What are the different types of plantation shutters?

California Shutters 10/09/2021 11:59:37

When reading about types of plantation shutters, what is the image that appears in your head? Perhaps it’s a bathroom window decked in pristine white slatted shutters, gently dampening the sunlight on a summer morning. Or maybe it’s a quiet room on a rainy day, with shutters closed to keep out the hiss of the rain.

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Stay trendy with timeless teak window shutters

California Shutters 10/09/2021 11:31:50

Shutters from California Shutters are a stylish option that is available in a variety of colours for a timeless, striking look. But, for many homeowners, wooden shutters such as teak can offer a more sophisticated finish due to the natural grain of the different hardwoods increasing the aesthetics of the home. The warm finish of teak wood shutters can also make a space feel cosier and more traditional, whilst also injecting a sense of heritage to the interior.

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Our design tips for combining shutters with curtains

California Shutters 15/07/2021 11:53:46

While the world of interior design sees homeowners’ tastes changing over the years according to the latest trends, shutters and curtains will always remain a timeless choice for homeowners.

Thinking of putting shutters and curtains together? Read our guide to combining plantation shutters with curtains for a luxury look.

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Plantation shutters for patio doors

California Shutters 15/06/2021 10:46:08

Sliding doors that overlook your patio and garden are a lovely feature to have in a home. Unfortunately, too many people think that their options for covering their sliding glass doors are limited to heavy curtains.
We’re here to let you know that there’s a better option. Plantation shutters pair perfectly with patio doors of all types, especially sliding doors! The overall appearance of window shutters for sliding glass doors is head and shoulders above any of the alternatives. To top it all off, patio door shutters are incredibly customisable so that you can get exactly what you want.

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Our top design tips for bedroom window shutters

California Shutters 08/06/2021 11:55:04

Shutters are a practical yet stylish window solution for bedroom windows, which makes them a popular choice amongst homeowners. If you are looking for inspiration for your bedroom decor, read our guide below.

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Keep Your Renovations in Budget with Affordable DIY Shutters

California Shutters 18/05/2021 14:46:44

Let’s be honest – carrying out a renovation project can be stressful not only on you, but on the purse strings too. Depending on the extent of your works, you may have to factor all sorts of costs into your budget. 

Luckily, one aspect of your home improvements that needn’t break the bank are the fabulous wares on sale at California Shutters! Why not “save the hassle” and go with a company that does the measuring and installing for you? Well, we’re glad you asked!

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A guide to choosing small window shutters

California Shutters 07/05/2021 11:33:20

Finding the perfect way to cover your windows is such a great feeling. Once everything finally clicks and your room comes together, you get to sit back and enjoy. You will be surprised by how easy it is to order the perfect-sized small window shutters and even install them yourself.
Here’s what you need to know about choosing shutters for small windows in your home.

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What style of shutter is right for me?

California Shutters 06/05/2021 11:55:11

There are many reasons why installing shutters can help improve your home. From their timeless look to their regulation of privacy, light, heat and more, they offer benefits in both form and function.
If you are wondering what style suits you and the needs of your home the best, please read our guide below.

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The layman's guide to buying interior window shutters

California Shutters 08/04/2021 14:06:46

Despite how simple they are to order and install, interior window shutters can be a bit confusing when you first start looking at your options. There are many different styles to choose from, and it can all feel overwhelming. We’re here to demystify the process, and to explain the key differences between the various options on offer.

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Why buy shutters? 8 benefits of installing window shutters in your home.

California Shutters 08/04/2021 09:23:08

With their beautiful aesthetics, adjustable design, and ability to adapt to all styles and tastes, there is no doubt that shutters make an ideal addition to any home. So, think about trading curtains or blinds for shutters to bring an array of fantastic benefits to your space. Here are just a few…

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The Benefits of Timber Shutters

California Shutters 16/03/2021 14:15:21

If you shop around enough, you’ll find shutters made from plenty of different materials and compounds, but why not start with the very best?
Our timber shutters are perfect for any room in your home. They’re much stronger than their MDF counterparts, they’re custom-built to your exact specifications, and- most importantly- they're built to last.

