Plantation Shutters & Period Homes

A Match Made In Heaven

Plantation shutters are a beautiful and might we add popular addition in any home. There’s one style of home in particular however, where we see plantation shutters being an incredible asset to the overall look and appearance. The homes we’re talking about here are period homes. 

Period style homes are known for having sensational windows. Think large, statement windows; From huge bay windows to smaller, more unusually shaped windows, all of which often boast beautiful decorative framing. With such unusual windows, it’s imperative that the right window dressing is used and buying off the shelf simply isn’t an option. 

Bespoke Made-To-Measure Shutters Are The Answer

Thankfully, here at Diamond Shutters, our bespoke window shutter service will make any shape window, however ornate the design, the easiest of tasks.

For most period homes, odd shapes and unusual window designs can often throw up fitting and alignment problems. That’s why the help of a bespoke window shutter service, such as ours, is imperative. It doesn’t matter how your window is designed or how you want your shutters designed because our made-to-measure window shutters have you covered.

We’re proud to boast an incredible and might we add, highly-skilled team who won’t just create your perfect window shutters but will create window shutters that work for your specific window shape. We’ll consider everything from the style of your home to the shape of your window and of course, the type of light control and privacy you’re looking for. We’ll even consider the installation requirements ahead of time so you know what’s happening every step of the way.

We Guarantee The Perfect Fit

Here at Diamond Shutters, we have a great choice of window shutters available. From Full Tier shutters to Cafe Style shutters and even Tier-on-Tier window dressings. Our range of shutters allows us to find the perfect match for your style windows. With our expertise, we can then create the perfect made-to-measure fit that compliments your period style home.

Whether you’re looking to accentuate the period style of your home or want to add a modern touch to your traditional home’s interior, we can help you achieve your dream look with our high quality window shutters. 

Here At Diamond Shutters, We Have Every Room Covered

From bathrooms to living rooms, kitchens to bedrooms; our window shutters can be made-to-measure for any room in your period style home. From the very first phone call, we’ll work with you to ensure your window shutters don’t just fit, but compliment the style of your home and your specific window shape and frame. Plantation shutters and period homes – they’re a match made in heaven. If you’d like more information, simply contact us today on 0208 302 2447. 

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.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Customer Update

It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer be able to provide first quotations, surveys or fittings of our shutters in the next few weeks as we are conforming with the government restrictions and guidelines.

But please be aware we will contact you to re-arrange once the restrictions are lifted.

Our absolute priority at Diamond shutters is the health and wellbeing of our customers, employees, and all of their families as we manage our way through these extraordinary circumstances.

Please be aware if you have already ordered shutters from us that our factory is carrying on as normal and all your orders are being processed, if we encounter any delays, we will notify you immediately.

Please note that we are still contactable by phone and email. Any concerns you may have please email us or give us a call . As we are working with a limited workforce, we will do our very best to respond to you within 24 hours.

Best wishes and stay safe.

The Diamond Shutters team.

A Detailed Guide To The Different Styles Of Shutters

When it comes to window shutters, it isn’t simply a case of deciding whether or not to have them but rather which window shutters should you have installed in your home. In order to make the best decision, it’s worth understanding the different types available along with their functions and of course, their benefits. Let’s take a look…

What Are The Different Types Of Window Shutter?

There are a number of different window shutters on offer here at Diamond Shutters, from Tier-on-Tier to Tracked and even Cafe Style. We have numerous categories available to you however, today we’re going to look at the most popular window shutters available. These incorporate Full Height window shutters, Tier-on-Tier, Cafe Style, Solid and Tracked.

Full Height Window Shutters

Full height shutters are a great option for pretty much any window space. Full height window shutters, as their name suggests, covers the entire length of the window. Because of their size, they offer the maximum amount of privacy, insulation and light control too. Depending on whether you choose to open or close your blinds, you can enjoy the maximum amount of light or an almost blackout effect.

Tier-On-Tier Window Shutters

Tier-on-Tier window shutters are made up from two different shutter panels, one on top of the other. The beauty of this style window shutter is that you can move the bottom louvres independently from the top louvres. This gives you all the privacy and light control of full height shutters with a little more flexibility as you can leave the bottom half closed for privacy while you open the top half to let in more light.

