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Choosing the perfect style of shutters for the windows in your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It can feel like it’s a lot to take in at first, but we’re here to help break things down and make sense of everything. If you still have any questions, get in touch to schedule an in-home consultation with one of our experts!

A key factor in choosing which style of shutters to choose for your windows comes down to the size of the window itself. The shape of the window plays a big role, too. While we can install any style of our shutters to any windows that you have, we find that it’s helpful to use the following guidelines as a starting point. Matching the size and style of window with the best fitting style of shutter will ensure your home looks truly fabulous!

 

Wooden Shutters for Interior Bay Windows

The magic of our shutters is that we can manufacture and design any style to fit each window, so there’s no rules written in stone that things have to be a specific way. Our shutter specialists will consult with you and explain all the different choices you have. Here are some bay window decorating ideas to get you started.

 

Shutters for Box Bay Windows

Box bay windows can bring a lot of extra light into your home, and plantation shutters are an excellent fit for this style. Since plantation shutters, are also designed to help optimize light, it’s a match made in heaven! Sometimes, you don’t want a lot of light, and it’s quick and easy to make those adjustments when you install plantation-style shutters in your box bay windows.

 

Shutters for Curved and Angled Bay Windows

Just like with box bay windows, plantation shutters are also an excellent option for curved bay window configurations. Rest assured, we can show you how everything will look in similar homes to yours, and we will measure your bay window precisely so that you’ll get a perfect fit, regardless of which style you choose.

Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows

Cafe style bay window shutters are a great look for curved bay windows, as they’re generally wider than they are tall, and will provide privacy for street-level rooms.

Book a free appointment today, and one of our shutter consultants can visit your home and advise you on the best style for your bay windows.

 

 

Bi fold shutters for Bay Windows

If you’re worried about shutters taking up a lot of room in your bay window, discuss the option of bi-fold shutters with your consultant. Bi-fold shutters are where two shutter panels are hinged together and can fold back neatly. These shutters even have magnet plates in the panels to ensure they close securely.

 

Solid Shutters for Bay Windows

If your bay windows are in your bedroom, then this is a good opportunity to use solid shutters. Solid shutters on bay windows do the best job of blocking out the light, and they offer complete privacy. Even though these solid hardwood shutters block out the light, they can still be opened up to let in the light when you want to let a little sunshine in. Solid bay window shutters also provide a traditional aesthetic that complement period properties perfectly.

 

Shutters for Small Windows

If you have small windows in your home, then full height shutters make a great fit. Full height shutters cover the entire height of your window, as the name suggests. Rather than having multiple panels stacked, they are tall enough to cover the length of your window and provide a streamline and fuss-free look.

 

Shutters for Modern/UPVC Windows

Windows in modern properties are usually wider than they are tall, so tier-on-tier shutters aren’t the best option in this case. We would recommend going with full height shutters instead, with a larger slat size and hidden rod, these modern shutters will turn your home from fine, to fabulous!

 

Shutter on Patio or French Doors

If you’re lucky enough to have French or Patio doors, then this is another prime location to install shutters. Not only do shutters on doors look great, but they also take up less room compared to their blind and curtain counterparts. Shutters on doors also provide you with complete control over the light that enters your rooms, I don’t think curtains can say the same!

 

Shutters on Sash Style Windows

If you have sash style windows in your home, then café style shutters make a great fit. Café style shutters cover the lower portion of the window, and leave the top section uncovered. This works nicely in cafés, as the name suggests, since you still get a view of the outside, but with a little extra privacy.

Tier on tier shutters work very nicely with the design of a sash window, as the rails in the shutters can line up seamlessly with the rails in your sash windows. Our shutter consultants can advise you on the best design for your windows, as they all have years of experience in designing and installing shutters on sash windows.

 

Shutters on Special Shaped Windows

There are other shapes and styles of windows that don’t necessarily fit into any of the above categories, but don’t worry, we can make shutters for those, too! From hexagon windows, arches, circular windows, triangles, and anything else – put us to the test!

We love the challenge that comes with crafting the perfect set of shutters for every window in your home. We’re confident that we’ll be able to come up with a custom solution for every shape of window. Read more about our special shaped shutters here.

 

We’ll Help You Choose The Perfect Shutters For Your Windows

Our in-home consultants have year of experience speaking to homeowners about their shutters, and can explain the pros and cons of every single type of shutter style you could dream of. If you have an idea of what you want already, we’ll help you finalize the details. If you’re still unsure, leave it to us, after all- we’re the experts!

