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4 Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid

Interior design can go right or wrong, especially when it comes to important decisions such as dressing your windows. And to avoid such disasters, it’s best to have a plan in place.

Here are 4 interior design mistakes to avoid:

1. Mismatched colours

It’s good to have different interior styles throughout your home, but many homeowners neglect to think about the look of their home from the outside. It’s best to standardise your front-facing window treatments with classic white or faux-wood shutters for a classic look outside and a versatile accent on the inside.

2. Not enough light sources

There’s a difference between having enough light to see and having enough light to make the room look its best. Singular overhead lights can make a room appear bland and washed out. Instead, try using multiple light sources with small lamps and strategically placed mirrors to reflect light and make use of natural light.

3. Rooms too similar

If you decorate each room in your house too similarly, none of the rooms will stand out. And if each room is too different, transitioning from one room to another can be too jarring. The key is to let each room have its own style and flair but to keep similarities throughout. Whether that be a colour scheme, style of furniture, similar flooring or window dressings.

4. Putting furniture against walls

It’s all too easy to fall into lining up your furniture against the walls. But this is bad for a number of reasons: it limits what you can do with your walls, it’s boring and worst of all, it downplays your windows which are a natural focal point for any room. Instead, strategically place furniture throughout your space, taking into consideration the lighting and how it hits different parts of your room.

 

When you come to redesign the interior of your home, take into consideration these 4 interior design mistakes. To book your free in-house survey and learn how to utilise your window treatments, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963.

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How to Use Light in Your Home

Does your home have beautiful furnishings but appear to feel flat and sterile, and you’re unsure why? Chances are, it’s the lighting.

Light is a powerful element of your home design which can influence your home space and mood, and should never be overlooked. There are two types of lighting that can affect your home and feeling: natural light and artificial light.

Natural light

Homes with larger windows allow a lot of light in, helping spaces look larger. Homes with smaller windows tend to rely on artificial light, but even with smaller windows, there are ways to amplify natural light.

Window treatments like drapes either block the light or let all light through. Unlike other window treatments, plantation shutters let as much light in as possible without sacrificing privacy.

Another trick is to strategically place mirrors around the room to amplify the natural light to make the room appear more spacious. And using lighter colours will reflect more natural light.

Artificial light

Artificial light can create a really cosy feel. Rooms with one main overhead light can feel sterile. Whereas multiple sources of light can create pockets of light and soften shadows, creating a balance and making the room feel cosier.

Choosing the right bulbs for your home is important. Dimmer lights can make low ceilings appear higher. Daylight bulbs are bright and best saved for offices and commercial settings. Warm-toned light bulbs are best for residential spaces.

 

If you’re ready to brighten up your home with the right window treatments, call us today on 0203 960 6963 to book your free no obligation in-house survey. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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How to Choose the Right Louvres Width

The function and appearance of shutter blinds are determined by several factors, with the louvres (also known as slats) being the major one. Running horizontally between the stiles of the frame, the louvres have different functions including the intake of light and air, controlling privacy levels, regulating the temperature of the room, all while giving your shutters a stylish look.

As your shutters’ louvres are an influential feature, it’s important to get them right. The size of your louvres will not only influence their appearance but their functionality too. Thick or thin louvres will determine the level of light, privacy, ventilation and insulation your home enjoys.

Here’s a quick guide on how to choose the right shutter louvres for you:

47mm

The 47mm is our smallest louvre and creates the most privacy, however, does not allow as much light in as our more wider louvres. Because of this, the 47mm is ideal for rooms that require the most privacy such as small toilets, utility rooms and walk-in wardrobes.

63mm

63mm are our most popular size due to their flexibility. They still give you some privacy when opened, but let a lot more light in. Not too big, not too small, the 63mm louvres are compatible with shutters of any size and shape in terms of aesthetics, hence their popularity.

76mm

76mm louvres have all the benefits of 63mm, with a subtle aesthetic difference. 76mm are great if you want slightly wider louvres, would like to appreciate the great outdoors or maintain more light entering your property.

89mm

The 89mm louvre is ideal for lounges and dining rooms are they allow a generous amount of light into the room while still allowing for a moderate level of privacy. The wider louvres make your window appear less busy than the smaller louvres.