Cafe Style Window Shutters

Cafe style shutters are a unique style of shutter in that they only cover the bottom half of the window. These are usually great for those who’s windows sit directly on a footpath or pavement and require the continual privacy. They leave the top half of the window uncovered which means maximum light for the room too.

Solid Window Shutters

Solid shutters are exactly as they sound, completely solid panels of wood. They boast no louvres or slats. They are excellent for those wanting an almost blackout effect as well as added insulation. Do bear in mind however, once they’re closed, they will not let in the light and when they’re open, you have little to no privacy.

Tracked Window Shutters

Tracked shutters are shutters that sit upon a track system. They can be filed back concertina style and are ideal for larger window spaces and bifold doors. These can hold solid panels or louvres, so there is complete flexibility here.

Contact Us Today

If you’d like more information on the different window shutter options available or even help deciding on the best style for your home and lifestyle, simply contact us today on 0208 302 2447. Our team will be more than happy to help transform your windows with the best window dressings out there. 

Do Shutters Provide Complete Blackout In A Room?

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to window shutters is whether they provide complete blackout in the room they’re installed. The answer to this question however, can vary greatly depending on not only the shutters installed but it’s worth noting that as a rule of thumb, shutters are designed specifically to block out a significant amount of light. So what does this mean for you?

Well, it’s first very important to realise that light will always find a way into your room. This can be through the window frames itself as well as various other window dressings such as supposed blackout blinds and even heavyweight blackout curtains. Shutters however can be more effective for the simple fact that they’re made from a more heavy duty material as well as their ability to control light. 

Window Shutters Can Block Out Significant Light

Window shutters come in varying forms. From Cafe Style shutters to Tier-on-Tier and even solid window shutters; there really is something for everyone. If you’re looking for the most effective however, in terms of black out, solid window shutters may be the best option. The only issue you may find with solid window shutters is that they do not provide the flexibility that you would ultimately get with a window shutter that boasts louvres. Full height shutters or Tier-on-Tier however, allow you to open and close the shutters as and when you need. This gives you the ability to block out the light when you need to and allow light in at your convenience too.

Blackout Your Windows With Shutters

While shutters may at times let in a little light, there are methods you can take advantage of that will give you complete blackout as well as the flexibility of allowing light in when you need it. 

  • Use Blackout Blinds With Shutters – one great way of minimising the light in any room is to pair blackout blinds with shutters. It’s important to integrate the blackout blinds with white shutters, ensuring this is explained during the design process as this allows the blind to run behind the shutter, reducing the amount of light that seeps into your room.
  • Use Blackout Blinds Behind Plantation Shutters – the use of blackout blinds behind plantation shutters is another great way to limit the light in your room. This helps minimise light and still offers those who love a Venetian style blind to enjoy that look in their room.
  • Combine Curtains & Shutters – by combining curtains and shutters you can really block out a significant amount of light. This works by allowing the curtains to block any further light coming in from the edges of the window shutters themselves. For the best results, use heavier, blackout curtains on top of the shutters.
  • Choose Solid Shutters – as we mentioned above, solid shutters are a great way to block out light as they have no louvres. The shutters are entirely solid and therefore far more substantial than those with slats.

Contact Us Today

If you’d like more information on window shutters and creating the perfect blackout effect, simply contact our team today on 0208 302 2447. 

Shutters For French Doors

French doors or patio doors as they’re otherwise known, are some of the most incredible additions to a home. They open up space, both physically and in terms light. Yet they seem to pose quite the stumbling block when it comes to dressing them. Today we’re going to look at two different types of shutters for French doors, that allow for both privacy and light control while still allowing you to enjoy them whatever the weather.

Window shutters are a great window treatment for French doors, as they offer a more durable and on-trend solution when compared to the likes of curtains or fabric blinds. The question is however, which type of shutter is best?

Full Height Shutters For French Doors

Full height shutters with a mid rail is a very commonly used type of shutter. Made from wood,  these shutters are tough, hardy and incredibly long lasting. These can be used on French doors and patio doors and with Diamond Shutters, can be made to the exact measurement of your door frame size.

On full height shutters, mid rails are most commonly used to hide unsightly door handles while providing another element of strength to what can essentially be a rather tall door.

