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.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Windows are not the easiest feature of a room to style well, which is probably why most homeowners tend to install familiar furnishings such as blinds or curtains. But if you want to really impress the guests and neighbours, plantation shutters will tick all the design and practicality boxes.
Shutters are superior to their more traditional window-furnishing cousins – curtains and blinds. Shutter engineering continues to evolve, making them more durable, easier to use and more stylish. During warm and cool months, they provide insulation benefits. They offer total block out of light, whilst providing complete privacy, and when needed, they can open completely to let light and airflow in.
Here are some inspirational ways to maximise your windows' potential using shutters.
The simplicity of these shutters offers a modern look. Acting like a wall to provide privacy from the outside, the owner’s of this home, can choose to extend their dining room to include the fresh air and light from outside. The shutters sit on a tracking system, which allow you to push and fold the shutters to one side.
Looking to make a statement? Bold black shutters will do the trick. Shutters are typically a variation of white so going black will definitely turn heads. This black modern timber shutter, far from blend into the walls and furniture, making them a styling piece in their own right.
Contrary to common belief, shutters are very versatile and can fit any shape or styled window. The bright yellow timber shutter on this diamond shaped window works perfect for this children’s playroom.
The opposite of the bold statement look, colour blocking although simple can be very effective in a room. Paint your shutters the same colour as the wall for a clean, simplistic look and add colour and texture in the form of furnishings and home wares to complete the feel.
Looking for a homely natural feel? Then try natural timber shutters. They are a favourite for traditional spaces, but also look great in modern settings. Natural browns and timber grains offer warmth and a sense of homeliness.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Goodbye Winter and Hello Spring!
As the cooler months subside, the jumpers start to come off and those brave enough, (like me) who can not wait to jump into a pair of shorts and sandals again, start to bare our legs to the warmer climate.
If you're beginning to think about the warmer Spring months ahead; dinner parties, BBQ's with friends, outdoor birthdays, why not do it in style and in comfort and bring the outside and inside closer together with sturdy, customisable Aluminium shutters.
Aluminium shutters are more durable than timber, sleek in design and completely practical to your outdoor needs. Close them for complete privacy or open them right up for more light, air and space. There are many options to choose from - hinged, bi-fold, , multi-fold, fixed, or sliding, not to mention the custom colours and wraps that are available. There is generally not a space or window that shutters cannot address.
Look at how this beautiful beach house in Cairns, Queensland transformed with Aluminium shutters. The entire front of the home was completely exposed to the typical elements of living with beachfront views, not to mention the lack of privacy. With the addition of shutters, privacy is now an option and when those offshore winds start blowing, the lucky owner's of this home can now enjoy their outdoor living areas in more comfort.
Before: This home's outdoor living areas including furniture, were completely exposed to the elements, rain, wind and damaging UV rays.
Before: They have amazing views but no privacy!
After: By installing Aluminium shutters, the owner's can enjoy their living area in private.
After: Living in comfort and style, with obvious added value to the home.
So, if you're thinking of addressing that exposed patio, windy deck area, or simply want to renovate that outdoor space into something highly practical and beautiful, be sure to investigate Aluminium shutters. They offer a wealth of possibilities:
They bring the outside in
Hard wearing in high-use and wet areas
Adds value to your home
Friday, June 26, 2015
So you’re expecting a new addition to the family! Gone are the days where dresser draws and cardboard boxes were deemed suitable nap-time abodes for children (trust us we’ve seen it done!) We know it can be a stressful and daunting task, so here are some pointers to help you get inspired!
Find a feature piece first
It’s often easier and more effective to decide a theme for your nursery when you let it start from a piece of furniture or art you love. Find something you think is truly special and unique then take your cues from that.
Make it personal
No one wants to spend the time and effort into their nursery to have it turn out like a generic ikea advertisement. One of our favourite ways to add a uniquely personal touch is to get any other kids in the family to do some art specifically for the baby. This is also a great way to help them get excited about the new addition to the family.
You have to be able to enjoy it too!
While this room may not be specifically for you, the odds are you are going to be spending quite a lot of time here over the next few months! So it’s important to make sure that you actually enjoy the space you’re creating as well. Throw in a comfortable rocking chair or sofa so that you’ll be at ease during the long days (and nights) ahead.
Don't be afraid to be bold
Too often people think that nurseries have to be soft, neutral tones. This isn’t the case. A combination of prominent and discreet colours can give a room warmth and life whilst not being so loud as to remove the atmosphere of relaxation.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Choosing the right colour scheme for your home can be challenging, but if you do it right, colour can be among your most powerful tools in transforming your living space into a fabulous environment. Dulux, one of Australia’s trusted paint suppliers, have released their 2015 colour trends and we just love the combinations they have chosen. Whether you’re building or looking to reinvent your space, below are a few tips to help you get started along with some inspiration from Dulux’s top designers.
