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Plantation Shutters and 2022 Interior Trends

Are you looking to revamp your property this year? You may want to take some inspiration for the upcoming interior design trends of 2022 for your home projects. 

Biophilic design

As we have spent more time indoors than arguably ever before, we’re seeing an increase in people’s love of nature coming indoors. The Biophilia design trend merges architecture and interior design with unruined nature, connecting the outside to the inside.

A design trend is best complemented by natural design elements and wooden furniture, our plantation shutters finished in a wooden stain will provide the finishing touch to Biophilia interiors. 

Sustainable business

In recent years, there’s been a heightened emphasis on the importance of sustainability and ethical work practices. As businesses become more open and conscientious about their values and sustainability, eco-friendly options are preferred. 

Made from real wood and PVC, plantation shutters are sustainable. Unlike curtains and blinds that require repair and replacement, shutters are made of durable materials which can stand the test of time.

Further, plantation shutters boast a range of environmental benefits compared to other window treatments, including curtains and blinds. Shutters help reduce energy bills as they seal the window completely, leaving no gaps, ensuring no heat escapes through the window.

Plantation shutters are an investment that will be part of your home for many years to come. For more information on plantation shutters for 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 Plantation Shutters Can Spruce Up Your Christmas

Christmas is less than two weeks away and many homeowners have already decked out their homes with beautiful festive decorations to get into the holiday spirit and brighten up the dark nights.

But if you’re looking for ways to spruce up your home and take your decorations to new heights, then plantation shutters may be the solution for you! 

Here’s how plantation shutters can help improve the overall look of your home this Christmas:

Utilise your windowsill 

A great way to spruce up your windows is to utilise any windowsill behind your shutters with Christmas decor. Whether it is a novelty Santa, a light-up reindeer or snowflake stickers, extending the room decoration to behind your plantation shutters extends the Christmas spirit to the exterior, welcoming you home into the warmth. 

Hang decorations on your shutters 

Another idea to add festive joy to your home is to decorate your plantation shutters by hanging items off them. Whether placing some mistletoe or holly around the shutter or hanging a bauble or two, this is a fun way to spruce up your windows for the holidays. 

If decorating your shutters, be mindful and take great care, and avoid using objects that could dame your shutters.

Plantation shutters are an investment that will be part of your home for many Christmas’s to come. For more information on plantation shutters for 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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Winter Shutter and Window Maintenance

Many homeowners find themselves battling the brisk weather to keep their windows in the best condition during the colder months. Here are some tips from our shutter experts to maintaining your windows and shutters in the heart of winter:

Tackle condensation issues 

The biggest risk to damaging your window coverings as temperatures plummet is condensation and the lasting exposure it can cause. However, maintaining a consistent temperature will keep condensation at bay and will help your windows in the long run. 

Purchasing moisture trappers if condensation is a regular issue may be useful. Making use of extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchen fans when cooking will also help with moisture.

Keep on top of shutter after care 

Keeping up with your shutter aftercare will ensure your plantation shutters are in the best possible condition. Looking after your shutters will continue to benefit your home for many years to come. 

For general dusting we recommend using a feather duster to gently remove the dirt off the shutter surface. Be sure to dust the shutters before using a slightly damp cloth on the surface to avoid wetting the dust and damaging the shutter.

If you’re considering installing plantation shutters in a room that has particular high levels of exposure, you will want to consider UPVC shutters that are water-resistant. The UPVC material has excellent thermal properties which stops moisture and humidity from damaging the window cover, withstanding the test of time.

For more information on installing plantation shutters in 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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Why You Should Hire a Professional Shutter Specialist

When researching plantation shutters for your home, you will see the market is competitive with many companies to choose from. To make things even more difficult, you come to the choice between DIY versus professional shutter installation. 

Everyone wants to save time and money, so DIY plantation shutters may seem like the better option. But sometimes rushing out to install your plantation shutters can be a huge mistake, even if you’re a professional at making flat-packed furniture. 

Here’s four reasons why you should choose a professional to install your plantation shutters:

You gain expert advice

A shutter specialist will guide you through the entire shutter process from choosing and designing your plantation shutters to installation. By getting in touch with the experts, you can rest assured you’re choosing the right shutter option for your window, and the finished product will be exactly what you imagined.

Your shutters will fit perfectly

Measuring your windows may seem straightforward, but one wrong measure and your entire shutter project will turn into a complete disaster. If you don’t measure your windows precisely, you will find it impossible to install your shutters. Shutter specialists will get the correct dimensions every time.

They will be energy efficient

As your shutters will be the perfect fit, you will benefit from the practicalities of plantation shutters. They are a great way to add beauty to your home, keep your home cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and lower your energy bills. 

Stress-free installation

Installing shutters is a complex and time-consuming process. If conducted by an experienced shutter specialist, it saves a lot of time. You can sit back and rest assured that your shutters will be perfect the first time.

For more information on installing plantation shutters in 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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This Winter, Save Money on Your Energy Bills with Shutters

The colder months are here, which means cosy evenings as the festive period draws close. But the colder weather brings higher energy bills. As the temperature changes, the energy efficiency of your home does too. 

Energy costs are rising, and the arrival of winter energy bills can make a severe dent in our finances. It is predicted that our energy bills will increase by 30% over the next year. Therefore, now it’s a good idea to start thinking of ways to save money on energy.

Plantation shutters are energy-efficient window covering

Many homeowners around London and the UK are using plantation shutters to help save money on their energy bills in the winter. They are the most energy-efficient window treatment and help reduce heat escaping through the windows.

Plantation shutters are bespoke and made to fit all window sizes and shapes, whether big or small. As they perfectly fit the window frame, they ensure an efficient barrier against warm air escaping and cold draughts. 

According to Historic Environment Scotland, shutters belong to the most effective methods for improving the thermal performance of traditional windows. They have tested the effectiveness of different ways of improving the thermal performance of windows. 

If you are looking for ways to save money on your energy bills this winter, installing plantation shutters will help reduce heat loss and enhance the thermal performance of your windows, keeping heating bills down.

For more information on installing plantation shutters in your home this winter 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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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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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.