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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.

Do Plantation Shutters Add Value to Your Home?

With the current state of the housing market, now is the perfect time to be improving rather than moving.

From sliding doors to beautiful bay window dressings to elegant exterior shutters, there are many ways in which interior shutters can improve your living space and add value to your home. For this reason, interior shutters are remaining a popular choice amongst many style savvy home owners.

So here’s how you can incorporate shutters in your home:

1 - Adding Kerb Appeal

We all try to make a good first impression, so why not do the same with your home? Besides adding a way to control privacy, light and temperature levels in your home, exterior shutters bring charm, character and kerb appeal.

Whether they dress your bedroom windows or become full-height bi-folding or sliding doors, solid wood shutters are a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution for ensuring your home looks great inside and out.

2 - Dressing for impressing

Designed and manufactured in all shapes and sizes, shutters are available in a wide range of luxury colours and finishes, interior shutters dress your windows to impress.

Whether you’re looking to keep things neutral, make a style statement or find something completely unique, your shutters will certainly catch the eye.

In contrast to curtains and blinds, our shutters create clean lines with their hidden tilt mechanisms and will never start to look dull or drap. Investing in interior shutters is as rewarding as investing in a piece of bespoke furniture as they enhance the architectural and interior design features within your living areas or commercial space for several years.

3 - Sliding in style

With our team of highly-skilled craftsmen, we have worked on various projects seen our shutters work as the perfect solution for room partitions, screens and sliding doors.

Choosing shutters over doors keeps a room feeling light and airy while enabling you to create separate living spaces when desired. This works well in small spaces or areas designed for entertaining and relaxing.

4 - Insulating and protecting your home

Redecorating is not the only way in which you can improve your home. By making your home sustainable you save on running costs and enjoy an efficient environment

When installing shutters in your living space, you create a natural barrier to both the heat and cold. Wood is natural insulator due to the air pockets formed within its cellular structure and is therefore a great solution for making your home more sustainable.

You can also protect furniture and flooring from the harsh sun rays and fading while still allowing light to flood the room by tilting the blades in the right direction.

Take a look at our complete shutter range and order your free brochure today!

The Secret of a Sandblasted Finish

While achieving a flawless distressed sandblasted finish is not easy, it is something our highly skilled craftsmen have perfected.

After developing a special paint and experimenting with a variety of different wood treatments, our specialist solution creates a gently weathered look. Each panel is pressure sandblasted to produce an authentic driftwood finish before a unique color wash is applied.

By sourcing only the finest solid tulip wood, the shutter’s are not only sustainable, but they showcase the beauty of natural wood; ideal for those wanting to create a rustic look and to keep a room feeling light and airy. Whilst many people will choose pale neutral tones to recreate a coastal feel, others may want the dramatic effects of distressing darker, richer shades.

As part of our bespoke manufacturing service, all shutters are made to measure, with five blade widths available, and can be custom-painted to ensure your shutters are tailored to your taste.

Start designing your dream set of shutters by browsing through our full range of luxury finishes.

 

Shutter Shades in the Summer Sun

Now that the summer is finally here, we can enjoy long days in the sunshine. However, sleeping in the heat can be difficult. Wooden window shutters can provide much-needed shade during the day and help to keep the temperature down at night.

The New England Shutter Company wooden shutters can help you to stay cool in the heat in a number of ways:

  • Insulation – Wood is a natural insulator due to the air pockets within its cellular structure and therefore creates a natural barrier to both heat and cold.
  • Blocking out the sun – when closed, our shutters prevent the rays of the sun waking you up early, and also reflect rays away, reducing the amount of heat and harsh light entering the room early in the morning.
  • Shade – by positioning the blades, you can angle the sun away from where you are sitting or working and cut down on the heat entering your room.
  • Prevent Fading – the blades have a UV filter built in to prevent the wood colour or paint fading, but directing them away from furniture and flooring also means that you can prevent fading in the harsh rays.
  • Ventilation – although the louvers can be angled to prevent sun entering it still allows the air to flow freely through them, letting what little breeze there is in to circulate and cool the room.

A Distinctive ‘Hands On’ Approach

Since opening our own joinery factory in 2002 in Dubai, all New England shutters are custom made using only the finest grade timbers sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers.

With nearly 640 combined years of carpentry experience, we employ forty-five carpenters, machine operators, tailors and painters in the factory, along with an accountant and our factory manager, Rajesh.

A “Hands On” approach is critical to the quality control element of our customised manufacturing process. It allows for a close inspection to ensure the finest finish which can only be felt by hand.

We are the only company that can vary every element within the design of the shutter, from; blade size, distance between the blades, rail and side stile sizes, to the depth and height of the midrail. This flexibility allows us to truly customise the manufacturing process and design a shutter that is made to fit, not made to measure.

 Watch our manufacturing video for an exclusive insight in to our joinery workshop.

 

Transforming an Old Shop Front into a Contemporary Home

The monochrome trend continues as this old shop front has been transformed into the most stylish of split level private homes.

Working closely with a London designer, we manufactured these stunning 860mm wide Manhattan shutter panels, painted black, with 89mm blades.

A midrail and wider 55mm side stiles were incorporated in to the design to compliment this large contemporary space. A large 100mm deep frame was fitted to the window opening and the panels were individually hung using 45mm supporting T posts. We also integrated a split mechanism on to the bottom section of the panels to allow light and privacy on the mezzanine level leading downstairs.

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

Spring Interior Trends 2017

It’s officially spring and the perfect time to give your home interior a stylish spring clean. There are lots of ways to give your living space a new lease of life but here are a few of our top tips and tricks to get your home ready for the new season.


GREY IS THE NEW WHITE

Neutral tones always make ideal base tone for any room as they are calming and create a sophisticated setting. This spring, powder greys are in and their versatility provides a timeless backdrop for any traditional or contemporary interior design. While grey works well on walls, flooring and upholstery, adding a set of soft white shutters can help to create a light and airy environment.

NATURAL WOOD

Described as a theme of ‘authenticity’ by retailers, this season’s interior designers are embracing the beauty of natural materials. In particular, natural wood is making a reappearance in our homes and creates an utilitarian and earthy feel. By investing in real wood, you can capture the real beauty of fine materials and prevent your living area from looking cheap.

INSIDE-OUT

Whether it’s bringing the outside in or extending your indoor space out, this season is all about merging the boundaries between your home and the great outdoors. Go small and subtle by investing in small accessories that work both in your home or garden, or open out your living space by installing alternative window or door coverings.

 

Private Villa in Al-Bidea

Working closely with the Architects at Bneider International (Kuwait), we designed, manufactured and recently installed these stunning Manhattan shutters in a private villa in Kuwait.

Our director visited the site on two occasions owing to a distinct requirement for a specialised design. The shutter panels are an integral part of each window pane. We chose a 64mm blade size to enable the shutters to be fitted within the frame/reveal of the window itself.

We custom stained American Oak to match our client’s existing oak window frames and woodwork. In the bathrooms, a white gloss finish adds a stunning touch to the shutters, using acrylic paint helps to protect the shutters from moisture.

View more stunning photos from the Villa or browse through our interior design portfolio to see how our stylish shutters can transform your living space.

Faux Leather or Suede? We've got you covered!

With over 15 years of experience at our factory, Sharma was originally employed as a carpenter. Discovering soon after that he was also a tailor, our Tailoring & Fabric section was created which he still leads today.

As demand for our exclusive faux leather and faux suede shutters has grown, Sharma has passed on his amazing skills to his growing team of tailors.

See their eye for detail and hands-on skills in our gallery of stunning faux leather and faux suede shutters.

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