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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking to invest in a new window treatment, but find yourself bewildered by all of the choices available, then look no further. This short buyer’s guide highlights the functional differences between shutters and blinds, helping you on your way to making that all important decision.
As well as being the most eco-friendly window covering, shutters are also allergy-friendly. One of shutters’ many advantages is their capability to help those suffering from dust mite-related allergies. Dust mite allergies are relatively common: according to the NHS, at least 12 million Britons are allergic to their own home due to the dreaded mite. But how can you tell if you are susceptible to dust mites and how can investing in wooden window shutters help?
Plantation shutters are becoming more and more popular for both interior and exterior windows. Plantation Shutters are known widely for the benefits they bring to a home. Here are a few of the most frequently asked question we receive from our customers.
Plantation shutters are, without doubt, the crème-de-le-crème of the shutter world. They always look stylish and allow a greater flexibility and control of light than ordinary curtains, window blinds or other wooden window treatments.
Plantation shutters – also known as wooden window shutters, louvred shutters or colonial shutters – admit light and air whilst providing complete privacy as well as additional security. When closed, plantation shutters help minimise the heat in a room, but still allow cooling air to move freely.
It is thought that plantation shutters originated in Greece, where they took the form of fixed louvres made from marble. As these louvred shutters spread to other countries around the Mediterranean and beyond, wood began to replace the marble.
In Tudor and Elizabethan times, where expensive glass windows were used, window shutters were made of solid wood and remained closed most of the time. In the 15th century these solid wood window shutters were replaced with hinged glazed sashes.
From then on, interior wooden shutters were used more as decoration in many homes than for their practical uses, and by the 18th century, in England, wooden indoor shutters could be found in most of the houses.
When Spain began the colonisation of the Americas, the large southern mansions on wealthy cotton and sugar plantations were all built with wide, louvred shutters, known as ‘plantation shutters’, which were invariably painted white.
Today’s plantation shutters are practical, durable and classic in style. As a décor accessory or fashion statement, they are timeless. They have a pleasing appearance and should stand alone without curtains.
Plantation shutters are designed to regulate light and provide good insulation. The idea is that when open, they let fresh air in and when closed, they take on the appearance of a pleasing and decorative wall panel.
Modern wooden window shutters can be used to cover a variety of openings other than standard windows. They can be used to enhance a sliding glass door, converting it into something beautiful, as well as functional. French doors are also ideal for plantation shutters.
The shutter slat design has changed over time, but all colonial shutters or plantation shutters are cordless, but easily adjustable. The traditional size of louvre is 1.1/8″, but larger sizes of up to 5″ are now very popular. And shutters can be made from a wide range of woods as well as vinyl. Vinyl is a less expensive alternative than wood and is easy to install.
Because plantation shutters are mounted on the inside of a window frame and are primarily decorative, almost any type of wood can be used. Hardwoods are ideal because of their great looks, durability and stability.