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There are many benefits to keeping indoor plants. From improving the air quality in your home to reducing your levels of stress and anxiety, it’s no wonder that many people are turning their attention to this ever more popular trend.

In our last blog ‘The best indoor plants trending in 2021’, we focused on the house plants that were hitting the headlines for 2021, so this time we thought we would write about indoor plants that are ideal for beginner’s who are just starting out.

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The first thing you need to remember is that many indoor plants generally don’t need to much care and attention. But that doesn’t mean you should dive right in and buy some of the more temperamental species. It’s best to start with some of the easier plants so that you can become acquainted with indoor gardening and the many benefits it has to offer. Once your knowledge grows you can then turn to those plants which may need that little bit more attention to ensure they flourish under your care.

As mentioned in our last blog your home environment is key to any successful indoor growing and understanding the microclimates around your home will help you choose the right places for your plants to grow. For instance, which rooms get the most light, which spaces get direct sunlight, where are the radiators or heat sources in your rooms, which rooms are humid and finally which rooms are draughty. Understanding your home environment is one of the key elements to successful indoor growing.

To start you off, here are 3 lovely, easy to grow indoor plants you may wish to consider.

Parlour Palm

This lovely indoor plant is a slow grower and can reach a height of about 70-80cm. It is a lovely, elegant plant, ideal for placing in a room that has plantation shutters for a wonderful classic look! It is wonderfully easy to care for as it will tolerate low light and infrequent watering. It will however flourish the more you care for it and will grow quicker if you feed it once a month.

Aspidistra

For a really unfussy plant that will tolerate virtually any light conditions this plant is a must if you’re completely new to house plants. It will also tolerate infrequent watering, but you should water it if you notice that the top two inches of soil are dry. If the tips of the leaves turn brown then misting the plant will help. It can grow quite big, up to a height of 110-120 cm so make sure you plan a space for it to grow in to.

Rubber Plant

The Rubber Plant is another easy to care for plant but this one does prefer a light room but note not direct sunlight. Be aware though that the leaves are toxic if ingested so keep the plant out of reach of children and pets. Water when the top two inches of soil are dry, and as the big thick leaves can absorb a lot of moisture spray them with a mister to keep the plant healthy.

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Keeping indoor plants had been gaining in popularity before the pandemic hit the globe in 2020, but as people were forced to stay at home, many without gardens, keeping and caring for houseplants became even more popular, and its’ easy to see why.

Alongside the caring and nurturing aspect of tending to houseplants there is also a growing recognition of the many benefits house plants offer. Research has shown that having houseplants to look after can improve your mental and physical health, increase productivity, and reduce stress and anxiety levels. Plus of course, indoor plants are known to improve the air quality in your home. When put like that, it’s little wonder that so many people have started to keep houseplants.

If you’re new to keeping indoor plants there are some things you should be aware of before heading to your local garden centre. Ideally if you’re a beginner, choose some low maintenance species that are easy to care for and will give you confidence before tackling some of the more temperamental species. Our next blog will look at some of the top indoor plants ideal for beginners.

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You should also be aware of the temperature in your home throughout the winter and summer months as some indoor species are not hardy enough to cope with dramatic falls in temperature. Draughts are another factor to consider when placing your plants in your home, as well as direct sunlight, and remember sunlight angles change throughout the year. If you have window shutters they are great for controlling the amount of sunlight entering your room as you can simply adjust the louvres.

If you’re interested in adding to your collection or just starting here are 5 indoor plants that are popular in 2021.

Fishbone Cactus

This cactus, also known as the ‘zigzag cactus’, is native to Mexico. It is an easy plant to care for as it doesn’t need a huge amount of watering and only needs light watering in autumn and winter. This cactus enjoys light but not direct sunlight. So place in a bright room away from a window.

The Boston Fern

The Boston fern is the perfect plant to keep in a bathroom as it thrives in humid environments. This fern doesn’t need direct sunlight as it is used to living in partial shade. Make sure you keep the soil moist and drain any excess water off.

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant was noted as one of the most popular indoor plants in 2020. This plant really doesn’t like the cold so make sure you choose a warm room without draughts. Choose a room with bright light but do not position the plant in direct sunlight. Due to the leaves on the plant holding water you won’t need to water the plant frequently only when the soil is dry.

Monstera

Also known as the cheese plant, this plant likes a moist atmosphere so misting the leaves every few days will help. Again, not a plant that likes too much shade but does enjoy bright rooms. Do not over water the plant, just water when the top two inches of soil have gone dry.

