Sep 14

Why choose shutters?

It’s inevitable that shutters are back, and are giving other competitors a run for their money.  Not only are they easy to preserve, they are also economical and have an effortlessly timeless feel, instantly adding personality to any room. They’re stylish and sophisticated, charming and chic, and best of all, they won’t blow the budget. What more could you possibly ask for?

We’ve gathered together some beautiful examples of interior designs that utilise shutters, demonstrating exactly why you should choose them. Which do you prefer?

 1)      Simplistic bathroom with a modern twist

Modern bathroom shutters

So what caught your eye first? Exactly. What could have been a bland bathroom is now one of which is incredibly on trend. These simple shutters alone have added a splash of contrasting colour, along with a classic yet exotic feel to the whole room. Best of all, they will undoubtedly remain immaculate without needing constant care. Perfect, right?

2)      A classically crisp, white bedroom

White bedroom shutters

Although these aren’t as eye catching as the above, they most definitely add the finishing touch to this chic bedroom. Paired with classical cream curtains, this neutral colour scheme is perfect all year round.  They also provide a good level of privacy and security and are ideal for every room regardless of the colour scheme or design. Easy to achieve and oozing with elegance, this display is definitely a favourite ours.

3)  An earthy sun-soaked orangery

Modern green orangery shutters

Everyone loves to appreciate the outdoors, but the British weather often prevents us from doing so, leaving us subjected to remaining indoors. But have no fear – here’s where these wonderful shutters come in. Allowing plenty of sunlight to seep through, these shutters are great for turning a dark room into a bright and breezy one. The decoration of this room takes things to another level, providing it with an incredibly natural, outdoorsy feel.

4)  A small room meets super-trendy

Modern shutters small room

If you’re wanting to convert a room of a smaller size into something much more exclusive, incorporating tall shutters into a simple colour scheme, will transform the image of a once un-used room, instantly. A tall shutter, as all shutters, enables plentiful amounts of sunlight to enter the room, which, alongside bright colours (as shown above) could allow the room to appear much more spacious. A fantastic investment, these shutters are of course durable, easy to maintain and if kept simple, effortlessly glamourous.

Which was your favourite? (Don’t worry, you’re allowed more than one!)  Be sure to visit our website and view our fantastic products, and why not drop us a tweet or pop by our Facebook page?

Aug 14

Shutters complete your room

Shutters are making a comeback, and it’s not difficult to see why. Durable, economical and easy to maintain, shutters are easily one of the best options for the modern window dressing. They’re also super stylish, and can completely transform a generic, bland room into a charming and chic place.

We’ve gathered together some of our favourite examples of shutters completing the room. Which is your favourite?

1. Cute Country Bathroom

Country Bathroom Shutters

Clean white shutters are the perfect addition to a country bathroom. Opening up onto a gorgeous view, they complement the country-style theme without compromising on light. We also love the pretty floral furnishings and ornate candle holders in this bathroom – they help to transform it into a sweet, serene place, ideal for a bubble bath!

2. Cosy Attic Room

Curved Shutters Attic RoomThis room really displays the versatility of shutters. Designed to fit perfectly on the quirky arched windows, the shutters solve the issue of awkwardly shaped blinds or curtains! Installing them upon lattice windows ensures maximum privacy and security, which is a must-have for rooms with a balcony. We love this project!

3. Continental Conservatory

Continental ConservatoryEveryone wants their conservatory to be light and bright, yet feel warm and cosy at the same time. That’s where shutters come in. Opting for the product in a neutral shade means they blend seamlessly into the decor of the room, allowing sunlight to filter in while keeping out the cold. We really like the cast iron furniture on terracotta flooring, too – very continental!

4. Luxury Lodge Bedroom

Luxury Lodge BedroomThough they can be pricey, tall shutters are ideal for French doors. Again, they’re brilliant in terms of privacy and security, and they allow just the right amount of light and air into the room. They look fantastic in this luxury holiday lodge – so much, in fact, that the owners couldn’t help but install more into the high windows above the doors.

Which shutters would you pick to complete your room? Be sure to visit our site to find the perfect product, then tweet us or pop by our Facebook page to tell us about it!


Aug 14

5 ways to clean shutters

Here at Shutters Direct we’re all about the long term investment, and we want you to continue to love your shutters five years down the line. That’s why we’re offering some handy tips on keeping them looking their best. We know that cleaning window dressings can be a laborious job, especially when it comes to Romans and verticals. Luckily, shutters present a much easier task, and there are several simple options to achieve squeaky clean shutters in a matter of minutes…

Cleaning Products

1. Duster

A dusting cloth is the best way to achieve a thorough clean, but avoid using polish as it can break down finishes on the wood. Opt for a microfiber duster, which will effectively remove pesky particles without the need for cleaning fluids.

2. Vacuum

Many prefer to use the dusting brush attachment on their vacuum cleaner to blitz away dust. The soft brush means your blinds won’t get scratched, and it’s easy to give them a quick clean while vacuuming the rest of the room.

3. Feather duster

A quick flick of the feather duster will clean up blinds with minimal dust, and if you do this once weekly, you’ll avoid a big cleaning job. This is also the best option for outdoor blinds if you don’t have a handheld vacuum cleaner or a long enough extension cord.

4. Damp cloth

While plastic shutters are easy to wipe clean, you should be more careful with wooden blinds. Dampen a cloth, but be sure to wring it out so your shutters don’t absorb too much water as this can eventually warp them.

5. Toothbrush

For those hard-to-reach areas, there’s a very cheap and easy way to clean: with a toothbrush! This will clean away any tiny bits of debris and ensure that every inch of your wooden shutters is sparkling clean.

Do you have any other tips for keeping shutters looking their best? Let us know by tweeting us @shuttersdirect1 or visiting our Facebook page.