Our Autumn Collection


We are currently working on our Autumn Collection, set to launch on 16/10/15.

When creating this collection we had a specific image in our head. We pictured a cosy room, warmed by a fire. No T.V, just a few sofas and chairs, piled high with warm blankets. Soulful music is background to laughter as a group of friends share drinks and talk about good times passed. The room is warm and safe and full of laughter, the blinds are closed, keeping the cold world outside at bay.

The Roaring 20’s!


To put it bluntly, the 1920’s looked like a right laugh.

Pre-world war one the western world was still rooted in old Christian values. But the atrocities committed during the war made people question a lot of things. Subsequently people began to get a lot more liberal. In America especially progress abounded. The country achieved a sustained period of economic growth, science and technology took huge leaps, even homosexuality began to get more accepted.

Louis Armstrong 1920's party

Strangely enough it was also the period in which America went through prohibition. But we all know, when you ban something, it just makes it all the more fun. Moonshine and speakeasies were rampant.

We Want Beer! Prohibiton





Yep, the roaring twenties looked like a whole lot of fun.

Throughout Europe design progressed leaps and bounds. It was around this time that the Modernism movement began taking place in France, which still affects design to this day. In complete contrast to the frilly and excessive design of preceding it, modernism encourages a stripping down of objects and design to their bare essentials. Architects began to design with functionality, efficiency and economy in mind. Kitchen, living rooms and dining rooms became open plan. Inbuilt storage with shelves and such built into nooks and crevices increased the efficiency of space and created more available square feet in homes.

Modernist InteriorModernist Interior 1

Arising from modernism came two large design movements, the influences of which can still be seen today. The first of which most people are aware of: Art Deco.

Art DEco Flapper Girl

When we imagine the 20’s, we imagine Art Deco. The two just go hand in hand. Art deco, which originated in France after WWI, uses simple geometric shapes, bright colours and definitely has an air of… show biz. The size and scope that Art Deco cannot be overestimated. It was a worldwide phenomenon that strove to celebrate human decadence and our need for beauty.

Art DEco Mural

Art Deco interior (2)

It drew from influences globally. It is easy to see the romantic link between Art Deco and the excitement surrounding the Ancient Egyptians and Meso-Americans at the time. Colours and shapes were borrowed from Africa with themes taken from the exuberant ballets of Paris. It spread across all forms of design: from art to photography to architecture, even to transport.

Art Deco Bike

There are still many wonderful examples of art deco design, such as buildings and vehicles that have survived through to this day.

Empire State Building

The Bauhaus School of Design is the other large influencer from the 20’s. Formed in 1919 it ran from several locations before being shut down for political reasons in 1933. Mainly known for its influence on architecture, the School of Bauhaus strove to achieve the ideal of creating a ‘total’ work of art and design that would unify all design elements.

Bauhaus Design School


Rietveld chair

Bauhaus is similar to art deco with its use of simple shapes. But in its essence it is less ‘showboaty’ stating that designs and creations should be true to the source material: it is closer to modernism in this aspect than Art Deco is. One large aspect that Bauhaus contributed to design is it started to view objects that were previously utilitarian as potentially beautiful objects. Items were created that not only functioned well, but were pleasing to look at. Though they always remained true to the source material. Bauhaus celebrated the advancements in the technologies of the time. It encouraged a scientific approach to design and to display an items mechanical roots.

Wooden Or Aluminium Blinds?

It can be a tough choice, one that deserves spending some time thinking over: which window furnishing would suit my home the best? They have a huge effect on the feel of a room. It’s not just the appearance of the furnishing itself, it is also the effect they have on the light, and how that interacts with a room.

Brown Wooden Blinds in Living Room

To this point, there is a big difference between Wooden and Aluminium Venetian blinds. Wooden Blinds, while cut accurately, somehow feel softer. They have a dampening effect on light as it comes into a room. The shadows don’t seem to have such a harsh edge on them. And the wood that the blinds are made of themselves is a more calming and natural material.

Pecan Wooden Blinds with Chair Bright Wooden blinds with Chair

Whereas Aluminium Venetian Blinds are, by nature, a lot more exacting and clinical. They create harsh shadows with perfect edges. They can be used effectively in design, and are well suited to modern, clinical rooms. Another aspect of Aluminium Blinds is, due to the nature and chemical makeup of aluminium blinds, they can hold vibrant colours extremely well. This means they can be tailored to your personal colour scheme with ease, and will last forever.

