Big Bay Windows

When it comes to window dressings, big bay windows can be a difficult one to master. They’re large, in some cases almost palatial and require a certain amount of attention. Here at Diamond Shutters however, we have some top tips to have you ray windows looking nothing short of. exquisite. Before we dive into how we can dress your big bay windows perfectly, we thought it best to explain what a bay window is exactly. 

What’s A Big Bay Window?

Put simply, a bay window can be virtually any window that projects outward from the main wall of your home or building. While the vast majority of bay windows are curved, some can be a little more creative with more rectangular shapes and even triangles, polygons and more. Regardless of the type of bay window you own, at Diamond Shutters, we have a few top tips to help you ensure your big bay window looks the best it possibly can.

Our Top Tips For Bay Windows

Here are some of our simple yet ingenious methods to really maximise the look of your bay windows and ensure you enhance this incredible feature as much as possible. 

Window Shutters Create A Striking Appeal

Shutters can create a striking effect. Made to measure and totally bespoke from our team, your shutters can be used to emphasise your bay windows even more, including their shape. This is especially the case for those with more obscure shaped bay windows such as rectangles and polygons. With the use of larger louvres too, you can let in more light and still enjoy a sense of privacy from the foot/road traffic outside.

Play With Curtains

Curtains can serve a very important purpose when it comes to your bay window in the form of aesthetics. Consider the curtains a frame to the stunning shutters you’ve had installed. When it comes to bay windows, shutters and curtains go hand in hand but it’s down to you in terms of the curtains you choose. While some choose one single long curtain, we recommend using multiple curtains. The longer the curtain the better too, to add a dramatic appearance to such a beautiful feature. Don’t forget to play with colours and ensure your fabric is lined for a thicker,  more luxurious appeal.

Don’t Forget The Flowers

Bay windows were meant to be adorned with flowers and so they should be. Once your window shutters and curtains are in place, be sure to add a vase of flowers too; scented and on full display works best every time.

Contact Us Today

If you’d like more information on the made to measure shutters for your bay windows, contact us today.  We’ll gladly provide you with an estimated quote over the phone until such time allows us to visit your home and measure for a more accurate quote. Call 0208 302 2447. 

Modern Blind Ideas You Need To Know About

Blinds; they’re a window dressing featured in almost every home in the country. They come in a wide variety of options too. With this in mind, today we’re looking at modern blind ideas you need to know about to ensure your home is on trend at all times. 

What Blinds Are We Talking About?

When most people hear the word ‘blinds’, they instantly think about material blinds, from Roman to Venetian and even regular slatted blinds. Today however we’re looking at two different options. They’re different in not just style but material. 

Shutter Blinds

Of course, how could we discuss blinds without first discussing shutter blinds. Shutter blinds or plantation shutters as they’re also known are one of the most popular window dressings out there. They’re incredibly modern in their design, especially the likes of tier-on-tier and cafe style and they’re functional too, offering users amazing light control and privacy at the same time.

Here at Diamond Shutters, we offer a wide range of bespoke, made-to-measure window shutters that offer a timeless appeal in any room. From kitchens to living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms, our window shutters are the ultimate modern addition to virtually every window in your home. Designed and installed correctly, you could even see an increase in property value too.

With such customizability, it’s no wonder our window shutters are the modern blind of choice. That being said, they aren’t the only blinds in a modern home today. 

Pairing Different Blinds Together

Another incredibly modern blind idea that would appear to be growing in popularity would be the method of pairing blinds together. The pairing we’re talking about specifically? Roman blinds and cafe style shutters. 

The beauty of cafe style shutters is that not only do they cost considerably less, as they cover only half the window, but they still allow for privacy and light control through the bottom half of the window. These are usually used for windows that sit on street level. Not only are they modern and affordable but they also allow for home owners to pair them with the popular roman blind which sits on the upper half of the window. 

Roman blinds, when paired with cafe style shutters offer homeowners so much more than mere window dressings. Not only do they provide great flexibility in terms of functionality of both light control and privacy but also offer an incredibly modern appeal. This pairing suits both a contemporary and traditional setting, offering the modern and luxurious feel of the window shutters but also the more homely, soft appearance that soft furnishings such as roman blinds can provide. It also allows homeowners the opportunity to change the material of their roman blinds as and when necessary to cater to changing tastes and seasons; pair with a clean, white window shutter and the opportunity to change the look of a room at the drop of a hat is easily done. 

Contact Diamond Shutters Today

Window blinds such as roman and venetian options are a popular choice in homes up and down the UK however they simply don’t offer the benefits of made-to-measure window shutters. That being said, roman blinds paired with the likes of cafe style shutters can offer an incredible look for living rooms and bedrooms throughout the home. If however, you’d like shutter blinds throughout your home, we highly recommend you get in contact for more information. Simply call us today on 0208 302 2447.

Why Shutters are Ideal for your Conservatory

Conservatories are on the rise as more people realise the benefits of adding one to their home. From additional space to enjoying that outdoors feeling in the comfort of your home, conservatories aren’t just aesthetically pleasing but they’re incredibly handy too.

Whether you’ve just had a conservatory installed or plan on redecorating your current one, one thing’s for sure; getting the final touches just right are so important and window dressings happen to be one of the final touches. While blinds have always been a popular choice, here at Diamond Window Shutters, we’re seeing people choosing window shutters more and more.