From curved bay shutters, to windows large and small – we’re looking forward to working our magic in your home!

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When embarking on the journey to beautiful bespoke shutters, it is essential to know the difference between louvered shutters and solid shutters and the benefits they provide. Whether you’re looking for privacy, light control or noise reduction, we aim to answer all of the need-to-know questions about the two styles.

 

What’s the difference between louvered shutters and solid shutters?

Louvered shutters are a versatile style that works well in both traditional and contemporary properties. Whether you choose full-height, tier-on-tier or café-style, all of the shutters feature adjustable slats so that you are in full control of privacy, light and more. Find out more about wood louvered shutters.

Bespoke solid shutters are quite different in terms of design. They feature statement wood panels that allow maximum light in when open and when closed reduces light and outside noise. In addition to this, full solid raised shutters also help to insulate the space, making it a great choice for those who live in older homes that suffer from central heating escaping through the windows. Find out more about solid shutters.

 

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What styles feature louvres/shutter slats?

Full height, tier-on-tier and cafe-style all feature moveable shutter slats, and we even custom-make louvered bifold window shutters. Our louvered shutters are available in 4 different size shutter slats.

 

What rooms would you install louvered shutters and solid shutters?

Louvered and solid shutters are both incredibly adaptable and can be installed in any room. Whether it is the bedroom, living room or bathroom, the style you go for ultimately depends on your personal preference and the room’s practical needs.

 

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Are solid and louvered shutters both bespoke?

Yes! All of our shutters are bespoke, so no matter your window style or size, we will be able to create a custom design that suits your home.

 

Am I limited to colours if I choose either designs?

No don’t worry, you will not be limited to colour choices. Our bespoke colour matching service will allow you to choose a shade, whether you go for louvered or solid shutters, that perfectly complements your interior style.

 

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To see how the different styles will look in your home, we offer a free no-obligation appointment with a specialist who will be able to seamlessly guide you through the different options and offer their knowledge on what will look best in your space. Get a quote and book your free appointment here.

 

Interior window shutters are a practical and stylish addition to the home that will provide light control, privacy, safety for kids and more. However, when going through the design process, differentiating between the various shutter slat sizes can feel confusing.

To help you find the right shutter louvre size for your window, we have put together an informative guide below.

 

Which shutter slat size should I choose for my window?

 

What shutter slat sizes does Shutterly Fabulous offer?

To ensure there is variety, we offer four different slat sizes: 64mm, 76mm, 89mm and 114mm. The different sizes available allows for all tastes and practical requirements to be met.

 

Does the shutter slat size affect privacy and light?

The 64mm and 76mm slats are perfect for reducing the flow of light. Choosing one of the smaller sizes means that there will be more shutter slats within the panels, which in turn, will allow slightly less light into a room. However, if you’re looking to increase natural light, opt for larger slats (89mm or 114mm). The wider louvre design means that when the shutters are open more light will be able to enter the home.

If privacy is a significant factor, both shutters provide this, but the smaller slats will offer a bit more coverage on the window due to there being extra slats on the panels.

 

Which shutter slat size should I choose for my window?

 

What works best in contemporary and period homes?

Wider shutter louvres make a statement and will enhance a modern home. Providing a streamlined look that will complement other aspects of the room, shutters with a larger slat size will lend itself nicely to a contemporary space. If you live in a period home that holds a lot of character and traditional architecture, opt for the smaller slats that will contribute to the feel of the room.

 

What shutter slat size works with large and small windows?

If you are looking to dress a small window, opt for shutters with a smaller slat size for a clean and balanced finish. When dressing larger windows, wider louvres will work best. Covering a large amount of space, bigger shutter slat sizes will achieve a proportional clean-cut look.

If you are unsure about what will work best in your home, our shutter experts will be able to give you professional advice and assistance with your choice. Book your free appointment here.

 

Which shutter slat size should I choose for my window?

 

Will the louvre size restrict my shutter style choice?

The different slat sizes will work with all of our shutter styles. So, you’ll have the freedom to choose Full Height, Café Style,or Tier-on-Tier without any issues.

 

To see how the different sizes will look in your home, we are offering a free no-obligation appointment with a specialist who will be able to seamlessly guide you through the different options and offer their knowledge on what will look best in your space. Book your free appointment here.