Velvet Calathea

Sometimes called the prayer plant, this plant again likes moist air. It can go grow big though so if you don’t have room in your bathroom simply mist the plant every couple of days. Position the plant in a moderately shaded spot that has partial sunlight but not directly in the sun.

For more indoor plant advice head over to the RHS website: https://www.rhs.org.uk/

Shutters have many benefits and one of their greatest is that they are extremely versatile. No matter if you have a bay window, large patio doors, sash windows, or even small special shaped window, plantation shutters are a flexible solution that are not only stylish, but wonderfully practical too for any type of window.

Deciding to install window shutters in your home is very exciting but it can also be quite daunting if you’re unsure where to start. With so many styles, ranges and features to choose from, it can quickly become overwhelming.

Here at Purely Shutters we have a team of experienced surveyors who will lead you through the whole process to ensure your shutters not only look great but also deliver all the practical solutions you need from your plantation shutters.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect shutter design for your home and to help here’s a brief overview of each of the styles we offer.

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Full height

Full height shutters are a very popular choice of window shutter. They cover the entire height of your window and are ideal if you would like to keep your shutters mainly closed. You can keep the panels closed for maximum privacy and light control or adjust the louvres to allow light into your room without compromising on privacy. We would recommend full height shutters for bay windows and patio windows.

Café Style

If you live on a busy road or have a window that people often walk by, you may want to opt for traditional café style shutters. Café style shutters cover just the bottom half of your window allowing light at the top but give full privacy in the lower section to keep prying eyes out. Best for rooms that require less coverage from the outside, café style shutters would be great for living rooms, kitchens, and dining room windows.

Tier-on-Tier

Tier-on-tier shutters are full height window shutters made up of two independent shutter panels. As the panels operate independently from each other you can open the top section to allow light into your room but keep the bottom section closed for privacy. Elegant and classy, tier-on-tier shutters work wonderfully well in bay windows and classic Victorian sash style windows.

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Bay Window

No matter what shape your bay window may be, plantation shutters are a timeless, classic, unrivalled window dressing. Bay window shutters can be designed in a variety of different shutter styles including café style and full height, giving you the flexibility of choosing those features that are important to your lifestyle and your home.

Patio Doors

Large patio doors are becoming an ever more popular addition to our homes, helping to seamlessly integrate the outdoors with the indoors. Large expanses of glass however can pose problems for traditional window coverings. Window shutters however, due to their versatile nature, offer the perfect window dressing solution. As your shutters are made to measure you can be assured that they will fit your window perfectly and can be designed with features that are important to you.

Tracked

If you have a large opening, tracked window shutters offer the best solution especially if you would like to open and close your shutters on a daily basis. Ideal for large patio doors or even as room dividers they are an elegant solution which can be fitted with or without a bottom track for increased stability.

Solid

Solid shutters are probably the most traditional type of window shutters. Offering near black out they are ideal for bedrooms and are also great for heat insulation, noise reduction and increased security.

Special Shapes

Arches, apex, circular or triangular, your special shaped windows lend themselves to a shutter solution. There is no other window covering that will really highlight your windows natural beauty.

Why not browse our gallery to see some of our inspirational shutter designs? Or get started on your shutters journey with a free home survey.

Although the pandemic in 2020 had many negative knock-on effects to our lives, for those households that didn’t suffer financially through loss of earnings, a positive outcome has been a saving on household bills, increasing many family’s disposable income. Daily expenses such as petrol, parking and train tickets all reduced dramatically, even the amount spent on clothes reduced as we had nowhere to go.

The sudden shift to working from home literally happened overnight and companies had to put technology in place to ensure their staff could work efficiently and effectively from home. As a result, employees are recognising a new work life balance and are looking to their employers for flexible working solutions post-pandemic rather than going back to the old way of working. A recent survey carried out by Rated People, stated that 43% of UK residents surveyed, now plan to work more from home. You can read the full report here – https://www.ratedpeople.com/blog/home-improvement-trends-report

This report has also shown that 57% of UK residents want to become more eco-friendly be that by making changes to their home to make them more energy efficient or eco-friendly, by eating less meat or by recycling more.

If you’re thinking about making some eco-friendly changes to your home, we’ve listed below a couple of easy, quick win solutions, as well as a longer term, money saving scheme.

Conserving water

Water wastage is an eco-friendly area often overlooked. Leaking taps, taking long showers, boiling a full kettle instead of what you need, waste water and energy. Finding ways to reduce your households water consumption will not only make your home eco-friendlier but could also save you money, especially if you are on a water metre. Simple easy changes like changing your shower head to low flow, turning the tap off when shaving or brushing your teeth, fixing leaking taps, and only using a washing machine or dish washer when it is full, will help your quest to become more eco-friendly.