Made To Measure Tracked Shutters

If full height shutters aren’t your preferred choice, then you may want to look at tracked shutters. Tracked shutters are ideal for those who want to enjoy seeing an entirely open door when the shutters are pulled back. With tracked shutters, this is exactly what you can enjoy.

With tracked shutters, panels can be stacked on top of each other, much like bi-fold doors or they can remain parallel to the windows. Bi-fold style tracked doors however are perfect for those who wish for a totally clear view when they’re open. 

By using a top and bottom track, the tracked shutters will move freely as and when you need them to. Simply open them up and stack them neatly against the wall or beside the door reveal.

For Help Dressing Your French Doors, Contact Diamond Shutters Today

For more help and information when it comes to French Door window shutters, simply contact us today. 

Here at Diamond Shutters, we’ve spent many years designing, manufacturing and installing high-quality window shutters for not only every room in the home but every window shape possible.  We’ve installed countless full height and tracked window shutters for French doors up and down the country and will undoubtedly continue to do so.

If you’re undecided as to what would be the best option for you or simply want a quote, contact us today on 020 83022447. Our team will be more than happy to help advise you on the best course of action for you and your home.

Interior Shutters For Large Windows

One of the biggest fallacies that surrounds interior window shutters is that they’re only for smaller window spaces. The truth is, interior window shutters can be made for any size window or door frame. In actual fact, we design and install window shutters for large windows on a regular basis. 

The Benefits Of Tracked Window Shutters For Large Windows

When it comes to large windows, we tend to suggest tracked shutters. With tracked shutters, you enjoy complete control over the shutters and your window space. In fact, there are a number of benefits to enjoy.

Enjoy Maximum Privacy And Light Control 

You can play with moveable slats to ensure you enjoy the level of privacy and light you’re looking for at any one time and what’s more, you can also enjoy a completely open window space with bi-fold tracked shutters should you want to. From fully open to fully closed, our tracked shutters give you the versatility to suit your mood on the day.

Reduce Energy Bills

With tracked shutters, you get shutters that cover your entire window space. This has been known to help insulate your home further, giving rise to less use of internal heating systems. You’ll also enjoy more light through the open slats while still enjoying that much needed privacy. Instead of closing the curtains and having to switch on the lights, you can simply open the slats to let in the light. Once again, resulting in reduced energy bills.

Noise Reduction

With an added layer on such a large window opening, you can enjoy a reduction in external noise, whether that’s from traffic or simply noisy neighbours.

Choose Window Shutters To Suit You

Once again, when it comes to window shutters for large windows, people falsely believe they’re limited in what style and design they can have. Yet another myth we’re happy to bust. Here at Diamond Shutters we have some incredible designers, all of whom are happy to create window shutters that won’t just function as you want them to, but look as beautiful as you’d imagine.

From solid woods to vinyl, in a variety of colours and finishes, we can provide you with your dream window shutters for any size window. We can help you create a window shutter feature using some beautifully bold finishes. We can also help them blend in with the rest of your decor and walls, to match the rest of the aesthetics in your home.

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While tracked shutters aren’t the only option for large window openings, they are most certainly our favourite as they offer both functionality and style for such large openings. Based on a top and bottom track, tracked window shutters are easy to manoeuvre and use to your liking too, whether you choose bi-fold or by-pass tracked shutters.

If you’d like more information on finding the best interior window shutters for large windows in your home, simply contact Diamond Shutters today on 020 83022447.

Help Your Children Sleep With Window Shutters

What’s one of the first things you do after tucking your child into bed? Would we be right in saying you switch on their night light? It’s not uncommon. In fact, a huge amount of parents all around the world put a night light on in their child’s room. 

Would you be surprised however if we told you that the night light you switch on in order to make your child feel more comfortable could actually be inhibiting their sleep and contributing to tiredness the next day?

The True Effects Of Night Lights

Whether you use a night light, a light show or a simple glow from your baby monitor, they could all have devastating effects on the sleep your child enjoys. It’s all down to the wavelengths of the light they find themselves staring at. 

White and blue based lights, no matter how dim will stop what’s known as the secretion of sleep hormone melatonin at night. We need this melatonin to tell the body it’s time to sleep. Without it, the brain simply will not switch off and it all works thanks to mother nature herself.

Melatonin is released into the brain thanks to light sensitivity in the eyes. Much like our eyes registering daylight, triggering the brain to release cortisol, making us more alert. It does the same at night time, registering the absence of light which sends another message to our brain, telling it to secret melatonin to help us sleep. 