To give you a better idea as to why they’ve become so popular, here are just a few reasons why you should choose shutters for your conservatory and orangery windows.

Why Conservatories And Orangeries Need Window Shutters

  • Total Privacy – conservatories and orangeries are notoriously light and open spaces which for the most part is great but it can leave us feeling a little exposed. Conservatory window shutters are therefore a great way of keeping a little privacy while still allowing as much light in as possible. Whether you choose to open or close your shutters is down to you but it gives you the options to allow in as much or as little light as possible. You still get to enjoy the views while enjoying privacy from prying eyes.
  • Timeless Design – whether you have a traditionally styled home or a contemporary styled home, window shutters can fit in within virtually any decor and what’s more, their timeless and classic design will mean they remain a beautiful addition in your conservatory for many years to come. As we’ve mentioned numerous times before, window shutters aren’t merely a current trend, they’re a long term solution.
  • Low Maintenance – window shutters are hardwearing and robust. They’re also incredibly low maintenance too, requiring a simple wipe with a damp cloth once a week to keep them looking great for years to come. Of course, they aren’t immune to wear and tear but with the correct maintenance, you can ensure your window shutters remain in great condition for years to come.
  • Bespoke Shutters – with our incredible design team here at Diamond Window Shutters, you can enjoy totally bespoke made window shutters that fit your window space to perfection. As well as the perfect fit, you’ll also find yourself enjoying the option of numerous colours and style options which means finding you the perfect window shutters will be easier than 1, 2, 3.
  • Better Insulation – one of the biggest benefits of window shutters is the fact that they can help hugely when it comes to your home’s insulation. This is especially so when they’ve been designed specifically for your window space and installed by professionals. The perfect fit will ensure as tight a seal as possible around your window frame, helping to keep heat in the home. They’re also ideal for keeping the super hot rays of the sun out, ensuring a cool space during those blistering hot summer days. It’s a win win.
  • Better Noise Control – not only can well designed window shutters provide a certain level of sound proofing but you’ll also find they help block out a huge amount of noise from outside too, giving you a much more secluded and relaxed feel.

Contact Diamond Shutters Todays

If you’d like more information on our window shutters for your conservatories and orangeries, simply contact our team today on 020 83022447.

How To Pair Shutters With Curtains

One of the greatest things about decorating your own home is the ability to do exactly what you want, so if you’ve found yourself struggling to decide between curtains and shutters, why not enjoy both? Here at Diamond Window Shutters, we say if you’re fighting the urge to pair, fight no more and simply double up in a stylistic and super functional manner.

There are so many benefits to pairing curtains with window shutters from the aesthetics to the added insulation and soundproofing from shutters. Throw in the added protection from noise pollution outside and help with improving one’s sleep and for some, having curtains as well as window shutters is a no brainer.

Do window shutters reduce noise

How To Install Window Shutters And Curtains Together Successfully

Functionality aside, the aesthetics of pairing window shutters and curtains is becoming a popular one. To ensure it’s done correctly however, there are certain steps that must be taken to ensure they look as good as possible. If you’re certain of the window dressings you want, then we recommend having your window shutters chosen and installed first. This is especially so if you’re dressing completely bare windows.

When it comes to choosing your window shutters at this point, we highly recommend choosing a more neutral style of shutter as this is more likely to not only adapt to different rooms but different curtain choices too. This then gives you the ability to change things up a little in future with just curtain fabric. If you want the shutters to be your focal point, ensure these are darker than your curtains however do remember that these can make your room appear darker than you may intend.

Next Up…Curtains

Once you’ve chosen and installed your window shutters, it’s time to look at your curtains. With curtains typically being drawn during the day, it gives you room to choose more elaborate patterns. It’s also worth pairing as high a quality curtain as you can afford with your window shutters to ensure a consistently stylish space. By this we mean opting for thick, luxurious materials as opposed to transparent or opaque materials.

Curtains will tend to look better when left to drape themselves as opposed to being tied back too; remember this when looking at different styles for each room. Last but not least, remember to hang the curtains at least a few cm above the top of the window as this will lengthen the appearance of the window creating a feeling of height and space.

If you’re still unsure when it comes to ensuring a successful pairing, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep you on track.

  • Always choose and install shutters before choosing your curtains.
  • Unless you want your shutters to be the focal point of the room, choose pale, neutral coloured shutters.
  • Choose a curtain rail that matches both your curtains and your shutters.
  • Don’t be afraid to pair shutters with curtains; while it can be unusual, it can be a fabulously stylish addition to the home.
  • Do not opt for dark shutters and dark curtains with bold patterns unless you’re happy with your room looking a little on the busy side.

Contact Diamond Window Shutters Today

If you’d like more information on pairing window shutters with curtains, simply contact our incredible team today on 020 8302 2447.

Window Shutters For A Modern Home

For one reason or another, window shutters seem to have aligned themselves with a more traditional appearance.

The Growing Popularity Of Diamond Window Shutters

While wooden window shutters do indeed complement a traditional interior design concept, they’re also incredibly beautiful within a more modern setting too. So much so that modern interior design is now turning to window shutters as one of their most popular window dressing selections.

In fact, they aren’t just an aesthetically pleasing addition to modern homes; solid window shutters also offer a number of benefits that are seeing more homeowners than ever choose them over more commonly used curtains and blinds.