If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom look at water saving choices such as dual flush toilets, a shower with an eco mode, taps that have eco aerators and consider installing a smaller basin.

Shutters

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Shutters are a great addition to any home and even more so if you are looking at ways to make your home more energy efficient. Plantation shutters create a natural protective insulation barrier between your windows and your home that works both in the winter and the summer months.

During the summer, you can tilt the louvres to direct any unwanted sunlight away or even fully close the louvres to keep the heat out, keeping your rooms nice and cool. During the winter wooden window shutters are a natural insulator and add an additional layer of protection to your windows to keep the heat in your home. We have a range of shutter styles including full height, tier-on-tier and patio doors all of which are perfect for helping to insulate your home.

Solar panels

In January 2020, the government introduced a new scheme called Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) for households that install solar panels. The scheme pays households for any electricity generated that is not used by themselves and is then put back into the national grid. Although the initial outlay may be expensive you can get your money back over 15 years, a long term, but very worthwhile investment. To find out more visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme

Every industry across the world has been affected by the pandemic. From businesses having to shut their doors to conform with lockdown restrictions, to office workers having to work from home where possible, the pandemic has without doubt left its mark on the world.

When lockdown 1.0 hit the UK in March 2020, businesses had to adapt virtually overnight which left many of us working from home in spaces that were not ideal to work in. But as the months went by and working from home became the new normal, families adapted their properties to maximise space for not only working from home but to also give designated areas for different activities as we spent more time at home.

A year later, interior design is reflecting the reality that the pandemic has changed our world and how we live our lives, and for many of us the changes are set to stay.

New materials

As we all became cautious about spreading the virus many of us cleaned our homes more frequently to try and minimise the risk of catching the virus. Interior designers are now incorporating materials that are naturally more sterile than others into their designs. Antimicrobial metals such as copper, brass and bronze are great choices for those places that are touched frequently like door handles and kitchen doorknobs. Woods that stop bacteria from growing like bamboo, oak and cork will continue to influence designs especially as they add natural warmth to a home.

Designating space

Our homes have become our hubs for everything. Work, rest and play we have had no choice but to conduct all our activities from within our homes, and future designs will reflect this shift of behaviour. For instance, living rooms are now providing space for a working mum to have a work call in a separate seating area to children who may be plugged into an iPad doing schoolwork.

Open plan living has become more popular but in today’s world a versatile space is even more in demand. Having the ability to create temporary smaller spaces within larger living areas is on the increase, which is where tracked plantation shutters are coming into their own.

Installing shutters as room dividers means you can easily draw them to create smaller secluded spaces for maybe an office, an exercise area or even a quiet zone for reading, fold them back and once again you have an open plan living space for all the family to enjoy. They are not only a practical solution (as you don’t have to get builders in or seek planning permission) but they are a stunningly beautiful one too! If you want to find out more contact us today.

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Health & well-being

Our health and well-being are of enormous importance especially when we are living in such uncertain times. Creating an environment that is good for our health helps our state of mind as well as our physical health, and nature will play a part in future designs as we reconnect back with the environment.

Designers will plan for larger windows and patio doors to provide more natural light in our homes, and design colours will switch to warm, earthy shades that connect us back to nature.

To upgrade your home to a modern rustic dreamscape, why not invest in some stunning plantation shutters?

Window shutters come in all different shapes, styles, makes and colours. From solid shutters to café style shutters, from bespoke shutters to external shutters, there is a huge range available depending on your needs and requirements.

If you are considering installing window shutters in your property and have just started your shutter journey, you may be wondering what the difference is between external and internal shutters, and the benefits each one has to offer.

There are lots of things to consider before deciding on your shutter choice, for instance are privacy and light control important factors? Are you planning on opening your shutters each day? Even your property type and where you live could influence your final decision. Both types of shutters can offer similar benefits, but it’s the subtle differences that will help you understand which type will suit your needs better.

Here we guide you through some of the questions you may have, helping you to come to a decision about the type and style of window shutters you will choose for your home.

Interior Window Shutters

Internal window shutters can be installed into any window or patio door in your home. They instantly transform the look and feel of your room, adding a classic, timeless elegance that will match any décor on interior design you decide on. We can even match any paint colour you decide on if you would like your shutters the same colour.

If you are using your shutters for privacy and light control, interior plantation shutters are the perfect choice. The adjustable louvres give you absolute control over how much light comes into your room as you can angle the slats depending on your needs without compromising on your privacy. In warmer weather you can open windows to allow ventilation but keeping your shutters closed will still provide your home with privacy and security.

