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Good

  • The shutter is 100% of the same timber species, measuring at least 540 on the Janka hardness scale.
  • A high quality paint finish like a 2-pack polyurethane paint which gives a flawless appearance. Similar to high-end cabinetry paint.
  • Painted shutters should have minimum of 5 years warranty
  • The timber for stained shutters is hand selected to choose the best and most even grains.
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Inferior

  • The shutter uses a laminated timber veneer over laminated strips of other timbers. Confirm the shutter is 100% of the one timber species.
  • Inferior Nitro Cellulosic paint that gives an uneven finish and doesn't last.
  • Painted shutters with warranties less than 5 years
  • Timber for stained shutters is not hand selected and gives uneven grains

Designer Insights

  • Vicmar Buyser 

    Vicmar Buyser

    Builder/Architect

    Interior Decorating: How colour affects your mood

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    The effect of colour on your subconscious and emotions is a powerful tool, so much so that Marketers have been using it for many years to encourage buying behaviour and send subliminal messages. Notice when Coca Cola launched their ‘life’ product, they took a step away from their trademarked red colour to launch a more organic, ‘natural’, green brand in line with the lower calories and natural sweetener message, as the demand for healthier products increases.


    Movie directors use colour to convey the emotion and tone of the film. Most famously, the red jacket of the little girl in Schindler’s List stood as a stark contrast amongst the black and white, to more subtleties such as the dark, green tones within the Matrix, or the warm, feminine colours in the comedy Mean Girls.


    When it comes to your home, colour can not only be an opportunity to inject your personality into your surroundings, but can also have a powerful effect on the emotional mood and well-being of your family.

    If you’re considering your latest colour scheme, or simply looking for inspiration, these examples will guide you.


    Shades of Yellow

    Yellow is a wonderful choice for bringing warmth and happiness into a room.

    It is suited for areas such as kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, and provides a sunny, youthful feeling perfect for a child’s playroom, the child-like quality emphasised by the unique diamond shape of the yellow shutters shown below.



    However, be mindful of using yellow sparingly as an accent colour or feature, like a hint of yellow from the towel against the white timber shutters, as studies have discovered people are more likely to lose their temper, babies seem to cry more and it can encourage feelings of frustration and anger when over stimulated with yellow.



    Shades of Blue

    Blue is a calming colour, said to assist with lowering blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, it is perfectly suited for areas of relaxation, such as the bedroom and bathroom. 



    Blue is also said to increase productivity, and would be well suited for offices. Be careful when using blue to pair it with lots of natural light and warm surroundings, as tones such as dark blue can be felt as quite cold and bring feelings of sadness. In our office picture below, the warmer blues and teals balance the dark blue of the chair and panel tones.



    Shades of Green

    Green is a very natural, healing colour that can bring a sense of tranquillity, good luck and health. It is also considered to be the most restful colour for the eye. Its versatility suits almost any room in the house. In the bedroom it works well for it’s soothing, healing colour, or the office for aiding with concentration and stress relief.



    In our kitchen shutters example below, the vibrant emerald tone brings elegance that balances the natural feel with flowers and plants. 



    Shades of Reds

    Red is a fiery, passionate colour, bringing high energy and strong emotions. With luxurious fabrics, you could decorate a bedroom for sensuality, though some may find it can encourage feelings of intenseness and anger.

    Red helps raise adrenaline, and can draw people together and encourage activity and communication, which works well for areas such as the living or dining room or entertaining area.

    When paired as a subtle featured colour with black plantation shutters, it brings a sense of warmth and cosiness to this living area.


        


    If you’re feeling adventurous, try filling a wall with red for a feeling of royal elegance, or using it in your outdoor entertaining area like this striking red and grey multifold panel.



    Shades of Pinks

    Soft and feminine, bringing feelings of romance and love, pink is a colour that works well for bedrooms. The softness of the pink shutters lifts the soft pastel shades of the linen and accessories providing a calm and inviting room that beckons you to lie and relax in this space.



    Shades of Black

    You can be right for thinking black in a room would make it cold and dark, but this can easily be overcome by providing the right light and contrasting colours to soften or warm a room.

    Black décor and rooms add elegance and sophistication, as well as provide a sense of power.