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Retain Your Home’s Elegance with Victorian Window Shutters

California Shutters 05/03/2021 10:12:00

Victorian homes are architecturally beautiful and full of character, so it is important that you choose a window solution that enhances the space. Shutters are a great option as they will add elegance and flexibility to any room. 
Choosing a style of Victorian shutters can be difficult though, so to help you decide, we have provided a simple Q&A with all you need to know.

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Window shutters and home renovation

California Shutters 11/02/2021 13:58:43

This week we’ve been talking to renovator and accountant Francesca about her beautiful Victorian terraced house in Leamington Spa, and how she and Terry have found measuring and installing window shutters as part of their home renovation journey.

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Interior vs Exterior Window Shutters

California Shutters 02/02/2021 14:48:26

When looking into whether shutters are the right window solution for you, you'll come across two types: exterior and interior window shutters. Though visually similar, the two shutter options provide different benefits to the home. To ensure you make the right choice, we have explored the differences between exterior and interior designs below.

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Which Shutter Material is Best for my Living Room?

California Shutters 14/01/2021 13:08:37

The living room is one of the main rooms in the home, it is where we gather to relax and unwind after a long day. Commonly situated at the front or back of the house, living room spaces can commonly suffer from privacy issues, harsh sunlight and more. When homeowners explore the option of installing living room shutters, knowing the benefits and the materials available are important. Here at California Shutters, we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to help you make your decision.

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How to clean vinyl shutters

California Shutters 08/01/2021 11:01:24

Extremely durable, vinyl shutters will not warp when in contact with water and steam. However, daily exposure to moisture mixed with everyday dust can make shutters look dull, so it is important to give them a regular wipe down. If you're unsure about cleaning your shutters and the best technique, we have provided some helpful information below.

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Shutters for triangle windows

California Shutters 17/11/2020 13:21:22

Didn't think shutters for triangle windows were possible? The good news is that they are, and they're easier than you think to measure and install yourself. Here, we talk you through the process of measuring, ordering and installing shutters for triangle windows.

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The noise reduction benefits of wooden shutters

California Shutters 29/10/2020 15:48:07

Outdoor noise can ruin the ambience of your home and prove to be distracting when trying to relax or sleep. However, the installation of stylish, yet practical shutters will help to reduce noise and ensure your space is a restful escape from the outside world.

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Beach house shutters

California Shutters 29/09/2020 17:51:48

Enjoy an endless summer by refreshing the home with shutters for a coastal influence. Instantly uplifting any room, beach house shutters will enhance your existing interior décor and add timeless style as well as much needed practical benefits to your space. 

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The benefits of Cafe style shutters

California Shutters 15/09/2020 14:25:19

This week we've been discussing Cafe style shutters with home renovator Hollie, and how they were so easy to install, even a golden retriever can do it!

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French Shutters and American Shutters

California Shutters 03/09/2020 15:23:20

French country style is known for its earthy tones and curved detailing, whilst, American interior décor consists of wood finishes and neutral tones such as light beige, grey and white. 
Installing chic shutters is a simple way to refresh your interiors whilst giving it a French or American flair.

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Why choose bay window shutters?

California Shutters 09/07/2020 16:00:35

We’ve been speaking to Katrina, home renovator and lover of dachshunds! Katrina has been talking to us about her bay window shutters and why she chose them over curtains or blinds.

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Planning a loft conversion? Get your window dressing just right

California Shutters 18/05/2020 10:19:24

We know that planning a loft conversion is a big job, and there are lots of moving parts for you to consider. Luckily, where your windows are concerned, we have got you covered (quite literally).
Keep reading to find out how shutters will be the perfect fit for your brand-new loft.

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How plantation shutters perfectly complement a period property

California Shutters 30/04/2020 15:16:51

Today we’re California dreamin’ about period properties and talking to home renovator Bea about taking on the project of an Edwardian house, and how shutters perfectly complement her period property.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Everything you need to know

California Shutters 16/04/2020 12:14:17

Times are uncertain, that's for sure. At California Shutters, we're committed to ensuring the safety of our staff and customers.

 Our office might all be working from home, but we're still here for you, answering all your questions on measuring and installing DIY shutters. 

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Home renovator Gemma tells us how easy it is to install white shutters

California Shutters 13/04/2020 15:05:03

This week we caught up with home renovator and interior lover Gemma Penfold (beech.tree.cottage) to find out about saying goodbye to city life and how she’s been renovating her new country house in Kent.

