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How to Buy House Shutters

Homeownership is a privilege and what is more satisfying than merely owning a home, is owning one that you truly enjoy living in. Homes come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter which style of home you live in, the need for some form of window coverings is essential. If you want to truly enjoy living in your home, standard window treatment options simply will not do. What you need is something that will add value and a remarkable quality to the home. If you are new to the industry and interior design in general, here is your guide to getting the house shutters you have always dreamed of.

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Pick Colours Carefully

Your home’s décor will change from time to time. New furnishings, rugs, and accessories have the ability to change the whole colour scheme of the room, but changing shutters is not something that should be considered lightly. Shutters are not your average window coverings and therefore are generally more expensive than classic curtains or standard blinds. It is important that you pick colours that translate well over a range of interior décor. Shutters are available in any colour imaginable, so it can be easy to get carried away with the possibilities.

Keeping things simple also gives homeowners an advantage should they ever decide to sell the home. A neutral colour palette translates well to potential buyers as they can easily see how their personal colour preferences may fit into the space without the thought of having to buy whole new furniture to accommodate a new home.

Shutter Style

Apart from colour, shutter style is also a necessity. Shutters come in a range of different styles such as café, plantation, conservatory, and attic shutters. Each one has their own unique attribute, so it is best to do a bit of research into what style you prefer before making your final purchase. To help you out, here is a quick guide to these four most popular styles.

Café Shutters – This style is exactly what it sounds like. Café shutters utilise a shutter on the bottom while keeping the upper portion of the window completely open. They pair well with shorter drapes and maintain a certain level of privacy without the occupant feeling closed in.

Plantation Shutters – Among the most popular and trendy shutters available are plantation shutters. This style fits with both traditional as well as modern homes and features folding shutters that fold upon themselves to open the window completely or maximise privacy by closing them completely. These shutters are ideal for most spaces within the home.

Conservatory Shutters – A conservatory can be a beautiful addition to a home, but it can also be unbearably hot during the summer months. Conservatory shutters allow the homeowner to utilise the space for more than just a sunroom with an emphasis on privacy. Conservatory shutters can be customised to fit any size windows and are even used for skylights as well.

Attic Shutters – Attics and lofts are not always areas that see a lot of socialisation, but these spaces in a home require a level of privacy as well. Apart from attic shutters providing privacy, they also work to reduce utility costs as they regulate the temperature in the room.

Look from the Outside

It is often hard to visualise what your home will look like once the shutters are installed, but one thing that deserves mentioning is the need to look at the whole feel of the home. Where most homeowners merely consider the interior of a home and how that will look, a potential house shutter purchaser should take time to look at the exterior as well. Shutters in one room and not others can sometimes look odd. This is especially true if the windows face the same direction. If you intend on fitting a room with shutters it is a good idea to invest in the common side rooms as well and if you are investing that much, it does not hurt to consider shutters for every window for a cohesive look throughout the exterior of the home. Your neighbours and any potential buyers will appreciate the thought.

Measure, Measure, Measure

There is an old saying among contractors, “Measure twice, cut once.” This same notion should be used when purchasing house shutters. Measure multiple times for every window to be covered and keep track of measurements by writing everything down. It may even be helpful to allow multiple people to measure to ensure the measurements match up. You do not want to purchase shutters only to realise they were produced for the wrong length.

Your home is where your family should feel comfortable, safe and happy. House shutters provide that for you and your family with privacy, a beautiful appearance, as well as temperature control attributes. You cannot go wrong with exceptionally designed house shutters, so get yours today.

The Luxurious Mirage Super Yacht

Here at the New England Shutter Company, we are privileged to work with leading interior designers around the world on an array of breathtaking projects. One of our most memorable projects saw our bespoke shutters transform the interior of a luxury yacht into an award-winning living space.

Working with Design Unlimited, an innovative yacht design studio, we designed and custom manufactured these stunning Faux Leather ‘Baby Ostrich Putty’ Manhattan shutters with custom sized stiles and shaped corners to match the unique detailing on the yacht windows.

The MIRAGE’s exceptional refit by Design Unlimited was highly commended at the World Superyacht Awards 2016 after winning up the coveted Neptune trophy in the Refitted Yachts category.

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

Images of MY Mirage are courtesy of Design Unlimited.

 

The White Collection- Now 35% OFF

Our White Collection is an affordable, luxury alternative to mass-produced composite wood or MDF shutters. Creating a chic and classic feel to any space, our White Collection will enhance the feeling of a lighter and more spacious room, transforming the style of any build throughout the year, while allowing maximum privacy.

Our entry level shutter range is now offered at 35% off the shutter cost so you can still create your perfect interior at a very attractive price.

