Can Window Shutters Be Painted?

We’re living in an age of ‘do it yourself’ and let’s not forget a good old ‘hinch’, which leads many people to do what’s known as ‘up cycle’. Whether it’s sanding down and repainting cupboard doors or repurposing lorry tyres into sandpits for the kids, there’s something that we can all sink our teeth into.

As a nation, there’s only one thing we love more than a bargain and that’s a bargain addition to our home that we’ve made with our own hands. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that we have a regular onslaught of questions from clients past and present asking, “Can window shutters be painted?”

Painting Window Shutters: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

If we were to tell you no, window shutters could not be painted, we’d be lying. Many choose to paint their window shutters when they’re looking to update their current interior. Whether they’re looking for a new colour or to simply update their current interior décor, the reason behind doing so is irrelevant. The question we advise clients ask themselves is whether or not they actually know how to do the job properly?

Yes, there are numerous people out there who are able to remove their window shutters from their windows, sand them down and subsequently paint them with ease. Those who are able to do a quality job of this however, are few and far between. The consequences of doing a poor job of this however, are not a good position to be in.

Let’s face it, window shutters are a cheap and cheerful addition to the home. They’re an investment; one that does cost money and in many cases can contribute to the overall value of your home. By performing a second rate job when it comes to painting them, you’ll not only cheapen the window shutters themselves but you could inadvertently reduce the value of your home as a result.

Still not convinced that painting your window shutters isn’t the best idea? Then take a look at this run down of just some of the considerations to make before picking up your paint brush:

  • Unprofessional Job – now we don’t like to doubt your DIY skills but when it comes to repainting your window shutters, it takes a little more than dipping your brush in your favourite tin of paint and splashing it on. You first need to carefully remove them from their current position, be it on a tracked system or screwed into your current walls. They then need to be sanded down, primed and repainted before being placed back into position. It takes experts to manufacture and fit them. While someone with a little knowledge could do the job, you need to ask yourself whether they could do the job to the same standard as one of our team?
  • Could Cost You More In The Long Run – should things go wrong, you could find yourself paying for them to be replaced altogether by ourselves which in the long run, will cost you a lot more than the money you initially tried to save.
  • Takes A Lot Of Time – repainting window shutters isn’t a job that can be done in a single afternoon. It takes several days to sand down, prime and repaint – especially if you intend on doing a proper job of it. Many people underestimate this.
  • Potential To Ruin Their Current Fit – your made to measure window shutters are built to your exact dimension. Take them down and sand them down and you may find you sand them down a little too much, ruining the exact fit you once had.
  • Leave Home Open For Inspection – for many, the whole point of window shutters is to provide their home with privacy and added security. Remove them and you leave your home open for inspection from unscrupulous characters.

Contact Us Today For Quality Window Shutters In An Array Of Colours

While repainting window shutters yourselves isn’t impossible, it is a tough task to carry out correctly. Here at Diamond Shutters however, we have an incredible team who’ll not only create your perfect set of shutters but they’ll do so an in array of colours too.

No matter what style you’re looking for, we can accommodate virtually any colour request with ease. For more information, contact us today on 020 8302 2447.

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.

Choosing the right louvers

The function and appearance of window shutters is determined by a number of different factors, with most features of the shutter serving a purpose while adding to the aesthetic of your room. The louvers (sometimes known as slats) make for a major part of the window shutter panel, running horizontally between the stiles on each side of the frame. These have several functions, allowing you to adjust the intake of light and air, regulate the temperature in any room, guarantee privacy from the outside world, all while giving your shutters a neat and smooth look.

Given their importance, those looking to bring shutters into their own space need to decide what they want the louvers to look like and how they want them to work before making a purchase. This process involves considering factors such as the colour, size, and purpose of the louvers, and choosing the louvers that are going to work best for your needs. As you read this article, think about what those needs are and hopefully you can bring your ideas to a professional – then it’s time to sit back and watch your dream shutters come to life!

Choose your size

The size of your louvers will influence not only on their appearance, but there functionality too. Whether they are thick or thin determines the level of light, privacy, ventilation, and insulation that your space enjoys. Likewise, larger louvers ensure a less restricted view when opened, whereas smaller ones may obstruct your eye-line when looking outside (for better or for worse). Please note that when we refer to the ‘size’ of your louvers, we are talking about their width; their length will vary depending on the measurements of the frame and shutter panel.

Let’s now take a look at the different size of louvers on offer and the unique qualities of each. Just remember, there are no hard and fast rules as to which you should choose as it always comes down to a combination of personal taste and practical needs.

47mm

This is often the smallest available width for your louvers. Since these louvers are so narrow, your shutter will require more of them in order to fill the frame. As such, with louvers of this size, expect maximum levels of privacy and restricted levels of light – great for street-facing windows, bathroom windows, and windows that receive too much sunlight light at certain times of the day.

63mm

These louvers are popular due to their flexibility. They still give you some privacy when opened, but they let in far more light than the smallest available louvers. Not too big, not too small, 63mm louvers tend to be compatible with shutters of any size and shape in terms of aesthetics – that’s what makes them a go-to choice for many of our customers!

76mm

If you’re looking for a middle-ground between standard louvers and more adventurous louvers, 76mm louvers may be your safest bet. Simply put, they have all the benefits of 63mm louvers, only with a subtle aesthetic difference. Perhaps your window just calls for slightly wider louvers, or perhaps you’d prefer wider gaps so that you can appreciate a well-kept garden.

89mm

Louvers of this size are decidedly bigger than average. They allow more light into your space, while still offering privacy (when slightly tilted). There is also a major difference in appearance, one that you cannot achieve with smaller louvers. They give your window more room to breathe: drawing the eye beyond the shutters, accentuating certain design features such as lead-lights, and perhaps opening up a picturesque view.

114mm

For most manufacturers and suppliers in the industry, 114mm is as wide as louvers come. Although these offer the least privacy when opened, they also bring in the most amount of light; indeed, tilting louvers of this size often has a similar effect to opening the shutter panel itself. Given these effects, 114mm louvers are often best suited to dark rooms, big and tall windows, and interiors with a sense of drama to the design.

