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.
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.
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.
How Secure Are Plantation Shutters?
Whether your neighbourhood is prone to break-ins, you live in a remote location or you’re concerned about leaving valuables on display, additional security measures may be required to give you the peace of mind you need. However, unsightly steel grilles, Beware of the Dog signs and CCTV cameras can make a building feel more Alcatraz than Happy Families. Plantation shutters may offer a more attractive solution, but do they actually make any difference in terms of security? Continue reading Plantation Shutter Security
Thanks to modern technology and a bespoke design process, there are numerous benefits of window shutters that customers can expect to enjoy. Window shutters, also known as louvered shutters or colonial shutters, represent a stylish, affordable, secure, low maintenance and flexible alternative to curtains, blinds and other window coverings. To view a brief guide on the different types of window shutters click here.
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
Is it Worth Paying Extra for Custom Features?
For many people, the aesthetic and practical benefits of window shutters justify their price. But is it worth having them custom-made, or would you be better off choosing standard, ‘off-the-shelf’ shutters and fitting them yourself? In other words, how much do bespoke shutters cost, and do the benefits of having them made to measure outweigh the price that you pay? Continue reading How Much Do Bespoke Shutters Cost?
The beauty of plantation shutters is that, provided you choose ones of good quality, they require very little maintenance. A little TLC is all it takes to ensure that they stay in excellent condition and last for decades. This post explains how to care for plantation shutters, so they will remain at their best for many years to come. Continue reading How to Care for Plantation Shutters
Colonial style shutters are an attractive, versatile and practical choice of window dressing. They look fabulous in virtually every setting – traditional or contemporary, rural or urban – and have the best insulating properties of any window covering on the market. Continue reading Colonial Style Shutters: 10 Design Ideas with Pictures