Benefits Of Window Shutters In Modern Homes

1. Modern Style

With solid clean lines, styles such as plantation shutters, as well as café style and wooden can really enhance a contemporary style home. Think clean lines in a crisp neutral shade to match the rest of your modern interior. 

2. Timeless Style

Window shutters aren’t a temporary whim. They’re a high quality addition that are often seen as an investment. Not only do they give your home that finishing touch but they can also add to a home’s value.

This gives window shutters a certain amount of staying power which means their popularity will stick around for years to come, giving you a timeless style. 

3. Versatile Functionality

Depending on the style of window shutter you choose, you can enjoy great versatility. Whether you’re looking for total privacy, dynamic light control or added insulation; different shutters offer different benefits. 

4. Low Maintenance

Window shutters are notoriously easy to take care of and keep clean. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth once in a while and they’ll be looking amazing for years to come.

You’ll also find they won’t attract the dreaded dust mite making them much more hypoallergenic than other options.

5. Lower Energy Bills

Custom made window shutters not only look better, they fit better too which means their ability to trap warm air in your home and prevent the cold air from coming through is on another level.

Watch your energy bills reduce before your eyes.

6. Stay Cool In Summer

Not only can window shutters help insulate your home, they can also help keep your home cool during the warmer months.

From offering much needed shade to preventing hot air from penetrating your home, a modern day window will help keep your modern and contemporary home feeling like a place of relaxation and comfort.    

Bring Modern Elegance Into Your Home

If you’d like to find out more information on the style of window shutters we have available and the process involved when it comes to creating them for your home, simply contact us today on 020 8302 2447.

With our made-to-measure window shutters, you can guarantee the wow factor in your contemporary home for years to come.

Create A Vintage Vibe With Window Shutters

When it comes to interior design, vintage style shutters are for those who appreciate the simplicity of old, the elegance of days gone by.

The charm of old fashioned furniture however, has moved from a statement chair and smaller knick knacks to some seriously clever design that includes everything from strategic lighting to good old interior window shutters.

True vintage style today should be beautiful and stylish without feeling cluttered or overloaded and that’s exactly what our window shutters offer.

Enjoy True Vintage Style With Full Length Shutters

Here at Diamond Window Shutters, we understand that interior design is there to cater to all tastes and desires. Whether you’re looking for contemporary or vintage.

Just as other interior fancies develop, so too do our favourites and vintage has indeed come a long way.

Ever growing and of course, ever expanding, there’s no doubt it’s as special as it is stylish and one such way to help your vintage journey along is to indulge in something that’s not only elegant and beautiful to look at, but completely functional too.

Perfect For Creating A Vintage Feel

Window shutters have long been a fantastic asset when it comes to achieving a truly vintage feel.

From our Tracked window shutters to our Full Height window shutters and more, each of these fabulous styles all lend their hand to offering the elegance and class that vintage design has become known for.

Made in the finest woods and treated to a coating of pastel shades will ensure your home achieves the ultimate chic, vintage feel.

Victorian Window Shutters To Wow

Our Solid shutters are full length Victorian inspired window shutters and they’re the perfect finishing touch in any vintage inspired room. Pastel shades and exposed woods aren’t the only additions in a vintage room however.

Here are just a few tips to help you create a true vintage vibe – with the help of our window shutters of course.

· Upcycle Furniture – no vintage scene is complete without some recycled furniture. Whether it’s a side board from a bric-a-brac shop or a chest of drawers from eBay; creating a retro look is as easy as one, two, three with some sand paper and the right coloured paint.

· Throw In Some Vintage Accessories – when it comes to accessories, think small ornamental birdcages, some grandfather clocks and even stacked suitcases as storage or better still piled high on a full height wardrobe.

· Focus On Colours – the beauty of vintage colour schemes is their ability to offer you a trip down memory lane, evoked the feeling nostalgia and sentiment. Think creams and pastels and don’t be afraid to enjoy a polka dot or two.

· Make Use Of Prints – a patterned wall is the perfect way to inject some energy and personality into a room and they’re synonymous with vintage style. Take a look at contrasting colours and patterns and let your senses take over.

Contact Us Today To Help You On Your Vintage Journey

Here at Diamond Window Shutters, we have the perfect range of window shutters, from tracked window shutters to solid window shutters; all of which could help you create the ultimate vintage feel. For more information, simply contact 020 83022447.

How Are Window Shutters Fitted?

Window shutters are an incredibly popular choice amongst homeowners and have been for a number of years. Their popularity doesn’t look set to stop anytime soon either, in fact quite the opposite. Window shutter installations look set to increase and with that, so too do the onslaught of inquiries as to just how our incredible team install them.

Here at Diamond Shutters, we feel it’s our attention to detail during the fitting of our window shutters that really sets us apart. From our home assessments to our high-end finish of each set of shutters; there’s no better quality craftsmen than those right here in our carefully selected team. To give you a better idea, let’s first take a look at the products available and how we actually go about making them to your specific needs.

Window Shutters To End All Window Shutters

At Diamond Shutters, we provide a variety of window shutters to suit not only all home interiors but all functionalities too. Whether you’re looking for partial coverage of your window openings or full, complete black out blinds or coverings for wide openings, we have a huge variety to suit any and all of your requirements.

