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The Pros and Cons of Cafe Style Shutters

Cafe style shutters are a popular choice. Designed to cover the bottom half of your window only, cafe style shutters filter the natural light that enters your home while never blocking it out. While they are a versatile design, you may be unsure whether they’re the best style for your windows, as opposed to full height or tier on tier style.

Here are the pros and cons of cafe style shutters to help you decide:

Pros of cafe style shutters:

  • Unobstructed light entry at the top of the window opening
  • Customisable height for privacy or design aesthetic
  • Are more cost-effective than full height or tier-on-tier styles
  • Available in all materials, colours and slat sizes

Cons of cafe style shutters:

  • Do not offer any coverage or light blockage at the top of the window. For full window coverage, consider full height shutters
  • A fully framed shutter is more sturdy on wide windows

We have found that customers don’t tend to use cafe style shutters in bedrooms as the top half of the window is uncovered, lots of light comes through, affecting sleep. Cafe style is perfect for street facing rooms as they are the ideal solution to add some privacy while still enjoying the view.

 

For more information or advice on cafe style shutters, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. We can give you an idea of widths, heights and styles as well as give advice on the best window solution for you and book you in for a free no obligation in-house survey. All cafe shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Shutters for Conservatory Windows

Shutters are the best treatment for conservatory windows as they regulate light and glare while looking stylish too. Shutters look good from the inside and out, helping to increase the kerb appeal of your home too.

Shutters for conservatory roofs and windows

Shutters can be fitted to both the conservatory’s windows and roof, so there’s no need to mix treatments within the room. If your conservatory includes windows that aren’t of a standard shape, don’t worry, our shutters are made-to-measure and will fit any window shape including angled versions.

What are the advantages of shutters in a conservatory?

Shutter slats are adjustable allowing you to control the amount of light that enters the room. This will allow you to keep the room at the right temperature, making your conservatory usable all summer long. And, shutters provide an extra layer of insulation on the windows in wintertime.

With shutters, conservatory furniture will last longer as they won’t be damaged by sun rays. Shutters won’t deteriorate in the sunlight either, so they’re a better investment compared to the cost of conservatory blinds.

 

For more information made-to-measure shutters for conservatories, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All conservatory shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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What is the Best Treatment for Small Windows?

Sidelight windows or long, thin windows are often added to hallways and living rooms to artfully add illusion. However, if you have sidelight windows or small windows, you may be left wondering what window covering is best to stop sun glare, heat loss and privacy. Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered.

Avoid treatments that obscure the window’s use

Most of the time, small windows have a specific use. When situated high in the room, a small square window brings light into the room without compromising the structure. Whereas, sidelight windows around a door add light into the entryway and let you see who’s at the door.

You don’t want a window treatment that is ill-fitting or covers the entire window. Ideally, your window treatment should be able to let you see outside while keeping privacy levels high and let in the sun while blocking out the light when glare is bad.

Use plantation shutters for small windows

Small windows will benefit from a treatment that is custom-made. As plantation shutters are custom-made, they will fit snugly in small windows. Plantation shutters accentuate the uniqueness of your windows by letting sun flow through while complimenting the house they were built for.

With plantation shutters, you can shut the louvres to avoid the sun’s glare or to let sunlight in while maintaining privacy levels. With shutters, you can dress all windows with the same shutter style to make the entire room look cohesive.

 

Totally Shutters can help you find the right made-to-measure shutters for your small or big windows. As part of our in-house survey, our experts will come to your house and take measurements of your windows. Call 0203 960 6963 for more information on our shutter blinds. All shutter blinds from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Before and After Plantation Shutters

Made-to-measure plantation shutters are a big commitment. Although attractive, they can come with a hefty price tag which can make you want to consider other window covering options.

However, there are a number of compelling reasons to opt for shutter blinds over drapes or blinds. They have a clean contemporary look, enhancing your home and kerb appeal. And many homeowners find shutters a plus when comparing potential homes which can make your investment pay off in the long run.

If you’re still on the fence on shutters, here are a few of our favourite before and after pictures from the archives:

Full height shutters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full height shutters installed in London.

Full height shutters cover the whole window providing both privacy and elegance. They are ideal for almost any room and can be used to cover doors as well as windows.

