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Redecorating your home can be a daunting task. Choosing the right colours, matching the accessories, and even buying the right type of furniture to suit not only your home but your individual taste and style of living, there are many decisions to make.

If you’re planning a makeover for your home this Autumn here are a few top tips to help you get started.

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Feel the warmth

If you’re planning to change your interior colour schemes frequently it may be best for you to opt for neutral colours as your staples so you can easily add and change different colour themes as you choose.

Autumn is a wonderful season for embracing rich and warm colours. Oranges, yellows, browns and reds are all in abundance at this time of year. Using your backdrop of neutral tones, you can then use accessories such as cushions, rugs and throws to create an autumnal theme.

If you currently have curtains or blinds which match your current décor, this could be a good time to consider installing plantation shutters. Shutters offer a timeless, classic, elegant look to any room and if you choose a neutral colour that will easily match any interior décor you will never have to change your window dressing again to match your colour theme.

Lighting

Lighting in so important in any room and understanding layered lighting and how to use it will really change the look and feel of your home. Layering your lighting allows you to create a mood or a feel to a room to make it interesting and individual. You can find out more about how to achieve layered lighting by reading our earlier blog –  https://www.www.purelyshutters.co.uk/blog/interior-decorating/home-lighting-secrets-for-your-home/

Our top tip for lighting is to not forget your natural source of light and with plantation shutters you can easily control the amount of light that enters your rooms.

Use Nature

Autumn is a beautiful time of year so why not bring nature naturally indoors. Instead of spending a fortune on home décor, why not create your own natural autumnal displays using what you can find in the countryside around you. Fallen leaves, pinecones, acorns, and even twigs can all be used in floral displays, fireplace garlands and for table displays. You can even press the leaves and display them in picture frames to hang on your walls.

Set a Budget

This is probably the most important top tip! Make sure you set a budget and stick to it. It’s so easy to get swept along in the moment and buy items that you really don’t need or want. By setting a budget for this project you will ensure that you only buy the things you really want to make your home perfect this autumn.

Rehome and Upcycle

Some of the best places to find little bits and pieces which you can easily upcycle such as ornaments or picture frames is your local charity shops. Why not start there to get some ides before heading to the high street to spend your hard earnt cash, who knows what surprises you may find!

It’s that wonderful time of year where leaves are falling, bonfires are burning, and Halloween and Bonfire Night are just around the corner. After the year we’ve all had many of us are embracing the things that we have missed with more gusto than normal. So, if you’re planning to celebrate Halloween this year why not decorate your garden too?

If you’ve never decorated your garden before here are some great Halloween Garden ideas to get you started.

Pumpkin Display

A traditional carved pumpkin is a great way to decorate your doorstep, but to up the ante this year why not have several and create a pumpkin display? Use different sizes so that you can display them effectively or place them on a shelved platform, so they sit at different heights. You can carve different designs into each one to create a really effective display for your trick or treaters to admire.

Spooky Signs

If you have some old wood why not create a spooky signpost. Use a piece of wood as your post and then nail smaller bits of arrow shaped wood to it. You can paint these bits of wood in black, white or red and label them with such names as Halloween Village, Skeleton City, Bonesville or Sleepy Hollow. You can use dripping blood effects and scary writing to really make the signs creepy.

Graveyard Headstones

Graveyard headstones are a great way of creating a spooky scene in your front garden. You can use different materials for creating these such as cardboard, foam or wood. The funniest part of creating headstones is the details you write on each. So, get creative and have some fun with your names, dates of death and epitaphs.

Spider Webs

There’s nothing creepier than walking into a spider’s web! If you fancy giving this a go you could drape your web over your garden hedges, trees, fences, or walls and even create a massive fake spider to really scare your visitors. You can use net curtains and cut holes out and then drape over the area you’d like to cover or for a more traditional shaped spiders web you can use string. To find out how to weave your web follow these instructions: https://decorhint.com/how-to-make-a-giant-spider-web/

Window Dressings

Of course, your windows are also a great place for you to create a spooky Halloween display and really easy to do if you have plantation shutters. Using black cardboard, cut-out Halloween shapes such as witches on broomsticks, cats, spiders, skeletons, and bats. Once you have your shapes fix a piece of cotton or string to them and then simply hang them from the slats of your shutters. To really showcase your window scene, use an orange light to throw an eerie glow over your display.

You!

Don’t forget to dress up to scare your trick or treaters. From witches to Dracula, from ghosts to zombies, you can dare your trick or treaters to take a treat from your basket! For a really easy costume simply get an old white sheet, cut some eye holes out so you can see and pop it over your head. A very simple but effective way to make sure you too are Halloween ready!