Choose your look

Think about the size and shape of the shutters you want when choosing the right louvers. Smaller designs look best with fewer louvers as this prevents them from looking too cluttered, and the size of the louvers should be kept in proportion with the overall size of the shutter (simply ask your shutter specialists which size of louver would look best for your chosen frame). Indeed, anyone who favours a minimalist look should keep the number of louvers to a minimum, because fewer louvers means fewer lines, and too many lines are the death of the minimalist. Keep it clean and smooth by using larger louvers that make your shutters look far less busy.

With larger window styles – such as bay windows, floor to ceiling windows, and french doors – the end result often looks more appealing when the window shutters have wide louvers. Why? Because small louvers on large shutters can make the panel look cluttered and unmeasured, with simply too much going on. Moreover, they don’t seem practical for windows of this size, which are usually built to fill a space with light: small louvers would limit this great light source, reducing huge pools of light down to narrow strips.

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.

Do window shutters reduce noise?

Every house comes with its small annoyances. From bath tubs that are just a little bit too small, to cold draughts running through each room, to bedrooms with a distinct lack of storage space. But one problem that many homeowners encounter – especially those who live in busy cities – is loud noise coming from outside their home. Those with houses on or near a main road will know all too well the irritating sound of passing cars that runs all through the night. Likewise, people who live in commercial centres and shopping districts may have to deal with the commotion of passing shoppers in the day and noisy revellers through the night.

How should you go about eliminating this source of annoyance? If you haven’t already, upgrading your window panes to double or triple glazing has the benefit of reducing noisiness as well as insulating your home better. But loud noise isn’t just a symptom of thinner windows – there are many solutions offered up by the world of window coverings too. Unfortunately, curtains and blinds are not the best for blocking out noises from outside as they are often too light-weight and loose-fitting to form an adequate barrier. As a result of these problems, customers often come to Diamond Shutters seeking a better solution to their noise issues, asking us the fundamental question: do window shutters reduce noise?

In this post, we’ll be answering this question with a resounding “yes” by outlining exactly how window shutters reduce noise in the home and exploring some other benefits too.

Say no to noise

By installing window shutters in your home you can expect to experience less noise coming in, especially if you fit them to your street-level windows. No more noisy neighbours, passing traffic, or loud music will be invading your space and compromising your peace and quiet. Indeed, shutters are known to have great soundproofing qualities. With thick and durable louvers, materials that reflect and absorb noise, and frames that form a tight seal against your window, shutters will significantly reduce the overall noise levels in your home.

Compare this to other window coverings such as curtains and blinds. Blinds are lightweight, often made up of thin and flimsy materials that are incapable of blocking out as much noise. Curtains may be slightly thicker, but they leave large gaps on all sides of your window frame, thus allowing unwanted noises to pass through. A quality pair of window shutters, however, leaves much less room for noise to seep into your home. And they’re incredibly versatile too: adjustable louvers allow you to let in a small amount of light or air without introducing unwanted noises into your home and ruining your sense of serenity. It truly is the best of both!

Which shutters are best for reducing noise?

So which window shutters should you buy if your main priority is to eliminate unwanted noises? Ultimately, since all shutters are made from thick materials and can be fully sealed by louvers, each type will help reduce noise to some extent. Nevertheless, there are some styles which are perhaps better suited to houses surrounded by irritating noises. Consider using solid shutters, which are comprised of solid wooden panels and leave no room for noise to enter your home. Historically, these shutters were used in Victorian homes specifically to block out outside noise, as well as to deter burglars and insulate the home in times when window panes were thinner. Those looking for window shutters that block out noise while offering more flexibility might prefer full height shutters, which allows more control over light and privacy with the addition of louvers.

The only window shutters that we would not recommend for homes with noise problems are café style shutters. These shutters leave the top of your windows exposed so that you can enjoy good lighting and privacy at the same time, although this may have the unfortunate side effect of letting in more noise than desired. But there is an alternative for those who want a similar style: tier on tier shutters incorporate two separate shutters on top of one another in a single frame, allowing you to open up one half while keeping the other closed. Just like café style shutters, they give you the flexibility to control light and privacy, only with the added option to close the upper half of your shutters when it gets too noisy outside.

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.

How much do window shutters cost?

Shutters are an appealing design feature to many homeowners looking to refresh their windows, bringing a sense of elegance to any space. Made to measure window shutters come in a range of different shapes and sizes, a wide spectrum of colours, and in a selection of continental and colonial styles. However, some prospective buyers are hesitant to put down money on window shutters because they are under the impression they will break the bank. Which begs the question: how much do window shutters cost? Does a new set of shutters really come with that hefty a price tag?

What determines the cost?

Like any kind of interior design project or refurbishment, the price of window shutters depends on a number of different factors. That is to say, different suppliers will charge different prices, shutters of different sizes and styles come with different price tags (MDF is cheaper than wood, for instance), and the time and effort required to manually install your shutters also affects cost. As such, customers must contact individual companies with their requirements and preferences in order to get quotes for the total cost of both the product and its installation.

Exactly how much window shutters will cost, therefore, is difficult to say without generalising. For reference, just know that the cost of buying and installing a single MDF shutter on a simple double hung window will be very different to the costs involved in fitting a series of premium wooden shutters to a large bay window. At Diamond Shutters, we always guide our customers from their initial requests, through the process of choosing and measuring their window shutters, to installing them perfectly in their homes. Sure, it might appear to be quite a lot of work at first. But given the bespoke quality of the final product and the personalised process leading up to it, most customers end up having no regrets – and that’s in terms of both designs and costs!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a ballpark figure (although you’re better off just asking for a quote!), expect to be paying somewhere in the region of £250 – £350 per square metre of shutter (including VAT and fitting costs).

0% finance

Here at Diamond Shutters, we have some good news for those looking to buy some beautiful window shutters on a budget – or perhaps those who love a good bargain when they see one! As well as having over 25 years of experience in the business, a wide range of shutters on offer, and a great team of reliable experts who take pride in their work, we also offer 0% finance on all of the window shutters we sell. This allows you to pay for your shutters in 6 or 12 month installments without spending a penny on interest. By completing registering your purchase on the Duologi  portal through our website and paying a 25% deposit, you can spread out the cost of your brand new shutters and easily apply for our 0% finance deal. It’s the best way to get your dream shutters measured and fitted with no fuss and amazing service to boot.