With artificial lighting however, especially when we’re trying to go to sleep, these natural responses our bodies should be making can become interrupted.

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How Window Shutters Can Help

Melatonin isn’t just needed to help your child sleep, it’s also needed to help them sleep for longer, throughout the night too. While we understand that simply taking away that all important night light isn’t always possible, ensuring as much darkness within the room itself however, is. That’s where windows shutters come in.

Here at Diamond Shutters, we know only too well that window shutters can be incredibly beneficial in helping to keep rooms dark and minimising the light that can interrupt sleeping. Here are just two of the ways that your bespoke interior shutters could benefit your child:

  • Perfect Fit – as they’re made-to-measure, you’ll find them the best possible fit. This means that not only will they function well when opening and closing but they’ll provide a perfect seal around the window frame too. This means minimal light going in around the shutters.
  • Flexibility – with slats that can be opened and closed (depending on the style of window shutter you go for) you can enjoy maximum light during the day and almost complete black out during the night.
  • Thickness Of Window Shutters – unlike blinds and curtains which can often let a ‘glow’ of light in, window shutters are thicker and usually made from a material that prevents any light from penetrating through allowing for complete darkness.

Whether you’d like to remove your child’s night light entirely or simply help keep their room as dark as possible alongside their favourite baby monitor glow, contact us today for more information on 020 83022447.

Georgian Window Shutters – A Brief History

Georgian window shutters are most commonly associated with Georgian style houses. Internal shutters would fold back in to form a ‘window reveal’.

These were most commonly used throughout the 18th century through until the 1840’s. In the 18th century, the fielded panel with plain recessed panels were quite common however, in the early 19th century, these were changed up for flush panels.

If you’re lucky enough to possess original Georgian window shutters, then you can usually tell their date of origin by looking at the hinges.

Decorative hinges in either ‘H’ style or ‘Butterfly’ style would hint toward the late 17th century and early 18th century. Plain ‘H’ or rectangular hinges however, would hint toward a later origin.

While some shutters were split horizontally, allowing the bottom half of the shutter to be closed for privacy, others were split vertically – as we know today.

Regardless of how they were split, decorative holes were sometimes pierced into the shutters, in the shape of hearts, ovals or even circles to still allow a little light into the room even when the Georgian shutters were fully closed. This trend however, petered out, leaving plain leaves to reign supreme.

The Benefits Of Georgian Window Shutters

There are numerous benefits to Georgian or solid panel window shutters. Some obvious, some not so. To give you a better idea, we’ve listed them below:

Privacy – stop prying eyes and nosey neighbours from peering in through you windows with solid window shutters. When they’re closed, nothing can be seen through your windows at all.

Heat Insulation – most of the heat from our homes is lost through the roof and through our windows. By adding solid or Georgian style window shutters to your windows, you’re adding a much needed layer to your windows to prevent further heat loss. This could lead to you saving a lot of money on your bills in the long run.

Black-Out – like to have your room as dark as possible when sleeping? Then Georgian or solid window shutters are the best possible option. When they’re closed, you can trust that not an ounce of light will venture through your windows. The wooden shutter panels used in these shutters are much thicker than blinds or curtains and will give you the black-out effect better than anything else.

Keep Noise Out – when it comes to keeping noise out, curtains and blinds are pretty much pointless. Solid shutters on the other hand give you that much needed extra barrier between your window and room, helping to keep unwanted noises out as much as possible.

Increased Security – just as window shutters provide added privacy, preventing those prying eyes, they also help add another layer of security, making your windows almost impenetrable. They also act as a great deterrent for burglars too.

If you’d like more information on Georgian window shutters for your home, contact Diamond Shutters today on 020 83022447. Our team will be only too happy to run through your options and show you just what can be done in your home. 

Window Shutters For Your Kitchen

Everyone wants the most beautiful window shutters in their home. With the kitchen being labelled the heart of the home, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular locations for us to fit and install them. Here at Diamond Windows, we install the best quality window shutters in virtually any room in any home and what’s more, we can do the same for you in your kitchen too.

Parties always end up in the kitchen, that goes without saying. The food, the drinks are in the kitchen along with that all-important buzz of excitement so naturally, the party follows. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to ensure you have the best quality window shutters on display to not only help control the light but also help control the noise from the outside in, but also the inside out for when the party really starts to get going.