From Tier-on-Tier shutters to Tracked shutters, Full Height and Café Style, we guarantee to provide the perfect shutters for you and it all begins with an at-home assessment.

Diamond Window ShuttersDesigned & Fitted To Your Needs

Our installation services begin with our at-home assessments. It’s our aim to provide flexibility within our services, which is why we offer evening and weekend time slots to fit around your schedule.

During our at home assessments, we’ll not only take a look at the space in question but the current or intended décor to ensure you’re receiving the best style blind for your interior design. We’ll take you through each design of shutter and best advise you on what would be the ideal choice for your space.

Getting The Right Sized Shutters

Once we’ve discussed potential designs, we’ll then take the time to measure the space precisely. We understand only too well just how important your home and its finished look is to you.

We also know the importance of well fitting shutters. With well-measured window shutters, you can rest assured that not only will they do the job intended but their lifespan will be much greater too.

When we have final measurements, we’ll take them back to our headquarters and begin manufacturing your window shutters. When it comes to our team, we hire only the very best carpenters. We look for those with a huge amounts of experience, specifically a minimum of two decades within purpose fit joinery.

This makes them second to none when it comes to creating and fitting your window shutters. Add to this a customer service experience like no other, keeping you informed along every step of the way and it’s no wonder people choose Diamond Shutters time and again.

While this may sound like a rather in-depth journey, we’ll do all we can to ensure it’s carried out with minimal fuss and interruption to your day. Your home and of course the finished look and operation of your shutters is paramount.

How Are Window Shutters Installed?

While there are people out there who choose to install window shutters themselves, we do all of that for you. The reason being, our team have created them so it makes sense that they install them. They know how they should work, the space they need to fit and what the finished result should be.

Fitting window shutters is tricky business and not something to be undertaken lightly. Once again, flexibility is priority, which is why we’re happy to install them during evenings and weekends as well as during regular working hours. It’s our mission to provide you with quality shutters as well as a quality service.

Contact Diamond Shutters Today

Here at Diamond Window Shutters, we’ll design and fit any one of our window shutter designs to your specific requirements. If you’d like more information, simply contact us today on 020 83022447. We’re here to help you transform your home in the best way possible – with quality window shutters.

Do Window Shutters Add Value To Property

Whether you’re a first time buyer or in your forever home, you’re always going to be looking for the most subtle way to add value to your home. When it comes to ‘value adding’ additions, the majority first head toward things such as granite worktops but would you be surprised, however, to learn that window shutters are another great way of adding value to your home?

Before you begin weighing up the pros and cons of adding these type of window dressings to your home, we thought we’d do the hard work for you. Here are just some of the reasons why window shutters can help to add value to your home…

The Financial Benefits Of Window Shutters

  • Custom Design – one of the reasons so many people love window shutters is for the simple fact that they’re designed specifically for you home. Window shutters are custom built to fit your windows which makes them totally unique to your home. This means that everything from their fit to their function are unique to you and it’s this that gives them that real wow factor. In fact, window shutters have been known to help property sell more efficiently as they contribute to kerb appeal. Kerb appeal has been known to have a huge impact on property sales, especially when that property has the ‘wow’ factor.
  • Added Insulation – let’s face it, winters (and every other season for that matter) here in the UK can be bitterly cold. For some of us, it can feel like a constant battle trying to keep our homes warm. Not only are the colder months miserable at times, with gloomy skies and windy days, but our heating bills will often rise more than we ever thought possible. If we can add something to our home however, that not only looks good but provides an insulating effect too, then you’re on to a winner. Their incredible insulating effect is in fact one of the main reasons solid window shutters will add value to your home, just as double-glazing would. Window shutters will make your home far more appealing and are now being seen as an investment in the home, rather than a merely aesthetically pleasing addition.
  • Environmental Impact – being as insulating as they are, window shutters are automatically more environmentally friendly. How? Well, as we all strive to reduce our carbon footprint, window shutters give us yet another way of doing so as they help us to reduce our use of in-home heating systems. When buying a home, many will now ask to see the EPC certificate which gives potential buyers a rough guide as to the cost of heating and lighting a home. It also shows what a home’s rough carbon dioxide emissions are over the course of a year. Window shutters, with their ability to help insulate your home, while also allowing you to control the light you let in through your windows, are a very effective way of improving your home’s EPC certificate rating.
  • Improved Security – security will always be a concern for those buying a home. If, however, said home comes with a way of improving its security, it suddenly becomes all the more appealing. Believe it or not, shutters can help improve your home’s security by making it increasingly difficult for passers-by to see into your home. The vast majority of burglars will usually want to peruse your home through the windows first before breaking and entering. Not being able to do this is a big deterrent. Those breaking into a property will also look for a quick and easy entry, which is another area in which shutters can help as they make access far more difficult.

Contact Diamond Window Shutters Today

If you’d like more information on our window shutters and how they can add value to your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 020 83022447. We have an incredible range of window shutters available to suit any window and any style home.

We also have a wide range of shutters suitable for most budgets and our team are on hand to help in any way possible. So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of your home and increase its value today.

Dressing bay windows with shutters

Here at Diamond Shutters, we cannot deny the appeal of bay windows. Their expansive frames and beautifully angled silhouettes grant them an ornate appearance from both inside and out, and they never fail to introduce elements of Victorian charm into the home. Such features perhaps explain why the bay window so often constitutes the centrepiece of a room, with many choosing to accentuate their shape and grandeur by placing a decorative rug or an eye-catching ottoman on the bay floor.