If you have any questions about our financing, or if you’re sold on the idea of introducing some gorgeous new shutters into your home, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team.

Choosing the right colour for window shutters

Pinning down the right colour for your window shutters can be a big decision in terms of design, especially given the influence shutters have on your interior as a whole. Shutters define a space (whether a living room or a bathroom), so it is of utmost importance that you get it right. However, this will take a lot of planning, a hint of inspiration, and some advice from the experts. As a company who lives and breathes window shutters, we consider ourselves those experts, so in this post we are going to advise you on how to pick shutter colours for your home.

All in all, this process requires thinking about which colours are most often used for shutters, which elements of your interior you’d like to complement, and how best to keep up with the design and decor that defines the rest of your interior. Let’s start with an important question…

Which colours are popular with shutters?

Each type of shutter comes with its own selection of colours, and as such certain colours are more popular with certain kinds of shutter. For instance, Phoenix shutters are often paired with light shades of brown while Boston shutters are primarily seen in a selection of white tones. Practically speaking, if you would prefer to go for a ‘safe’ colour with your shutters, take a look through our gallery to get an idea of the colours previously used by our customers. All in all, white and wooden tones are the most popular choice of shutter colours, not least because such colours are incredibly versatile, more likely to blend into any interior regardless of colour palette.

But you don’t have to go with neutral tones simply because they are more popular with the average consumer. The range of shutters available on the market today is more diverse than most think – there are colours for all interiors, all palettes, and all personal tastes. So why not make a statement out of your shutters and pick a more bold and standout colour instead? Those looking to strike a contrast with their shutters and make them stand out against their interior should look toward those bolder colours (e.g. cherry reds, black walnuts, golden oaks). Dark-coloured shutters are less common than whites and browns but they can certainly pack a punch when contrasted with minimal interiors, and they fit like a glove into more urban homes. Bold and brazen colours not your thing? Try staining wooden shutters with a soft finish to accentuate the natural qualities of the grain and bring an element of authenticity to your space.

How to pick shutter colours that work

The shutter colours you choose often comes down to two things: your personal taste and the room itself. Just as every person has different preferences when it comes to their interiors, every room demands a different set of colours, textures, and patterns. The main question is: do you want your shutters to blend in with such features or stand out against them and work as a kind of statement piece? The versatility of shutters gives them room to fit both of these purposes, with the ability either merge or contrast with almost any interior. Just make sure you choose the colour that works best for your desired look. Alongside the form and material of your shutters, their colour and finish determines the prominence they have within your space.

More than any other feature, your walls establish the overall colour scheme within your interior. As such, the exact colour of your window shutters is largely dependent on the palette set out by the tones and shades that make up the walls surrounding your windows. With kitchen shutters, consider the colour of your units, countertops, island, and floor before settling on a colour. Likewise, the colour palettes in dining rooms and living rooms are often set out by furnishings, flooring, and decorations. In the bathroom, look toward the colour of the sink, the bath, the tile. Whatever space you are dealing with, you should figure out the overarching colour scheme before deciding which colour your window shutters will be and how they will function in the room – you just need to look in the right places to work it out!

The style of interior you’re dealing with is also an important factor when picking shutter colours. For instance, modern interiors usually look best when they feature a coherent palette of whites paired with clean lines and smooth textures. As such, contemporary shutters are often comprised of glossier materials like MDF or LVL, which can help foster a perfectly minimal palette when topped off with a white or beige coat. However, these modern and sleek colours can sometimes clash with the warm shades of brown that usually make up traditional interiors. Such designs are best served by shutters which come available in more ‘classic’ colours like wooden browns, elegant greens, or perhaps subtle shades of blue.

Can you paint your shutters?

Generally speaking, we do not recommend that you paint your window shutters. Why is that? Because it’s a job only for professionals (quite often, a job for machines) that most people will not have the necessary skills and experience to complete. Unless you’re like Da Vinci with a brush or like Banksy with a spray can, you will likely find it very difficult to apply an even finish of paint to shutters as they are very picky and complex in shape. Furthermore, paint can seep into the mechanism and stick very quickly (e.g. in between the louvers and the frame), so painting your shutters on a DIY basis has the potential compromise the functionality of your shutters.

But this should not pose any problems for those who know which shutter colours they prefer. Shutters come in a wide range of custom colours, more than enough to suit your personal taste, so the only problem you may encounter when getting the right colour is being spoilt for choice! For instance, here at Diamond Shutters we have a spectrum of wood finishes from golden oak to black walnut. In addition, we have a vibrant selection of paint tones encompassing every shade of white imaginable (for all you clean-cut minimalists out there). So get browsing, because whatever colour you end up choosing we are bound to stock an exact match!

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. We’ll even guide you through the process of how to pick shutter colours that are perfect for your home and personal tastes!

Do window shutters block out light?

At Diamond Shutters, we consider interior shutters to be one of the best and most versatile window coverings available. They’re modern, attractive and created to fit the needs of customers, no matter the style of their homes. Despite this, one of the questions most frequently asked by prospective buyers is: do window shutters block out light?. It’s understandable as to why people might think that shutters will let light in. There are small gaps between the louvers of shutters that many people assume will allow a lot of light to pass through.

When asked if our window shutters will block out the light, and how much light can be blocked, the answer often varies. However, as a general rule of thumb, shutters will block a substantial amount of outside light from coming into a room.

Will they block out light?

First things first, it’s important to remember that it’s almost impossible to completely block out all light unless your room has no windows or doors. With that said, despite the slight gaps between the louvers of our shutters, they actually provide better blackout capability than the majority of Venetian blinds and lightweight curtains.

When fully closed, window shutters block out a surprisingly large amount of light. This is especially true for shutters with larger louvers. A shutter with larger slats can be used to flood a room with light when opened in the day, while also preventing most light from getting in when closed. As there are fewer slats in a shutter with large louvers, there are fewer gaps through which light can travel. However, if choosing shutters with thinner louvers, there is more space for light to travel in, reducing the blackout capability of the shutters.

Unlike blinds or curtains, shutters are built into a frame that is designed to fit and be sealed into your window frame. As such, there are no edges around the outside of the shutter itself that light could penetrate. With shutters, the only gaps to allow light into the room are those between the individual louvers. Therefore, they are an ideal option for those looking to limit the amount of light able to access a room, without investing in a more unattractive blackout blind.