Plantation shutters are timeless, classic, and elegant and are an unrivalled window dressing. But as well as being a beautiful addition to any home, plantation shutters have many other wonderful benefits. From giving a home privacy when and where it’s needed most, to helping to reduce noise pollution around your home, from adding instant kerb appeal to your property, to providing a child safe window dressing option for your rooms, shutters really do offer far more than just what meets the eye.

But there is another wonderful benefit of shutters that is often overlooked and that’s how great they are for home security too, and here’s why.

tracked shutter installation in living room

Added privacy

One of the huge advantages of plantation shutters is that they offer privacy with lots of flexible options. Unlike curtains which you either have open or closed, shutters due to their hinged panels and moveable louvres give you a whole range of privacy options.

If you live on a street where passers by can easily look into your home, the louvres make it easy for you to stop prying eyes looking in. For instance, for upstairs windows you can angle the louvres down so people looking up will only see the bottom of the slats and for downstairs windows you can angle them up so only the top of the louvre is visible.

Not only can you adjust your shutters to keep people from peeking in, you can also use them to control the amount of daylight that comes into your home to make the most of the sunshine in the winter and to keep your rooms cool in the summer.

A deterrent

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Most burglaries that take place are opportune thefts. Along with burglar alarms, CCTV and security lights, plantation shutters add another layer of protection for your home that an opportunist burglar will walk away from as your home will be harder to break into. In addition, unlike blinds and curtains, shutters are fixed inside your window recess and are made from a strong, durable hardwood like our Clifton Hardwood Shutter range. In addition, as people can’t see into your home easily through the shutters it’s much more difficult for a burglar to tell if your home is occupied or not.

Shutters for conservatories

Although conservatories can be a wonderful addition to any home they can leave some people feeling vulnerable and exposed due to their large panes of glass. The beauty of plantation shutters is that because they are made to measure they will fit your conservatory windows perfectly and will instantly make your home feel private and secure without compromising on beauty. There are several different styles of shutter available, and our experienced surveyor will be able to talk you through the options to ensure you choose the type of shutter that not only matches your conservatory but matches your style of living too.

You can contact us today to find out more or alternatively why not book your free no obligation home survey by giving us a call.

Keeping your home warm over the autumn and winter months without it costing a fortune can be a problem for many of us. But there are some simple things you can do to make your home as energy efficient as possible to help keep your winter fuel bills down.

Here’s some top tips to keep costs down and also reduce your carbon footprint.

Insulation

If your roof and walls aren’t property insulated your home could be losing approximately a quarter of its heat through them. Many homes do have roof insulation but it’s worthwhile checking if your home already has it that it is adequate enough. The recommended depth is 270mm so if your existing roof insulation is less then this you can easily add more on top.

Depending on the age of your property your home may have cavity walls. Older properties – pre-1920 – were mainly built with solid walls so if your home was built after this it may be a good idea to check your walls have insulation too.

Draught proofing

Draught proofing your home, put simply, is looking at the places around your house where cold air can enter, and hot air can escape. This could be places such as your loft hatch, gaps in your floorboards, exposed pipework and cracks in your walls. If you do find any gaps you can easily fill these in using materials such as foam strips, flexible fillers and for larger gaps expanding polyurethane foam to seal them and stop the cold air getting in.

If you find that you have draughty windows and doors, installing plantation shutters could be the ideal solution for you. Shutters are fitted tightly to your window frame, so they naturally reduce the amount of draughts entering your home. They are also one of the most energy efficient window dressings you can fit for your windows as they not only help to reduce heat loss in the winter, but they also help keep your home cool in the summer.

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Heating controls

Changing your heating controls and using them to suit your living needs could also help save you money. Make sure you programme your heating and hot water to come on only when you need it and to turn off when you don’t. You can also add thermostatic radiator valves to your radiators so that you only heat the rooms you need to. Also bear in mind that by reducing your room temperature by just 1 degree can cut your heating bills, so make sure you add an extra layer before you turn the thermostat up!

Rearrange your furniture

This may sound silly but where you place your large items of furniture can really impact on how the heat from your radiators is distributed in your home. If you have large sofas or beds placed in front of radiators try to rearrange them so that the radiators are not blocked. Alternatively, if you do not have space do to this, simply pull the furniture away from the radiators to allow the heat to distribute evenly around your room.

