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Ways to use shutters to maximise space and light

When you are designing the interior of your home, you are going to want to make sure that it’s a perfect reflection of your personality and your own personal sense of style. Not only this, but you are also going to want to make sure that you are making the most of all available space you have.

Will shutters impact on the sense of space that my room has?

Whilst the idea of having a warm and cosy room is great for your home, the last thing that you are going to want is for it to feel cramped and enclosed. This means that when designing the space, you will want to make it seem lovely and spacious, inviting and welcoming.

A concern for some people is that adding shutters to their home may impact on the airy, open and expansive style they want to achieve, that shutters could mean they are going to lose some of the space and overall design desired. However, this is not true for shutters. In fact, they can even add a sense of increased space to a room; highlighting elongated windows; adding another texture or colour, crisp white shutters can help reflect and bounce light around the room. Shutters can also provide a focus point as well as design statement to coordinate a sophisticated style, tailored to your own colour scheme and interior textures they offer a great choice of variety to that of other window dressing options.

This includes curtains. Because curtains fit around a window, they will impose on the rest of the space that you have in your room. Particularly if they are made from a thick or heavy fabric. In comparison, shutters will sit within the window recess, and flush against the window itself, which means that you don’t lose too much of that precious space.

Will shutters affect the light that can come into my room?

Another consideration when it comes to installing shutters into your home, is whether they will have an impact on the amount of light that comes into the room. One of the main benefits of installing shutters into your home is the fact that you have complete control over the amount of light that comes in.

This means that you can make sure that you let in light just when you want to illuminate the space and make it appear larger and full of light, or shut them off slightly when you feel that the light is becoming too much. Not only this, but if you opt for lighter coloured wood, or even white shutters then you will find that any light that you do let in will bounce off and reflect the light that is entering in the room and will give it a beautifully open and airy look that you will be proud to call your own. As you can see, rather than limiting the amount of light that comes into the space, you will find that your room will look beautiful and welcoming with just a little help from shutters. Now you just have to decide which style of shutter is right for you.

How to Decide on the Best Shutters for your Home

Over recent years it seems that bespoke interior shutters are becoming increasingly popular, with many people preferring the convenience and style of shutters over traditional window coverings such as curtains and blinds. Not only do made-to-measure shutters look great, with a myriad of colours and styles available, but they also have a wide range of other benefits that can improve the functionality of your home.

Internal shutters hold numerous benefits. The most obvious benefit must be their ability to block out excess noise and light as well as increasing the level of privacy and security in your home. Additionally, interior shutters will help to improve both insulation and ventilation in a property; this will help to keep your home warmer in the winter months, locking in warmth and preventing the loss of heat through windows. Similarly, shutters have their benefits in the summer season, allowing a flow of air throughout your home while still maintaining a level of privacy, the ability to adjust the amount of direct sunlight into your room and of course security, which you would not have with an open window, curtains, or blinds.

In addition to practical benefits, interior shutters can be the perfect stylish finishing touch to your home’s interior; a beautiful complement to a variety of décor aesthetics. With a bespoke shutter service, you have an even wider choice of styles; such as traditional Café shutters covering just the lower part of your windows through to full height, solid panels. There are a variety of finishes and textures also offered for your shutters too; from natural woods, paint finishes, fabric panels and even faux leather or suede coverings, you can complete your home with a truly unique and personal touch.

Your shutters can be as individual to you as your home.

 

How can Wood Shutters add Value to your Home?

Whilst you may currently be happy living in your home, there could come a time when you want to sell up and move somewhere else. If this is true for you, then there is a good chance that you are going to want to make sure that you maximise the amount of money that your home could make if you sold it.

There are of course numerous ways you can improve your property to try and add some additional value to your home. One such interior décor area that may not instantly come to mind but one that really provides a chic and elegant finishing touch to any room are beautiful interior shutters. This instant transformation of a room is easy for the experts to achieve. Here are some reasons why shutters can help add value to your home:

They improve kerb appeal
When it comes to viewing a property, first impressions are going to prove key. You will want to make sure that those people coming to view your home instantly love what they see; from the moment that they get out of their car this will be the expectation and lasting impression they will carry into the house. One way that you can do this is to take a good look at the exterior of your home and judge what kerb appeal your property has. Installing shutters is simply a great way to achieve this, not only do shutters look stylish but they also add an instant sense of luxury.

They can help the rooms to seem more spacious
Heading inside a house, shutters can really help with the look and feel of the rooms. You are going to want to make sure that your home appears airy, light and spacious, without having blinding light let into each room. Shutters allow you to easily control the amount of light that is let in which means that you can make sure that the room is illuminated and shown off to just the right level and its best advantages.