For total darkness

You may require absolute darkness in a room during the day, but do window shutters block out light enough to meet your requirements? For shift workers and those with babies, interior shutters are still able to fit to your needs. For absolute darkness with shutters, we recommend incorporating a blackout blind into your window set up. Having a blind between the window and your shutters can help to make sure that the room gets as little light as possible. A combination of blinds and shutters will give you about as much blackout as you can get.

If you’re planning on combining a blind with your shutters, consider opting for white shutters. When made for the purpose of blocking out light, darker shutters can cause the room to feel smaller and gloomier than it actually is. This is especially true if you already have darker walls, flooring and furniture present.

Conclusion

Ultimately, despite a fairly common belief to the contrary, interior shutters do have the ability to block out light. When compared with many curtains or Venetian blinds, our shutters are actually the better option for decreasing the amount of light coming into a room. However, for a more substantial blackout effect, you could consider adding a blind or heavy curtain to your window for that excess light prevention.

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!

Visible tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod

There are several factors to consider when incorporating new window shutters into your home. As well as deciding which type of shutter suits your home best, as well as the colour of your shutters and the size of the louvers, you must also decide whether or not you would like the tilt rod to be visible. But what is the difference between visible tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod? Is one of them more functional than the other? And which looks better from an aesthetic point of view?

Our customers often have questions along these lines, and we’d like to set the record straight. Of course, there are no right or wrong answers here as it comes down to personal preference, but we hope the following considerations will get you thinking about what you want from your new shutters before you make any purchases. In this post, we shall weigh up the pros and cons of both types of tilt rod, hopefully helping you settle the visible tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod debate.

Visible tilt rod

Pros:

  • Since classic shutters throughout history usually had the tilt rod on show, a visible tilt rod may suit the needs of those looking to introduce a more traditional feel to their home.
  • Not just restricted to the centre of your shutters, visible tilt rods can also be positioned to the left or right (next to the stiles). This opens your shutters up to a variety of different looks and feels should you dislike the centred tilt rod.
  • As they are right there in the middle of your shutters, visible tilt rods are easy to access and intuitive to use. Hidden tilt rods may confuse those guests or family members who aren’t used to the disguised mechanism.

Cons:

  • Visible tilt rods can make some shutters look too ‘busy’, especially when dressing a window that already has lots of ornamentation (e.g. leaded windows, grilled windows).
  • Since the visible tilt rod is such a conspicuous feature of window shutters, they can be tempting for young children to mess around with – this could lead to damage over time.

Hidden tilt rod

Pros:

  • Hidden tilt rods have fully functioning mechanisms disguised within the stiles of your shutters which allows them to open and close without any trouble (usually by rolling the tilt rod with the palm of your hand or physically moving the individual louvers).
  • Many think that shutters look alot more streamlined without a tilt rod cutting through the middle of the louvers, which makes the hidden tilt rod perfect for those minimalists looking to achieve a lack of excess and ornamentation throughout their interior.
  • The hidden tilt rod can prevent excessive lines from dividing the form of your shutters, especially when coupled with full height shutters and wide louvers.

Cons:

  • Since hidden tilt rods were not around when shutters came into fashion across Europe, the absence of a visible tilt rod may not be ideal for those who prefer more traditional designs and already have traditional decor in their home.
  • For many suppliers, the hidden tilt rod will come at an extra cost compared to the standard visible tilt rods that come with most shutters.

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

The many shapes and sizes of window shutters

One of the main benefits of window shutters for many of our customers is their versatility, especially when compared to other window treatments such as curtains and blinds. Not only can the design of shutters suit a range of different interiors, they can also fit window frames of any shape and size, no matter how awkward they may seem. Arched windows? Circular windows? Large french doors? No problem. If you have a window with a unique design that has always been left without any decoration, we are able to craft some bespoke special shaped shutters that fit your window beautifully. In order for you to understand this versatility, here we will detail the many shapes and sizes of window shutters available on the market.

Arched shutters

Arched windows are among the more common geometric designs seen in home interiors, usually forming a separate panel above larger window or crown doorways as with certain transom windows. Such windows can be fitted with complementary arched shutters which can add an extra degree of interest to this stand-out design feature. Window shutters can be designed to fit many different types of arches, from the individual semi-circles seen atop regular windows to the more complex designs of norman windows.

The louvers can be fitted to create a gorgeous sunburst pattern (with the louvers spreading outward from the centre of the bottom rail) which makes for an eye-catching statement when coupled with some full height shutters. Alternatively, arched shutters can be designed with horizontal louvers that span multiple panels of different shapes – this has the benefit of giving your curved windows a more uniform appearance.

Louver sizes

One of the defining aspects of any window shutter is the size of the louvers (the adjustable slats that span across the width of the frame). Whether the louvers are spindly or thick depends on both the shape of the frame and your own personal tastes – rest assured there is a perfect size for all windows. The width of the louvers is one of the more important variants on your shutters, which usually ranges from 47mm to 114mm depending on the manufacturer.

The width you opt for will not only determine the look of your shutters, but also how much light and privacy they offer to your space. As a general rule, intricate windows require smaller louvers while expansive windows (bay windows and french doors) require larger louvers. Aesthetically speaking, smaller louvers suit more traditional interiors replete with plenty of exciting decorative elements, whereas larger louvers suit modern interiors with a minimalist edge (bigger louvers means fewer lines dividing the room).

Geometric shapes

Shutters can be designed and fitted to suit even the most distinctive shapes in window design. There truly is no shape too outlandish for the versatile designs of window shutters; they can easily accommodate a range of interesting geometric shapes including triangles, circles, hexagons, and trapeziums. Rather than diminishing your privacy and light control by leaving distinctly shaped windows undressed, special shaped shutters give you full control over these features while simultaneously improving the aesthetic of your interior.

For instance, porthole windows often present a problem for blinds and curtains as these dressings do not work with non-rectangular designs. But window shutters can be tailored to circular windows, with louvers shaped to fit the rounded frame like a glove while remaining completely functional. Likewise, since the windows in rooms with sloped roofs (i.e. gable ends) are often triangle or trapezium shaped, they are not compatible with dressings that require level headrails to work. On the other hand, special shaped shutters can fit perfectly into angled window frames while remaining completely functional.

