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Choosing Materials for Plantation Shutters: MDF or Hardwood

Plantation shutters are a fantastic addition to any home. They are stylish, provide added insulation during the winter months and help keep your home cool in summer by deflecting sunlight. But with many styles, materials and fishes to choose from, choosing the right shutter for your home can be difficult.

Whether you’re unsure of what material will look best or are looking for specific functionality, there are numerous different materials to choose from that will suit your needs, style requirements and budget.

Here’s a look at some of the different materials available for your made-to-measure plantation shutters:

MDF

MDF is a versatile and durable material. Covered with an extruded polypropylene coating, MDF plantation shutters are easy to clean and maintain. The range is available in most of our popular styles including full-height, tier-on-tier, cafe style and tracked, as well as in nine popular shades.

MDF shutters are ideal for small and medium sized windows as there are limitations when using MDF in larger instalments and unusual shaped windows. Hardwearing and resistant to scratches, MDF shutters are ideal for busy families.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a high-quality lightweight material that is incredibly sturdy and reliable. Shutters made from hardwood last for years to come. Hardwood shutters are available in full-height, tier-on-tier, cafe style and tracked.

Hardwood shutters are more flexible than MDF shutters making them the perfect solution for window types, including unusual shaped windows. Hardwood shutters are available in a wide range of colours, helping to blend in with your decor.

With something to suit every home, interior and budget, there’s something for everyone at Totally Shutters. To book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact us on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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4 Lighting Solutions for Dark Rooms

Summer is over, and the nights are getting darker earlier. If you’re looking to inject some light and brighten up a small room whatever the weather, these four lighting solutions are for you:

1. Make space for natural light

When it comes to getting natural light to enter a room, you must pay attention to the window. Heavy curtains can prevent light from entering a room, and blinds either block light or compromise your privacy. To maximise natural light without compromising your privacy, you need shutters.

For a dark room, we suggest opting for white shutters for maximum reflectively and light. Wide slats allow for the most light and they are the ideal option for dark rooms.

2. Add light sources

A dark room needs help from electric lighting. To ensure the room is well illuminated, team a ceiling pendant with other light sources such as floor and table lights. Consider accent lighting, which highlights particular features, such as an alcove or picture.

The finish of lighting can make a dark room brighter. Try metallic finishing such a copper or brass, or silver, to boost the light in the space.

3. Brighten with a mirror

To boost natural light for dark rooms, introduce a mirror. The bigger the mirror the better. Combine a large mirror with reflective white finishes and you’ll get excellent room-brightening results.

4. Go for light-coloured furniture

It’s important to check your furniture choices if your room is looking gloomy. Dark woods absorb light rather than reflecting it, making the room appear darker. Instead, opt for very pale wood finishes or consider revamping existing furniture in light-reflective colours.

 

To brighten up your home with plantation shutters, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963 to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Shutters for Christmas

Summer is over, and with less than 100 days until Christmas, your thoughts may be turning to how you can transform your home in time for the festive season. The answer – give your house the gift that keeps on giving with shutters for Christmas.

Enjoy the festive season in style

Your home plays a large part at Christmas. It’s the place where family and friends share gifts around the tree, sit down for a traditional dinner with all the trimmings, and cosy up around the fireplace playing games and sharing stories.

Shutters give you the perfect place to display cards, tinsel and decorations, and make a beautiful backdrop for the tree. As they give maximum light and privacy control, you will be able to adjust the louvres during the evenings, allowing those sparkling Christmas lights to be seen from the outside while maintaining your privacy inside.

As shutters have excellent insulation qualities, they will help keep your home warm and cosy while helping lower your utility bill. Plantation shutters really do add the perfect finishing touch to your home at Christmas and all year round.

 

If you order your made-to-measure shutters before Monday, 7th October, not only will you will guarantee installation before the festive period begins but up to 20% off your bill too.

For more information on shutters for Christmas, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All bathroom shutters come with a 5-year guarantee. T&C’s apply.

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Maintaining Bathroom Shutters

Previously we have discussed why bathroom shutters are the ideal shutters for bathrooms but are they easy to maintain?