In addition, interior window shutters are very easy to maintain and are also great for people that suffer from allergens as they require nothing more than the occasional wipe down with a damp cloth to keep them dust free.

Exterior Window Shutters

As the name suggests external window shutters are fitted to the outside of your windows. Their aesthetic value can really add a classic, Mediterranean look to a property and even a splash of colour to the outside, helping to improve the curb appeal of your property.

If you live in an area that has severe weather conditions external window shutters can help protect your windows from falling branches or flying debris. They can also add an additional layer of protection to your home, especially if the shutters you opt for can be latched from the inside.

If you are still undecided about which shutter style would suit your home and your needs, why not contact us today. Our team of experienced, professional surveyors will be able to guide you through the range of plantation shutters available and will discuss the features and benefits of each.

A year ago, home working for many of us was a privilege rather than standard practice. But with working from home thrust upon us in 2020, companies are now seeing the benefits home working offers not only for their staff, but for their profitability as they consider their property portfolio.

If you fancy giving your home a bit of a makeover but aren’t too sure where to start, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. And don’t forget, our beautiful wooden shutters will add an extra element of elegance and timelessness no matter which design you choose.

Less is more!

Less is more has been on the horizon for a long time. Clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, less layering, just less everything! If you’re inspired by the ‘less is more’ design approach, make sure every element you choose is selected carefully and purposefully. This look isn’t for everyone, but it can result in creating a stunning effect within your home.

Office & Living Spaces

Incorporating living, working and play spaces into our homes literally happened over night in 2020. Open plan living was seeing a steady increase in popularity regardless of the pandemic, now we are seeing a love of huge open rooms that incorporates everyone’s needs. The lines of distinction are blurring, allowing us to move freely between the areas. A lovely new term has also popped up where a kitchen that incorporates a sofa and seating area in it, is now called a ‘living kitchen’.

Au revoir Farmhouse, bonjour Country Chic

The love of the Farmhouse design has been a front runner for many years. If you love this style, don’t worry it’s not being ousted, it’s just taking a slight backseat as Country Chic makes an appearance. Not so distressed as the Farmhouse look, Country Chic still has the warmth and comfy feeling as the Farmhouse design but instead it embraces wood tones and mixes updated styles. If you’re looking for accessories and furniture, opt for those that have a European vintage feel. Some quality wooden shutters will add to this vibe perfectly.

Earthy Palettes and Textures

Earlier in the month we wrote a blog on Dulux’s ‘Colour of the Year 2021’ Brave Ground. It’s a warm, earthy shade that connects back to nature. Other major paint manufacturers are also following suit with lovely rich shades that can be mixed with bold colours to really brighten a room up. Many of us are looking for an air of calm and comfort within our homes this year, and these new inspired colours really do lend themselves to the job.

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One of the most important dates in the Dulux calendar is the reveal of their Colour of the Year. Each year a panel of experts meet in the Netherlands to discuss global issues, to forecast trends and to paint a picture of what life will be like for consumers over the next 12 months. The panel is made up of trend forecasters, design specialists, editors, and architects from around the globe. Without doubt, discussions this time round would have been like no other year.

The objective of the discussions is to create a colour, with accompanying colour palettes, that reflects these talks. The resulting colour should capture ‘the mood of the moment’ around the globe, as well as being a trend colour in both interior design and architecture for the next 12 months.

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Of course, this year we have all been living and staying in our homes a lot more, and how we use our space has never been more important. Bearing in mind the changes that people have had to embrace, reflecting such unprecedented global issues posed challenges for the panel as they endeavoured to create an inspiring colour palette.

But amongst the chaos and uncertainty around the globe, the panel found many positive elements. Communities coming together, generosity from strangers, plus the human instinct of survival, especially when we all pull together, coming to the forefront. So, it’s no wonder that to reflect these emotions and turn of events, a reassuring natural tone to create a calm sanctuary has been created.

The Colour of the Year for 2021 has been revealed as Brave Ground. It’s an earthy beige hue, a warm, natural neutral, that will bring a bolstering, balancing feel to any room and can be applied to a variety of different settings. The shade according to creators Dulux and AkzoNobel, subtly shifts in tone throughout the day to create, as they describe, ‘subtly responsive elements’.

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But as well as offering tranquillity, Brave Ground is a versatile shade that will allow other colours to shine. A handful of complementary colours have also been created that work comfortably with Brave Ground including Expressive, which is a collection of striking reds and pinks, as well as Timeless, a warm collection of yellows and ochres. The intention is that consumers, through using the ColourFutures 2021 palette can bring the most up to date, on trend colours into their homes.

