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Choosing The Best Shutters for Your Bedroom

Plantation shutters add the perfect finishing touch to any bedroom but with so many shutter options to choose from, choosing the right shutters for your bedroom can be difficult. Before you begin considering which bedroom shutters to choose, think about whether you want them to:

  • improve your room’s privacy
  • blackout the room during daylight
  • add a splash of colour
  • be matched with curtains to create a layered look
  • look contemporary or traditional

Which shutter style to choose?

Solid shutters provide complete blackout and reduce noise disruption and are ideal for bedrooms with lots of lights or in busy areas. Solid shutters are great at keeping the heat in so you’ll feel snug during the winter months and will keep your room shaded and feeling cool in the summer months.

Cafe-style shutters only cover the lower part of your window, offering both privacy and light at the same time. Cafe shutters can be matched with curtains for a beautiful layered look.

Tier-on-tier shutters give you the option to open your window and let lots of light in during the day, whilst providing privacy at night time. With tier-on-tier, you can open up the top half whilst keeping the bottom section closed to provide both light and privacy at the same time.

Full height shutters are great for bedrooms with a bay window, providing fantastic coverage and privacy. Where curtains may cut off a bay window and make the room feel small, shutters are made to fit and make the room appear larger.

Coloured shutters create a statement look and at Totally Shutters we can paint your shutter blinds in virtually any colour to compliment the colour scheme in your bedroom.

 

Plantation shutters are a fantastic choice for bedroom windows. Whether you want to make the most of the view and daylight or are looking for a full blackout, we have a shutter style right for you. For more information on bedroom shutters, call us today on 0203 960 6963.

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5 Renovations to Increase Your Home Value

Whether you plan to your home soon or have no plans at all, finding ways to increase the value of your home can pay off in the long run. Cosmetic changes such as converting the loft or redesigning the kitchen are often the most obvious choices but don’t forget value can be added through some basic structural repairs too.

Replace your front door

Your front door is the first thing a potential home buyer will see. According to Home Advisor, replacing your front door with a high-quality steel door has a 90.7% return on investment. Even a touch of paint can brighten your home and increase its value.

Paint your interior

An inexpensive way to update your home and make it more appealing is by repainting your interior. Light and neutral colours help sell homes rather than outdated bold colours and busy patterns.

Landscaping

Curb appeal is real and making your home inviting from the outside makes your home a pleasurable place to relax and increases the value of your home when you’re ready to sell. Landscaping can be as simple as planting a few flowers to adding a new patio.

Shutters

Shutters are more than just a beautiful window treatment, they’re a permanent addition to your home which comes with several benefits, including increasing its resale value. Shutters are durable and energy efficient, meaning the potential home buyer will spend less money on utilities.

 

If you’re looking at increasing your home value with shutters and would like 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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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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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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4 Interior Design Mistakes to Avoid

Interior design can go right or wrong, especially when it comes to important decisions such as dressing your windows. And to avoid such disasters, it’s best to have a plan in place.

Here are 4 interior design mistakes to avoid:

1. Mismatched colours

It’s good to have different interior styles throughout your home, but many homeowners neglect to think about the look of their home from the outside. It’s best to standardise your front-facing window treatments with classic white or faux-wood shutters for a classic look outside and a versatile accent on the inside.

2. Not enough light sources

There’s a difference between having enough light to see and having enough light to make the room look its best. Singular overhead lights can make a room appear bland and washed out. Instead, try using multiple light sources with small lamps and strategically placed mirrors to reflect light and make use of natural light.

3. Rooms too similar

If you decorate each room in your house too similarly, none of the rooms will stand out. And if each room is too different, transitioning from one room to another can be too jarring. The key is to let each room have its own style and flair but to keep similarities throughout. Whether that be a colour scheme, style of furniture, similar flooring or window dressings.

4. Putting furniture against walls

It’s all too easy to fall into lining up your furniture against the walls. But this is bad for a number of reasons: it limits what you can do with your walls, it’s boring and worst of all, it downplays your windows which are a natural focal point for any room. Instead, strategically place furniture throughout your space, taking into consideration the lighting and how it hits different parts of your room.

 

When you come to redesign the interior of your home, take into consideration these 4 interior design mistakes. To book your free in-house survey and learn how to utilise your window treatments, call 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.