Including the addition of some gorgeous white Shutters!

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Our favourite living room window shutter looks

California Shutters 09/03/2020 10:33:16

Living rooms are both a sanctuary from the outside world and a space to relax and entertain in. We like our choice of decor to be practical and stylish, yet also comforting.

And which window dressing matches this description? Why, plantation shutters of course! Let’s get inspired by looking at some of our favourite living room shutters.

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How to dress old cottage windows - Cottage window ideas

California Shutters 20/02/2020 10:38:19

If you’re looking for cottage window ideas then look no further. There’s no wonky window you can’t fit shutters to!

We catch up with two of our customers, Becca Norwood (goldenfoxcottage) and Vicky Tilbury (thatchedcottagecotswolds) to discover how they added the Californian dream to their lovely houses with cottage shutters!


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5 Bathroom window dressing ideas that are affordable AND stylish

California Shutters 18/02/2020 09:23:17

The bathroom window: small, overlooked and unappreciated. This room is often the last thought of when people are renovating or re-decorating their homes. With these affordable and stylish ideas, we can help you pick a bathroom window dressing that will reinvigorate this busy, yet often neglected room in your home.

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10 timeless bathroom decor ideas (get your partner's approval too!)

California Shutters 23/01/2020 11:58:17

If you and your partner have opposing tastes when it comes to home decor, it can be tricky to agree on a look that you both love. Here we present some timeless bathroom ideas that can help create the perfect balance in both your relationship and your home!

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How to choose the right shutter slat size for your windows

Sally Denyer 22/01/2020 12:34:46

Plantation shutters are made up of several panels housed within a frame. These panels contain a rung of slats, also called louvers.

But what do these shutter slats do? And what is the right size of slat for your window? Here’s where we can help…

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Which shutter material is best for my bathroom?

Sally Denyer 15/01/2020 12:17:25

When choosing a window dressing for a bathroom, plantation shutters are the most practical design by far. With a streamlined finish and full privacy control they're the stylish addition your bathroom needs!

But bathroom windows can be prone to moisture build-up and direct contact with water, so which material would be best for your shutters? Let’s find out!  

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Which shutter material is best for my kitchen?

Sally Denyer 10/01/2020 15:39:05

When choosing shutters for your kitchen window, an important element to consider is which material works best.

Like bathrooms, kitchens are an area prone to moisture and direct contact with water, so this guide will help you choose which material is best for your kitchen shutters.


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Interior blogger Charlotte styled her home with bay window shutters

California Shutters 09/01/2020 13:36:17

When Charlotte Valentine from @thehomethatmademe was looking for some window inspiration for her lovely Victorian home, she worked with California Shutters to achieve the desired look for her bay windows.

Here she tells us how she transformed her home with beautiful plantation shutters.

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How to transform your bungalow with shutters

Sean Baldwin 10/12/2019 15:57:21

We pay a festive visit to Steffi Woodhatch’s lovely bungalow conversion in Newquay, where her white plantation shutters have brought a bit of California to the Cornish coast. Here she tells us why she’s dreaming of a White Shutter Christmas!

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How to style your Victorian semi-detached home

Sean Baldwin 11/11/2019 15:30:50

Sharon Hyatt-Mailes, known as @overatno_43 on Instagram, tells us about her Victorian semi-detached home, her sense of style and why she loves our cafe style shutters. 

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Why should I buy white shutters?

Sean Baldwin 04/10/2019 10:57:32 Buying Shutters

A perennial favourite, there's a very good reason why white shutters often top DIYers' wish lists. Let's look into why this is the case and show off some of our happy customers' installations!

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying DIY Shutters

Sean Baldwin 19/09/2019 11:51:12 Buying Shutters

Before embarking on the journey of DIY shutters, you'll want to explore the styles on offer and consider whether they’ll work for you and your lifestyle. Here’s a concise guide to buying DIY shutters, giving you everything you need to know before deciding on your shutters.

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5 ideas to make the most of your kitchen windowsill

Sean Baldwin 12/09/2019 13:01:06 Inspiration

The humble kitchen windowsill often remains overlooked – in more ways than one! So, let’s change our perceptions of its potential, shall we? If your kitchen windowsill area is looking a little bare these days, then let us offer some ideas that’ll add some much-needed charm.