CHOOSING A COLOUR SCHEME
Start with the room elements first. They are your least flexible items to change, so it is best to choose your paint colours based on your furniture pieces, fabrics or wallpaper.
When choosing colours, go for a mix of values - one dark, one light and one bright colour. This will prevent your colours from looking chaotic. Out of the 3, choose a dominant hue and use the other 2 colours to highlight, tone down or break up areas of the dominant colour.
Stick with colours you are comfortable with. There’s no need to always go with the latest colour trends and designs. Classics will last a lifetime but that said, you it doesn’t hurt to be little adventurous with pops of colour using home accessories. That way, if you get bored of it or find it’s not working for you, you can easily update. Better than repainting an entire wall!
Lighting can have a significant impact on colour. As colour is a reflection of light, the amount of light and type of light in a room will affect the visual hue.
Explore natural light and artificial light. How does the light affect the colours of the room and therefore affect the mood of the room? Daylight is considered the best light to view colours in. If your room doesn’t receive much natural light, try warmer colours to tone down the shadows and cooler colours for brightly lit rooms.
When choosing colours for particular rooms, keep in mind, when the rooms are most likely to be used and choose colours based on when and how the room is utilised. For example, a sunroom might primarily be used in the mornings, when the warmth and sunshine is abundant, so you would choose colours suitable to the morning light.
2015 DULUX COLOUR TRENDS
We like Dulux paints because at All Shutters & Blinds we can colour match your chosen Dulux paint, and customise your timber or aluminium shutters to that colour. No longer are standard whites the only options available for shutters. Shutters don’t have to blend into the background of your walls. They can be just as dramatic and beautiful as a feature painting or wall hanging.
Select designers have come up with 4 Dulux colour trend combinations for 2015. The theme is Connection. Four colour palettes inspired by the ever increasing desire for us to connect in the ‘real world’, a break away from our technology driven lives. We feel at least one of these palettes will please even the fussiest decorator!
Below are the 2015 Dulux Trends to inspire you.
DULUX PALETTE 1: WILDLAND
DULUX PALETTE 2: SILENT SHIFT
DULUX PALETTE 3: MODHAUS
DULUX PALETTE 4: EARTHWERKS
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
My advice for a well styled living room is to adopt the “high-low” methodology that all good fashionistas employ with what they wear. Invest a lot in some good classic pieces and mix them with some cheaper items. Look for inexpensive buys and bargains when it comes to on-trend decor which you know will make you're room look very current, but will definitely be out of vogue in a year or two. Throw cushions in a seasonal colour is the perfect cheap thrill. But there are certain pieces in a well styled living room that you can feel comfortable investing in because they are classically chic, and stand the test of time. These pieces never go out of fashion and suit any style home.
Here is a list of 5 items that will never go out of style
1. Decorative Over-The-Mantel Mirror
An oversized mirror above your fire place has been a classic design element for eons. Mirrors make rooms appear lighter, brighter and bigger. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with metallic, because you are avoiding colours that can date. If you have a traditional or classic home or are partial to an eclectic design repertoire, a ornate french looking mirror will fit the bill. For the more modern home, keep to the metallics but look for a simpler frame.
2. Plantation Shutters
Plantations Shutters are an elegant window dressing that is always in fashion and gives a room an immediate sense of polish. While a certain fabric or style of drapes will date, a white plantation shutter is as fashionable now as it was in 50 years ago. What’s more they suit a myriad of design styles being the perfect window treatment for a contemporary home, a traditional home, a country cottage, or a beach house. The crisp, clean lines, and white colour always adds a breezy feel to a room and yet gives more warmth than stark looking roller blinds.
3. Persian Rugs
The intricate, centuries old, patterns and classic colours of reds, blues, creams, and beiges make the Persian rug an undeniable classic that will never date.
What’s more it is these colours and patterns that allow the Persian rug to bring warmth to the room. They make the traditional home look more cozy
and take the cold edge of an uber modern interior. I believe that a Persian rug looks at home in any style of room. It always has and always
will. It’s a big investment
for a good Persian rug, but well worth the splurge.
4. Leather Club Chair
An undeniable favourite of all the men-folk, the leather club chair evokes feelings of old school "members only" clubs. The more vintage and worn looking, the better. Leather club chairs seem to tell a story as you wonder where it has been and what it has seen, and I think that it is the imagined history that makes them so appealing. Although they are the ultimate masculine piece they are just as at home in a feminine room. Throw a floral or pink cushion on and it is guaranteed to look wonderful in a pretty room.