Although we’re still enjoying warm summer days and light evenings, a few of us may have started to make small preparations around our homes for the coming autumn and winter months. Boiler servicing, ordering wood and oil, checking guttering, even preparing your car for winter may be on your list. But there’s probably not many households that include ‘install window shutters before winter’ to their lists!

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In this week’s blog we thought we’d highlight why installing plantation shutters in your home for the winter season will help save you money and make your home more energy efficient, and why they lend themselves to a beautiful traditional Christmas scene.

Reduce Energy Costs

Window shutters are well-known to be aesthetically pleasing, adding a timeless classic feel to any room but they also have many practical benefits. Here’s how they will help your home become more energy efficient and save you money.

  1. Natural insulation – due to their natural insulative properties hardwood shutters are great at retaining heat helping to warm your home
  2. Draught protectors – they create a barrier preventing any cold draughts entering your home from around your windows or doors
  3. Prevent heat loss – they will keep the warm air in your home so it can’t escape through your windows or doors
  4. Additional insulation – Shutters trap air between themselves and the glass, adding another layer of insulation to your home

Christmas Decorations

living room decorated in Christmas decs

What could be more quintessentially Christmassy than a bay window, beautiful plantation shutters and a Christmas tree! But even if you don’t have a bay window, shutters are a great backdrop for light-weight Christmas decorations in any room. You can use them to create a fabulous display with your Christmas cards or even adorn them with fairy lights and a Christmas garland to create a lovely festive scene.

Privacy

As the evenings draw in so much earlier in the winter we often forget to close our curtains. Shutters however, even if you haven’t fully closed the slats, will prevent nosy neighbours and opportune burglars from peering into your home through your windows.

Condensation

If your home has poor ventilation you may have a problem with condensation. For the more traditional window dressings such as curtains and blinds this can cause problems as they can be badly affected from mould growth. Shutters are not affected in the same way and as they are so easy to keep clean they can simply be wiped with a damp cloth to keep them clean and dry. In addition, as they provide an extra layer of insulation to your home, you may feel more inclined to open windows on warmer winter days to let fresh air circulate.

Our range of hardwood shutters includes our Salcombe Waterproof range which are not only a great option for wet rooms, kitchens and bathrooms but they can also be used for windows like Victorian bay windows where condensation can be issue.

To find out more about our different hardwood shutter ranges why not contact us today. Our experienced surveyor will be able to talk you through all of our shutter types and designs to ensure you choose the best type of shutter to match your home.

Plantation shutters have been around for many years and were originally created to help keep out the elements. Nowadays, shutters are installed in homes for a variety of reasons be that for their classic, elegant looks, helping to reduce noise pollution or because they are really helpful at keeping dust at bay for allergen sufferers.

This week we are looking at why shutters are a great addition to any home but especially for those looking to control the amount of light that enters their home be that partial, full or near black out.

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Café Style

If your house fronts onto a busy path you may be looking at ways to make your home more private without compromising on daylight. In this case café style shutters could be a great option. This type of shutter is made to measure and only covers the bottom half of your window, allowing natural daylight to enter your room through the top section of your window.

Full height

For windows where you would like to keep your shutters closed for the majority of the time, full height shutters are a great choice. The louvres can still be tilted to allow as much or as little daylight into your room as you would like. Even though they cover your entire window they still give you a great amount of light control by simply adjusting the louvres in the panels. They can also be fitted with a divider allowing you to operate the top and bottom louvres independently of each other.

Tier-on-tier

Tier-on-tier shutters combine the benefits of both full height shutters and café style shutters. They are the perfect solution for those windows where you may want to operate the top and bottom shutters completely independently of each other. Tier-on-tier shutters are made in two sections, so they give you the absolute optimal control over light in your room. The top panels can be fully open whilst the bottom panels remain closed. In addition, the louvres in each panel all work separately allowing them to be tilted at different angles, as well as having them fully open or fully shut.

Solid Shutters

For those rooms where you would like to have near black out, solid shutters are perfect. Solid shutters lend themselves particularly well to bedrooms as not only do they provide near black out, but they also help with noise pollution, help with heat insulation and offer increased security. They are the perfect solution for rooms you would like to keep dark and quiet.

If you are unsure of where to start with your shutter style choice, our local surveyor is on hand to help guide you through our range of hardwood shutters, our style of shutters and also explain the different features you can select to ensure you opt for the shutter that not only complements your home but also complements your style of living.

Wooden window shutters are an unrivalled window dressing choice. They are a timeless, classic addition to any home regardless of its age or style and can completely transform the look and feel of a home.

