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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.

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How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen Windowsill

The kitchen windowsill is one of those areas in the home we often take for granted, yet it’s always in our sight when we are busy at the sink. So, if your kitchen windowsill is looking a little uninspiring these days, then let us help with some simple ideas for some much-needed charm.

Kitchen shutters

One of the best ways to improve your windowsill area is with kitchen shutters. Kitchen shutters are practical and are a great way to inject style into your windowsill. Crucially, they’re easy to clean and maintain, and they don’t absorb kitchen humidity and odours like curtains and blinds.

Plantation shutters for kitchens also sit up against your window, leaving you ample room for styling your windowsill.

Add plants

Whether your window looks out onto the street or not, any windowsill will benefit from the addition of greenery. Choose your favourite plants or opt for pots that complement your kitchen’s colour scheme. Whatever you choose, adding plants will help to add character to your windowsill.

Grow herbs

If you have limited kitchen storage space, you may want to make the best of an otherwise redundant area by turning it into a place to store your spices and herbs.

Mason jars great for storing herbs, making your leaves easily accessible. If your window provides a decent amount of light, then it’s the ideal place to grow fresh tomatoes and other vegetables.

 

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

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Which Shutter Material is Best for Living Rooms?

The living room is the main where we gather to relax and unwind after a long day. Commonly situated at the front or back of the house, living rooms are often subject to privacy issues or harsh sunlight.

Installing living room plantation shutters are a great, stylish solution to combating these issues. However, knowing the benefits and materials is key.

Why living room shutters?

Living room shutters will enhance your space in terms of style and practicality. Benefits include privacy, light control, heat insulation, safety for children and much more. Shutters will also improve the aesthetics of your living room whilst boosting kerb appeal and adding value to your property.

What plantation shutters work best in living rooms?

If you have a street or neighbour facing living room and require heightened privacy, full height, tier-on-tier and cafe style shutters would work best. The adjustable louvres will prevent onlookers from peering into your home, while the moveable slats will give you control over the light entering your living room.

What material works best in living rooms?

Of course, shutter material comes down to personal preference. However, we recommend hardwood for your living room shutters. Made from high-quality and sustainable Paulownia wood, hardwood shutters give a beautiful finish when painted or stained, complementing any contemporary or classic interior.

 

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

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A Guide to Small Window Shutters

Finding the perfect window covering is a great feeling as the right covering can bring a room together, helping you unwind and enjoy. However, sometimes small windows can be problematic.

You will be surprised by how easy it is to find the perfect-sized plantation shutter for your small window. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing plantation shutters for small windows in your home:

Why plantation shutters are ideal for smaller windows

Plantation shutters are bespoke and made to measure your windows perfectly, no matter what size they are.

As part of our free in-house survey, one of our shutter specialists will come to your home at a time that suits you and take the exact measurements of your window. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, they will manufacture and install the small window shutters to your exact requirements.

Which shutter style works best for small windows?

With small windows, we recommend avoiding cafe-style shutters as these work best for large windows, and similarly, with tier-on-tier shutters, you won’t have enough window surface for them to work completely.

Solid shutters are a great choice for small windows as they will help you improve your privacy and block out as much of the sun’s light as possible. Otherwise, full height shutters are ideal for small windows as the clean lines of this style will not over-complicate the window.

 

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