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Should You Install Plantation Shutters On All Windows of Your Home?

Yes, we can install plantation shutters on every window of your house, no matter the shape and size of your windows. However, whether you should install plantation shutters on every window of your home, you must consider a few factors.

Typically, the decision will depend largely on the size of your house, the number of windows you have and your planned budget. You will also want to consider the aesthetic exterior of your home.

Considering all these factors will help you decide whether you require plantation shutters for every window in your property, the front- or rear-facing windows or perhaps the top or bottom windows.

Where to install plantation shutters

We do advise customers that if you install plantation shutters in one window within a room, you should consider installing them in every window of that room. For example, if your living room has three windows, we recommend installing plantation shutters on all three windows for a consistent look.

If plantation shutters are not necessarily required in every room, some homeowners choose to take a balanced approach by opting for plantation shutters on one floor of their home. Others choose to install them on the front of their home for privacy control and kerb appeal.

However, if your budget is tight, you may want to opt for plantation shutters for the rooms that need them the most, where light and privacy control are required.

For a uniform look, you may want to consider wooden blinds for the other rooms, but you will lose the associated benefits of plantation shutters.

 

For more information on plantation 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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Help Combat the Energy Crisis with Plantation Shutters

The price of gas has soared since the beginning of 2021, putting many energy suppliers out of business. This surge in wholesale prices is set to hike up our energy bills even further in the coming months.

With an end to the Universal Credit cap, the furlough support and employment support schemes paired with the high level of inflation, the unprecedented energy bill crisis will impact many homes around the UK, with some making the devastating choice between heating and eating this winter.

The energy crisis is going to impact us all, leaving many of us thinking of alternative ways to cut down on our energy usage.

Reduce your energy usage with plantation shutters

The Department of Energy maintains that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use, making energy-efficient windows an important consideration for homeowners.

Plantation shutters are an excellent way to prevent heat loss through a window by up to 50% and when combined with secondary glazing, this can exceed 62%.

In fact, plantation shutters are the most energy-efficient window dressing that you can use, helping reduce heat loss in the winter months and reduce heat gain in the summer. Shutters are excellent insulators, trapping the cold air between your shutter and window.

 

For more information on reducing your energy bill with plantation 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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Plantation Shutters – Design Is Everything

Plantation shutters are the ideal window covering choice for those looking for maximum natural light while staying in complete control of your privacy levels.

Tier-on-tier shutters are the most versatile choice, providing independently controlled top and bottom louvre sections within the same shutter, achieved by a hidden control rod. The control rod effectively creates two sets of louvres within the same panel, allowing you to tilt the top set to filter the light coming in when the sun is at its peak and tilt the bottom set in a different direction to keep prying eyes at bay.

However, there are more plantation shutter options than tier-on-tier shutters. Whatever option you choose, all our window shutter options are beautifully tailored to fit your windows perfectly.

Full height shutters

Full height plantation shutters cover the entire window from top to bottom. They have excellent light control properties and are great for keeping in the heat as wood is a good insulator. Full height shutters are ideal for privacy control and feature a robust design. They’re great for making a big statement in a tall room.

Cafe style shutters

Cafe style plantation shutters bring a Parisian feel to your interior by covering only the bottom part of your window. They’re an ideal solution for creating a private space while staying in touch with the outside world. Cafe style shutters make a design statement without overwhelming that beautiful open aspect that enhances your living experience.

 

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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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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Home Design Tips for First-Time Buyers

One of the advantages of purchasing your first home is that you can design it exactly how you want. But when it comes to decorating, it can be hard to know where to begin.

Start with design boards

The best place to start is with pen and paper or online inspiration boards, such as Pinterest. Think about the overall mood you want to create in your home while considering the layout of your property. Don’t worry about trends as such because it’s your home and your unique flair.

Consider your structure

Never rush the design process; take time to decide what it is you want. Start with the structure of your home, ensuring the property is sound, dry and warm. Think long term goals rather than quick fixes. By thinking long term, you will cut down spending in the long run.