Window shutters are versatile, flexible and practical, making them the obvious choice for many but how do you know you’re choosing the right company to install window shutters?

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Interior Window Shutters For Your Kitchen – By The Best

Everyone wants the best window shutters in their kitchen and one search on Google will reveal there are a multitude of different companies to choose from.

Finding the right window shutter company can therefore feel like a daunting task but with these tips below, we think you’ll find the process a whole lot easier while also realising the hard work is over because you’ve found us.

  • Look For Experience – when it comes to window shutters, experience is a must. Going with a company that has proven success will give you peace of mind that you’re working with experts. Here at Diamond Windows, we have 25 years experience within the window shutters industry. Over those 25 years we’ve created one of the most experienced teams possible. Not only can we manufacture and install high quality window shutters but we can also provide the customer service you should expect.
  • High-Quality – by using a quality company, you can guarantee quality products. We use the very best materials every step of the way along with strict quality controls throughout the entire process. From start to finish, you can rely on the fact that the shutters you receive from us are second to none.
  • Range Of Products – when it comes to window shutters, there is no one-size-fits-all. Everyone is different in terms of the style they want and the function they want it to carry out. Likewise, each home is different in terms of window space too. Therefore having a range of window shutters to choose from, especially those made bespoke, will ensure you get exactly what it is you’re looking for. Whether it’s shutter style, colour or material, here at Diamond Windows, we’ll create exactly what you want.

Contact Diamond Windows Today

If you’d like to discuss the options for your kitchen windows with us at Diamond Windows, simply contact us today on 020 83022447. From the very first phone call to the very last screw during installation, you can guarantee a high quality service along with the best kitchen window shutters anywhere in the UK.

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.

Can Window Shutters Be Waterproof?

One of the most common questions we’re asked when it comes to window shutters is whether or not they’re waterproof. Whether our clients are having window shutters installed in just one room or throughout their entire property, the bathroom is always a room where most stumble and question their suitability. Window shutters however, happen to be a great choice for many bathrooms.

Not only do they look amazing but they can also provide the ideal hard wearing, practical option that most are looking for. They’re great at what they do, easy to keep clean and depending on the layout and design of your bathroom, are available in a range of materials for you to choose from.

Window Shutters Could Be The Perfect Bathroom Choice

It’s certainly not easy when it comes to choosing a window dressing for a bathroom. Curtains will usually overhang and find themselves becoming damp during steamy showers while traditional wooden blinds can often struggle to withstand the humidity they’re faced with. The same can be said for Venetian blinds too, leading many to wonder just what to put into their bathrooms.

That’s exactly where our window shutters come in. Surprisingly, interior window shutters can often be the perfect solution as not only do they not get in the way of your shower or sink but they can also be wiped clean with ease. That’s before we mention that they’re built to last, providing you with the ultimate long term solution.

Hardwood shutters, when finished in a suitable treatment, can cope with a lot in terms of humidity. If your window shutters will be subjected to a daily shower however, perhaps they’re next to the shower head, then we advise against wood and suggest you look at uPVC window shutters which are designed to provide 100% waterproof protection.

That means whether you intend on a long hot shower or a long hot soak, the steam you create won’t ever cause damage, warp or shrink your shutters.

Window Shutters In The Bathroom Are A Must

Interior window shutters are the perfect choice for practically every room in the house. Here at Diamond Windows, we cater to every client and their individual needs.

From the exact measurements of each and every window to the materials the window shutters are made from and of course, their finished treatments – we consider it our job to ensure you’re not just happy with the finished product but are happy for years to come.

Whether you’re looking for the most waterproof window shutters for your bathrooms and wet-rooms or are simply looking for the most high quality bespoke made window shutters for your entire home, contact us today on 020 83022447. We promise to give you the best advice where and when needed to ensure you purchase the best product for its intended use. With Diamond Windows, you can’t go wrong.

Are Window Shutters Warmer Than Curtains?

It’s one of the most common questions we find ourselves being asked here at Diamond Window Shutters; are window shutters warmer than curtains? While this question is indeed a lot more common during the winter months, it’s worth remembering that here in the UK, it doesn’t matter what month we’re in; it’s all too easy for good old blighty to throw us into the midst of a cold spell – even in August.

