Whether you’re preparing for a hectic day with the kids or just getting back from the office, your time at home is when you can relax and unwind. What you don’t want, however, is to be watched.
Many people up and down the country have neighbours who might know more about them than they’d like. In fact, a survey from the Daily Mail shows that one in three of us spy on our neighbours, and 50% of us can recite the times they get home from work. Perhaps even more staggeringly, it found that 17% have fallen out with their neighbours over home privacy issues.
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As concern about the effects of global warming grows, more people are starting to wonder about how they reduce their own carbon footprint. Whether this involves taking the bus or improving their home energy efficiency, every action counts in protecting the planet. We have put together five simple, cost effective ways to improve energy efficiency in the home to get you started.
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New studies from Edinburgh World Heritage and Glasgow Caledonian University have found that closing shutters in the evening could be as effective as fitting double glazing for period buildings. Suited to the traditional design of these structures, this game-changing research suggests that shutters could be used instead of fitting costly new windows. Plantation shutters would provide a cost effective alternative to double glazing, without damaging the existing appearance and charm of a period home.
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Wooden window shutters are improving the appearance of homes throughout the UK. Featuring stylish, versatile and durable designs with custom fitted solutions, wooden shutters are guaranteed to complement the décor of your home.
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Versatile, cost-effective and energy efficient. These are all practical advantages of the interior plantation shutter, and when paired with the elegant style which they offer, why not include them in your bedroom? Regardless of room shape, design and taste, bedroom shutters offer great privacy and light control whilst being a significant design feature in their own right.
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Plantation Shutters are commonly associated with older, more traditional-style homes, offering an elegance unrivalled by other types of window covering. However, with the increasing popularity of conservatories, glass extensions and sun rooms, they are fast-becoming a staple in modern homes due to the benefits they provide.
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Shutters are a fantastic investment for your home. Whether your taste is trendy or traditional, the timeless elegance of shutters adds to any room décor or house design.
Now that you’re convinced that investing in shutters is a much better choice than their blind and curtain counterparts (one that we would wholeheartedly agree with!) you need to decide what type of material is best suited to your requirements and home. To make this easier, we have come up with a list of the main factors which you should consider when choosing your design.
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Italian Window Shutters
If you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting a traditional Italian city such as Florence or Venice, then you will have seen the stunning external window shutters which are a well-known trademark of their buildings. These traditional shutters are loved by many Italians, and they can be found on almost any shop or home.
Italian window shutters are almost always painted a dark brown, dark green or grey, as it is illegal in certain areas for them to be painted different colours to protect the area’s tradition. The majority of shutters are painted green, as in the past it was believed that painting shutters with arsenic, the green colourant for paint in the 18th century, would help to deter or kill insects. Although today this this is known to be a myth and the arsenic has no deterrent effects, this tradition of painting shutters green is still going strong.
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Why Plantation Shutters?
There are many reasons why Plantation Shutters are a fantastic addition to any home, including the wide variety of designs available, the level of control you have over how much light is let into the room and the stylish mix of contemporary and traditional styles.
However, Plantation Shutters can also offer some important practical benefits. Did you know that they’re incredibly easy to clean and they benefit many people who suffer from allergies?
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Accidents are the Biggest Killer of Small Children
According to the National Centre for Health Statistics, accidents are the biggest killer of small children. In 2014 there were 1,216 recorded deaths from unintentional injuries for children between the ages of 1 and 4, and 730 deaths for children aged between 5 and 9. It is estimated that one infant is strangled to death every month in the United States from window blinds, and it has become such a grave issue that stores such as Ikea and Target have already removed corded blinds from their shelves, with other big stores such as Walmart to follow in 2018.
Unfortunately, accidents caused by window blinds are also a big issue in the UK. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has found that at least 18 child deaths have been caused by looped blinds since 2010, and a report from Chief Medical Offers suggests that there are still millions of potentially unsafe blinds in homes across the UK which could cause future tragedies.
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