But the benefits of bay windows are more than aesthetic – they also free up space in your room, bring in bucketfuls of natural light, and allow expansive views of your street or garden. Overall, given their stately elegance and functional benefits, bay windows often prove to be a major selling point in terraced houses and modern flats alike.

However…

Many homeowners experience a kind of ‘love-hate’ relationship with their bay windows. While they do enjoy a number of great features, these same features can present certain problems in your space. The size of the windows can lead to a greater loss of heat and increased draughts, and the light can be overpowering when the sun is in a certain position. Furthermore, while you may have better views of the outdoors, people out on the street will also have a better view of your interior, which may compromise your privacy to some extent.

As we’ve established, bay windows benefit from a range of interesting and attractive design features – but preventing the above problems often requires smothering them in drapery or obscuring their unique form with large blinds. Is there an alternative window dressing which can complement the design of some bay windows while maintaining a certain degree of practicality? Enter: window shutters.

Benefits of shutters for bay windows

With our window shutters, you are able to complement your bay windows perfectly as each shutter panel is bespoke and made-to-measure. Whatever the shape and size your bay window, Diamond Shutters can craft custom shutters to fit snugly within each frame, enhancing their unique shape at the same time. Curtains or blinds will not only reduce the visual impact of your bay windows, but they will also take up more space on within your bay – for instance, curtains will cover the entire bey from ceiling to floor).

With window shutters, however, there is no excess material outside of the bay windows themselves – indeed, when your shutters are wide open, its almost like there is nothing covering your windows at all. In addition, window shutters offer greater control over light thanks to their adjustable louvers, allowing you to dampen to overpowering light that bay windows may sometimes cause in your space. Tilting the louvers also offer increased privacy, insulation, and security – it’s a no brainer, when you think about it!

How to style bay windows with shutters

If you’re sold on the idea of introducing you bay windows to a brand new set of window shutters, it might be worth thinking about how exactly you will style the windows. Which style of shutter will you choose? And how can you use them to enhance the overall appearance of your bay windows? Read our design suggestions below for some ideas…

  • Most people choose to install a single window shutter on each of their bay windows (usually three separate panels for three window frames). This makes the bay window look more cohesive and offers you more control over light and ventilation. If you did want to leave some of your bay window exposed, rather than omitting one window altogether, opt for café style shutters – these leave the top of your window shutter-free!
  • You will need to decide the best louver size to suit your bay windows. Larger louvers will allow more light to enter your space and give your space a more minimalist feel (although some claim that it lessens their privacy). Smaller louvers offer more privacy but often less light – which could be a good thing for street-level bay windows that usually suffer from too much sunlight. Read our guide on choosing the right louvers for more.
  • More a more traditional look, choose solid shutters for your bay windows – these were the most common dressing for bay windows in the Victorian era – mainly to give the windows increased security! Nowadays, they have the added benefit of keeping out drafts and improving insulation, thus eliminating some common qualms that people have about their bay windows. If you want more versatility, however, choose tier-on-tier shutters: these allow you to operate the top and bottom halves of your shutters independently, which in turn lets you attain the perfect mix of light and privacy.

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Fancy introducing some gorgeous new shutters into your home? Feel free to get in touch with the friendly team at Diamond Shutters to make your interior dreams come true!

Decorating ideas for rooms with window shutters

Most of our customers love their window shutters for their clean look, smooth textures and neutral colours, not to mention a whole host of practical benefits. But they are not just amazing in their own right – they also help make the surrounding room look better and improve the overall aesthetic of your space. Their appearance tends to go well with most interior styles, regardless of colour and decor. But there are lots of homeowners who go the extra mile, complementing their shutters with splashes of colour and material in the space around them. This allows them to build up a more defined aesthetic while maintaining the practical benefits offered by window shutters – such as light control, insulation, privacy and ventilation.

In this post, we’ll be looking at some of the options available to you when decorating a room that already features some beautiful window shutters. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination, but hopefully we can help give you some inspiration. Why not give your shutters the company they deserve by making some of the following design choices?

Curtains

One thing you should know about window shutters is that they are not outright incompatible with curtains and drapery. These window dressings bring elements of texture and colour to a room, adding interest and depth while accommodating a range of styles, so it would be a shame to deny your room of their presence simply because it already has window shutters installed. Indeed, both shutters and curtains can make great friends if they are paired together properly.

Since window shutters guarantee complete privacy when closed, any drapery you incorporate does not need to have a practical purpose (although they may help insulate your room further). As such, you could simply place curtains on either side of your shutter panels – you don’t even have to open them, just revel in their elegant appearance – day and night. It’s that perfect combination of function and style. Whether you opt for thick velvety curtains with palatial appeal, or delicate sheer curtains for a lighter touch, drapery is a great way to give your room extra style points without competing with the beauty of your shutters.

Pelmets

The truth is, curtains can make for an expensive addition to the home, both in terms of upfront and maintenance costs. However, you may still be yearning for a touch of flowing fabrics to offset the clean lines of their window shutters. Resting just at the top of your window frame (and thus costing less), pelmets – also known as valances – are the perfect middle ground.

