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New Showroom and Office Opening in Orpington Kent

At Totally Shutters, we have some exciting news to share; we’re in the midst of entering a new phase in our growth as we’re about to expand our business with the opening of our first showroom and office in Orpington, Kent.

With a new showroom and office in Orpington, we can invite home and business owners in and around the area to view the different options available for their plantation shutters in person. A specialist will also be on hand to answer any queries and guide you through the benefits of each.

Our new offices mean existing customers have the option to stop by to discuss their current order and pay outstanding balances, should they wish to pay in-person.

Our Orpington showroom and offices are due to open later this year.

Your In-house Survey Still Available

Our new showroom and offices will be in conjunction with our existing free no obligation in-house survey that we offer customers in Kent, London and surrounding areas.

As part of the in-house survey, one of our shutter specialists come to your property at a time that suits you, armed with different shutter styles and advice to help you with your decision and journey to finding the right window dressing for you.

As the in-house survey, the specialist will measure your windows and provide you with an accurate quotation for your chosen plantation shutters.

 

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

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What is the Cost of Plantation Shutters?

When weighing up the different window covering options for your home, one of the first questions that will likely come to mind is how much investing in plantation shutters will cost and would it be in the budget.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so straightforward. Plantation shutters are a custom-made product with many different materials and design options to choose. Therefore, the cost of plantation shutters depends entirely on your requirements and personal preference.

Typically plantation shutters are costed on a square meter basis which varies across materials. Meaning the cost of your shutter blinds depends on the size of your windows and the type of shutter you opt for.

How do I find out the cost of plantation shutters?

With some basic widths and heights of your window, we can give you an estimate of how much your plantation shutters will cost. We will account for every possible detail that may be needed at this early stage, so there will be no surprises at the point of a full in-house survey.

We can offer an estimate costing on plantation shutters in your chosen material by telephone or through the “contact us” form on the website.

Alternatively, for an accurate quotation, we offer a comprehensive free, no obligation in-house survey to all customers in London and surrounding areas. In the survey, we will measure your windows, discuss material options and show you shutter samples.

Are plantation shutters worth the cost?

Absolutely. Plantation shutters are a more expensive option than other window dressings, but they are worth the extra money. They are long-lasting and come with a range of benefits. And, with Totally Shutters, your plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

 

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

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How High Should Your Cafe Style Shutters Be?

Loved for their versatility, cafe style shutters cover the lower portion of a window, providing privacy while leaving the top half of the window visible, allowing bundles of light to seep into a room.

While there is no rule on how high your cafe style plantation shutters should be, here is the following advice we give customers thinking of investing in the window covering and trying to decide what height to settle on to transform their living spaces:

Natural divides

The most obvious choice for where your cafe style shutters will end is a natural pause in the window. For example, if you have a double-hung window, the most aesthetically pleasing option would be to measure just above the natural divide in the window.

If you have a taller window, your natural divide may be higher, meaning the shutter panels will cover a greater portion of the window. In this case, it would depend on how much light you would want to let in. It really depends on your style of window and personal preference.

Privacy

The cafe style shutter offers you both privacy and light when and where you need it the most. If you are located on a busy street and privacy is your priority, a good way to measure for your shutters is to see how tall the shutters need to be to block visibility into the home. It might be that you don’t need them as tall as you think they need to provide the seclusion you need.

 

For more information on cafe style shutters or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Create a Light Controlled Home Cinema Room with Plantation Shutters

If you have a home cinema or theatre room, you will know the right setting and ambience is key to creating the best viewing experience. Here are a few tips to help you gain the best possible picture quality:

Blackout the room

If you have a projector or a TV and are watching it in a white room, you’re not getting the most out of the whole movie experience. When you’re at your local cinema, you will notice the interior is dark, drawing your full attention to the screen and film. The less the room influences the picture you see, the better the experience is.

As projectors can’t project black, the higher the brightness, the greyer the blacks become. If you’re in a light-controlled room, you can have the brightness lower and still gain the same visual effect, improving the sharpness of the colours and overall image.