    We personally love the elegance of black plantation shutters, as it provides depth and allows you to explore a bit of colour for contrast to draw your eye to your statement furniture and accessories.




    Black can be used throughout the entire house from the bathroom to the bedroom with the right styling.

    These black walls ooze elegance, with the white timber shutters helping to keep the space feeling open rather than closed in, and the plants and brown timber bringing warmth to the room. Be sure not to use heavy black in small rooms as this will bring the space in closer and create a feeling of claustrophobia.



    Whether you’ve been thinking about taking a bold plunge into the world of colour, or seeking inspiration to decorate a plain space, you can always find the right space for the use of your favourite colour. If all else fails, take inspiration from our rainbow shutters and choose them all. 






  • Gloria Parker 

    Gloria Parker

    INTERIOR DESIGNER AND STYLIST

    Bathrooms... Best Trends

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Just like kitchens, bathrooms have enormous influence on whether you love or hate a home. So when it comes to selling your home, it makes perfect sense to pay your bathroom lots of love and attention when building or renovating.

    More than just practical and functional, bathrooms have evolved to become much more than just a washroom, playing an important part of the architectural design and more often than not, incurring the biggest financial investment.

    Besides water and energy saving being key aspects of any bathroom build or renovation, we’ve compiled 5 of our favourite trends to guide you on the interior design and décor. 

    1. For the modern bathroom, go with clean simple lines and minimally designed sanitary ware, which is often hidden e.g. built in handles to cabinet draws.
    2. Copper is hot right now. Exposed brass taps, pipes bring lots of warmth and a traditional feel to your bathroom.
    3. Vinyl decals, wallpaper and mosaic glass tiles provide the right element for that impact feature wall.
    4. Pair bold colours with the neutral sanitary ware, for that personalised and dramatic look. Bold colours work well on painted walls and accessories.
    5. Create a wet and dry zone if the space allows e.g. include a small dressing table, make up table or small comfortable seating.

    Of course don’t forget the windows in your bathrooms.  Considered a high-use and wet area, the best window treatment for this part of your home is shutters. Timeless, always on trend, shutters in the bathroom are the practical choice due to their durability and water resistance. Ideal for privacy, natural light and ventilation, shutters in the bathroom will simply beautify your bathroom and complete the look.

    Here are some fabulous examples.


  • Mirabella Jones 

    Mirabella Jones

    Resident Design Expert

    Change your mood with colour

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Our homes are our sanctuaries. They should be the one place where you can feel positive, relaxed and happy. This is why when you open any house magazine; you will find interior design articles on the theme of colour. Why? Because they play an integral role in interior design by directly affecting our moods and the way we feel.

    While soft furnishings such as throws and pillows and of course wall colour are still the dominant element that utilises colour to impact mood, timber shutters are becoming ever more popular, not just as a window treatment, but are seen as central pieces, much like we would view a furniture piece or feature wall. Because timber shutters can be customised to any colour you wish, they are the perfect addition to your interior to transform your home and your mood.

    “Whether it's on a pair of pillows, the back of a bookshelf, the floor or the ceiling, a splash of unexpected colour transforms any space from boring to breathtaking.”
    - Jen Derose, HouseBeautiful

    Recognised and admired for their clean lines and high value appeal, a timber shutter can be a design anchor to transform your living space. Made from premium grade 100% timber, they are painted with high quality polyurethane paint. Built to last, painted timber shutters are an excellent starting point to bring colour and mood to your interior.






    So what mood can you achieve with a painted timber shutter?

    From calming blues and passionate reds to passive neutrals, it all depends on what mood you want your interior to reflect.

    “Scientists and researchers have long known colours affect us mentally and physically…. blue rooms reduce blood pressure and enhance relaxation… even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, he can't… the heart muscles can't race fast enough. It's a tranquillising colour.”
    - Olivia Richardson, body+soul Magazine 2013

    Consider bright vibrant colours for children’s rooms or the family rumpus room to liven the atmosphere. Pastel colours in pink or purples for bedrooms create a calm relaxed mood. Blues are also perfect for creating calmed relaxed environments, great in bathrooms or kitchens.

    Of course you may just wish for the clean, sophisticated look and opt for the classic white plantation shutter, which is always a favourite. With the timber shutters being highly customisable, you are only limited by your imagination. For more information on timber shutters, click here.



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