Save Money On Heating Bills

With that in mind, ensuring you have the warmest solutions possible is imperative in your home, not just for your own comfort but for the wellbeing of your wallet too because let’s face it, no one likes huge heating bills hitting them after a cold few months.

Window Shutters And Curtains; Which Is Better?

When it comes to deciding between window shutters and curtains, it pays to consider every aspect, from insulation itself to flexibility, effectiveness and of course, blocking out the sun during the warmer months too. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both.

Plantation Shutters

Options such as plantation shutters offer homeowners complete flexibility as they help keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This is down to the structure of the interior shutters stopping the heat from escaping through the windows, acting rather like a barrier.

Keeping Your Home Warm

This helps stop the cold air outside from entering the home, much like in the summer months, preventing hotter air from entering the home too.

Shutters are generally made from a much thicker material too, when compared with curtain, which means they’ll also contribute to retaining the temperature inside of your home.

This will naturally save on energy bills. Wooden shutters specifically are known as thermally dynamic.

This means they reflect the majority of the cold air outside before it reaches your interiors.

The Disadvantages Of Curtains

Curtains, while not made from as dense a material, can offer a great amount of flexibility in that they can offer you more or less insulation, depending on what you’re looking for.

While sheer and net materials won’t aid in insulating your home, a good black out curtain will contribute somewhat.

The only downside being that your home instantly becomes a lot darker – great for cosy nights, not so great for summer days.

Whether a curtain can help reduce heat loss in the home as much as wooden shutters can (up to 51% reduction) remain to be seen however.

Although they are indeed a very popular choice, in order for curtains to be efficient at keeping your home warm, they need to be closed fully. This not only darkens your home immediately, but also completely obscures the view outside.

Window Shutters Are The Warmer Choice

Without a doubt, window shutters aren’t just the warmer choice; they’re also the easier choice to live with, allowing you the flexibility of opening louvers as and when you see fit while still providing a certain amount of insulation.

Compare this to curtains, which need to be blackout and fully closed in order to provide a real difference.

While curtains do and always will have their place, if you’re looking for true added insulation in your home, enough to make a difference to your monthly heating bills, we suggest you take a look at the array of window shutters we have available here at Diamond Window Shutters. Contact us today on 020 83022447.

What To Look For When Buying Window Shutters

There’s no doubt around the fact that adding window shutters into your home is the best way to add style and elegance in a practical and functional form.

Buying interior windows shutters however, especially if you’ve never done it before, can be a little daunting.

Not only are you buying an interior feature that will be made to the exact size of your window measurements, but there are so many different forms of window shutter to choose from. How do you know which one is right for you?

Window Shutters; What To Consider

To help you on your journey and make the process of buying your window shutters as easy as possible, we’ve listed a few considerations, as well as things to look for when buying window shutters.

Buy From A Reputable Company

It’s imperative that you buy from a reputable company such as ourselves here at Diamond Window Shutters.

All too often, people find a tradesman from Facebook or Instagram and thanks to a few pictures, hire them to create an incredibly important feature within their home, only to find themselves left with substandard finished items.

Instead of doing this, look for companies who know their stuff and can prove their expertise with past and present work. Do not be afraid to ask for evidence of previous work and consider whether they have a long-standing reputation.

It’s also worth inquiring as to whether said company can offer the full package?

Will they come to measure up and manufacture the window shutters themselves like our team at Diamond Window Shutters HQ or will they outsource the manufacturing based on their measurements?

Consider all these aspects and you can rest assured your investment will be a worthy one.

Always Buy The Best You Can With Your Budget

While we’d all love to spend less than what we originally planned, giving us a few pennies to put toward another cost that will inevitably arise, it’s not always the best decision.

When it comes to window shutters, it’s always advised you buy the best your budget will allow.

Cheap shutters can find themselves looking tired and worn very quickly and can end up costing you a lot more in the long run. The lesson here – simply buy the best quality possible the first time round.

Consider The Area You’re Buying For

If you have your heart set on window shutters for the bathroom, wooden shutters won’t be a great fit. It’s therefore a good idea to consider the area you’re buying for first. Is the area humid?

Do you want a certain amount of privacy from the nearby pavement or do you want it open as much as possible at the back of your house?