French doors and wider openings

Larger openings can often be difficult to dress effectively without covering the beautiful window design with reams of drapery or dividing the room up with blinds. You can complement the existing design of your french doors and bay windows with some complementary shutters, measured and fitted to your particular requirements. Indeed, shutters are able to highlight the beauty of french doors while still providing adequate light, ventilation, insulation, and privacy. Your shutters can even be crafted in accordance with the specific shape of your french doors, with specially made gaps to ensure they do not cut across the handles.

These larger shutter designs are usually made with full-height panels with large louvers, although some use tier-on-tier shutters or café-style shutters with a mid-rail that separates the doors into two distinct panels. Whichever style you choose, your windows and doors are guaranteed to look special when adorned with bespoke window shutters.

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!

The benefits of interior shutters for kitchen windows

Kitchen windows are typically quite difficult to dress. Most people opt for blinds or forego a window dressing altogether, and curtains are never a good choice in a room filled with various fluids and smells from cooking. Where should you go from here? Perhaps we’re biased, but we think that interior window shutters are the best solution for kitchen windows. They are well suited to the needs and requirements of any kitchen, as well as versatile in their appearance. So in this post, we will take you through the many benefits of using interior shutters for kitchen windows.

Light control

Ambience is an important factor in the kitchen, and shutters can introduce a natural glow into the room without the need for artificial lighting or concentrated task lighting. You can achieve a variety of different light configurations in your kitchen by adjusting your shutters depending on the time of day. Grace the room with delicate shimmers of light in the early morning, flood your room with light during the day, and block out light entirely at night.

No other window dressing allows such thorough levels of control: curtains and blinds must either be opened or closed, and even venetian blinds allow a significant amount of light through when closed. But interior shutters can always guarantee strict control over natural light while still ensuring privacy.

Timeless appearance

A beautiful kitchen is more pleasant to use on a daily basis, more impressive to guests when they come for dinner parties, and more attractive to potential homebuyers should you wish to sell your home in the future. Interior shutters offer a huge variety of patterns and colours to suit all designs, from traditional country kitchens to contemporary urban kitchens. Indeed, special shaped shutters are able to accommodate windows of any shape and size, from triangular windows to circular windows.

Shutters act as a statement piece in the kitchen, especially considering how most kitchen windows are either unaddressed or inadequately served by blinds. Furthermore, you can channel the atmosphere of traditional European restaurants and cafés by installing some café style shutters, giving your kitchen a timeless continental feel.

Ventilation

When there is a lot of cooking taking place, the kitchen can get excessively hot very quickly. This often makes it necessary to open up a window and let in some cool air. Furthermore, air filtration is important when the room is filled with various smells from cooking and cleaning.

Curtains and blinds make it difficult to ventilate your kitchen without compromising your privacy, as they must be opened entirely for air to filter through the window. However, shutters allow you to filter out these odours with ease while maintaining your privacy: you simply need to open the window and tilt the louvers until your kitchen smells fresh and pleasant.

Water resistance

A lot of moisture is present in the kitchen due to steam from the kettle, the hob, and the oven. This restricts the materials that should be used for window dressings. Fabric curtains will develop mould and mildew as they retain moisture, while certain types of blinds can sustain damage and warping when exposed to damp environments.

Eliminate the risk of warping and shrinking entirely by installing MDF shutters to your kitchen windows. This material has a plastic coating that is fully waterproof – you can even place them directly above the sink without any problems. Similarly, high-quality PVC shutters do not retain moisture and can withstand humid environments very well. Even wooden shutters are thick and durable, meaning that they resist moisture and repel dampness better than other wooden window dressings. Ask your suppliers or designers about their waterproof shutter options for the best deal.

Easy cleaning

The kitchen is known for being a somewhat messy space. Cooking can produce moisture, smoke, grease, as well as various clingy scents. As such, your kitchen should be decked out with furnishings and fittings that are easy to clean, as well as resistant to dirt and grime.

Curtains are typically not used in the kitchen as they can develop mould and stains when exposed to these various nasties, which means regularly taking them down for cleaning. Blinds are notoriously awkward to clean as they are quite flimsy, and they also need to be removed from the frame for a thorough clean. On the other hand, window shutters simply require a quick once over with a dusting cloth and perhaps a spritz of water. You don’t even have to take them down to get the job done properly, leaving you more time to enjoy your kitchen in all its glory!

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

A guide to the different styles of interior window shutter

One of the main benefits of interior window shutters is their versatility. Shutters can accommodate the design requirements of any home, offering a wide variety of different materials, colours, finishes, shapes and styles to play around with. From bathrooms to kitchens through bedrooms and lounges, you can spruce up any room with the addition of fresh shutters.

If you’re sold on the idea of buying some new window shutters but do not know where to start, the most logical first step would be deciding which style of shutter best suits your interior. This decision depends largely on whether you would prefer flexible levels of privacy, insulation, light control, or all of the above. We understand that the terminology can get confusing, and sometimes the differences (however important) aren’t immediately obvious. As such, this blog post will aim to clear things up by outlining the individual styles of interior window shutters.

Full height shutters

As perhaps the most popular style of interior window shutter among our customers, it’s clear that full height shutters are a go-to classic within the industry. They come as full panels that span the length of your window from top to bottom, and you may install as many panels as you see fit across the width of your window.

Some full height shutters also have a midrail in the centre that divides the top and bottom halves into two distinct sections, each with separate tilt rods that allow you to operate the louvers of each section individually. This allows you to achieve a combination of privacy and good lighting without compromising one for the sake of the other (as is the case with curtains). Furthermore, the midrail itself provides structural support and prevents warping in your shutters.

While other shutter styles can be opened in separate compartments (see: tier-on-tier shutters), the full height shutters opens up in one piece. This means that they must be fully open or closed at any given time, which ensures maximum privacy at all times but may put off those looking for more control in their shutters. Aesthetically, full height shutters have been noted for their timeless elegance and robust design. Plus, the lack of busy panelling allows their clean lines to elongate your window frame.

