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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. 






Spring Clean your Shutters for Summer

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Like most things in our homes, dust can quickly (and frustratingly) settle on all surfaces, including your shutters.

For allergy sufferers, this can be a nightmare which can be made worse as the weather begins to warm up towards summer, making Spring the perfect time to do some cleaning.

The good news is, however, unlike venetian blinds, cleaning your interior or exterior shutters doesn’t have to be a tedious task! You can quickly and easily have the job done in no time, allowing you to get back to sipping refreshing cocktails and relaxing your days away.

Before starting, one thing to take note of is what material your shutters are made from – this can determine how you clean them without causing any damage.

At All Shutters and Blinds, we have our interior range of Highprofile Timber Shutters, Polytherm PVC Shutters, and Highprofile Elements, which are a hybrid timber frame with PVC louvres. We also offer an exterior shutter called Weatherwell that are an aluminium shutter.


TIMBER INTERIOR

For timber shutters, whether you have stained timber shutters or painted timber, it is important not to use any solvents or lots of water. Simply use a damp, soft cloth, like a microfibre cloth, and wipe over and between the louvres.

This process works well for both timber and PVC shutters.

Make sure to finish off with a dry cloth, just in case you accidentally used a bit too much water, but also to stop the water drops from capturing any further dust particles.


ALUMINIUM EXTERIOR

For aluminium plantation shutters used outdoors, you can clean these easily using a non-abrasive cloth or sponge with warm soapy water, or for even less work, you can wash them down with your garden hose.

We recommend cleaning your aluminium shutters on a routine basis every six months.

For those in coastal areas, we recommend increasing your cleaning frequency to weekly for shutters on direct beachfront proximity, monthly for those within a kilometre radius, and quarterly within a 10km radius of the coast/saltwater areas.


HANDY TOOLS

For short people or tall windows,
the Norwex EnviroWand is great for
reaching high places and getting in 
between the louvres.
Alternatively, microfibre cloths from
you local supermarket or hardware
store will easily do the job. 


By maintaining your interior or exterior shutters with a regular spring clean, you not only reduce dust and allergens in your home, but also help to ensure the beauty and functionality of your panels remains for many years to come.



Don’t Forfeit Style for Warmth this Winter

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What I notice most about Winter is how quickly we can forfeit style for comfort and warmth. When that first chill sets in, we’re suddenly donning mismatched beanies and winter socks and pulling out our bulky heaters and various coloured blankets and throws.

But your home’s style doesn’t need to suffer the winter blues, when you can make some smart design choices by focusing on the areas of your home that lose heat during winter… namely your home’s windows and door ways.

How Heat Is Lost In Your Home

- Glass windows and doors bleed heat outwards through heat conduction, thermal radiation, convection and air leakage.

- Clear glass windows that are not insulated absorb the warmth inside your home and radiate it to the exterior.

- Warm air leakage to the exterior can occur through openings and poorly fitted windows and doors.

Without proper window insulation, the majority of the heat within these homes would be lost via the glass windows.

The Solution

Put away those bulky heaters and mismatched throws and blankets in favour of a more permanent, stylish heat retaining window treatment.

Interior plantation shutters act as a barrier between the windows and openings, preventing heat loss, keeping the cold out, and the lovely warmth in.

Highprofile Timber Plantation Shutters

An ever fashionable permanent fixture to your home, timber plantation shutters offer a myriad of benefits besides style. Adjustable blades allow you to choose how much light or airflow you want in your home. During the winter days, open them right up to allow the sunshine in, while at night, shut the louvres to retain the warmth.

Highprofile Timber Plantation Shutters

Complementing all styles of home and interior decor, timber plantation shutters can be customised to your heart’s desire. Choose from standard paints, natural stains or custom colours as well as numerous applications such as bifold, multifold, fixed and hinged to suit all sorts of windows and doorways. 

To learn more and beat the winter chill without compromising your home’s style, contact All Shutters & Blinds today.

 

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