Different patterns definitely come in and out of vogue. We love patterns and they are a perfect way to show a particular personality in a room. Think of white room with white furniture and then add orange chevron cushions. Get the look? Now add floral cushions instead. And we have another feel. What about green plaid? Yet another style. Patterns can change the look of a room in an instant, but stick to keeping 'on-trend' patterns to inexpensive cushions or throws as opposed to an expensive floor rug, drapes, or upholstery. When it comes to the more expensive items if you stay with stripes in classic colours or neutrals it will be sure to make your house look current no matter the year.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The Best of Houzz awards fall under two categories: ‘Design’ and ‘Customer Satisfaction’. Design awards are granted to home professionals whose work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, affectionately known as ‘Houzzers’. Customer Satisfaction honours are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received by a professional in 2014.
Winners of the awards will receive a ‘Best of Houzz 2015’ badge on their profiles to highlight their talents to the community. The badges will highlight the award winner’s popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers on Houzz, distinguishing them to Houzzers around the world who discover and love their work.
Jason Chuck, Managing Director of Houzz Australia, says: "It's great to see All Shutters & Blinds recognised as the Best of Houzz from across Australia and more than 500,000 businesses worldwide. It's a genuine tribute to their expertise when the award is judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively building, renovating and decorating their homes."
"For homeowners, Houzz.com.au provides them with everything they need to build, renovate or decorate their homes, connecting them with not only the best home professionals and products from Australia, but also from around the world. Our community in Australia is already over 1 million and growing every day."
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Adding the finishing touches to a home are undoubtedly the hardest choices, not only because they are so numerous but because they are often the most noticed and say the so much about you.
Shutters are undoubtedly the simplest way to add a touch of elegance and beauty to your home, but to often people assume that the classic white shutter is the only option available. Here at All Shutters we disagree! We encourage each of our customers to take an active, creative interest in ensuring that their window furnishings not only add beauty to a room, but are as bold as their owner.
All Shutters and Blinds Highprofile and Highprofile Elite timber shutters not only come in 5 different shades of white, they can also be custom coloured to your specification, giving you endless possibilities to be bold and impress!
Because black is always the new black.
Yellow shutters pair magnificently with the natural golden light of sunrise.
Another less conventional use for shutters is to use them instead of cupboard doors as seen here. The owners of this kitchen have done something unique and bold in both their use of shutters and the colour choice and the result speaks for itself!
Because what goes better with pink than pink!
Here a minimalist bathroom has been made extraordinary through the specific use of bold colour against a neutral background, accentuating both the shutters and the owner's style.
Whether you want to keep it cool, or add some warmth. Shutters can be a simple yet effective way to change the tone of a room.
So why not give one of our expert consultants a call today and let us help you redefine your windows in a way you may not have thought possible.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Summer in Australia is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and social times of year. However, the harsh nature of the Aussie sun often limits the amount of time we can spend outside enjoying it.Whilst many of us have some form of outdoor entertaining area, it's often far more exposed to the elements than we'd sometimes like. Aluminium shutters are an often unthought of but fantastic way to correct this issue. They're a fantastic way to control the light, wind and rain in the sporadic afternoon storm whilst adding a pleasant and stylish aspect to your home. Coming in a wide range of colors and textures, there's no reason not to!
Below are some great examples to help inspire you!
So whether it's a relaxing Sunday afternoon with wine and a BBQ or a Saturday feast with the whole neighborhood, All Shutters and Blinds' range of aluminium shutters are the perfect way to complete your outdoor cooking or entertaining area and allow you to enjoy the outdoors for longer!
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Bathrooms and kitchens are the top two interior spaces for renovation and unless you have done your research and planning, renovating these high use areas can become not only a costly nightmare, but a stressful and overwhelming experience as well.
There is so much to consider after all. From the minor consequences of dust and noise, to the major decisions of how much to spend, what builder to hire and of course the fun part, the design. What kind of finish? What colour or texture? blinds or shutters? The choices are numerous and making the right decision can be difficult.
At All Shutters & Blinds, their consultants know one thing very well – shutters. Of all window treatments, shutters are the superior choice for your bathroom or kitchen. The benefits include:
- Hardwearing and durable in high-use areas
- Water resistant or waterproof (depending on material chosen)
- Aluminium shutters are non-flammable and rust-proof
- Timber shutters are finished in quality 2-pack polyurethane paint, used in kitchens and high-end cabinetry.
- They are easily customisable to all window shapes and sizes
- Available in variety of colours
Below are some design savvy bathrooms and kitchens to inspire you.
So if you’re going to renovate, and you usually only renovate once, you might as well do it right the first time and renovate your bathroom or kitchen windows and doors with shutters. Talk to your All Shutters & Blinds consultant today.