Think Lighting

Lighting can have a huge impact and change the entire feel of the room. There are so many different lighting options available, so ensure you do your research. Depending on how much natural light your home receives will impact the lighting solutions you choose.

Don’t forget your windows

Carefully consider your window solutions. Plantation shutters are worth the investment as they’re stylish and practical, hosting a range of benefits. They are easy to maintain and give you complete control over lighting, privacy and noise levels while adding value to your property. Having them installed when you move into your home is ideal.

Always remember

Remember above all, don’t be afraid to be bold with your design and inject your personality. It’s your home, not anyone else’s. Don’t worry too much about matching everything.

 

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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4 Hot Interior Trends Right Now

Many homeowners like to stay on top of interior design trends, incorporating “what’s hot” into their home styling. At Totally Shutters, we have been keeping our finger on the pulse of interior trends to consider for your home:

Bold primary colours

Contrasting two or three primary colours against an understated background can create a striking visual in your room, impacting both the room’s space and shape.

A simple way to inject colour and make a statement into your room is with plantation shutters, available in a range of different colours and finishes, as well as our custom colour service.

Shabby chic

The shabby chic interior trend is here to stay. The interior trend adds character to a room and can be achieved through multiple avenues including, exposing wood or brickwork on walls and furniture or usage of vintage throws and cushions.

With shabby chic, the busier the room, the more character the space. Stained wooden plantation shutters complement this design.

Statement vases

Statement vases are a great way to add something different to your room. Depending on your preference, you can go as big and as bold as you like. Big statement vases will give your room a design feature and provide a talking point. They also look great on your windowsill, in front of plantation shutters.

Bring the outdoors in

Another timeless interior design trend is plants. As people have been spending more time at home due to lockdown, there has been a significant increase in plants around the home. From indoor plants and flowers to herbs, there are plenty of choices for your home.

 

For more information on wooden plantation 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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Keeping Cool With Your Plantation Shutters

The UK has experienced some extraordinary weather changes and temperatures over the last few weeks, with temperatures reaching over 39 degrees in some areas.

As many of us struggled to sleep at night or work from home during the day, we know you will have been clutching on ways to keep cool. So here are some tips to stay cool on days where the heat feels too hot to handle:

Plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are ideal for warm days when temperatures are soaring, as they are fantastic for helping with temperature control in rooms. Closing your shutters in front of an open window will ensure that a breeze can still blow through the room and keep the room ventilated while the angling of the slats will prevent light from shining through.

As plantation shutters increase privacy levels, you can wear whatever you need to ensure your body temperature is cool without passersby observing.

Fans

There is a range of options when it comes to home fans. However, putting a bowl of ice in front of the fan is a great way to ensure that cold air is blowing on you when positioned correctly. Another option is to have a mister spray bottle next to the bed and occasionally spray yourself to cool down.

Lower your duvet tog

Many of us have a preference for our duvet thickness, but for a good night’s sleep, the ideal duvet may change throughout the year. For hot summer months, a duvet tog of 1.0-4.5 is recommended for keeping cool on an evening. Whereas a mid-range tog of 7.0-10.5 is ideal for autumn and spring.

 

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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Choose Wooden Shutters for Your Home

For all-year-round cosiness in your home, choose wooden shutters. They add a touch of luxury, warmth and character to your windows. Here’s how to create your ideal look with our hardwood shutter range.

Why wooden shutters?

Whether stained or painted, wooden plantation shutters are the most practical and stylish window dressing. They give you complete control over light and privacy, they offer excellent heat insulation, and they’re easy to maintain.

Made-to-measure, plantation shutters are made to fit your window and designed to match your interior. Wooden shutters come in a variety of different shades and can be stained in warmer colours to add a glowing look at your window all year round.

Wooden shutters for all interiors

Wooden shutters compliment all properties and interiors too. For a rustic, industrial interior, dark plantation shutter stains will flatter the scheme. Whereas for a French-chic interior, a cafe style wooden shutters in a subtle wooden stain would look ideal.

If you’re the type that likes to change your interior every few years, wooden shutters are timeless and will suit any decor scheme change over the years. White shutters are our most popular plantation shutter option as the clean edge suits all decorations.

 

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