Café style shutters

Named as such due to their long heritage in European cafés and restaurants, café style shutters are designed and fitted only to cover the lower section of your windows. On top of giving your room a traditional touch of continental sophistication, this style of shutters grants privacy from prying eyes while still letting in plenty of light. As such, café style shutters are ideal for street-level windows and front room bay windows that are often passed by people outside.

The top part of the window can either be left as it is or fitted with another type of window covering. Some are deterred by the lack of upper panelling as it leads to a lack of insulation, especially when it comes to homes with single glazing. In such cases, they can be used in conjunction with curtains to provide an extra layer of insulation. Alternatively, you may prefer solid shutters (see below) as they have a reputation for being great insulators.

Tier on tier shutters

If flexibility is your number one priority, tier on tier shutters offer you a great degree of control over light, insulation, privacy and noise. They come in the form of two individual shutter units (or tiers) stacked on top of one another, allowing you to open the upper and lower halves of your shutters separately (both with the panels and the louvers). This means that you can achieve a range of combinations and positions with your shutters.

Tier on tier shutters offer a combination of privacy and light (as the top half can be opened while the bottom half remains closed) as well as offering full insulation (as both halves can be closed, unlike with café style shutters). In other words, these are some of the most versatile shutters on the market – they have benefits unattainable by the likes of curtains and blinds. They are versatile in an aesthetic sense too, with a stylish design that suits a number of different interiors.

People often find themselves attracted to the functionality of tier on tier shutters, only to keep them locked in a single position. As such, before you opt for these, consider whether you would actually be using the top panels and playing around with different variations. If not, perhaps full height shutters are the best option for you.

Special shaped shutters

Special shaped shutters are named as such because, well… they are made in special shapes! Window frames come in a range of shapes and sizes, some of them more conventional than others. While curtains and blinds cannot be fitted to these types of frames, shutters can be designed to fit any window shape regardless of how difficult it may seem.

Special shaped shutters are the ideal solution for covering unconventional windows in a way that also adds a new dimension of interest to the frame – no longer should they need to remain uncovered. Whether the window frame is asymmetrical, triangular, curved or circular, no design is too difficult for these shutters. As well as remaining perfectly functional, their sleek designs and snug fittings add a graceful and bespoke look to any room. Rather than being a source of frustration, we think that distinct and interesting windows should be celebrated.

Solid shutters

Dating back centuries, solid shutters offer a classic look that evokes the traditionalism of Victorian and Edwardian homes. These shutters are completely solid (as the name suggests), foregoing the adjustable louvers enjoyed by other shutters. They were initially used to provide added security to unguarded homes, but they have since gained a reputation as great insulators and blockers of noise. Often made of solid wood, they are also among the most durable options on the market today.

Since lighting a room with solid shutters requires opening the shutter at its hinge, they are not ideal for those looking to achieve a balance of light and insulation. Still, while lacking in the same degree of control made possible by shutters with louvers, solid shutters can offer both complete darkness and complete sunlight with relative ease. In a design sense, they work best in traditional homes looking to celebrate their classic heritage.

Still a bit spoilt for choice? Don’t worry, our team of window shutter specialists are here to help! For help discerning which styles of shutter are best suited to your interior requirements, feel free to get in touch with Diamond Shutters and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.

Wood or MDF shutters?

In the world of interior window shutters, the two most commonly used materials are wood (namely, basswood) and MDF (medium-density fibreboard). But what is the difference between the two, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each, and which should you opt for in your own home? Our customers often ask us these questions, and their final decision between wood or MDF shutters usually comes down to a few simple considerations.

Note: although MDF and wood are the main materials used to manufacture window shutters, there are many more materials to consider (not to mention different kinds of wood). As such, you can read our blog post on the best materials for window shutters for a more inclusive list. But for now, we will weigh up the pros and cons of wood vs MDF shutters to help you decide which of the two is best suited to your requirements.

Wood Shutters

Wood is a versatile and diverse material, with its exact qualities depending on the kind of tree from which it is sourced. Our shutters come in a range of hardwoods and finishes, with fine-grained basswood (sourced specifically for use in shutters) being the most common.

Pros:

  • Stronger than MDF – due to their strength, they are a logical choice for larger openings where a more sturdy fixture is required (i.e. doorways and bay windows).
  • Natural and organic – the different grains and finishes of wood can add a certain charm and authenticity to your shutters, especially when incorporated into traditional interiors.
  • Lighter than MDF – a more lightweight shutter is easier to use (especially in the case of tracked shutters, which are opened and closed horizontally) and install.
  • Different types of wood– with options including pine, oak, teak, cedar and many more, wooden shutters come with a variety of individual qualities and benefits.
  • Various finishes – wood is available in an extensive range of colours and finishes, with enough variation to suit any style of home interior.

Cons:

  • Pricier than MDF – wood falls under a higher price range due to the high quality of the material, which may pose a problem for those operating on a smaller budget.
  • Susceptible to humidity– they are generally not suitable for rooms that are more humid, although resistance to water largely depends on how tight the wood grain is.

MDF Shutters

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood composite made with compacted residue from a mixture of hardwoods and softwoods. Our MDF shutters are finished with a plastic coating, giving them an ever so slightly glossy look.

Pros:

  • Increased durability – since MDF is made of various different woods and topped off with a plastic coating, these shutters benefit from increased resilience to scratches and dents.
  • Natural appearance – many of our customers are unable to distinguish them from more expensive real wood options at a glance, making them a logical alternative.
  • Easier to clean – since they are manufactured with a plastic coating instead of a painted finish, MDF shutters usually only require a quick once-over.
  • Cheaper than wood – although this price difference isn’t immediately obvious in their appearance, it certainly makes them a great choice for people operating on a budget.

Cons:

  • Fewer colours compared to wood – our MDF shutters come in five shades of white, which may deter those looking for a wider palette or darker tones.
  • Heavier than wood – heavier shutters are harder to install and could pose a threat to the integrity and functionality of the covering (it’s worth asking your technician about this).
  • Limited placement options – being somewhat less flexible when it comes to intricate shapes and designs, these aren’t suitable for circular or triangular windows.

Still a bit spoilt for choice? Don’t worry, our team of window shutter specialists are here to help! For help discerning which material is best suited to your specific interior design needs, feel free to get in touch with Diamond Shutters and a member of our friendly team will be happy 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.