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Get the look: Scandi Interiors

Sean Baldwin 10/07/2019 13:50:24 DIY and How-to Guides

Hygge made a big impression here in the UK some years ago, and it’s a design trend that’s sure to stay. But here at California Shutters we’re wondering: now that the warm weather’s here, what about shaking things up with some cool, Scandinavian, summer style? Let's pay a visit to Northern Europe...

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How we transformed this Georgian mansion with shutters

Fiona Duffy 31/05/2019 09:04:29 Inspiration, Stories

One of our biggest projects yet, California Shutters recently fitted shutters to the windows and doors of a stunning London property for our annual shoot.

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Customer Story: How Oli Transformed his Flat with Full Height Shutters

Sean Baldwin 29/05/2019 10:37:42 Stories

When a Brighton resident decided to install his own full height shutters, he was delighted with the results and the sense of achievement that followed.

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Interior design tips for a timeless kitchen

California Shutters 22/05/2019 09:59:55 Inspiration

With kitchens fast becoming the focal point in an increasing majority of homes, they need to be as visually appealing as they are practical. By choosing timeless kitchen elements, you'll save on money and avoid the hassle of having to remodel down the line. Here are our favourite design tips for a timeless kitchen. 

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10 home décor ways to make a new home homely

California Shutters 10/05/2019 09:35:57 DIY and How-to Guides, Inspiration

Moving into a new home can be stressful enough without having to worry about decorating once you’ve finally made it in. Save yourself some much-needed time and energy by getting inspired with these 10 helpful new house decoration ideas.

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Choosing the perfect farmhouse table for your kitchen + special offer

Farmhouse Table Co. 01/05/2019 11:49:37 Inspiration

The table is an important investment when styling your kitchen or dining room. After all, you’ll be sitting around this table for many years to come. With the help of our friends at the Farmhouse Table Co, here's what you need to think about when selecting your table. 

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Creating a Feature Wall in a Child's Bedroom

Sean Baldwin 26/04/2019 13:05:53 Inspiration

If you’re planning on redecorating your children’s bedroom, a feature wall will totally transform the feel of their room. Here are our favourite ideas to get you started, including some out of this world ideas that’ll provide a real sense of fun. Create some space and reach for the stars!

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10 Home Renovation Instagram Accounts to Follow for Home Inspiration

Fiona Duffy 22/01/2019 12:45:12 Inspiration

If you’re embarking on a home renovation project in need of home decor ideas, then look no further than these 10 must-follow Instagram accounts – they're documenting every inch of their renovation progress and taking the Instagram interiors world by storm.

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How to style a home office space (with video from RVK Loves)

Fiona Duffy 15/01/2019 14:26:25 DIY and How-to Guides

Looking for home office ideas to make your workspace more inspiring? You’ll love these tips from Instagram-styling expert, Rebecca Sterling from @rvk_loves.

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Renovating a house? Mega savings to look out for in our sales

Fiona Duffy 12/11/2018 11:27:52 Offers

Our guide to the best Black Friday deals to look out for if you're renovating a house on a budget.

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Get the look: Wooden Shutters

Fiona Duffy 24/10/2018 11:03:48 Buying Shutters, Inspiration

Looking to create year-round cosiness in your home? Then wooden shutters are for you. Luxurious, warming and filled with character, here’s how to create your ideal look with our Grained Hardwood wooden shutter range.

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5 ways to warm up your rooms with cosy hygge style

Lucy Searle 26/09/2018 10:12:21 Inspiration, Seasonal

Want your home to feel warm and inviting this autumn and winter? Our guest blogger Lucy Searle, Editor-in-Chief of RealHomes.com tells you five sure-fire ways with the latest home trends

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10 nursery room decor ideas you’ll love

Fiona Duffy 21/09/2018 13:54:34 Inspiration

Counting down the months or weeks to a new arrival? Create a fabulous scheme with these nursery room decor ideas.

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California Shutters + Painthouse collaboration

Fiona Duffy 05/09/2018 10:17:43

**Offer now closed. Stay tuned for our next collaboration!**

Want to give your home a unique look? This could be your opportunity. California Shutters are proud to announce an exclusive collaboration with a new, contemporary paint brand, Painthouse, who have have released 72 new colours in their debut collection, now available to colour match to any of our shutters. 