Available in a large selection of styles and textures, pelmets give you lots of opportunities to experiment with the space above your shutter – you could add decorative edgings, colour bands, trims and tassels, each giving your shutters a different quality. Interiors of all kinds – whether continental, traditional, or rustic – can be perfectly served by a pelmet. They can also be a functional addition to your home. When opening the upper panel of some tier on tier shutters to let in some air on a hot day, a pelmet could help maintain privacy and light control without blocking airflow. Just make sure that you do not install a pelmet over a part of your shutters that already serves a practical purpose; you don’t want to end up restricting the amount of light or ventilation in your home.

Consistency

Consistency is the key to any coherent interior (unless you prefer the more ‘mishmash’ approach to design), and this applies to your window shutters too. There are many things you can do to ensure that you’re shutters are not just a feature within your space, but an integral part of your space. This involves drawing upon elements of your shutters in the design choices you make for the room as a whole.

If you have sleek shutters in a light shade of teak, for instance,  you might want to mirror its colours and textures through certain other elements in your space – perhaps your flooring, your coffee table, or something more subtle like a picture frame. This helps tie your space together and highlights the room as a whole, as opposed to just disparate statement pieces. Your shutters will end up making more sense and fitting in better if they are welcomed into their surroundings by similar materials and colours.

If you’re sold on the idea of introducing some gorgeous new shutters into your home, feel free to get in touch with the friendly team at Diamond Shutters.

How to dress floor to ceiling windows using shutters

You cannot deny that full length windows bring touches of luxury and charm to any space, exciting the room with an open atmosphere and flooding it with heaps of natural light. However, much of this appeal depends on the question of how to dress floor to ceiling windows without compromising their natural qualities. You want your window dressings to complement their look, adding an extra layer of elegance without stealing the show or blocking the windows altogether.

Enter window shutters, with their capacity to bring style to a room in subtle and original ways. Curtains and blinds come with their own distinct flavours, but shutters always come out on top when it comes to that perfect balance of practical benefits and aesthetic merits. For instance, shutters can be adapted to homes with both modern and traditional interiors since they are able to cover openings of any shape, size, or style. So we know that window shutters are versatile, but how can you make the most out of them when it comes to those tricky full length windows? Let’s get into the nitty gritty of how to dress floor to ceiling windows using shutters.

Open up your view

One of the best things about floor to ceiling windows is enjoying your expansive view without the interference of frames, muntins, and often dressings. As such, making the absolute most out of your window sometimes demands leaving it be and maximising the beautiful view it provides. For many people this means leaving the window completely undressed, which is perfectly fine. However, there are many types of window shutters with the ability to perfectly accommodate your amazing vistas while simultaneously granting a whole host of practical benefits. Ideally, the shutters will complement your floor to ceiling windows not just in their beautiful presence, but also in their absence.

Most shutters aren’t permanently fixed to the frame of your window, nor are they only capable of allowing light through the louvers. To enjoy your windows without any obstruction to the view, you could opt for hinged shutters that can open up completely to expose the full view they offer. For instance, tracked shutters are often preserved for long or wide openings which cannot be adequately served by regular dressings (i.e. french doors). They have bi fold hinges which allow them to glide along a tracking system and can therefore give plenty of space to your windows. Likewise, full height shutters can be opened on their hinges to ensure the maximum amount of light and an unobstructed view. When the sun becomes too bright or the house gets too cold, you can easily close your shutters and benefit from full light control, insulation, and privacy. Even the most impressive of windows need that practical edge!

The best of both worlds

Shutters are versatile dressings, so you don’t always have to open them up completely to get make the most out of your floor to ceiling windows. Certain types of window shutter are built in such a way that you can enjoy the view and sunlight afforded by your full height windows without sacrificing warmth, privacy, and control. If you don’t want your shutters to steal the show, consider installing some tier on tier shutters for a balance between the practicality of shutters and the aesthetics of floor to ceiling windows. Incorporating two sets of shutters into one frame, these shutters allow you to open up one half of your shutters (therefore opening up your view) while keeping the other half shut for your preferred level of privacy and insulation. Furthermore, if you would prefer not to fully open your shutters, simply tilting the louvers can give you an adequate view of the outside world while still serving their practical purpose. With this in mind, why not enjoy the best of both worlds?

Taming the light

Floor to ceiling windows may look impressive, failing to give them a dressing which suits your practical requirements can lead to problems with lighting, insulation, sound, and privacy. Luckily, one of the main benefits of window shutters is the amount of control over light they give you. When the sunlight is coming through your floor to ceiling windows and directly into your room, the amount of natural light in your space can be overpowering without some kind of covering. Shutters allow you to tame the light flooding into your space without entirely sacrificing the view. You can angle the louvers so as to block out light while maintaining the vista on the other side – a benefit which you do not get from drapery and certain types of blinds. To control the lighting, simply twist the tilt rod until the louvers reach your desired angle and your room achieves the perfect level sunlight. It’s as easy as that! The resulting effect is a soft but sufficient stream of natural light which gives your space a warm glow without making you squint your eyes.

Make them count

If you’re wondering how to dress floor to ceiling windows with shutters in the best way possible, the most important point is not to forget the reason why you are dressing them in the first place. Although they may have aesthetic benefits of their own, shutters are ultimately designed to serve a practical purpose too: more privacy, better insulation, and improved control over lighting. As such, you should try to only install shutters where you need them instead of wasting them on windows which would have been better off undressed due to the views and lighting they provide. If your window does not require extra privacy or light control, why not just let it speak for itself? After all, you don’t want to add shutters to some floor to ceiling windows just for the sake of it, only to realise that they don’t actually serve a purpose and you wish that they were never there. If you do end up dressing floor to ceiling windows using shutters, make it count.