The benefits of installing shutters in your bathroom

Despite being seen as a purely functional space, the bathroom should never be neglected when it comes to interior design. After all, it isn’t just there to be used, it’s also there to be enjoyed. In all cases, considerations about the look and feel of your space should factor into the practical decisions you make. If you make the right design choices, you’ll soon be looking forward to getting up in the morning (yes, it is possible) and enjoying a refreshing shower in your spa-like bathroom!

Perhaps we’re biased, but we think that interior window shutters are an amazing addition to any bathroom, both functionally and aesthetically. For a fairly quick and easy change, they make a huge difference to how your bathroom works, how it feels, and the impression it makes. In this post we’re going to focus on the many reasons why shutters are perfectly suited to the bathroom.

Privacy

Of course, privacy is a top priority for many people when designing a new bathroom, and it’s best if there’s no room left for doubt on this front. One of the huge benefits of tracked window shutters is that, unlike curtains and blinds, they can promise full coverage and complete privacy. As they’re fitted to the frame of your window and not just a single headrail, there’s simply no chance of anybody being able to see inside your bathroom. Naturally, this contributes to a more relaxed and comfortable vibe during your most intimate moments – but the advantages don’t end there!

Light control

With other window coverings, privacy is attained only to the detriment of sufficient natural light. For example, curtains have to be completely closed to ensure privacy, which isn’t ideal during the day when you shouldn’t have to rely on artificial light. But cafe window shutters can guarantee both privacy and natural light at the same time. With easily adjustable louvers of varying different sizes, you can control the amount of light in your bathroom to a tee.

No longer do you have to worry about exposing too much to ensure the perfect amount of light: opening your shutters just a little bit will give the room a nice glow, perfect for bathing at dusk. Shutters also allow for some beautiful light patterns: there’s nothing more lovely than a bathroom striped with slatted sunlight and flooded with rippling reflections of bathwater. It all makes for an overall feeling of elegance and bliss.

Withstand damp environments

Considering how hot and steamy your bathroom gets during those long evening baths, it’s best to deck out your bathroom with materials that can properly withstand moisture. This not only ensures the durability of your bathroom, but also makes it easier to clean and maintain on a day-to-day basis. When it comes to covering the windows in a bathroom, however, curtains will inevitably develop mould and mildew, while blinds are capable of warping in the humidity.

As such, most forego external coverings altogether and instead opt for glass blocks or frosty windows. Though these are practical options, they certainly aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing way to withstand damp environments. With shutters, on the other hand, you can always find a middle ground between functionality and aesthetics.

For instance, solid shutters offer a tough and attractive solution to humidity as they resist moisture and repel dampness, while all shutters made from high-quality PVC are guaranteed not to crack, warp or develop mildew over time.

Versatility

triangular, made to measure shutters provide a stylish covering with a perfect fit. They are also available in a number of different colours and finishes, from dark wooden tones to bright and fresh pastels.

Whatever the overall theme or style of your bathroom, shutters can act as a complementary addition. For example, nautical themed bathroom often feature port hole windows, but curtains and blinds cannot adapt to their shape – a circular shutter with a beach blue finish would work perfectly in this case.

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

4 eco-friendly benefits of window shutters

Most people nowadays want their home to be a bit greener, and a big part of this process involves learning about the environmental effects of a certain product before diving straight into a purchase. These little decisions make a big impact over time, and asking yourself whether or not something is eco-friendly should ideally extend to every aspect of your home. So how do window shutters fare on the environmental scale? What are the eco-friendly benefits of window shutters, if any? Arguably, shutters have a whole host of environmental benefits compared to other available window treatments, i.e. curtains and blinds. Of course, shutters come in many different shapes and sizes, so there will always be an element of personal taste in the exact decisions you make, but here are some factors to keep in mind if environmental impact is a big factor in your home designs.

  1. Keep insulated without gas

Thin panes of glass are classic culprits for heat loss. If you’re after a great way to reduce your household energy-usage (not to mention cut down on your bills), look no further than solid window shutters. When internal shutters are closed they have an insulating effect similar to that of double glazing, sealing the opening completely without gaps and ensuring that no heat escapes through the windows or doors. This effect is particularly evident when using naturally insulated materials such as wood. Plus, environmental benefits aside, having insulation that’s so easy to access will make controlling the temperature in your house a breeze (or lack thereof)!

  1. Use sustainable materials

Luckily, the most common materials for shutters – real wood and PVC – are known for being eco-friendly and sustainable. Just be sure to look out for FSC certified wood that has been responsibly sourced from sustainable forests and woods.

Curtains and blinds seem to be in constant need of repair, and we often replace them altogether because they begin to look aged and out-of-date. Wooden shutters are made of far more durable materials, as well as being more timeless as a piece of decor, and you can expect to maintain them for at least 20 years without a problem. Not as much replacing and repairing means not as much material wasted in the long run – a reliable way to reduce your carbon footprint!

  1. Live the low-maintenance lifestyle

Fabric curtains are notoriously high-maintenance, and they often get super dirty across the top and in the folds. So as well as being a bit of a hassle, washing them on a regular basis does no good to the environment – especially with all of that wasted water and electricity. On the other hand, shutters are known for being the most low-maintenance option, requiring nothing more than a quick weekly dust-off. Without requiring regular washes and the use of damaging cleaning materials, shutters are a lot more sustainable and eco-friendly than its dusty counterparts.

  1. Introduce more natural light

One of the main appeals of shutters over different kinds of window treatments is their ability to control light. For instance, when the sun starts shining too much on a bright summer’s day, shutters are a great way to limit the amount of natural light without removing it completely. As such, the need for artificial lighting is significantly reduced.

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

Why choose shutters over blinds?

From style through to functionality, there are plenty of factors to consider when deciding how to dress your windows. A popular conundrum is the choice between blinds and shutters, with both offering different advantages and disadvantages. The option that is most suitable for your home will ultimately depend on a combination of aesthetics, practicality and budget. Of course we are biased towards interior window shutters but it is worth considering the pros and cons of both options in order to establish which will work best for your own personal requirements. In this post, we will explore the different options for window treatments and answer that all-important question: why choose shutters over blinds?