114mm

114mm offer the least privacy when opened, but also bring in the most amount of light. Because of this, 114mm louvres are best suited to dark rooms, big and tall windows, and interiors with a sense of drama to the design.

 

For more information on our different louvre sizes available, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call the Totally Shutters team today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Introducing Our New Entry Level MDF Shutters Range

Here at Totally Shutters, we are proud to introduce our new entry level MDF shutter range, an entry-level premium product made from MDF, covered with an extruded polypropylene coating. The new range is incredibly versatile and durable and is a perfect choice for your home.

The new MDF shutter range is available in our popular styles including full-height, tier-on-tier, cafe style, tracked shutters and shutters used as doors, and are available in a choice of nine shades. The shutters are ideal for small and medium windows as there are limitations when using MDF in larger installations.

Great for families

MDF shutters are manufactured using a patented polymer coating and are therefore extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain. And MDF is robust and hardwearing material. Both these properties make the MDF range ideal for busy families as they’re a little bit more resistant to scratches and bumps.

Suitable for:

  • Well ventilated rooms
  • Double glazed windows with white frames
  • Used as room dividers
  • Busy families looking for a hardwearing window covering

If you are interested in having MDF shutters fitted at your home, get in touch with Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963 to book your free no obligation in-house survey. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Home Interior Design Trends for 2019

Out with the old, in with the new. With a new year comes new design trends to help breathe new life into your existing interior. 2019 is going to have some fantastic interior design trends. Here are five trends to watch out for and welcome into your home this year:

1. Bold colours

Although muted colours can stop your interior from feeling overwhelming, 2019 will be the year where richer hues will be preferred. You will want to incorporate dramatic reds, statement pinks, bold yellows and organic greens into your home decor this year.

2. Natural elements

Last year we saw tech-obsessed decor dominate the design trends, but this year, fresh, natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete and granite are preferred. These elements will bring a serene ambience into any interior or space, reflecting the world around your home.

3. Patterns

Patterns have been a decorating trend around for a while but in the upcoming year, we will see both floral and geometric patterns in a new, light. Patterns will be oversized incorporating bolder colours, a trend that will make a statement in any room.

4. Velvet furnishing

Once seen as old fashion and stuffy, velvet is now viewed as luxurious and fashionable. The fabric is increasingly gaining a lot of attention with many notable designers believing velvet decor will be the most sought-after trends of 2019.

5. Feature windows

Feature windows provide fantastic views and what better window dressing than timeless shutter blinds? Shutters can control the natural lighting in your home, preserving your furniture from fading. Shutter blinds don’t just enhance your interior but your kerb appeal too.

 

Design trends will come and go as the months go by, but shutters are timeless and will be a design trend for years to come. For more information on shutter blinds, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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New Year, New Interior

The festive period is officially over, and as the Christmas decorations get packed away for another 11 months and the reality of January sets in, it’s not just our energy levels that are left feeling deflated. A home that looked perfectly fine in November suddenly appears to be missing something – but what?!

If you’re feeling less than impressed with your interior, it’s time to breathe new life into your home. There’s no need to start tearing wallpaper down or hiring a skip to get rid of family heirlooms, a simple change to your window dressing can be the new lease of life your interior and home needs.

Enhance your kerb appeal with shutters

Combining quality and elegance, plantation shutters will enhance the decor of your interior and enhance your kerb appeal like no other window treatment. Whether you’re the homeowner of a townhouse, a period style home or an ultra-modern apartment, shutters will complement your windows, interior and property.

Whether you opt for full height, tier on tier or cafe style shutters, each type offers versatility in light, ventilation and privacy. With shutter blinds, you can let external light flood in or you can maximise your privacy while enjoying no external noise. Just seeing your home in a different light, is enough for you to fall in love with your home again.

Shutters also help with temperature control, providing extra insulation during the winter months and a cooling effect during summer, helping decrease your energy bill.

 

If you’re looking to breathe a new lease of life into your interior this year, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963 to book your FREE no obligation in-house survey. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Happy New Year!

As today is the last day of 2018, we would like to take the time to thank you all for another successful and enjoyable year. We are thankful and proud to have contributed to many interiors designs in London, surrounding areas and the rest of the UK, helping them look more beautiful and stylish from both the inside and the out. We cannot wait to do it all over again next year.

Here are a few of our favourite installations from 2018:

To transform your home in 2019 with plantation shutters, call Totally Shutters today 0203 960 6963 to arrange your FREE, in-house survey. We wish you all a happy New Year!