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Kids’ bedroom ideas from tots to teens

Fiona Duffy 10/08/2018 16:11:58 Inspiration

Put together a scheme both you and your children will love with these bedroom design ideas

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New build interiors – How to bring character to a new build home

Fiona Duffy 09/07/2018 12:37:53 Buying Shutters, DIY and How-to Guides

Want to give your new-build home character and style? Shutters are the answer. Find out how they can benefit your place

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Get the look: A coastal interior (with white shutters)

Fiona Duffy 15/06/2018 17:06:27 DIY and How-to Guides

Make waves with your interior design by bringing a simple, serene, seaside look to your home with these easy-to-achieve decorating tips to complement your white shutters.

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Choosing a colour palette for your bedroom shutters

Fiona Duffy 04/06/2018 08:00:00 Inspiration

Thinking about colourful shutters in your bedroom? Take a look at our colour palette ideas to help you achieve the perfect look

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The essential guide to interior design styles

Fiona Duffy 28/05/2018 08:00:00 Buying Shutters

Want to give your home a style revamp? Creating a new look needn’t be a challenge. We’ve put together all you need to know to create the top interior design styles in your home, and (naturally) we’ll tell you which shutters work best in each. Here’s the lowdown…

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Why shutters are the best treatment for loft windows

Fiona Duffy 25/05/2018 08:00:00 Buying Shutters

Loft windows needn’t be tricky to dress. Shutters are smart and effective for dormer windows and skylights. Find out why...

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How to choose shutters for bedrooms

Fiona Duffy 16/05/2018 13:13:40 Buying Shutters, DIY and How-to Guides

More than just a style choice, shutters are the perfect window dressing for bedrooms for all sorts of practical reasons.

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How to install shutters on UPVC windows and UPVC conservatories

Fiona Duffy 16/05/2018 11:49:24 DIY and How-to Guides

Shutters can be installed onto UPVC windows and doors, so whether you want to dress windows or a conservatory made from the material, find out how easy it is to add shading and privacy with our step by step guide. 

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Creating a beach theme in your home

Fiona Duffy 05/03/2018 10:01:09 DIY and How-to Guides

Summer’s coming, so why not freshen up your home with a bright, beach-inspired makeover? Here’s how to get nautical décor just right

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Bring spring colours into your home

California Shutters 09/02/2018 11:46:14 Inspiration

Refresh every room for the new season with a pretty palette of shades. These spring decorating ideas will bring the tints of flowers, foliage and skies inside

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10 easy spring cleaning hacks for your home

California Shutters 01/02/2018 11:48:51 Seasonal

There’s no need to invest in a lot of expensive products to get your place sparkling for the new season. Make it look its best in the sunshine with a few household basics and our fabulous spring cleaning tips

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Dining room inspiration for 2018

California Shutters 05/01/2018 09:36:23 Inspiration

A dining room must be multi-functional – it’s where you’ll snack, socialise and even sort out your paperwork. How to decorate your dining room so that it can be easily transformed, whatever the occasion? Find out here

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Why shutters are the best window dressing for winter

California Shutters 07/12/2017 09:51:59 Seasonal

Feeling the chill indoors? Hating the long, dark evenings? Need some cold weather window coverings? Shutters will make your home feel warm, welcoming and less wintry. Find out how

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Shop smart on Black Friday

California Shutters 16/11/2017 11:10:25 Offers

Looking for great deals for your home on Black Friday? Discover our top tips on what to look for and where to buy interiors and DIY bargains

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How to repair plantation window shutters

California Shutters 06/10/2017 09:54:02 DIY and How-to Guides

In the unlikely event that you ever need to repair your wooden shutters, here's an easy guide to help you restore them back to their former glory.