Look at where the window shutters will be going and work with the company you’re buying your shutters from.

They’ll be the best people to help you make the right decision about materials and style in particular rooms and window shapes.

Choose Made-To-Measure

While pre-made shutters can be a fantastic addition to many homes, if possible, we highly suggest you purchase made-to-measure window shutters.

Not only will they look better but there functionality won’t be compromised through a poor fit, leaving you with undoubtedly longer lasting window shutters.

Consider Your Style Of Window Shutter

Window shutters come in a whole host of different styles.

Here at Diamond Window Shutters we offer Full Height, Tier-On-Tier, Café Style, Tracked, Solid, Wooden and even Special Shapes to suit almost any window frame.

Deciding on the style you like the look of is easy but deciding on the best style for your home’s interior as well as your desired function is a little more difficult.

Luckily, our team have the experience and knowledge to help you choose the best style for you.

They’ll listen to what it is you’re looking for in terms of interior design and best advise on the window shutters that will suit your desired functionality, whether that’s privacy, warmth, light or all of the above.

Contact Us Today

If you’d like more information on window shutters, or the process involved, simply contact our team today, on 020 83022447.

Do Window Shutters Help You Save Money On Bills?

If previous years are anything to go by, winters only look set to get colder each year. As a result, homeowners are naturally looking for new ways to reduce heat loss within the home while at the same time take control of escalating heating bills.

Luckily for such homeowners however, shutters are proving to be one such way to help improve your homes energy efficiency, so much so that homes with window shutters installed even boast a much better energy efficiency report when being sold.

Recent statistics have shown that shutters can have a huge impact on the home, helping reduce heat loss through windows by over 50%. If that isn’t an effective way to reduce heating bills, we’re not sure what is. That means your window shutters won’t just look great, but they’ll help keep your home even more energy efficient and save you money in the long run. That sounds like an investment you can’t afford to miss.

Windows Shutters: An Energy Efficient Addition To Your Home

If you’re looking for ways to conserve energy, then our Diamond Shutters could be just the ticket. Window dressings such as these not only help reduce heat loss in winter, by keeping the heat within the home, but they also help reduce heat gain in the summer too, reducing the need for air conditioning. Solid window shutters are fantastic insulators, being able to trap cold air between the shutter itself and your window, providing an extra layer of insulation.

According to the government agency energy.gov, around 30% of the homes heat is lost through its windows. Adding this particular window dressing to your home would therefore aid in reducing that 30% loss. The exact amount would of course depend greatly on the type of shutter installed, the season and of course, how you use your shutters.

Window Shutters Prevent Heat Loss

When your window shutter panels and louvres are set to closed, they can help reduce heat loss by more than 50%. Add in secondary glazing and you’re looking at a heat loss reduction of nearer 60%.

Combine curtains on top and you get the picture – the picture’s warm. While heat loss from windows can be complex, adding in additional layers of insulation needn’t be and with our range of wooden window shutters, you can add in a stylish addition too.

Blocking out those money draining draughts won’t just leave yourself feeling more comfortable, it’ll leave your wallet feeling noticeably more comfortable too. Winter heating bills will be reduced thanks to this far more effective solution than curtains and blinds alone.

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Today

If you’d like more information on shutters available, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Rest assured we’ll do our utmost to get back to you as promptly as possible to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible this winter. Call 020 8302 2447 now or use the contact form on our website.

Do Window Shutters Help With Home Security?

Wooden shutters have become a must-have for all homes now. They provide a modern alternative to regular blinds and look great at the same time. Looking fantastically functional isn’t their only benefit however, as more and more people now choose to install window shutters in a bid to help with home security.

In fact, they aren’t just a little beneficial, they’re absolutely ideal if you’re looking to ensure added privacy and enhance your home security further, while still being able to filter the light and air into your home as you please.

Whether you live above, below or directly on street level, you’ll no doubt at some point wish you had a little added privacy from passers-by on pavement to window cleaners and even the neighbours dog. This need for privacy is naturally extended to help prevent prying eyes who may have their sights set on your property for other reasons.

Window Shutters: Every Home Needs Them

You may be surprised to learn that window shutters, from full height window shutters to wooden, tracked and even tier on tier window shutters can all help in your bid to add an extra layer of security to your home. Don’t believe us?

