We’ve heard it before. You have curtains but they’ve still got a few years in them. Or maybe they’re quite new, you love them, and you just need that little something extra to round off the look of your windows. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that. We would never ask you to get rid of your beloved curtains. Luckily for you – and us – shutters and curtains need not be mortal enemies. In fact, combining shutters with curtains can work a real treat, adding personality and style to even the drabbest of windows. Who says you have to choose curtains over shutters?

Which shutter style goes best with curtains?

There are lots of different shutter styles to choose from. Whether it’s Full Height, Tier-on-tier, or Café Style, the choice is yours when it comes to curtains with shutters. While Full Height and Tier-on-tier cover the whole window, Café Style offers partial coverage. This is down to personal preference, but it is worth bearing in mind that café shutters with curtains will allow more light into your room.

What to consider when combining shutters with curtains

Slats and pushrods can make a real difference to the appearance of your shutters. Larger slats will allow more light into the room and are best suited to taller windows. Conversely, smaller slats will let in less light and work better with small windows.

Our front tilt rods run vertically down the shutter panel, letting you control the opening and closing of the slats. If you are aiming for a more minimalist aesthetic, then our clear view or hidden pushrod would be a better choice.

We also offer a wide range of colours and wood stains, so no matter the shade of your curtains, you will find the right selection for you.

What are the benefits of pairing plantation shutters with curtains?

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, shall we?  Placing curtains over shutters brings a sumptuous look to any space. Regardless of which design you decide on, shutters and curtains together offer a beautiful combination of contrasting – yet complimentary – textures. And with such a wide range of colours to choose from, you’re sure to find the right shade to match.

Do you have trouble sleeping? Perhaps noise and light from the street stops you from soundly slipping off in the wee hours. By pairing shutters and curtains, you’ll be able to keep street noise and light seepage to a minimum, helping you reach the land of nod that little bit easier.

And what about efficiency? Shutters and curtains are both energy efficient on their own, but when brought together, you can be doubly sure that no draft will sneak past your windows. And no heat will escape on those chillier eves, either.

Don’t forget, all our shutters are made to measure, meaning that they are manufactured exactly to the specifications of your window. This ensures a perfect fit every single time.

Will My Curtains Get Damaged?

Whether they are measuring or installing, our local surveyors are true experts in their field. Not only are they incredibly well versed in all things shutters, but they approach their job with the utmost care too. Our measuring appointments are non-intrusive, so your curtains will be left well alone. When it comes to fitting, we just ask that you take your curtains down. In a matter of ours your shutters will be finished, and you’ll be free to put your curtains back up. It really is as simple as that.

Do You Need Curtains with Shutters?

You might be worrying about how to pair plantation shutters with curtains. Perhaps you have a set of curtains that you can’t wait to bid farewell. Well, when it comes to interior shutters, pairing with curtains is entirely optional. In fact, the majority of our customers actually replace their curtains with a set of lovely shutters.

If you would like to learn more about pairing curtains with shutters, then please get in touch today. Call us on 0800 038 5311 or click the button at the top right of our website to book your free, no-commitment home survey and find out how shutters and curtains together are like birds of a feather.

When it comes to dressing your kitchen windows, there are a lot of factors to consider! Being the hub of delicious meals and a conversational cuppa comes with its complications, as cooking environments are a constant output of heat, moisture, and smells. Decorating the space can be a tightrope walk between fashion and function, as sometimes you have to sacrifice one for the other! Here to provide you with both, we believe in stylish, practical solutions, so read on and discover what makes shutters an excellent idea for your kitchen window ideas.

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Shutters vs Curtains and Blinds in the Kitchen

Exactly what are the best window coverings for a kitchen? While curtains, and more recently blinds, are a common choice, they both come with their impracticalities for one of the most important rooms in the house! Curtains are dwindling in popularity for kitchen windows, being that they come with increased fire risks, can blow around easily with a draught and their fabric design is prone to absorbing the inevitable scents and splashes that come from a well-loved kitchen. Unfortunately, mildew and mould are a likely outcome when it comes to hanging heavy fabrics in steamy spaces – not what you want near food! Fabric blinds come with similar issues, and even venetian blinds have the drawback of being flimsy and rattling in the wind.

Why are Shutters Best for Kitchens?

So what would you gain from investing in kitchen window shutters? Perhaps most importantly, we stock stunning waterproof shutters, an easy-maintenance, quick-clean option suited to the steam and splatter that comes with the territory. A more suitable option than hardwood, our resin based blinds are impervious to the occasional unavoidable spray of pasta sauce or puff of water vapour, making them a kitchen window’s best friend. 

A match made in heaven with windows, shutters allow you to adjust the slats and invite the sun in while enabling you to keep your room private if overlooking busy streets. Increasing the security and cosiness of your interiors, you can comfortably cook dinner without fear of performing to a parade of passers-by, and not needing to concede the beautiful evening light. Kitchen shutters also allow you to open the windows and welcome fresh air, while maintaining the level of privacy you desire. 

Yes, all of these benefits are a real selling point, but the question on everyone’s lips is ‘will it go with my interiors?’. The beauty of shutters is they’re an ultra versatile window dressing, suited to most interior styles. From classic design to modern concepts, this wonderfully minimalistic window treatment complements most aesthetics. Our Waterproof interior shutters are available in fresh white shades, impossible to clash with existing colour schemes. Great for small kitchens too, shutters fit neatly into frames for a sleek appearance, making your rooms feel bigger!

What Shutter Style is best for the Kitchen?

Every home is unique, and as are your windows! Casement windows, Sash windows, or even unusual shaped windows are just a handful of popular window types. Thankfully customising shutters to suit your windows is our speciality. When it comes to kitchen windows, there are a few main shutter styles that we’d recommend. 

Café style shutters are a chic option, covering half of the window while still providing privacy for the majority of your room. This is a brilliant choice for interiors that you’d wish to keep light and airy, while still being shielded from onlookers. A more continental look, this shutter also makes a stylish statement with the distinct ‘half-shutter’ appearance, for a distinguished French café vibe. 

Full height shutters are a style that you may be familiar with – this classic shutter offers a single panel that covers the whole window, making it suited to kitchen doors too! If you’re looking for a full coverage option that can be controlled through an individual tilt rod, it sounds like full height is your way forward.

Tier-on-tier shutters (AKA double hung shutters) blend together the perks of full height and café style – stacking separate panels on top of each other to provide you with more lighting and privacy options than full height shutters. A must have for kitchens that require a range of lighting options, they are great for windows with a street view.

Of course, if your home has unusual shaped windows, we also offer bespoke shutters to fit too! No special shape window is too much trouble.

If you’re ready to make the change to beautiful shutters for your kitchen windows, you can get a quick quote or book a free home survey, here.

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 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 – 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!

To upgrade your window dressing to some beautiful window shutters, you can book a free home survey!

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 blackout.

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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 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 the closest thing to blackout shutters, 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.

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.


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.

Pair your beautiful plants with some quality wooden shutters! Book a free home survey to find out more.

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.


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/

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?

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.

To learn more about our shutters, call us on 0800 038 5311, or you can book a free home survey!

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.

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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