Choosing the right type of shutter for your home, however, can be quite daunting as there are many different types of wood, shutter styles and options for you to consider. Here at Purely Shutters our experienced surveyor will be able to talk you through all of the options to ensure you select the most appropriate type of shutter for your home and your style of living.

Tier on Tier Conservatory Shutters

Our shutter ranges which include Clifton Hardwood and Lansdown Basswood are both made from hardwood. The Clifton range is made from Paulownia wood, a fast growing hardwood which can be harvested every 7-10 years, and our Lansdown range is made from a premium grade basswood, the Linden tree, which is a renewable natural resource.

Both of our hardwood shutter ranges are lightweight yet durable, with the Clifton hardwood having an unbeatable ratio of strength to weight. Both woods are light in colour and have a fine soft grain resulting in a perfect finish. Both ranges come in a variety of standard colours, but you can also colour match your shutters to a colour of your choice to match your décor.

As well as their durability, hardwood shutters offer many other benefits some of which we’ve detailed below.

Noise Reduction

Many of us have spent more time at home in recent months, and for some, noise pollution has become much more noticeable in and around our homes. As our wooden window shutters are made from a hardwood they offer a natural noise barrier and are a great choice for rooms like bedrooms, where you would like to keep noise at bay. You can even opt for solid shutters for these rooms to really get maximum protection without compromising on style or elegance.

Energy Efficient

Wooden window shutters also help your home become more energy efficient throughout the seasons. In the winter they help your home stay warm as they create an insulative barrier between the cold glass and the air in the room, and in the summer you can close your shutters to keep the sun out, keeping your home nice and cool.

Conservatory Shutters Tier on Tier

Privacy & Security

Whether you would like additional security around your home or would like to increase your privacy from the outside world, wooden window shutters are a great choice for both these reasons. As shutters have louvres, you can angle the slats in various ways to stop prying eyes entering your home.

Easy Maintenance

And finally, for those of us who love to keep cleaning to a minimum, wooden hardwood shutters are the perfect choice. To keep them clean and dust free, simply wipe them over with a damp cloth!

To find out more about our shutter ranges or styles please contact us today or book your free no obligation survey to discuss your requirements in more detail.

If you are considering installing window shutters in your home, you’ll want to be certain that the type of wood you choose perfectly matches your home, your style of living and your budget. Here at Purely Shutters we offer a range of shutters to ensure we can match your needs, regardless of which room you would like your shutters installed in and how you would like to use your shutters.

Our three different ranges of shutters are Clifton Hardwood Shutters, Lansdown Basswood Shutters and Salcombe Waterproof Shutters. All three types lend themselves to certain rooms and window types which is why we are confident that no matter where you would like to install wooden shutters in your home, we will have the perfect shutter type to match your needs.

White Bay Window Shutters

Clifton Hardwood Shutters

New to our range, the Clifton Hardwood Shutter is made from Paulowina wood. Paulowina wood is one of the fastest growing trees in the world and can be harvested every 7-10 years. It is a lightweight wood but has an incredible strength to weight ratio which is why it is an ideal wood for window shutters. It is light coloured, warp resistant and has a beautiful fine-grain texture. It is the ideal material to choose if you are considering full height shutters, café style shutters, tier on tier shutters, tracked shutters and solid shutters.

Lansdown Basswood Shutters

Our Lansdown Shutter range is made from basswood, a strong, versatile wood that does not warp. It has a straight fine grain with an even texture which offers a perfect finish. Our Lansdown Shutters are an elegant and lightweight choice for your window shutters. They are the ideal choice for full height shutters, café style shutters, tier on tier shutters, tracked and angled shutters. You can also choose different size slats, hinge colours and tilt rods.

Waterproof Bathroom Window Shutters

Salcombe Waterproof Shutters

For those rooms that are humid or where water could come into direct contact with your shutter, our Salcombe Waterproof range is the perfect solution. They are suitable for wet rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and even for windows where condensation maybe an issue. Even though they are incredibly practical, there is no compromise on style or elegance.  They are made using an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic resin with a co-polymer coating, to ensure they are fully waterproof. They are available in full height, café style, tier on tier, tracked and angled shutters. All of our shutters come in a range of colours and can be colour matched to a colour of your choice. You can find out more about our range of shutters and how they can add a timeless elegance to your home

We are delighted to announce the introduction of the Clifton Hardwood Shutters to our range.

Here we answer some of the questions our customers have asked before choosing our new Clifton hardwood shutters.

What are hardwood shutters?

