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.
Continue reading Nosey Neighbours? Improve Home Privacy with Our Top Tips
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.
Continue reading What is the Best Wood for Shutters?
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.
Continue reading External Window Shutters: Why the Italians Love Them
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.
Continue reading Child Safety: Why Interior Window Shutters Are Safer Than Blinds
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?
Continue reading How Shutters can Help those Suffering from a Dust Mite Allergy
Decorating your interior with fresh and vivacious patterns is fun, exciting but a little stressful at the same time. Choosing a colour scheme for a room or various rooms can be quite a challenge as what we like now, we may not like in the not too distant future. At Shutter Design, we understand the struggles of redecorating and the importance of being happy with your choice, so to relieve a few of your worries, we have compiled together the top two colour trends for 2016: Organic and Cleanse. Continue reading Interior Colour Trends for 2016