They increase security and privacy
Everyone wants to feel secure in their own home and one key aspect for us all is to protect our privacy where ever possible. Shutters are a great way of achieving this. You can close them partially or by section and completely when you feel the need to. This means that you are going to feel secure and private in your own home, which is exactly the reason why many people find them

They are durable
When you are buying a property, you want to make sure that the fixtures and fittings that are included with the property are to the best quality. If you invest in solid wood shutters for your windows, then you are likely to find that they are long lasting and designed to stand the test of time. This is a sure fire way to appeal to potential buyers and make sure that they are interested in your property.

Wood Shutters are a great addition to your home. Not only whilst you are living there, but also as you look at selling up and moving onto a new home.

Living Room Shutters

Ten Reasons to Buy Window Shutters

If you are in search of a new interior style which can combine traditional elegance with contemporary chic, then window shutters are certainly a wise choice. Window shutters do not purely just offer slick aesthetic appeal; they provide a range of amazing benefits for your home as well.

Flexibility
Due to their bespoke finishes and everlasting appeal, window shutters can be designed and made to fit almost any home design. Shutters come in a variety of different styles such as cafe style, full height shutters and tier on tier. For those who wish to create a real statement then an unusual finish like our beautifully stitched faux leather and faux suede covered shutters exclusive to TNESC.

Easy living
Compared to a variety of other window coverings, shutters are surprisingly easy to manage. With an occasional dust down – shutters stay clean. As opposed to other window coverings options like curtains for example which are open to stains, smells, deterioration and can present a breeding ground for dust mites, there are many benefits of shutters all contributing to a low maintenance home.

Suitable for all over the home
Shutters can be used all over the home from the kitchen to the bathroom, with such flexibility these elegant designs can be designed to fit seamlessly within any room. For maximum style and light protection, roof shutters can even be applied to conservatories and roof lights. For inspiration of designs all over the house, see more interior shutter designs here.

Smart investing
Do shutters add value to your home? This is a frequently asked question when adding different fixtures to your home. We can confidently say yes, beautifully made high quality shutters do! High quality solid wood shutters are a highly desirable asset on the housing market; they add to that all-important kerb appeal govern privacy and help to create atmosphere in your room! Why not contribute to the character and value of your property by helping it stand out in a crowded market.

Size
Shutters can come in a variety of shapes and sizes each designed to mold seamlessly to the size of your windows, doors and = lights. We design and manufacture custom handmade shutters to all requirements in any home to help create that all-important unique character.

Maximum control
Shutters, unlike curtains and other window coverings they create complete control for the user. Shutter louvres can be angled to the direction you desire to enable you to control the light and privacy in your room.

Built to last
We source only the finest grade of timber from environmentally responsible suppliers. Our Tulipwood comes from the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern New England region of America. Our shutters are crafted by dedicated highly skilled craftsmen who lovingly hand sand and hand spray each piece of timber to give a fine furniture grade finish. Its this attention to detail which allows you to see the beautiful wood grain on the final finish of each shutter. We do not use laminate or finger joints when assembling our shutters.

Keeping things private
One major benefit of adding shutters to your home is privacy. Shutter louvres can be easily adjusted to your privacy needs. If you live at street level, angling your louvres downwards will block the view to inside your home but will still allow light and air flow.

Heat and sound insulation
Shutter louvres can be angled to enable you to dictate how much light enters each room, which in turn lets you control the amount of heat, draught and noise. This can be extremely helpful when trying to cool your home down on a bright summer’s day or to stay warm on a winter’s day. One great advantage to shutters is the simplicity of operating the shutter rod or just a touch of a finger to allow you find exactly the light/heat you prefer and are happy with. We are often asked if shutters can be subject to light damage, all of our shutters are hand finished with an invisible UV protective layer, which prevents any fading or any warping.

Making your home elegant
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, solid wood shutters create an unrivalled elegance in a home. With so many design and style options, from leather and suede to the more traditional Victorian styles, with the fine combination of luxury and durability, there’s no wonder why our shutters are the first choice for architects, designers, discerning homeowners and commercial clients.

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Kensington Apartment

Huntsmore project managed the design and build of this large two bedroom apartment in Kensington. As part of a purpose built block, the design had to be sympathetic to the property’s age and surroundings.

The full renovation project involved the design of a fully integrated shaker style deVOL kitchen and two bathrooms.