Blackout plantation shutters

Our Shutter & Shade plantation shutter range are room darkening shutters that offer an almost complete blackout, making them ideal for creating an amazing home cinema environment.

The great thing about installing our Shutter & Shade plantation shutters in your cinema room is that you can achieve near full blackout in the middle of the day. Other window dressings cannot achieve this. Plantation shutters also help to create a sound barrier from the outside, creating the perfect atmosphere.

 

For more information on creating a blackout room with plantation shutters for your cinema room or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Victorian Bay Window Shutters

Georgian, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian; the UK is home to a variety of beautiful period properties. But one of the more common styles, appearing in various parts of the country, are Victorian houses.

With their traditional look and tendency towards large bay windows, you may wonder how your Victorian property could be style with plantation shutters. Read on to find out.

Why choose Victorian Bay Plantation Shutters?

Bespoke and made to measure, Victorian bay plantation shutters look incredible in bay windows. With their movable slats and highly customisable design options, they are stylish and practical as they are ideal for optimum light and privacy management. On top of this, they give extra ventilation and insulation to your home, helping reduce your energy bills all year round.

What style should I choose?

When looking for Victorian bay window shutters for your home, choosing the right style for you and your property is half the work. Whether you opt for full height, tier-on-tier or cafe style, all our plantation shutters are sure to meet your needs.

Cafe style shutters are a popular option for Victorian bay windows. Covering half your window, they offer the perfect blend of privacy and light management.

For something different, solid shutters are a great option. They have solid panels which completely block out the sunlight, or allow it to flood the room, making them ideal for more secluded homes where privacy is less of a concern. Solid shutters offer a bold look to Victorian properties.

What about colour?

Traditional Victorian bay window shutters can bring your Victorian property together, helping to keep the heritage-inspired look. When it comes to traditional shutters, you cannot go wrong with white, adding a touch of elegance to your interior and lasting for years to come.

Natural hardwood and wood stains are also a great option to keep in line with the historic aesthetic. However, ultimately it comes down to personal choice, and all Victorian bay window shutter styles from Totally Shutters come in a wide variety of colours.

 

For more information on Victorian bay window shutters for your home or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Do Plantation Shutters Make a Room Look Bigger?

Having a big home can be a luxury. However, these properties come with a hefty price tag that not many people cannot afford. For anyone living in a small or cosy home, there are many interior design tricks to help improve the space of your home quickly and easily.

Window dressings have an impact on the overall look and feel of a room. Curtains can make a window space feel cluttered, whereas plantation shutters are made-to-measure and built into the window frame, making the living space appear more spacious.

In fact, plantation shutters are an excellent all-around solution as they add privacy, warmth and character to your home too. The positive effects reach far beyond making the room look great.

Plantation shutters maximise the daylight

Soft, natural light helps to create an airy feel in your living area, making the room appear larger and more inviting. A room with more daylight appears more comfortable, inducing a better state of mind and encouraging relaxation, whether at home or work.

Plantation shutters are the best and most cost-effective investments you can make to maximise daylight. Large louvres allow you to gain a significant level of light into your room. White shutters can gain even more light.

Add a mirror to your interior

One of the best things to maximise light in a room is to incorporate a mirror. Placing a mirror opposite your plantation shutters can help improve the light levels that come into your rooms. It can create varying amounts of sunlight in your home’s interior and impede natural lighting.

 

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

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Why Wooden Shutters?

Wooden shutters have been a popular window dressing in London and across the UK homes for many years. The stylish dressing offers the perfect look to all property types and gives homeowners many great benefits.

Understated luxury

Wooden shutters have always been considered a sign of luxury in a property and are a sought out feature for homebuyers. They provide a complete look for every room that they are installed. They are also long-lasting and timeless.

Increased privacy levels

Wooden shutters suit all interiors and look fantastic from the inside and outside of the property. Privacy can be achieved through tilting or opening the shutters until the desired effect is achieved, so light can enter the room without passersby peeking in.