Dulux have some inspirational design ideas for you to express your own mood for 2021, you can visit their website by following the link – https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/colour-inspiration/discover-brave-ground-dulux-colour-year-2021

At Purely Shutters our beautiful, timeless, handcrafted window shutters are the perfect accompaniment to any design. They can also be painted with any Dulux colour to match your colour scheme. To find out more about our range of shutters give us a call today.

Finally, it’s December and this year the festive season, although slightly different, is underway with many of us putting our decorations up a week or two earlier than usual. It has been an odd year to say the least, but if you’re looking for some inspiration to create some stunning Christmas window displays look no further.

To spread a little joy this Christmas we thought we would share some great ideas you can try yourself to add some extra Christmas cheer to your home!

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Shutters

If you have shutters installed in your home we wouldn’t recommend attaching anything to them just in case your beautiful shutters get damaged. However, they are a wonderful backdrop for a Christmas tree, especially if you have a bay window. You can use lighting to really enhance your tree as well as gorgeous decorations to add extra colour. If you like pulling your shutters back in the day, hang a Christmas wreath or stocking from your window handles. For a really Christmassy window display why not use some snow spray and create a festive scene.

Recycled Shutters

If you like upcycling and have found some old shutters they really do come into their own at Christmas. Give them a good rub down and make sure they are clean before you do anything. You can then decide if you would like to use them as outside decorations or inside your home. For outside decorations you can paint lovely Christmas things onto them like snowmen or snowflakes, you can even attach pretty Christmas garlands to them. If you’d to use them indoors they make great table runners, simply create a long garland using cones and fir tree branches which are easy to attach by using the slats. And finally, if you’re never to sure what to do with your Christmas cards, why not use the louvres to display your cards.

Foraging

woman making a natural garland wreath

With many of us getting out and about in the countryside this is a great year to bring some of the countryside into your home. Our countryside is full of wonderful things that can be tastefully used to create Christmas decorations. Fir cones often found lying on the ground are a simple yet lovely Christmas decoration. Keep them natural or why not spray with gold or silver spray for a little something extra. Fir branches, evergreens and holly can be used to make garland wreaths. The Woodland Trust website has some great ideas for naturally foraged Christmas decorations and how to use them. You can visit their website here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/12/foraged-christmas-decor/

From everyone here at Purely Shutters, we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very peaceful New Year.

The simple answer is a resounding yes! Large expanses of glass are becoming ever more popular in modern homes and yet they do pose difficulties when coming to dress them. But window shutters are the perfect dressing for traditional, hinged French doors and sliding or concertina patio doors.

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Plantation shutters are stylish, timeless, and elegant, and with the different shutter options available, they can complement your décor and home furnishings with ease. Here we explore why window shutters are a great match for your French or Patio doors.

Size doesn’t matter

Plantation shutters are made to measure so they can be used to cover virtually any window or door regardless of shape or size. We offer a free home survey so we can discuss the full range of shutters that would be suitable for your French or patio doors. With our innovative iPad App we can even show you how your shutters would look once installed in your home.

Bright and airy

The wonderful thing about shutters is that once they have been installed they won’t leave your room feeling darker or smaller. There isn’t really another window dressing available that will give you as much flexibility as shutters. Keep them open to let as much light in as you would like, close them tight to keep your room dark, or for all the options in-between simply adjust your louvres. Louvres aren’t just a way of letting light into your room, as they can be angled you can play around with the direction of the light which is a great way of creating natural mood lighting.

Natural barrier

If you have small children or pets, keeping your patio doors open in the summer to let air circulate through your home can be challenging. Window shutters however offer a perfect solution. Keeping your doors open and your shutters closed means that you will have a natural barrier to prevent any escapees from wondering outside but at the same time, by tilting the louvres you can allow as much light and air into your room.

Shutter options

Full height shutters are a very popular choice for French or patio doors. This style of shutter can easily be fitted inside your window reveal so you can bi-fold your panels into the reveal, or they can be fitted outside the reveal so they fold back flat against your wall without impinging on your room. Alternatively tracked shutters are another popular choice for people who plan to open and close their shutters on a daily basis. They are also a great solution for wider window spaces when framework is not practical to carry the weight of the shutter panels. Tracked shutters can also be installed with or without a bottom track.

Our shutters come in a range of materials and colours and are made with the same craftsmanship and attention to detail as that used in the production of fine furniture. If you would like to discuss your window shutter options please do get in touch today.

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