More and more people are now opting for shutters on sliding doors within their homes. Open plan extensions with doors that span the entire wall is an interior goal for a lot of homeowners – ourselves included! These vast and impressive doors do not lend themselves to blinds or curtains, which is where shutters for doors come in.

We’re here to tell you that there isn’t a door or window we can’t put shutters on, or one we can’t make look fabulous.

 

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Whether your doors open out to a patio, garden, balcony or another room – shutters are the perfect addition.

Sliding doors are usually made up of large panels of glass. This glass lets in light, heat and prying eyes! This is where shutters come in. Shutters on sliding doors offer complete privacy. The slats allow you full control over the light levels and the solid hardwood material keeps in the heat.

Shutters are so perfectly suited for sliding doors, we have 3 options available: Full height shutters, bi fold track shutters and bypass track shutters.Book an appointment

Sliding doors with shutters on a track

Shutters on sliding doors are an ideal match. Our made-to-measure shutters can be designed to hang on a track system, which means the shutters can bi-fold to the side(s) or they can bypass to the side(s). Our shutter specialists will create a bespoke design to best suit your sliding doors.

This track design offers a seamless transition in a wide variety of interior doors spaces and room dividers. Tracked shutters are perfectly suited for wide sliding doors and large windows where you don’t want a bottom frame piece.

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Bi-fold tracked shutters neatly stacked to the side.

 

Bi-folding shutters for sliding doors

These shutters are concertina-style, which means you can push them back to the side of your sliding door and have them neatly stacked in front of each other. This allows your open-door space to be free from obstructions with the freedom to fold the panels back over the open door, so you can benefit from cool air, extra shade and added level of control. This flexibility of design is ideal if you have young children or pets that you want to benefit from the outdoor conditions without them running in or out.

Our shutter experts can discuss with you what you need from your shutters and create a design that is best suited to your exact needs.

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Bi-fold shutters

 

Bypass shutters for sliding doors

These shutters are also on a track, but instead of folding, the panels slide in front and behind of each other. These are a great option if you always want an element of door coverage. If you have a single sliding door, then this design is perfect as it will fall in line with your current door design seamlessly.

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Bypass tracked shutters

 

Full height shutters for sliding doors

Our popular full-height shutters are also perfectly suited for your sliding doors. Like our shutters for windows, the panels would be held in a 3 or 4-sided frame.

The best thing about full height shutters for sliding doors is that they are crafted to fit your exact specifications and space, so can even fit unusual areas like doorway arches and gable windows.

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Full height shutters

 

Shutters for doors are available in all our quality hardwood ranges, across all our luxurious paints and are even available in each of our sumptuous stains.

Whether slatted, solid, bi-fold or bypass, we can guarantee we have the best shutters for your sliding doors. During our free design consultation, our shutter specialists will talk through all the options available. They will then measure your windows and create your bespoke design, while you continue to rest in the knowledge that your sliding doors are about to look thoroughly fabulous!

If you’re still in any doubt, visit our Instagram for inspiration and our many customer images.

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Bifold track shutters on a patio door

 

If you’d like to find out more about how shutters can be designed for your sliding door, click here to book a free home visit with one of our shutter specialists. They’ll talk you through styles, colours, materials and will provide you with a quote. They will then return a few months later to expertly install your beautiful new shutters.

Sit back, relax, and leave it to the experts.

An introduction to plantation shutters

Originating on the large farm and plantation houses of the American South (hence the name), plantation shutters have rapidly grown in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic over the past 20 years. Manufactured from a range of different materials (ours are handmade using high quality hardwood), they are attached directly onto a window or door frame to become part of the fixtures and fittings of your home.

The key element of a plantation shutter is its slats – evenly spaced elements that can be opened or closed as required. Chances are that when walking down any suburban British street over the past few years, you’ve started seeing a lot more plantation shutters springing up.

We’ve put together this article to tackle a question we sometimes get from curious shutter newbies – are plantation shutters out of style? We’ll explain that, far from it, plantation shutters are as in vogue as ever and are in fact a timeless addition to any home, complementing any interior style.

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Where do shutters originate from?

A big clue is in the name. Plantation shutters were first designed to be used on the large plantation and farm houses of the deep American South. Owing to the subtropical climate in the region, with its swelteringly hot summers, traditional curtains were seen as too heavy and stifling. Landowners required a window dressing that allowed for privacy, light control and for cooling fresh air to enter rooms. It led to the iconic slatted design being developed, the white finish that was used to reflect heat remaining the most popular choice even today.