Complete light control

As with privacy variations, light control in rooms can be adjusted using tilt options. Wooden shutters add an extra layer to your window, preventing heat loss in colder months. They also deflect heat and allow for regulated air flow during warmer months.

Made to last

As wooden shutters are manufactured in the highest quality wood, using the finest craftsmanship, they are long-lasting. All wooden shutters come with a 5-year guarantee as standard, but your shutters will be a fantastic addition for you and your home for many years.

Custom-made to your home

All wooden shutters are custom-made and bespoke. With so many options to choose from, your shutters will be a reflection of your design preferences and fit perfectly at your windows.

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

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How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen Windowsill

The kitchen windowsill is one of those areas in the home we often take for granted, yet it’s always in our sight when we are busy at the sink. So, if your kitchen windowsill is looking a little uninspiring these days, then let us help with some simple ideas for some much-needed charm.

Kitchen shutters

One of the best ways to improve your windowsill area is with kitchen shutters. Kitchen shutters are practical and are a great way to inject style into your windowsill. Crucially, they’re easy to clean and maintain, and they don’t absorb kitchen humidity and odours like curtains and blinds.

Plantation shutters for kitchens also sit up against your window, leaving you ample room for styling your windowsill.

Add plants

Whether your window looks out onto the street or not, any windowsill will benefit from the addition of greenery. Choose your favourite plants or opt for pots that complement your kitchen’s colour scheme. Whatever you choose, adding plants will help to add character to your windowsill.

Grow herbs

If you have limited kitchen storage space, you may want to make the best of an otherwise redundant area by turning it into a place to store your spices and herbs.

Mason jars great for storing herbs, making your leaves easily accessible. If your window provides a decent amount of light, then it’s the ideal place to grow fresh tomatoes and other vegetables.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for kitchens or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All kitchen window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Which Shutter Material is Best for Living Rooms?

The living room is the main where we gather to relax and unwind after a long day. Commonly situated at the front or back of the house, living rooms are often subject to privacy issues or harsh sunlight.

Installing living room plantation shutters are a great, stylish solution to combating these issues. However, knowing the benefits and materials is key.

Why living room shutters?

Living room shutters will enhance your space in terms of style and practicality. Benefits include privacy, light control, heat insulation, safety for children and much more. Shutters will also improve the aesthetics of your living room whilst boosting kerb appeal and adding value to your property.

What plantation shutters work best in living rooms?

If you have a street or neighbour facing living room and require heightened privacy, full height, tier-on-tier and cafe style shutters would work best. The adjustable louvres will prevent onlookers from peering into your home, while the moveable slats will give you control over the light entering your living room.

What material works best in living rooms?

Of course, shutter material comes down to personal preference. However, we recommend hardwood for your living room shutters. Made from high-quality and sustainable Paulownia wood, hardwood shutters give a beautiful finish when painted or stained, complementing any contemporary or classic interior.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for living rooms or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All living room window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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A Guide to Small Window Shutters

Finding the perfect window covering is a great feeling as the right covering can bring a room together, helping you unwind and enjoy. However, sometimes small windows can be problematic.

You will be surprised by how easy it is to find the perfect-sized plantation shutter for your small window. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing plantation shutters for small windows in your home:

Why plantation shutters are ideal for smaller windows

Plantation shutters are bespoke and made to measure your windows perfectly, no matter what size they are.

As part of our free in-house survey, one of our shutter specialists will come to your home at a time that suits you and take the exact measurements of your window. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, they will manufacture and install the small window shutters to your exact requirements.

Which shutter style works best for small windows?

With small windows, we recommend avoiding cafe-style shutters as these work best for large windows, and similarly, with tier-on-tier shutters, you won’t have enough window surface for them to work completely.

Solid shutters are a great choice for small windows as they will help you improve your privacy and block out as much of the sun’s light as possible. Otherwise, full height shutters are ideal for small windows as the clean lines of this style will not over-complicate the window.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for small windows or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All small window shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.