal or architectural spaces.

 

 

Tier-on-tier shutters

 

Also known as Venetian shutters, tier-on-tier shutters let you open the upper and lower tiers separately, making them incredibly versatile. Open the top section to let light in while screening your home from the street with closed lower shutters – these shutters let you control light and privacy as you wish, and are also great for rooms where the light moves around during the day. We also find them very popular for Victorian bay windows, where they make a gorgeous-yet-functional feature in themselves.

 

 

Cafe-style shutters

 

Half-height, cafe-style shutters are designed to cover only the lower section of your window, and can be a great solution for rooms facing a busy street, or for people who want to maximise available light. Aid concentration by fitting them in a study, or enhance the beauty of your traditional sash windows by screening the lower-half only. With cafe-style shutters you get the best of all worlds.

Fancy having your window shutters in place for Christmas this year? Book before 9th November and ask for air delivery!

 

Christmas Shutters 2016

 

While it might be daunting to think that far ahead, we’re already planning for Christmas and the festive season! While you might be thinking of booking your Turkey at Marks & Spencers, or what this year’s toy of the year is for your child – our main concern is to make sure you can get your window shutters before Christmas!

 

This year our ‘Christmas cut off’ falls on the 18th of October 2016. In brief, this means if you get your order in before that point – you’ll have your shutters up and looking festive for Christmas day!

 

GREAT NEWS – our EXPRESS service can still get your shutters in place as long as you order before 10th of November. Get in touch today to avoid disappointment!   Back to blog

Welcoming friends and family to your home over Christmas and new year? Make sure entertaining’s stress free with our quick and easy home improvement ideas and simple ways to get set for holiday guests.

Declutter the hall

Start your guest preparation by ensuring yours is a clutter-free home. The hallway’s the space visitors will see first, so check you have enough hanging space for their coats as well as the family’s. Extra hooks are straightforward to put up, or try a peg rail instead. Shoe storage is a must-have, too. Invest in a cabinet or bench to encourage the family to stash not strew. Why not set the Christmas mood in the hall as well? Better than flowers for lasting over the festive period, a display of Christmas foliage can add seasonal fragrance and create the right atmosphere. Only have bright overhead lighting in your hall? Move one table lamp or a pair to a side table to create a soft and welcoming glow.

Living room solutions

Enough seating in the living room? Do the head count now. Can you move occasional chairs from bedrooms to avoid too many bodies on the sofa? Younger family members may be fine with floor cushions or upholstered stools, leaving more supportive seating to others and, in fabrics that co-ordinate with the existing room scheme, will look good. Check out how the passages through your living spaces work before your home gets busy, too. If any seating’s blocking doors or obvious walkways, rearrange it to ensure having a bigger household doesn’t mean overcrowding. Layouts such as sofas facing over a coffee table, or right-angled arrangements could help.

Sort out dining spaces

Don’t let a big gathering be a compromise too far on elbow room. If the dining table’s not sizeable or extendable enough consider a larger top that can be placed over the existing one and dressed up beautifully with a linen cloth. Short on dining chairs, or know you won’t squeeze in a sufficient number? A bench is a good solution for fitting in more people. An upholstered design is kinder for long relaxing meals, or invest in (or even make) some cushions to soften a wooden version. If it’s a design without back support, children and adults with great posture are the ones to seat here rather than less limber family members.

Create gorgeous guest bedrooms

The temperature of your home might not be what guests are used to. Once you’ve made up the bed, adding a throw or blanket they can use if the room’s too cold will be welcome. For those who like it cool, make sure they can unlock the window, know how to open trickle vents, and can turn down the radiator. Homely touches are always appreciated (and save those travelling on public transport carrying more than they need to). An alarm clock, a carafe and glass for nighttime water, and even a book or two are thoughtful extras. Don’t let holiday guests live out of a suitcase. If the wardrobe’s full to bursting, hooks behind the door with padded hangers will allow them to keep their clothes in good shape while they’re staying over. Clear drawer space, too, and give them somewhere to stash the suitcase out of the way rather than step around it. Even when it’s your nearest and very dearest who are staying, everyone appreciates a little time apart so if there’s room for some bedroom seating, give your guests the opportunity to relax without you (while you get on with what you need to do).

Bathroom etiquette

Be generous with towels for your guests and it’ll spare a raid on the airing cupboard when you’re busy. If everyone’s sharing a bathroom, giving visitors a different towel colourway helps. Make sure there’s somewhere to dry them, too. If the heated towel radiator’s full to bursting, a freestanding rack means they can air. A finishing touch in case they’ve forgotten, a basket with soap, toothpaste, shampoo and even a shower cap will look hotel smart in the bathroom as well as spare guests confessing their oversight. Discover more home improvement ideas on our blog.

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