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Visible Tilt Rod vs Hidden Tilt Rod

When choosing your dream shutters, there are several factors to consider. As well as deciding what type of shutter will best suit your home, colour and size of louvres, you must decide whether or not you want the tilt rod to be visible.

Tilt rods are essentially the material and mechanism that are used to angle your slats and dictate the natural lighting of your home. They are also vital for the overall aesthetics of the shutter and can be a standout feature.

Tilt rods can be either visible or hidden. Here’s all you need to know before making your decision:

Visible Tilt Rod

Pros:

  • Throughout the history of shutters, the tilt rod has been on show. So if you have a traditional interior, a visible tilt rod may suit the needs of your home.
  • Visible tilt rods are not just restricted to the centre of your shutters and can be positioned to the left or right – opening up your shutters to a variety of different looks.
  • Visible tilt rods are easy to access and intuitive to use. Hidden tilt rods may confuse guests or family members who aren’t used to the mechanism.

Cons:

  • Can make your shutter look too ‘busy’ especially if you have lots of ornamentation on your windows such as leading or grills.
  • As a conspicuous feature, the visible tilt rod may be tempting for young children to mess around with which could leave to damage over time.

Hidden Tilt Rod

Pros:

  • Hidden tilt rods are disguised within the stiles of your shutters and can be opened and closed easily by rolling the tilt rod with the palm of your hand or by physically moving the individual louvres.
  • Many think shutters appear more streamlined without a tilt rod, making a hidden tilt rod perfect for minimalists.
  • The hidden tilt rod can prevent excessive lines from dividing form of your shutters, especially when coupled with full height shutters and wide louvres.

Cons:

  • Hidden tilt rods may not be ideal for those who would prefer a more traditional design of shutter.
  • The hidden tilt rod may come at an extra cost compared to the standard visible tilt rod.

For more information on visible rods and hidden rods for shutters, or to book your 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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How to Pair Shutters With Curtains

Shutters and curtains are a match made in heaven. Curtains on their own can leave a window looking unfinished, and pairing with blinds isn’t a great solution as blinds block light, but pairing with shutters and you receive all the benefits (light control, tons of privacy, an insulated window and plenty of kerb appeal) while achieving a luxurious layered look.

Here are a few benefits of layering window dressings for maximum style and performance:

Contrast textures

One of the best things about pairing made-to-measure shutters and curtains is the contrast in textures that it brings to your interior. The soft folds of the curtain fabric against the sleek lines of the shutter blinds helps to create a boutique look.

Tranquillity

Pairing shutters with curtains in your bedroom can help you enjoy a better night’s sleep. Shutters block the amount of unwanted noise coming through your windows while curtains can create a relaxed and romantic feel.

Energy efficient

Both shutters and curtains are great at preventing draughts and locking in the heat. Doubling up and you have the ultimate energy efficient pairing, helping to maintain a cosy temperature all year round.

More choice

Once you’ve decided on the layered look, you’ve got a wide range of shutter styles to choose from including tier-on-tier, cafe style, full height and solid panels. You will also be able to accessorise your shutters and curtains to suit your interior preferences.

 

For more information on layering your shutters with curtains, or would like to book your free no obligation in-house survey, get in touch with Totally Shutter on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Tracked Shutters for Larger Windows

Do you have a large window in your home, a feature window or patio door? Are you looking for a window covering solution that will fit that window seamlessly? Look no further as tracked shutters from Totally Shutters are the perfect solution!

What are tracked shutters?

Tracked shutters are a stylish covering option for larger windows, helping you to control your light and privacy levels while stilling allowing light to stream in while the louvres are open. Easy to open and close, tracked shutters come in two styles depending on your needs: a by-pass system and a bi-fold system.

The by-pass system allows each panel to effortlessly slide past the other on smooth-running tracks, making this option ideal for wardrobes and room dividers. Whereas the bi-fold system simply folds out of the way against the adjoining wall.

Are tracked shutters for me?

The maximum width of a shutter panel is 91cm. If your window is wider than 91cm, you will need multiple panels. However, if your window is wider than 250cm, you will need tracked shutters.

Tracked shutters can be made to measure any space and fit seamlessly with any colour or interior design. Beyond larger windows and sliding doors, tracked shutters work well dividing up space in open plan homes, creating flexible contemporary living spaces without obstructing the light.

 

For more information on tracked shutters for larger windows, or to book your free, no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963.

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Plantation Shutter Myths Exposed

The Totally Shutters team spend a lot of time talking to homeowners about plantation shutters, and we hear the same myths about shutter blinds over again. So we wanted to set the record straight and expose the most common myths about plantation shutters so you can make the best window covering choice for your home:

MYTH: shutters are expensive

It’s true, shutters are not the cheapest window covering option on the market but unlike blinds and drapes that have a short life-cycle, shutters are a permanent addition to your home. Shutters add value to your property and come with multiple benefits; they’re energy efficient and proven to lower your energy bills. Taking these benefits into consideration, shutters are an investment rather than an expense.

MYTH: shutters are easy to DIY

There are several home projects that you can complete in a single weekend, but installing shutters may not be one of them. Putting in new shutters can be tricky, and if the process isn’t done right, you could end up with crooked shutters and frequent draughts. At Totally Shutters we do offer a DIY discount, however, we only recommend this to experts.

MYTH: shutters are for older homes

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” lead people to believe that shutters are for period properties but this certainly isn’t true. While shutters were used in homes stretching back decades, their crisp, versatile and stylish appeal allow them to fit in with all types of properties.

MYTH: shutters and blinds are the same

For some reason, some people believe shutters and blinds are the same. Blinds and shutters couldn’t be further apart. Shutters are a solid structure that attaches to the window whereas blinds dangle from a cord. Blinds are temporary and can deteriorate after 3-5 years while shutters are permanent and can easily last 20+ years.

 

If you have a few questions about plantation shutters that you would like answering, or would like to book your free, no obligation in-house survey, contact 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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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.