Plantation Shutter Love...... with 'Shutterly Fabulous'
Shutters, yep I love them! You will find no curtains in my house, they just don't do it for me..... I haven't bought a pair of curtains for over ten years..... Apart from harbouring dust, they cover valuable wall space and for me are just a little old fashioned these days..... I like the clean aesthetic of shutters inside the window frame and the fact that they look just as fabulous in a period property as they do in a contemporary new build. So, when the people at Shutterly Fabulous asked me to write a blog about their shutter styles I knew this was going to be right up my street!
I have been nagging Mr H to invest in shutters on the large windows in our sitting room and solid wooden panel shutters for the french doors in our bedroom since the extensions were finished, and to be honest until we get them I feel like the rooms are not quite done..... We currently (still) have bare windows and venetian blinds in the rooms downstairs whilst I wait patiently for my plantation shutters..... I must be honest here though, I could have had them fitted already but each time Mr H mentions holidays the shutter savings end up on the beach in Dubai! Yes it's true they are not the cheapest of window treatments thats for sure, but they are a great investment..... As well as looking great and adding a timeless elegance and plenty of curb appeal, good quality shutters actually add value to your home. If I had my way we would have them in every room in the house......
Though I am still waiting for them in our current house, I had shutters fitted in our previous home. I had tier on tier shutters in the sitting room, as the window looked out onto a road shutters gave us the versatility of having flexible light control and privacy, we were able to close the eye level shutters to maintain privacy whilst keeping the upper ones open to let the light shine through.
We also had full height shutters between the kitchen and the orangery which was the kids playroom. This was great as we could have them open to have one large room and keep an eye on the kids and also have the option of closing them and shutting out the inevitable mess but still allowing light into both rooms by adjusting the slats...... Anything that hides mess whilst I enjoy my 6pm drink is a huge bonus in my eyes!
Shutterly Fabulous is a local company to me, based in Brighton and set up in 2001 by Mark Carter and Murray Clark. They were one of the first UK shutter companies to be accredited by The Guild of Master Craftsmen, and the majority of their consultants are trained carpenters with experience of installing quality wooden shutters. Not only that but they guarantee you the lowest UK price for wooden plantation shutters and will match any like-for-like quotation, they also offer a 3 year no quibble guarantee from the day your shutters are installed..... Pretty good eh!
Their ethos from day one was to give customers unrivalled product quality, care, value and expertise in custom-made premier shutters. They use only premium grade timber for their hardwood shutters and offer six ranges (including a polyvinyl range for wet rooms and bathrooms) and eight different styles of shutter, add to this various shutter colours and even a colour matching service you will have no problem finding the perfect shutters for your home.
Although based on the south coast Shutterly Fabulous now cover not only this area but the whole country with design consultants based in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Essex and Cambridge and installation teams fitting for customers nationwide.
So let's take a look at the eight styles of shutter available.....
With such a great range of styles and countless colour options and wood stains you can go for a classic look or a contemporary feature in any room.......
The Tracked Door Shutters are something that was not available the last time I ordered shutters for my home..... They are a great addition, with so many people wanting large bifold doors at the rear of their homes but worrying about being overlooked, especially with the lights on at night, these are the perfect solution. The track system is essential for shutters over a certain width to ensure they function properly and do not drag.....We are lucky that we are not overlooked at the rear of our house but they look so gorgeous I am now coveting these for our bifold doors in the kitchen too!
Shutters are also an ideal window treatment for bathrooms, as you can control the slats for privacy whilst still letting light in..... Shutterly Fabulous also make a polyvinyl range, available in 5 shades of white, they are completely waterproof, making them perfect for bathrooms and even wet rooms.
I've already talked about some of the reasons shutters are great for dressing your windows, such as aesthetics, adjusted light flow and privacy but lets look at a few more reasons to install shutters in your home......
1. Insulation Shutters are proven to insulate windows and not only do they keep your home warmer but in turn will reduce your heating bill- win, win!
2. Environmentally friendly The sustainable Poplar hardwood shutters also have is FSC® certification so when you buy these you know you are helping the environment too.
3. Easy to clean Dust is much easier to wipe off wooden shutter slats than curtains and fabric blinds. This in turn makes shutters perfect for household members with asthma or allergies.
4. Outside noise reduction When your shutters are closed they act as an extra noise barrier to the outside. They are also quiet when your windows are open as they do not rattle with the breeze as blinds do and therefore in the summer you can have your windows open whilst maintaining privacy and peace and quiet.
5. Furniture protection With shutters you have complete control of how the light comes in to your home. By angling the louvres upwards the sun does not have direct contact with your furnishings and furniture will not suffer from UV fading.
So, what about all the colour and stain options? Well, Shutterly Fabulous only use top-quality paints and stains on their shutters. Layers are built up one by one and the panels rubbed down between coats for a smooth, hard-wearing finish that will last. Due to a UV protective lacquer that seals the colour it will not fade in the sun. So if you are after a bright contemporary look you know your colour will stay looking its best!
So, all in all I think you'll agree shutters are a fabulous way to dress your windows, and I for one can't wait to finally get mine fitted later this year!
Thanks as always for reading,
* This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with Shutterly Fabulous