For more information and guidance regarding interior window shutters, feel free to get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help!

How to make glass windows private with window shutters

With a whole host of practical benefits, windows make up an essential feature of any home. They let a lot of things in: natural light, fresh air, and a picture of the world outside your house. Unfortunately they can also invite prying eyes from nosy neighbours and passing busybodies, not least when the windows are situated at street-level. Bare windows can leave you exposed, especially at night when interior lights make it easier to see inside. What is the solution? Preserving your privacy means choosing the most appropriate window treatment for your needs. But many of our customers do not know how to make glass windows private while maintaining control over the light and ventilation within their space.

We think shutters are the best solution to this dilemma. They not only give your interior style points, but they also grant privacy while simultaneously allowing light and air through your windows. Here at Diamond Shutters, we love to wax lyrical about the benefits of interior window shutters, although one of our favourite benefits is their diversity. Not only can you guarantee total privacy, but you can do so in several different ways while embracing a number of different styles.

Here are of our favourite ideas for how to make glass windows private with window shutters.

Tier on tier shutters

Boasting two sets of shutters in a single frame, tier on tier shutters are known for their flexibility. You can keep the bottom set of shutters closed for privacy while opening the top set for your preferred amount of natural light and ventilation. The adjustable louvered openings provide maximum control over light and air flow. They are perfect for any time throughout the year, keeping draughts at bey in the winter and allowing a cool stream of air in the summer.

Although functionality is their main selling point, tier on tier shutters do not compromise on style: they a long heritage in traditional design and a great deal of continental elegance to their name. Adding this covering to your windows will guarantee not only privacy but also charm and grace. When tier on tier shutters have got your privacy covered, the only reason why people would look through your windows is to admire your beautiful shutters!

Café style shutters

For a window shutter that makes the most of both light and privacy, choose café style shutters. Covering only the bottom half of your window (with the top half left bare or otherwise dressed), these shutters give you a constant stream of unobstructed light without risking your privacy. Even on those occasions where you do not want any light flooding through the upper window, you are still free to combine the shutters with curtains for additional coverage and style.

What thinking about how to make glass windows private you also need to consider aesthetics, and café style shutters are certainly not lacking in the looks department. Their sophisticated design reflects the window stylings found in provincial cafés and bars all throughout Europe. Likewise, you can customise your colour choices to complement your interior colour scheme, turning the shutters into a decorative focal point as well as a practical covering for privacy.

Solid shutters

If privacy is your number one priority above light and ventilation, solid shutters are your best bet. With solid paneling that completely blocks out light when closed, total privacy is guaranteed. However, you can simply open up the shutters and let your windows do all the work should you need to illuminate and ventilate your space. Despite allowing less control than other shutters, you will never have to worry about prying eyes when solid shutters are protecting your windows.

Solid shutters used to be popular in Victorian townhouses due to their protective qualities, deterring burglars and keeping out noise. Although they are still found in Victorian interiors, homes of different periods and styles now use shutters for a taste of the traditional aesthetic. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors and install these shutters for full protection and privacy.

Still a bit spoilt for choice? Don’t worry, our team of window shutter specialists are here to help! For help discerning which shutters are best suited to your needs, feel free to get in touch.

Applying shutters in a contemporary home

Window shutters as we know them today come imbued with a sense of traditional elegance. Dressing windows from the continental cafés of France to the Georgian homes of England, interior shutters enjoy a long heritage of popularity in designs stretching back decades. However, this does not mean that shutters are incompatible with more contemporary interiors. Quite the contrary. Over the years, they have evolved in line with modern design sensibilities. They are often adapted to suit minimalist or urban interiors while keeping their traditional charm. But how should you go about applying shutters in a contemporary home?

There are a number of factors to consider when designing a modern home with shutters, whether it’s the colour, the shape, the size, or the type of shutter that suits your home best. Whatever your individual requirements, there are a number of ways in which shutters can be applied to the contemporary home. As experts in window shutters, it is our job to explain how. So let’s take a look at some tips for incorporating window shutters with a modern twist.

Contemporary shutter design

Owing to modern manufacturing and carpentry, window shutters are now designed to suit contemporary homes as well as more traditional ones. They are favoured by many new builds and urban interiors for their clean and sleek appearance with a range of colours and finishes. That perfect balance of versatility and elegance is undoubtedly appealing by modern standards, despite the traditional heritage behind window shutters.

The traditional Victorian look of solid shutters and the European charm of café style shutters continue to work well as period pieces, but they still complement more contemporary interiors. Indeed, window shutters are no longer restricted to the hardwood designs of centuries old. Materials such as MDF and ABS make your shutters feel at home amidst the luscious sheen enjoyed by interiors today.

The minimalist aesthetic

Minimalist homes are all the range in the 21st century, hence more people are embracing window shutters for their clean lines and simple elegance. Shutters fit right in with these minimalist interior designs. Full height shutters can give your windows an appearance of balance and uniformity, especially when used without a midrail that divides the panel in two.