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All You Need to Know About Shutters for Patio Doors

Patio doors can be a real problem to dress, and you may feel as if your options are limited. Your first choice may have been curtains, but more often than not, they’re not ideal as you want something that will bring you privacy without blocking out the light, yet leaving them bare is attracting to thieves. So have you considered installing plantation shutters?

Here’s why plantation shutters are the best window solution for patio doors:

They offer privacy and light control

Many people are reluctant to cover their patio doors as they like to let the light in during the day but for reasons like privacy, so having no window dressing is sometimes not an option. Plantation shutters offer privacy and light control in a way that patio door curtains don’t. With adjustable slats, plantation shutters can be positioned fully or partially open, giving you both privacy and light control.

They are made to measure

Many often struggle to find a window dressing for their patio doors that fit perfectly, especially when measurements exceed the industry standard measurements on ready made blinds and curtains. As plantation shutters are made to measure, you don’t need to worry about large or irregular measurements as they will fit securely on your patio door.

They offer an extra layer of insulation

If your patio doors are prone to draughts, shutters can provide an extra layer of insulation. This extra layer can reduce the amount of heat loss through your doors, helping you save money on your energy bills.

They prevent wandering pets and children

Installing shutters on your patio doors can be a great solution to pet owners and parents with young children. In the warmer months, if you want to leave the door open for ventilation, shutters provide a barrier to stop your pets or children from running outside.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for patio doors, or to book your FREE no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Get the Best of Both Worlds With Cafe Style Shutters

When it comes to your interior, it’s not always easy to make decisions as you want to be able to make the best investment, that lasts for years to come, at a reasonable price. And choosing the right window solution for your home can be a difficult decisions as you need to consider the kerb appeal of your home as well as the interior.

Here’s why the cafe style shutters are the perfect window solution investment:

1. Maximum light

Cafe style shutters filter the natural light in your home while never completely blocking it out. By keeping the top section of the window open, the light is allowed to flood in at all times, offering the best of both worlds.

2. Offers great privacy

Cafe style shutters can give you privacy without shutting out all of the light, making them ideal for properties on a busy road or pathway. The shutters screen the bottom section of the window while the top section of the window is left open to let the light in.

3. Incredible views

Cafe style shutters can be an excellent choice if you’re wanting the privacy but looking to keep the view. You may want a window covering behind a kitchen or bathroom sink for privacy but also want to be able to look out of the window.

4. Long lasting

Made to measure from strong and sturdy hardwood, cafe style shutters are built to last. Cafe style shutters will provide you with a longterm window covering that will look stylish for years to come.


Cafe style shutters are an excellent window covering solution and can enhance the look of your home as well as add kerb appeal. For more information on cafe style shutters, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Totally Shutters Bring the Shutter Experts to You

For over 15 years, Totally Shutters has been bringing their unrivalled design, measure and fit service to the people of London, Kent, Essex, Surrey and the rest of the UK. We have specialist consultants all over the UK ready to transform your home.

As well as being shutter specialists, our consultants are experts in regions and can help you choose shutters that complement your home’s architecture and heritage of the local area while making your interior look great.

Proud Londoner?

London is a place full of incredible architecture, but your London home should be a haven from the hustle and bustle of London streets. If you’re looking to install shutters in London, full-height louvred shutters are great at controlling noise, privacy and light.

Living in Kent?

Kent is home to a wide array of building styles including Georgian and Victorian architecture. Instead of detracting from your property’s incredible style with bulky or boring window treatments, full-height louvred or cafe-style shutters will look just as attractive from the outside as the inside while maximising the light coming in.

Resident of Essex?

Full of upscale architecture, properties in Essex deserve a window treatment of equal beauty. Dressing each room of your home will maintain symmetry. Tall windows will benefit from tier on tier louvred wooden shutters so the top and lower panels can be operated independently for flexible light and privacy control.

Home in Surrey?

Our solid shutters will complement the picturesque towns and villages of the Surrey regions, adding style to your home without compromising the existing character of your room or building. Solid shutters are great at controlling light and privacy.

 

If you’re looking for shutter expertise, call Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. Our consultants are armed with knowledge and expertise and are on hand to answer your questions. You can trust them to design the best window solutions for your home.