Aesthetics

Style is inevitably the first factor to be considered, as the window treatment will need to integrate seamlessly into your home and enhance the overall interior design. Wooden window shutters will bring a timeless look that is perfect for classic interiors but also increasingly popular in the likes of contemporary apartments. In fact, shutters can be good for achieving a minimalist style, for example with simple white panels, which is a lasting trend.

With a fantastic array of stylish design available, featuring different materials and a plethora of colours, you’ll be sure to find an option that suits the style of your home. Of course blinds offer more in the way of patterns but people also tend to get bored of patterns quicker. Although blinds offer a softer touch, shutters are ideal for making a statement – one that is either bold or subtle depending on the style you opt for.

Light control

Shutters provide a myriad of options for light control. Keep the room bright and airy in the day, or close the cafe style shutters completely for a blackout effect at night. Hand in hand with light are the privacy levels, with shutters offering much greater privacy than blinds.

This incredibly versatile functionality of shutters allows you to adjust the levels of light and privacy with greater precision than you would be able to achieve with blinds or curtains. It is even possible to attain both light and privacy at the same time, an appealing combination.

Heat control

As well as light control, solid window shutters also provide the ability for heat control. Shutters are adept at keeping in the heat effectively, ideal for bringing the cost of heating bills down in the winter. This is primarily because they are custom made to fit the window, meaning there are less gaps for cold air to enter or hot air to be lost.

Alternatively, throw them open in the summer to keep the room fresh and cool. Or if you want a bit more privacy and to keep those pesky flies and wasps at bay, adjust the shutters to let in the air whilst keeping the undesirables out. The heat regulation aspect of shutters is a popular selling point for customers looking to have more control and improve the overall energy efficiency of their home.

Maintenance

One of the biggest selling points of shutters is there low maintenance. Window shutters are hardwearing, durable and easy to clean – three very appealing factors for busy households. Plus, unlike with blinds, there are no mechanisms that could potentially break requiring costly repairs. The durability of shutters makes them ideal for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms where excess moisture or damp can be an issue. With the right treatment, shutters will cope just fine with these conditions.

Blind fabrics are prone to colour fading over time, which is a particular issue given that they sit in the window where they are constantly exposed to potentially damaging UV rays. Shutters are not only resistant to this extensive fading, they also reduce the fading of internal furniture and carpets by providing a barrier for the sunlight.

Installation

Shutters need to be installed by a professional to ensure the best possible end result. One great benefit of shutters is that they are extremely flexible, as they can be fitted to any shape or size window. Although both blinds and shutters can be bespoke because they are usually made to measure, shutters are generally the preferred option for obscure window shapes. Shutters are tailored to fit the window and can therefore enhance its natural architectural appeal.

Pricing

It is difficult to directly compare blinds and shutters, as the prices for both vary hugely depending on quality and window size. On the whole, shutters tend to be more expensive; however, having high quality shutters that are tailored to your windows can actually add value to your home.

Plus, their exceptional durability makes them a long-term option that therefore makes them significantly more cost efficient. Also, as a timeless addition to your home, shutters are unlikely to go out of fashion so there’ll be no need to replace them unnecessarily early.

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

A Guide to Shutter Repair

Wooden shutters are one of the best investments you can ever make in your windows. They look great, last long and add value to your home. Made from a range of woods including Basswood, White Teak, and premium off-cut timber, our wooden shutters are built to last. They’re fitted and installed by professionals, ensuring minimal problems in the future.

But problems do arise, and when they do, you need to know how to fix them. Shutter repair can be daunting, raising lots of questions: Can I do it myself? Will I have to call the professionals? How long will it take? What’s a tension screw? We simplify shutter repair in our guide below, addressing solutions to some of the most common shutter problems.

Problem – A Broken Louvre

No matter how strong and sturdy your wooden louvres are, there is always the chance that one might break. Broken louvres can be caused by any number of things: rowdy dogs, a cricket ball thrown in the house, years of rough handling. They are unsightly and reduce the privacy shutters provide.

Solution

Broken louvres are best replaced by professionals. We can measure the louvre and install a new one easily, without removing the entire set of shutters.

Problem – A Dislodged Louvre

Even when properly installed, louvres can eventually slip out of place. Not only is this aesthetically unattractive, but it also reduces light and cold protection.

Solution

You can do this shutter repair yourself. Louvres are held in place by louvre pins – small spring-loaded plastic parts. If the louvre pin is still intact and in place, you can use a flathead screwdriver to hold down the pin while you reinsert the louvre. If the louvre pin is missing, you’ll need to get replacement ones and reinstall the louvre using those. This can be tricky, so you might prefer to call professionals to do the job.

Problem – Louvres Won’t Stay Open

While this isn’t an issue if you have solid shutters, any shutters with louvres can have a problem staying open. This is usually due to louvre tension. With the weight of the shutter’s tilt rod and the force of gravity, louvres want to tilt downwards and close. Tension screws are used to keep the louvres open, and can be adjusted if they keep closing.

Solution

An easy DIY fix – just use a screwdriver to tighten the tension screws. They are located on the outside of your shutter panels. Once tightened, the tension screws should keep the louvres open.

 

Problem – Wood Rot

Wood rot is a common problem caused by a fungus that decays the wood. This fungus thrives in damp environments, so wood rot tends to occur in bathroom or kitchen shutters. If not treated quickly, wood rot can spread throughout your entire set of shutters and become a very costly problem. But don’t despair – if dealt with quickly, you can save your shutters.

Solution

Repairing wood rot requires removal of the damaged wood. If the damage is limited to a small section of your shutter, you can fix it yourself. Use a screwdriver to chip away the rotten area. Mix some auto body filler according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spread into the damaged area with a putty knife. Once the filler has dried, sand until smooth and repaint. You can also buy special treatments to help prevent a relapse of wood rot. If that all sounds like too much, call us instead

Problem – Broken Magnets

If you’ve heard your shutters rattling slightly in their frames, broken magnets might be to blame. To keep the shutter in place when closed, small magnets are mounted in the frame. As they are enclosed in plastic cases, they can break down over time, causing your shutter frame to feel loose.

Solution

You can order and install replacement magnets yourself. Using a screwdriver, simply unscrew the broken magnet and replace with a new one.