There are many more ways in which window shutters can take on this type of simplicity. Shutters with wider louvers (and therefore fewer louvers) benefit from having fewer lines and less of a ‘busy’ appearance, and shutters with hidden tilt rods give the dressing a more streamlined look by eliminating any vertical lines that cut across the louvers. Among others, these minimalist features present a great reason for applying shutters in a contemporary home.

What about the windows?

As our homes continue to enjoy neat bespoke designs with features that are made to measure, window shutters become a more popular choice with designers for their amazing versatility. Whatever the shape and size of your window, shutters can provide a perfect fit with that tailored appearance so commonly seen across contemporary homes. And we’re not just talking about shutters fitted for different kinds of rectangular windows… With circular, triangular, arched, and even hexagonal shutters available on the market, our special shaped shutters come in designs that can satisfy even the most obscure types of windows. Just make sure that the louvers of your shutters line up with the existing contours of your window frame and any patterns on the glass for that truly bespoke feel.

Practical benefits for contemporary homes

Designing and living in a contemporary home involves catering to the needs and requirements of modern times, such as our desire for eco-friendly features and technological efficiency. Luckily, window shutters boast a large list of practical benefits for the modern home as well as the aesthetic benefits listed above. First off, shutters have proven to be very energy efficient.

Their thick and thermal build helps prevent heat from escaping through windows, eliminating the need for artificial heating. Plus, with heaps of natural light streaming through your shutters you will find yourself relying less on artificial lighting during those darker months. As a result, homeowners who are conscious about their energy consumption in times where eco-friendly decisions are more pressing than ever, will not regret investing in some window shutters for their contemporary home. If you want to read more on the eco-friendly benefits of window shutters, consult out previous blog post on the subject.

For more help with your shutters get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help!

Which materials are best for window shutters?

When it comes to choosing which interior window shutters are best for your home, the materials from which they are made should be a primary consideration. The room in which your shutters will be installed, the design and colour scheme of your room, the width of your window frame, the purpose of your shutters – these are all factors that you should take into account when trying to decide which materials are best for window shutters.

If you make the wrong choice, your shutters may clash with the rest of your interior, or worse, be prone to long-term damage that you did not foresee. So in this post, we hope to provide some clarity and make your purchase a lot easier by explaining which types of material are best for window shutters. Let’s start with something obvious…

Wood

The most common choice of material for solid window shutters is wood. As well as being a noticeably hardwearing material, the natural features of wood (grains, textures and colours) can give your shutters an authentic look and feel that is becoming of a traditional and stylish home. Likewise, wood is known for being a versatile, insulating and sustainable material for any home – whether traditional or modern in design.

Of course, your shutters can be made from wood of many different types, but your choice ultimately comes down to your own requirements and tastes. Let’s take a look at the main types of wood found in window shutters.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a general category of wood that includes materials like beech, teak and oak. Since these materials are sourced from slow-growing trees, they are among the most strong and robust materials on the market. As such, hardwood is typically found in shutters that are designed with both durability and elegance in mind.

Carolina shutters are made from dense hardwood with an engineered core, offering a tight grain and a smooth finish that easily withstands warping. This makes the material suitable for rooms that require more sustainable materials. On the other hand, Phoenix shutters are made from a more lightweight hardwood characterised by its light colour and rich texture, making it most appropriate in rooms filled with natural light.

Basswood

One of the woods most frequently used by shutter manufacturers is basswood, a smooth and fine-grained material sourced from lime trees. Due to its popularity in the industry and the high standards with which it is treated, basswood shutters are able to accommodate a lower price range without compromising on quality.

Our very own Boston shutters enjoy the benefits of beautiful basswood and come in a range of bright and airy finishes that complement the texture of the material. Since basswood is a fairly soft and light wood, these shutters are made with mortise and tenon joints that prevent warping and guarantee maximum durability.

MDF

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood composite made out of the compacted residue of hardwoods and softwoods – this gives the material a great deal of durability at a much lower cost. The specific raw materials involved in its manufacture could be anything from pine to bamboo; it depends on which purpose the material will serve. Despite being a cheaper option, MDF is in no way lacking in the looks department – indeed, many of our customers are unable to distinguish it from more expensive real wood options.

Seattle shutters are made with laminated veneer lumber (LVL) at their core and have a polypropylene coating that gives them a long-lasting edge. This makes the shutters easy to maintain and able to withstand warping, chipping and moisture damage. In addition, the smooth and shiny qualities of MDF give the shutters an aesthetic more befitting of a contemporary interior than a traditional one.

Plastic

When looking for tracked window shutters that can withstand the humidity of bathrooms, perhaps the safest option is to opt for plastic shutters. If you’re concerned about wooden shutters absorbing moisture and sustaining damage during those hot steamy showers, plastic is a completely impervious material that cannot physically absorb water.

Hollywood shutters are made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), a closed-cell plastic that resists moisture and lasts a lifetime. But these shutters aren’t just amazing because they can withstand humid environments; they also have a beautiful matte finish (available in a range of white colours) that gives them an elegant appearance on the whole – not bad for a plastic!

Plastic can also be sturdy and stable in ways that other materials are not, allowing for longer louvers that can fit a wider frame. For instance, our Georgia shutters boast a maximum panel width of just under a metre since their louvers are made of high-quality ABS.

To discern which material is best suited to your specific interior design needs, get in touch with a member of the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be happy to help.