Built to last

Window coverings such as bathroom blinds and drapes can warp or become mildewed. These coverings often need replacing regularly to keep the room healthy and looking it’s best. However, bathroom shutters can cope with the high humidity of the bathroom.

Although bathroom shutters look like wooden shutters, they are made from UPVC and are 100% waterproof. Unlike other coverings, bathroom shutters can cope with splashes from the sink, bath or shower. With bathroom shutters, you don’t have to worry about regular replacement as they’re built to last.

Easy to clean

Bathrooms are filled with bacteria. To stop germs from spreading, it’s essential to keep your bathroom clean. An easy to clean window covering is fundamental as no one wants to spend unnecessary time cleaning.

As bathroom shutters are made from UPVC and are 100% waterproof, they won’t attract dirt. To keep them looking pristine, all they require is a quick wipe with a damp cloth. Bathroom shutters are easy to look after and clean, so you can rest assured your window treatment is germ-free.

 

Bathroom shutters are easy to maintain and offer the perfect window covering solution for bathrooms. For more information on shutters for bathrooms, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All bathroom shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Installing Plantation Shutters in Your Bathroom

There’s no denying that plantation shutters bring something to a room that no other window treatment can. They are stylish and practical and can transform any space – but are they suited for bathrooms?

In many homes, the bathroom is a place for tranquillity and privacy. In the past, to maintain privacy levels, frosting was used in the window. However, many homeowners were unsatisfied with the overall aesthetic. That was until bathroom shutters came along.

Why bathroom shutters are the ideal window covering for bathrooms

Not only do bathroom shutters look great and complement all bathroom interiors, they also give an extra element of control over your privacy levels.

Bathroom shutters need to be able to withstand humidity and splashes. Our bathroom shutters are made from UPVC and do exactly that. The UPVC material has excellent thermal properties which stops moisture and humidity from damaging the window cover. Bathroom shutters will withstand the test of time and always look their best.

Bathroom shutters have a handcrafted finish that looks just like wood but unlike wooden shutters, they will not peel, flake, corrode, warp or fade. Bathroom shutters are easy to clean and maintain. What’s more, as bathroom shutters are made to measure they will fit all window shapes and sizes.

 

Bathroom shutters offer the perfect window covering solution for bathrooms. For more information on shutters for bathrooms, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Plantation Shutters for Modern and Traditional Properties

Plantation shutters are the ideal window dressing for all ages and styles of properties. But with countless styles available, it can be difficult to settle on what style of shutters will best complement your home. One thing to keep in mind is the era and architectural style of your home.

Here’s what shutter styles look best with architectural property styles:

Georgian properties

Most Georgian houses were designed with sash windows, with larger windows downstairs and smaller windows upstairs. Traditionally, Georgian homes would be dressed with solid shutters, however, louvred shutters offer a more contemporary look.

Victorian properties

Bay windows were a popular feature in Victorian properties. Full length or tier-on-tier shutters are the ideal solution for bay windows as they follow the line of the window and don’t clutter the room. Whether maintaining the traditional look or modernising this style of property, plantation shutters add the finishing touch to Victorian properties.

Art Deco properties

An Art Deco property often features a stained glass or ornate design window. Solid shutters offer the perfect window solution as they can be opened to reveal the full feature window.

New build properties

At Totally Shutters, we have seen a huge rise in popularity of shutters in new build and contemporary homes. Made-to-measure shutters compliment new build properties, adding a touch of style and sophistication to the windows. Some modern properties suit larger louvres and panels, offering a more simplistic and modern design.

 

Plantation shutters compliment both modern and traditional properties. For more information on plantation shutters, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Kitchen Shutters: The Best Shutter Option for Kitchens

Usually, space in kitchens is scarce. And often, window stills are in close proximity to the kitchen sink and taps. So kitchens require a sturdy and easy to maintain window covering that can withstand high moisture and humidity levels and requires little space.

Plantation shutters are the perfect solution for kitchens. They offer complete privacy and light control, meaning no glare from the sun while cooking or washing the pots. And they are made to fit against the window, taking less room than curtains and blinds.

UPVC shutters for kitchens

UPVC shutters are waterproof making them ideal for kitchens. Unlike wooden shutters, UPVC shutters are resistant to moisture and have an excellent temperature operating property that prevents warping, peeling and flaking.