Large slats meant fewer slats and more unobstructed light entering rooms, however come sundown they could be closed completely to allow for a dark and peaceful night’s sleep. Large slats are the defining feature of plantation shutters and are resolutely popular today, looking particularly striking on large windows adorning Victorian and Georgian buildings.

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Have shutters gone out of style?

If they had gone out of style, we’d be out of business by now! Not only are we still going strong after 17 years, but we’ve actually just expanded our reach to serve the whole of the UK. Just take a look at our glowing collection of customer reviews that grows by the day.

The number of shutters you see on British streets has grown rapidly over the past few years and this growth shows no sign of abating. By being available in neutral colours such as white and grey, they complement any interior style, meaning they outlast changing trends. And by becoming part of the fixtures and fittings of a home they’re much the same as a new kitchen or extension and are therefore less ‘throwaway’ than blinds or curtains.

Shutters are being reinstated in Georgian and Victorian properties to return them to their original lustre. Indeed, many of our customers request solid shutters, i.e.: solid panels of wood and no slats, to help do just that. We’re seeing an emerging demand to have shutters installed in new builds as they bring an element of architectural detail without the cost of full scale structural renovation, such as installing a fireplace.

Rest assured, shutters are about as timeless as you can get when it comes to home improvements and show no sign of going out of fashion any time soon!

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Do plantation shutters suit particular homes?

As well as being timeless, plantation shutters are also incredibly versatile. They suit all types and era of home – flats, houses, Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian, new build. We’ve installed shutters on French doors, in conservatories and even on house boats. Our highly experienced shutter specialists will visit you at home and custom-design shutters to the precise spec for you, taking into account your interior style, age of the building, type of windows and your personal preference. We offer shutters in a huge range of colours and styles, including custom options. There’s no window (or door) that we can’t make look Fabulous with shutters.

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Conclusion

Ready to find out more about the ultimate timeless purchase for your home? Click here to book a free home visit with a shutter specialist in your area. They’ll talk you through styles, colours, measure your windows and give you a quote. They’ll return a couple of months later to personally install your shutters and make your home look that little bit more Fabulous. Or if you’d prefer a quick quote, give the team a call with some rough window measurements to hand – we’re open six days a week. Now, how’s that for style?

 

 

 

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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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

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

You might be surprised to discover that conservatory shutters are a stylish and functional solution to stop your conservatory overheating. So if you’re looking for conservatory shading to regulate the temperature during hot and cold months, read on. 

Conservatories are a fantastic asset to your home, especially during hot summer months where you entertain guests enjoying an unrivalled view of out onto your garden. But for all their benefits, conservatories can prove tricky to regulate temperature. If your conservatory is too hot to relax and read your book during summer months, and too cold to do work on your laptop during winter months, conservatory shutters are a natural cooling solution, and temperature regulator, thus proving to be the perfect solution.

With shade control being just one of the many benefits, plantation shutters for your conservatory are the perfect addition.

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Why opt for shutters for a conservatory?

First, for light and shading control

Conservatory shutters allow light control in a way other conservatory window dressings simply can’t. With adjustable slats, you have the freedom to adjust the level of direct sunlight entering the room. This means shutters provide adjustable conservatory shading allowing you to cool the room on hot days while adding an extra layer of insulation in cooler months. Your conservatory will be comfortable to spend time in, all year long.

Next, they offer unrivalled privacy

Another huge benefit is the privacy conservatory shutters bring against prying eyes. Conservatories can often feel exposed, especially if you’re garden is overlooked by neighbouring properties, or you have an undisturbed (and rather unwanted!) view into next door’s driveway. Installing shutters to your conservatory will bring privacy when you need it. Plantation shutters are stylish, sophisticated and as functional in a conservatory as in every other room of your house.

Another reason, insulation

Believe it or not, plantation shutters are known to act as a layer of insulation when installed to a property. Studies have shown that the bespoke nature of shutters being installed exact to the millimetre of your windows, reduces heat loss through draughts, thus reducing your energy bills. During colder months, this makes shutters an ideal window dressing for all rooms as well as conservatories. They keep the light bouncing through the space while preventing heat loss. So if you’re worried about your conservatory not feeling cosy, there’s no need.

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What’s so special about Shutterly Fabulous conservatory shutters?