Aluminium Blinds in Bathroom Bright Blinds in Living Room Wooden Blinds with Tapes

Wooden and Aluminium Blinds are available from www.wooden-blinds-direct.co.uk

The Pleasure of Craftsmanship

We are a company that prides itself on the quality of the goods it produces. One word that we like to use, and are sad to see the decline of, is craftsmanship. We love that the goods we send out to people are amongst the best that can be bought. And, though it may not be the smartest business sense, we love it when others do the same.

There are a few folk out there slaving away to keep craftsmanship and man made goods alive. Men and women toiling in workshops with nothing more than love for what they do keeping them going. Days might pass while they are hunched over their work bench, hammer and chisel in hand, building perfection.

As much pleasure as we take in creating these wonderful products, we also enjoy in watching others create them. There is a real, deep seated, joy in watching a person excel in their life’s love. Whether it be sports, art, or creating things.

Here at Shutters Direct we have a soft spot for wood. Not only is it the material that our shutters are made from, but it is simply a lovely material to work with. There is a softness and warmth in wood, and a pliability that allows it to be turned into incredible objects.

A lovely coincidence is that videos about woodwork are usually wonderfully shot and accompanied with soothing music. Below is a few of our favourites that we fall back on when we are seeking inspiration. So sit back and unwind for five minutes as you watch people building perfection.



Shutters for spring

shutters for spring

Spring is fast approaching, much to our delight. Though the weather over here is questionable at the moment, we’re feeling positive about the warmer days ahead. We’re even looking forward to a good old spring clean, especially when it involves lots of lovely new furniture for our offices.

If you’re planning a spring cleaning session, we think you should treat yourself too. There’s nothing better than adding the final touch to your newly blitzed home: perhaps some nice new bed sheets, a piece of art for the walls, or even a new window dressing?

Here at Shutters Direct, we think that shutters are the perfect choice for the season. Here’s why… Continue reading

Why we love white shutters

Why we love white shutters

We’ve been pinning!

Here at Shutters Direct, we love seeing shutters incorporated into delightful interior design. Pinterest is the perfect place for us to hunt down some of the very best examples of this, and it’s far too easy for us to lose ourselves in the endless reams of inspiring interiors and stunning photography. Continue reading

Colonial Interior Design

Polished wood, tropical plants, botanical prints, relics from distant lands… There’s little to dislike about colonial interiors! It’s a style that developed over the reign of the British Empire, peaking along with the colonies in the 19th and 20th centuries. At this time, with over a quarter of the world part of the British Empire, influences from British colonials blended with the fashions of the colonies, creating a fusion of English tradition and exotic accents. The style was perfectly adapted to suit the climates and landscape of the colonies, while still maintaining the home comforts that the British desired.

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How to measure and fit shutters

Shutters are arguably the ultimate window dressing. Stylish, strong and easy to maintain, they’re the perfect choice for those who want to spend a little more and invest in a high quality product that will add real value to their home.

Often, the thought of DIY puts people off undertaking new projects at home. However, when it comes to shutters from Shutters Direct, there’s no need to worry. Measuring fo and fitting your shutters is much simpler than you first imagined – especially with the help of our handy video guides. Be sure to take a look by clicking here and here, where you’ll discover fantastic, informative videos taking you through every step. We also offer a complimentary printable measuring guide, which you can find by clicking this link.

Do you have any other questions about measuring and fitting your shutters? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by filling in an enquiry form, or alternatively visit our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Interior Trends for 2015

Interior trends for 2015

Good morning from Shutters Direct, and Happy New Year too (though it does seem a little bit too far into the month to still be singing best wishes for 2015!) We hope that everyone had a fantastic festive period, and that you’ve settled back into normality without too bad a January blues. Here at Shutters Direct, the new year has well and truly kicked off and we’re busier than ever… It seems everyone wants shutters for 2015! And who can blame them? A timeless classic, shutters are one of the most cost-effective, durable and stylish of window dressings.

We could sing the praises of shutters all day long, but today we’re going to concentrate on something else: interior trends for 2015. We’ve always prided ourselves on being up-to-date with industry trends, sniffing out the most up-and-coming styles and sourcing the most modern of materials. Today, we want to share this with you, letting you know what should be on your radar this year, and ensuring your home becomes the stylish space you’ve always dreamed of… Continue reading

Christmas Shutters


Here at Shutters Direct, we’ve got a thing for recycled and repurposed shutters – just take a look at our post about shabby chic shutters. We love seeing old shutters being put to different uses, whether for function or decoration. That’s why we’ve tracked down some of the very best alternative uses for shutters, especially for Christmas!  Continue reading