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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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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.

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Plantation Shutters Are Ideal For City Homes

If you live in the city, you will be familiar with unwanted noise, bright streetlights and more often than not passers-by peering in. If you’re at the end of your tether with the pitfalls of city living, plantation shutters may be for you.

Here’s why shutter blinds are the best window solution for city homeowners:

Blocks out noise

Living in the city can be extremely noisy with cars, trains, planes and not to mention, loud pedestrians. But fitting plantation shutters can keep the noise transmitted through your windows to a minimum. As shutters from Totally Shutters are made-to-measure, fitting perfectly inside each frame, they filter even more noise.

Keeps privacy high

Sometimes, living on a busy street can mean pedestrians checking out your decor and noseying what you’re watching on the TV. Shutters allow the daylight to enter your room while obscuring the gaze outside. Simply by moving the slats of your shutters, you can control the light and privacy of your home.

Stops street light glare

Street lights outside your window can be a right pain, ruining the ambience of your home and disturbing the sleep of both adults and children. If this is a problem in your city home, shutters can block light effectively. And our shutter and shade range blacks out 99% of all external light.

Improves home security

As shutters provide an extra barrier at the window, something which blinds and curtains don’t, shutter blinds improve home security. What’s more, shutter slats can be angled to prevent potential intruders from checking out the contents of your home.

Retains value

Enhancing the value of your city home is important in today’s property market, and shutters add to your home’s kerb appeal while helping to increase the value of your home when it’s time to put your city pad on the market.

 

For more information on plantation shutters for your city home, or to arrange your free in-house survey, contact the Totally Shutters team today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Dressing Bay Windows With Plantation Shutters

A bay window provides a stunning attribute to a home. Victorians and Edwardians made full use of bay windows in their homes, and they continue to be featured on new build homes today. However, many homeowners hide their bay windows behind heavy curtains and drapes.

Instead of hiding your bay windows, you should embrace them. Plantation shutters do just that, enhancing your window from the inside and outside while adding value to your home.

What plantation shutters will suit my bay windows?

Bay windows come in many shapes and sizes. The versatility of plantation shutters allow for a combination of open and closed louvres (split louvre array) and panels (tier on tier) or even panels covering just the bottom part of the window (cafe style).

However, tier on tier style plantation shutters remain the most popular option for bay windows as they’re incredibly functional. With the tier on tier style, you can have both tiers closed, while still being able to adjust the slats to allow light to enter the room. When the top tier is opened, the shutters work in a cafe style, allowing maximum light to enter the room while keeping maximum privacy on the lower half.

As well as providing great light, privacy and noise control, plantation shutters for bay windows have been proven to be the most energy efficient window covering and will reduce energy bills. Plantation shutters will offer the best option to insulate from the heat and cold that can enter from all sides of a bay window.

 

Whether you have a curved, angled or box bay window, Totally Shutters will be able to design, manufacture and install a plantation shutter solution for you. Call us on 0203 960 6963 for more information on plantation shutters for bay windows or to book your in-house survey. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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A Brief History of Window Shutters

The first shutters (as we know them) came long before glass windows, 500 years ago during the Tudor England period. These shutters were made of thick wooden boards and were made purposefully to block out light and the brisk English weather while a large iron bar locking the shutters together prevented thieves from entering.

A few decades later and glass windows came along. As glass was deemed a luxury expense, instead of fitting windows, most people had half glass, half shutter arrangement. This style was the basis for the more contemporary cafe style shutters we see today.

After the 16th century, the shutter moved beyond functional purposes, with lavish decorative woodwork becoming statement pieces of the home. It was during the Victorian period when walls and window recesses became thinner, allowing shutters to be moved from the inside of the home to the outside.

As the Americans became colonise, shutters grew in popularity among homeowners of large homes and mansions and were viewed as a status symbol among the higher classes. These shutters had much wider louvres than their predecessors and were commonly painted white to reflect the hot sun.

Today, there is a wide range of shutter styles available. From modern forms to bespoke space, shutters have the ability to fit any space, regardless of the window shape and size. Shutters have never gone out of style as they boast endless properties and look fantastic.

Call Totally Shutters today on 0845 299 7757 to arrange your FREE no obligation in-house survey. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Add Value to Your Home With Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking to add the finishing touch to your home, or something that can add value to your home to increase its price, then plantation shutters are the solution for you.

When selling your home, it’s important to maximise its potential, especially in a market that has more sellers than buyers. Your home needs to stand out and have the wow factor, and plantation shutters can help you achieve just that.

Why do shutters add value?

Plantation shutters don’t just look good from the inside, but the outside too, making your home stand out from the others. Potential buyers will immediately focus on how stylish your home is.

Shutters are considered part of the fixtures and fittings of a home, so when valuing your home, estate agents will add an amount onto the sale price. Your estate agent will be able to tell potential buyers the benefits of shutters and how they reduce utility bills by providing extra insulation, control lighting and improve privacy and security.

How much value do shutters add to a property?

A ‘no size fits all’ question as the value depends on the style chosen and the quality of the shutters. However, any plantation shutter type is considered beneficial for increasing value. But remember when choosing shutters for your home, your taste may not be right for someone else, so avoid bright colours and very dark stains and paints. And always opt for waterproof options for humid rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Often property developers will opt for the cheapest shutters available. However, today’s buyers are knowledgeable and are looking for strong, quality shutters that stand the test of time. If your shutters are poor quality or badly fitted, the prospective buyer will immediately see this and ask for discount.

 

For more information on how plantation shutters can add value to your home or to request your free, no-obligation quotation, contact Totally Shutters on 0845 299 7757 today. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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How to Clean Your Wooden Plantation Shutters

With many styles, stains and finishes to choose from, wooden shutters create a timeless and elegant look in your home, complimenting both contemporary and classic interior.

However, as a natural fibre, wood cannot cope with excessive amounts of moisture, responding by swelling then shrinking as it dries out. Wooden shutters can become warped and ill-fitted if cleaned with too much water or liquid solutions.

Whether you have slatted or solid wooden shutters, we recommend using the following cleaning tips:

Dust removal

To keep your wooden shutters dust-free, clean your shutter blinds with a dry cloth by tilting your slats to open position and wiping each slat from centre to outer edge. For a quick clean, close your shutters and wipe the slats and frame with a clean cloth and a hand-held feather duster for hard-to-reach areas.

Alternatively, you can also clean your shutters with a vacuum cleaner as long as you have a soft upholstery attachment. Clean your slats in the same way you would a duster, opening your slats to clean each one or closing the slats and brushing over the entire shutter.

Stubborn stains

To lift stubborn stains that you cannot remove with a dry cloth, rub lightly with a damp cloth, wiping away excess moisture with a clean and damp cloth. When lifting stains, do not rub too hard as this may affect the paint or finish on your shutters.

 

We hope you found this cleaning guide useful. For more information on wooden plantation shutters or to request your free, no-obligation quotation, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 69 63. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.