The White Collection, traditional plantation shutters, gives the kitchen a hint of a traditional look but with an overall modern feel. An acrylic paint finish on our shutters provides an additional moisture barrier for areas exposed to moisture or water.

Browse through our gallery and see how a set of stylish shutters can transform your living space.

Image Credit: Huntsmore (http://huntsmore.com/) and Chris Snook Photography

Combine Our Shutter Designs: For the Homeowner seeking the utmost unique style

Combine traditional elegance with contemporary style and create a unique window dressing or room divider with our Mixed Design custom made shutters.

To produce truly bespoke shutters, we employ only skilled craftsmen in our joinery workshop which enables us to offer flexibility in every component of your shutter. We will design a shutter that is made to fit, not made to measure.

Choose any one of our louvre and solid panel designs and combine it for a sleek design with style, form and function.

These room dividing shutter panels combine our traditional plantation louvres on top with our solid Victorian design panel on the bottom.

Browse through our gallery and see how a set of stylish shutters can transform your living space.

 

 

 

Period Victorian Renovation

Huntsmore are an award-winning project management firm based in Kensington, specialising in the renovation and restoration
of period Victorian homes.

Working closely with Eamonn Agha, we designed and manufactured our traditional plantation shutters in a tier on tier style to maximise privacy and light for his clients’ recently renovated home in SW18.

For areas exposed to moisture or water, kitchens and bathrooms, cedar wood with an acrylic paint finish provides the ideal moisture barrier to preserve the solid timber and fine furniture grade finish of your shutter

Browse through our gallery and see how a set of stylish shutters can transform your living space.

A room with a view: Floor to ceiling sliding shutters

Make an impact in any room with our floor to ceiling sliding shutters. Our shutters offer a clean, crisp and modern way to provide privacy and light within any space.

Our private client in Wimbledon selected our Manhattan design which allows you to operate the blades using your fingertips.

Ultra-smooth German sliding track mechanism allows for effortless movement of our 2.65m tall panels which were custom designed with 100mm side stiles.

Browse through our gallery and see how a set of stylish shutters can transform your living space.

Our Exclusive Traditional Limed Wax Finish

Creating the popular industrial or rustic feel is something many homeowners and interior designers are trying to achieve this summer. By incorporating furnishings with a beautiful lightly weathered finish, you can achieve this desired look and add a chic urban feel to any interior.

Here at The New England Shutter company, we offer an exclusive traditional limed wax finish that is applied by hand by our talented team of craftsmen.

The traditional method of “Liming” has long been used as a finish on exposed timbers to accentuate details and create a dramatic, contrasting white highlights on open grain woods such as Oak or Ash.

Dating back to the 16th century, “ceruse”, a white lead derivative, was used as a cosmetic by luminaries such as Queen Elizabeth I. Highly toxic on human skin, it transcended to cabinetmakers who used the paste to fill the porous open grain of Oak planks.

Today, Liming Wax is a non-toxic white wax used to create the “cerused” effect on Oak and other interior hardwoods such as Ash. It gives a dramatic grained finish to open grain timbers thus creating an interesting 'limed' or 'patinated' look.

To create this stylish pickled or whitewashed look, the pores of Oak or Ash are first opened with a brass bristle brush. The wax is then wiped into the open grain wood such as Oak or Ash and wiped off the surface to leave a stunning white contrast in the wood grain. This contrasts perfectly highlights the natural lines and patterns of the wood for unique detailing.

Made from solid oak or ash, our interior shutters are made to measure with a choice of 5 different blade widths. So why not take a look at our beautiful shutter range and find a stunning set of traditional limed waxed shutters for your home.

Our Exclusive Fire Retardant Finish

Fire retardant paints are most frequently used in large scale industrial spaces, public buildings and facilities, or on new builds. However, unlike many shutter companies who do not offer fire retardant finishes for furnishings such as shutters, we have the perfect soultion.

If you are looking to comply with safety legislation for your home, café, restaurant, hotel, guesthouse, or office, we can add a layer of fire protection using a Flame Guard Lacquer over your selected shutter finish.

Our transparent fire retardant lacquer is Class 0 rated and provides a high quality durable finish. It forms a protective layer which insulates the surface from heat and oxygen which helps to control the spread of flames and fire. A Certificate of Supply of Fire Paint will provided upon installation of your shutters.

Consequently, you can enjoy the benefit of installing beautifully bespoke shutters into your business space while feeling confident that you’re providing a safe environment for your customers and clients.

Browse through our interior portfolio and see how a set of stylish shutters can transform your commerical space.

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