The Clifton range of hardwood shutters are made from Paulownia wood. This type of wood comes from one of the fastest growing trees in the world, which allows it to be harvested every 7-10 years. Paulownia wood is lightweight but offers an incredible ratio of strength to weight, the perfect hardwood for window shutters. It is a light coloured, warp resistant hardwood that has a beautiful fine-grain texture, resulting in a lovely natural finish.

Are your hardwood shutters environmentally friendly?

Quite simply yes. As a company we are incredibly environmentally friendly and will only use wood that has been certified by the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is an international, non-profit organisation that ensures products made from timber throughout the world are only made from wood that is sustainably sourced. Our shutters, certified by the FSC, are sourced from wood grown, harvested and replanted in a way that does not have a negative impact on the planet.

Which shutter type will suit hardwood?

Clifton hardwood shutters are the perfect choice for any shutter type which is why we are delighted to add it our range. From bay windows to odd-shaped windows, from patio doors to sliding doors there is no shutter style not suitable for our new hardwood range. It is also suitable for slatted shutters or solid shutter styles.

tracked shutter installation in living room

Can I paint my hardwood shutters?

We have even better solution for you! We can colour match your shutters to any paint of your choice. This includes all of the leading paint brands including Dulux and Farrow & Ball. You can also choose from a stained finish or limewashed finish. No matter what your taste or décor, our hardwood shutters will complement your home and create a wonderful finishing touch to your room.

Will hardwood shutters suit my home and style of living?

The wonderful thing about shutters is that they suit any home regardless of its age, type or style. They are timeless, elegant and classic and are the perfect window dressing for any property. Window shutters are not only beautiful, but they also offer many other benefits too. They are so versatile they can match any style of living and home due to their practical features. For rooms where you would like to keep prying at eyes at bay, you can adjust the louvres to allow daylight in without compromising on privacy. On hot days you can keep your shutters closed but open your windows to let fresh air circulate around your room and in the winter shutters can help insulate your home making it much more energy efficient.

For more details on our new Clifton Hardwood Range contact us today and book your free no obligation home survey.

The last 12 months of living in a pandemic has shown many of us how important it is to get outdoors. Bringing nature into our lives can really benefit both out mental and physical wellbeing, helping to improve our mood as well as helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Regardless of whether you have a small patio or large patio area you may be wondering how to make your outdoor space more inviting. Here at Purely Shutters we know that by making simple changes or adding shutters to your house can really transform your rooms, and it’s no different with your outside space. By making a few easy alterations you’ll have a space outside that’s both welcoming and relaxing.

If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a few ideas to kick start your 2021 patio refurbishment project.

Repair and clean

You may need to start with some remedial work if you haven’t used your patio much. If there are weeds growing between the flagstones, remove them taking care to get as much of the root system out as possible. Once removed there are some great home recipes for weed killers that you may want to try instead of opting for harmful chemical weed killers. Visit this website for more details: https://www.thegardenglove.com/how-to-make-safe-homemade-weed-killer/. To remove any old moss or dirt, give your patio a once over with a pressure washer.

Assess you space

Once you have your patio clean and cleared of any debris, it’s time to plan your space and work out exactly what you’d like to achieve. If you like dining outside then make sure you plan enough space for a table and chairs. If you have a quiet corner, maybe a hammock would be a lovely way to relax on a summer’s afternoon. With indoor space being limited for many families you could even plan a small outside work area if working outside is an option for you. No matter how you plan to use the space, make sure you work out your dimensions before buying any furniture.

Colour, colour and colour!

No matter how small your space is there is always room to add colour and it doesn’t have to be just through traditional bedding plants. If you have a wall or fence why not brighten up your space by painting it a lovely bright colour that matches your furniture. Incorporate accessories, like cushions and bunting in statement colours that will complement any colour theme you have. Of course, plant pots, tubs and baskets are a great way to add seasonal colour but try and use perennials as well that will give you colour year after year.

Lighting

To really make your outdoor space inviting in the evenings, why not add layers of lighting. Layered lighting is a traditional method of indoor lighting and there’s no reason why you can’t apply this to your outside space. The first stage of your lighting is called ambient lighting. This lighting will provide enough light for comfort. In an outdoor environment this could be soft light such as pillared accent lights around your patio area. The next layer is task lighting. This is lighting for specific activities, such as security lights that come on for pathways or driveways, or maybe if you like to read outside at night string lights could be added to brighten an area for reading. Accent lighting is the final layer used to highlight specific features, such as a tree, ornament, fountain, or pool. But do remember less is more when it comes to accent lighting and used correctly, it really can be very effective.

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