Allow us to explain with this break down of security style benefits you could expect when you have any one of our window shutters installed in your home.

  • Durability – all of our window shutters are not only durable but hard wearing. This means that no matter how often you tinker with the slats to adjust the light, they’ll remain strong and steadfast in place for years to come. This added layer of material against a double or triple glazed window for instance will be more than off putting for those looking at ways of entry that don’t involve your front door and a key. With quality craftsmanship and a first-class finish and installation, you can rest assured they’ll remain steadfast and strong, adding to your home security at what may otherwise prove to be a weak point in the home.
  • Keep Prying Eyes Out – statistics show that those breaking and entering will do so after having inspected the property via the windows, taking note of what’s on show and what’s available. Without the opportunity to see what’s on offer inside, many choose to walk away and instead target another property that showcases their belongings in an easier fashion. Adjustable louvres not only give you total control over the light entering your property but also help keep prying eyes out of your home.

Contact Diamond Shutters Today

While more traditional home deterrents may often be unsightly, you can rely on our window shutters to provide you with some of the most elegant security out there. If you’d like more information on our range of window shutters here at Diamond Shutters, simply contact us today on 020 8302 2447.

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.

A quick history of window shutters

Thousands of years ago, early humans decided to move out of the jungles and into the caves. Pretty soon they discovered that, as the sun began to set, it was just a little bit too bright. Grabbing a nearby rock to plug the entrance to the cave, an unknown cave dweller inadvertently became the inventor of the world’s very first “window shutter”. Or so the legend goes.

Since that moment, the window shutter has spread around the world, gaining popularity as a fantastically practical and stylish way to control the light, air, temperature, and mood in a home. Were you to walk the cobbled streets of any historic town you’d likely see a whole range of shutters displayed in the windows above. Not only would they all look different, but each of them would work differently too – a reflection of the period in which they were made.

This very brief history of window shutters will demonstrate how these simple and effective staples of modern interior design weren’t simply perfected over night. Window shutters have enjoyed a long and chequered past, and w see it as a testament to their brilliance that they’ve managed to stick around for so long. If you’re drawn to window shutters because of their traditional appeal, you owe it to yourself to understand where this appeal comes from.

Popularising the traditional window shutter

Oddly the first wooden shutters (as we now know them) came before glass windows. Popularised during the Tudor period, long before the popularity of glass windows, shutters were originally made of thick wooden boards and covered a large rectangular hole in the wall – essentially serving the same purpose that glass panes serve today. Not only did this block out light and ward off the chilly English winter, it also prevented thieves entering by locking together with a large iron bar. When glass finally came along it was still deemed an expensive luxury. Therefore, instead of fully fitting their windows, most people had a half-glass, half-shutter arrangement. This was the basis for the more contemporary café style shutters seen today.

Moving towards a decorative aspect

As time progressed, the shutter moved beyond strictly functional purposes. After the 16th century, it was not uncommon to find ornamental woodwork – such as mouldings and shutters – established as the main decorative pieces of smaller homes. During the Victorian period, the walls of houses were no longer required to be as thick due to the development of wood and red brick as building materials. With thinner walls came thinner recesses in which windows sat, therefore enabling shutters to be moved from an internal position to an external one.

Adopting shutters globally

As the Americas became colonised, window shutters became increasingly popular with the owners of larger homes and mansions. Viewed almost a status symbol among higher classes, these shutters boasted characteristic louvers which were much wider than their predecessors, and were typically painted white to reflect the hot sun near the equator.

Moving further into the new world, buildings found in the states that constitute “New England” (i.e. Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine) widely began using shutters based on an English aesthetic. These evolved to reflect their surroundings, displaying narrower louvers than before. Visit a traditional café in Maine and it’s likely that you’ll see traditional wooden half shutters – a throwback to their early ancestors.

Embracing modernity

Nowadays, the range of window shutters has expanded enormously. They are now available in a range of modern forms and bespoke styles, with the ability to fit into virtually any space (regardless of the shape and size of a window. The reason they’ve never gone out of style is simple: installing shutters in your home effortlessly makes your windows look and feel fantastic. The original designers of Tudor homes knew this, the colonial leaders of the old world knew this, and modern homeowners know it too. It’s said that nobody can read the future, but one thing’s for sure – window shutters are here to stay for a while yet!

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