UPVC shutters are a cost-effective investment that go above and beyond the initial investment. Not only are they multi-functional, but they don’t compromise on style either. They fit right in with contemporary and traditional decor, and are easy to maintain in a busy home or commercial environment.

The hard-wearing and easy-to-clean finish ensure your window covering will look great for years to come. Our UPVC shutters are available in any colour and come with marine grade stainless steel hinges as standard to prevent rusting.

 

Plantation shutters are a fantastic choice for kitchen windows. For more information on kitchen shutters, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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White Shutters: Our Most Popular Shutter Choice

If you’re redesigning your home or redecorating a room, and are struggling to find the ideal dressing for your windows, white shutters may be the solution for you.

White shutters are our best selling product

White shutters are our best selling product. White is an ideal choice for most windows since most homes have white window stills, it’s a sensible colour to avoid too many clashes in your living space.

As Forbes highlights, the colour white can make your room appear more extensive and open up the room more than any other colour. White shutters complement any room style from traditional to modern while adding an elegant touch.

There are several finishes to choose from, and various shades of white are available including Bright White, Shell, Ivory, Vivid White, Whisper White, Pearl, Lexicon, Swiss Coffee, Chalk, Alabaster, Antique White and White.

The benefits of white shutters

  • White shutters are incredibly versatile. They create the perfect focal point to build the rest of your decor around. If you decide to redecorate your home, your white shutters will match all future design choices.
  • White shutters are not only stylish, but they are also a good practical solution as they insulate your home during the winter months and ventilate your home during the summer months.
  • White shutters are incredibly durable any other material. White fabric can wear and tear over time, white plantations shutters withstand the test of time.
  • Unlike other window covering options, white shutters avoid getting dust trapped and are extremely easy to clean and maintain.

 

If you are looking for white plantation shutters for your home, our made to measure white shutters will be the perfect window treatment for your home. For more information, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Made-to-Measure Shutters for Unusual Shaped Windows

Homes come with an array of window shapes and sizes that add character to the wall, roof or ceiling. But unusual shaped windows are stunning to look at and can be a great feature to have but are difficult to cover.

Often added as a feature, unusually shaped windows can be a stunning addition to any room or property. However, traditional window dressing options such as blinds and curtains only cover up these shapes or cover part of the window. Shutters are often the only answer to retaining the original shape of the window.

Plantation shutters for all window shapes

Whether the window is arched or angled, made-to-measure plantation shutters are the most practical and stunning window solution.

Totally Shutters have been manufacturing and installing made-to-measure plantation shutters for over 15 years. We offer a range of shutter solutions to fit all shaped windows and doors. Whether you have a round, square, triangular or oval shaped windows, you can enjoy premium, made-to-measure shutter system that fits the space and your sense of style perfectly.

Our made-to-measure shutters are measured precisely by one of our surveyors who will carry out your free no obligation in-house survey.

 

If you have an unusual shaped window that you would like to dress with made-to-measure shutters, contact the Totally Shutters team today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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The Pros and Cons of Tier on Tier Shutters

Like full height shutters, tier on tier shutters cover the entire window. However, tier on tier shutters have independently opening top and bottom panels allowing for maximum light and privacy control. As a result, tier on tier shutters are the perfect solution when privacy is a concern and optimum lighting is a necessity.

Here are the pros and cons of tier on tier shutters to help you decide:

Pros of tier on tier shutters:

  • Maximum privacy and light blockage
  • Two separate opening sections to allow you to open and close the top panels for light and privacy control
  • Provide extra insulation to help keep out the hot and cold temperatures
  • Multiple configurations available
  • Available in a range of materials, colours and slat sizes

Cons of tier on tier shutters:

  • Not suitable for all windows

Tier on tier shutters are widely used in Victorian properties that look directly onto the street. However, they are a great option for all ground floor rooms and bay windows. Typically, narrow panels have been used on tier on tier shutters, but in recent years, more homeowners are opting for larger slats – an effect that is both flexible and stunning.

 

For more information or advice on made-to-measure tier on tier shutters, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. We can give you advice on tier on tier shutters and the best window solution for you as well as book you in for a free no obligation in-house survey. All tier on tier shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee as standard.