We get the angles right

Conservatories are notoriously difficult to dress with curtains or blinds, never mind bespoke shutters. Customers are often unaware that having shutters in your conservatory is an option, often worried that due to the angled roofs and different shaped windows, they can’t find window dressing to fit. Here at Shutterly Fabulous, we pride ourselves on being able to measure and install shutters with absolute precision to any type of window, no matter the shape, size, height, whether they’re in reach or out of reach – and conservatories are no exception!

Our shutters are protected to prevent sun damage

Our shutters are coated in UV protected paint. This means, unlike fabric window dressings, your shutters won’t warp or fade in direct sunlight. With this fantastic feature, conservatory furniture and floor coverings will also last longer as shutters will prevent damaging effects of the sun at the push of a slat.

Every shutter is unique to you and made for your windows

Conservatories are all unique shapes and sizes, and for that reason so are conservatory shutters. In fact, all the shutters we manufacture are made bespoke for the window we are installing – no matter which room. Our experienced team of shutter consultants measure and survey windows, ordering bespoke shutters to be made to any specification. Our shutters offer a sleek and beautiful finish for years to come, adding value to your home and character to your windows.

Like what you hear? Want to get a quote to get shutters fitted to your conservatory? Book an appointment today

For more information about the benefits of having shutters on your conservatory or what we can do for your specific windows book a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our shutter specialists. fill out our online form or request a brochure. Prefer to have a chat first? Call us on 0800 9700 800.

At Shutterly Fabulous we often get asked by our clients “Can you paint plantation shutters?”  A quick internet search will yield an abundance of results to this question, so to make things easier for you we’ve comprised this quick guide to answer all your paint-related questions.

In short, we would always say to our customers that they should avoid painting their bespoke shutters. Let’s find out why.

 

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Can you paint plantation shutters?

The question isn’t so much can you paint wooden shutters, but rather whether you should. Of course, it’s possible to paint almost anything, but we would always recommend that our customers steer well clear of repainting their shutters.  Our shutters are sprayed with several coats of an acrylic-based polyurethane (PU) paint which gives them their signature flawless finish. PU is a very durable paint with resistance to several external factors such as chemicals, abrasion, UV, temperature and – most importantly – water.

Nowadays most paints are water-based so any attempt to paint them with such materials will spoil the look of your beautiful shutters. Not only this, but any attempt to repaint your shutters will require their removal first. Doing so would invalidate our 5-year warranty, so that’s an approach well worth avoiding!

 

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What about Polyvinyl shutters?

Another question frequently put to us is “Can I paint vinyl shutters?” Just the same as with our solid hardwood shutters we would say it is best to avoid painting them altogether. This is especially applicable with our polyvinyl range because it is a waterproof product. As already highlighted, our PU paint is highly water-resistant, so any attempt to use a water-based paint on our waterproof PV shutters will end in a less than aesthetically pleasing result.

 

What if I accidentally scratch my shutters?

Whilst we do recommend that our customers avoid painting their shutters, we understand that sometimes accidents happen. Maybe you’ve accidentally smeared the frame and left an unsightly mark, or a pet has scratched a slat resulting in a little bit of paint coming off. Luckily, we provide a little pot of specially made touch-up paint following every installation so that these little mishaps can be easily rectified. Whether it’s a small scratch or tiny fleck, it can be touched up within minutes, to ensure your shutters continue to look as good as the day they were installed.

 

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Make your shutter colour a timeless choice

We understand the desire to paint your shutters. Who doesn’t like to spruce up their home with a new colour scheme every once in a while? Indeed, according to one survey, in the UK we decorate our homes once every two and four years. So how best to avoid changing your shutters every time you decide to put a new lick of paint up? The simple answer is, choose a colour that is timeless.

If you’re planning on decorating in the near future, then we would always recommend going for an understated look that will age with your taste. We provide a number of shutter colours including whites, off whites and subtle wood stains so your shutters will complement any look you may go for in the future. Of course, this shouldn’t put you off going for those coloured shutters that you’ve had your heart set on. Colour needn’t mean constraint, and with us providing a colour match service for Dulux Trade, Farrow & Ball and Little Green paints, you’ll be sure to find the perfect, timeless colour for any room.

 

If you would like more information on shutter care 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.

 

 

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.

Image credit: Abi Dare, These Four Walls

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).

wood against blue dramatic shutters

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.

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