Cafe style shutters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ash white cafe style shutters installed in London.

Cafe style shutters cover the bottom portion of the window, leaving the top open for maximum light. They are a great choice for scenic rooms which require privacy over light reduction.

Shutters installed in a bay window

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey shutters installed in a bay window in Kent.

Plantation shutters lend themselves to bay windows, adapting to the shape in a way no other furnishing can. Whether you have a curved, angled or box bay, made-to-measure shutters will beautifully fit the window and enhance its features.

 

If you want to transform the look of your home, look no further than plantation shutters. For more information on shutters or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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4 Alternative Ways to Transform Your Room With Shutters

You know shutters are a great way to transform your windows and doors, but did you know there are many other ways shutter blinds can be used throughout your home? Discover these 4 alternative ways to use plantation shutters in your home:

1. Shutters as a headboard

Pic credit: Style Made Simple

Shutters can bring real character to the room and installing shutter blinds behind your bed can create a really charming headboard. Shutter blinds as a headboard can create a traditional or contemporary look in your bedroom depending on the colour of shutters chosen.

2. Shutters as wardrobe doors

Pic credit: Precious Sister Blogspot

Installing shutters as wardrobe doors is a popular choice. As more customers discover the benefits of made-to-measure shutters, we’ve installed many shutter blinds for wardrobe doors. If your home is particularly prone to damp, louvred shutters as wardrobe doors is a great way to keep air flowing through the closet while hiding the clutter inside.

3. Shutters to hide a TV screen

Pic credit: Ballard Designs

Wall mounted TV screens are a big perk in the home, but they can dominate the look of a room. A TV screen can be easily hidden when not in use with made-to-measure shutters.

4. Shutters as bathroom hooks

Pic credit: Liz Marie Blog

For a shabby chic look, use plantation shutters as bathroom hooks. Simply lean the shutter to one side, drill in some hooks and you have yourself a completely unique hook system perfect for hanging towels.

 

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963 to book your free no obligation in-house survey. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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3 Eco-Friendly Benefits of Window Shutters

Most people want their homes to be a little bit greener and a part of this process is learning about the environmental effects of products and the impact over time. So how do window shutters score on the environmental scale?

Shutters boast a range of environmental benefits compared to other window treatments, i.e. curtains and blinds. Here are some environmental factors to keep in mind when choosing your window dressings:

1. Insulation

Windows are a culprit for heat loss. A great way to reduce your household energy usage and cut down your bills is to install window shutters. When internal shutters are closed they seal the window completely leaving no gaps, ensuring that no heat escapes through the window.

2. Sustainable materials

Real wood and PVC are the most common materials used for shutters and are both known for being eco-friendly and sustainable. Unlike curtains and blinds that require constant repair and replacement, shutters are made of more durable materials and can last at least 20 years without a problem.

3. Natural lighting

The main appeal of shutters over different kind of window treatments is their ability to control light. Shutters are a great way to limit the amount of natural light without removing it completely, as such, the need for artificial lighting is reduced.

 

For more information on the eco-friendly benefits of windows shutters, or to book your 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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What Window Treatment Works Best In Humid Places?

Certain rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, are subjected to more humidity. It’s important to choose the right window treatment as condensation buildup in humid rooms can cause your window treatments to warp, chip or go mouldy.

Window treatments to avoid

The most important factor in deciding whether a window treatment can survive a humid room is the material. Real wood will swell, warp and mould in a moisture-heavy room even after a short period of time. Whereas curtains are like sponges in humid rooms and will soap up the moisture, making them ripe for discolouration and wrinkling.

UPVC shutters for humid rooms

There are a handful of window treatments that excel in moisture-laden areas, but nothing compares to UPVC shutters. Not only are they unaffected by humidity, but UPVC shutters are waterproof, so even direct contact with moisture is not a problem. This means polyvinyl shutters are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms that have a “splash zone”.

Although best suited for kitchens and bathrooms, UPVC shutters are suitable for any room in your home. UPVC shutters are finished in high-grade pain, meaning they’re available in any colour and come with a marine grade stainless steel hinge to prevent rusting.

 

With the right window treatment in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, you’ll never have to worry about damage caused by humidity. To find the right window treatment for your home, or to request your free no obligation in-house survey, call us 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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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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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.