We offer three bespoke TNESC colours and three blade sizes. All White Collection shutters come with a 5 year guarantee.

Visit our White Collection page for further information.

Games Room in the West End

Our stunning faux leather shutters offer a striking and elegant finishing touch to this newly designed Games Room in Mayfair. Shown here in “Baby Ostrich Taupe”, our client chose the Manhattan shutter design for a contemporary look.


Exclusive to The New England Shutter Company, faux leather and suede covered shutters are hand stitched by our highly skilled craftsmen. Our solid tulip wood shutters are covered using a fabric called Majilite™, which is UV stable and does not fade or stretch as real leather might.


Browse through our gallery to see the extensive range of colours and textures that we have available in faux suede and faux leather.

Shutters in Monaco

We met with a London designer whose private client in Monaco had a specific brief for Sliding Track Shutters. The owner requested maximum client privacy in their dining/bar area and beauty spa/salon for their exclusive members-only club. Their vision was to create the appearance that the shutters were floating, albeit suspended on metal arms… a new endeavour for The New England Shutter Company.

Nick flew to Monaco for the day to measure on site. He designed the bespoke aluminium metal arms and supplied tracking to create a truly unique look for our Manhattan style shutters. The large shutters stiles were customised at 42mm x 90mm, so the depth of the stile matched the width of the blades (89mm). In essence, this created a ‘frame’ around the sliding panels. At the request of the client, we customised their paint colour using ‘fire retardant paint’.

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

Sloane Street Shutters

We recently designed and installed these bespoke shutters in an exclusive office development in Sloane Street. The stunning space is to be a gymnasium, library, treatment rooms and coffee shop with a ‘club’ style. These dark brown distressed faux leather panels work perfectly with the distressed wooden floors and some classic leather gym equipment to create the look.

The owners requested screening to ensure their staff have privacy from passers-by on the street, our director Nick worked closely with the client to create the ideal solution. The shutters are huge fixed panels which required special hoists to lift them into place. The unusual 175mm blades are fixed in a down position and the stiles and rails (the framing) are 100mm square box sections. The panels are resting on the floor, held in place with strong hooks attached to the walls.

Creating A Beautiful Bay Window

One of the beautiful things about having bay windows is the light and airy environment that they create. Yet, with their angled structure and large areas of glass, your living space becomes more exposed and they can seem challenging to dress.

With our design expertise and highly skilled fitters, we work with our clients to create the perfect set of custom shutters for their home.

We recently installed these classic White Collections Shutters for a client in West London. The client chose to have flat stiles with no moulding detail, with 89mm blades, in a Bright White paint colour.

While the shutters look stylish and chic, this shutter configuration is quite unusual as the widths of the panels are different across the bay and follow the line of the window glazing bar. This provides more versatility to open the middle panels and fold them back when desired.

The effect is simple and clean, with an elegant, traditional feel that also allows our client to control the level of light and privacy in their home.

Get your free estimate for White Collection Shutters today.

A Dramatic Bedroom Makeover

Transforming your bedroom doesn’t always have to be a long, laborious process. You can completely change the look of a room by making some small changes.

We recently installed these unusual Manhattan design bedroom shutters in a beautiful home in central London. Our client wanted to create a more grown-up feel for a teenagers bedroom in her home. The choice of the solid Tulip wood shutters covered in luxurious Novasuede Teal fabric added a touch of colour and style, while the 89mm blade allows for maximum light.

These statement shutters are both practical and a fashionable. A feature that proved to be a simple, yet effective solution for redecorating our client’s living space.

Fine Dining

Here at the New England Shutter Company, we love to share the success of our agents from across the country. This month we are proud to reflect on the results of a project carried out by our team in Cornwall.

We successfully introduced our shutters to one of the prettiest and most exclusive parts of Cornwall, Roseland Peninsula. Working with the staff at The Rosevine Hotel, our team installed beautiful New England Design shutters on bi-fold tracks in the hotel’s restaurant. Our shutters offer the hotel guests a sophisticated setting for fine dining while framing the picturesque sea views that stretch across Gerrans Bay.

TNESC warmly welcome Bath and West Shutters as their new agents, who are continuing to install beautiful shutters in Cornwall and the West Country.

The Royal Bath and West Show

Bath and West Shutters, our agents for Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall, exhibited last week at the Royal Bath and West Show.

Their stand showcased a wide selection of bespoke shutters, available now for installation in the West Country, from Elsie and Hugh Lyford. Our Director Catherine joined Elsie and Hugh and they enjoyed meeting lots of new clients; they even had a chance to see some of the 4,500 livestock on show.

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