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Create an art deco look in your living room

California Shutters 06/10/2017 09:51:01 DIY and How-to Guides, Inspiration

Love the strong geometry, rich colours and intricate detail of art deco style? While some trends come and go, art deco is one we never seem to tire of. Discover how to get the look in your living room

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Design ideas for your conservatory

California Shutters 06/09/2017 10:19:14 Inspiration, Seasonal

Extend the time you can spend in the conservatory this year with interior inspiration for keeping it inviting and cosy long after the summer’s gone

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Best dressed bay windows

California Shutters 13/07/2017 11:06:30 Inspiration

Think your bay window means you can’t have window shutters? Think again – we can custom create shutters for just about any window shape and style. Be inspired by our favourite ways to use them on bays – and find out why shutters are best for window dressing them

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Two tone rooms

California Shutters 06/06/2017 16:46:25 Inspiration

If you’re looking for interior inspiration, you’ll love the latest home trend: two tone interiors. Follow our style tips to get your room schemes just right

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It’s a blackout

California Shutters 21/05/2017 09:32:32 Seasonal

With summer approaching, mornings and evenings are getting ever lighter. Choose solid shutters to block out the light – and do much, much more.

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Shutters for awkward window shapes: customer review

California Shutters 12/04/2017 10:29:25 Stories

Do you have an oddly-shaped window that’s a nightmare to find the right treatment for? Window shutters are a dream solution – as one California Shutters customer reveals

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8 best-ever spring cleaning tips

California Shutters 03/03/2017 10:53:07 Seasonal

With spring approaching, it’s time to declutter untidy rooms and give your home a thorough clean.
Check out our clever, time-saving and downright unmissable cleaning tips for no-sweat results

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How to hygge your home

California Shutters 07/02/2017 11:21:27 DIY and How-to Guides

Give your rooms the Scandinavian vibe that equals cosiness, warmth and much more. Here’s how to bring the happiness of hygge to your interiors

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Installing window shutters in your bathroom

California Shutters 24/01/2017 08:43:23 Buying Shutters

Planning home improvements for the year ahead? If you’re redecorating your bathroom, getting the window dressing right means shutters. 

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Top interior trends for 2017

California Shutters 06/01/2017 11:45:53 Inspiration

Want to know what’s going to be hot for interiors this year? Get the lowdown on the looks you’ll love to bring into your home – and how to make them work beautifully

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Why Special Shape Shutters Are Perfect for Unusual Windows

California Shutters 20/12/2016 14:07:15 Buying Shutters

Unusual shaped windows can present a real challenge when it comes to finding suitable window coverings for them, and you may find yourself very limited in choice when it comes to curtains and blinds. Fortunately a solution is at hand in the form of bespoke special shape shutters – which can be custom built to fit any window, regardless of shape or size. 

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Transform Your Home with American Shutters

California Shutters 20/12/2016 14:05:06 Buying Shutters

In recent years there has been a steady increase in the adoption of American shutters in UK homes. These permanent, louvered shutters have long been ubiquitous in the States, and they are fast becoming a go-to solution for British homeowners who want an energy-efficient, attractive alternative to curtains and blinds.

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Solid shutters

California Shutters 20/12/2016 14:01:00 Buying Shutters

Dramatic. Practical. Insulating. Secure. The benefits of solid shutters go on. Whether you opt for raised panels or shaker style; go neutral or bold, they’re sure to make an impact in your home.

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Full height shutters

California Shutters 20/12/2016 13:55:31 Buying Shutters

As the name suggests, these are single, full-height shutters that cover the entire window and open as one unit. They are simple and elegant but give you a dramatic finish. If you're looking for standard door shutters, or shutters for French doors, this style is also a great choice.

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A blogger’s guide to installing our shutters

California Shutters 15/12/2016 09:25:13 DIY and How-to Guides, Stories

Want to fit quality shutters in your home but worried about the installation process? We teamed up with The Home That Made Me blogger Charlotte Valentine who has recently fitted shutters in her home to show just how easy it is. Here’s her (abridged) review of installing our shutters from start to finish…

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How to design the perfect dressing room

California Shutters 02/11/2016 12:12:49 DIY and How-to Guides

They’re the must-have room for buyers, but dressing rooms aren’t just fashionable: they’re a practical addition to a home, too. Here’s how to design yours in 10 easy steps

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How to create the perfect family snug

California Shutters 05/10/2016 08:39:55 DIY and How-to Guides

More grown up than a playroom and the ideal chill-out space for the whole family, a snug is a must-have room for anyone who loves to relax in style…

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How to do 1970s style in 2016

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 10/08/2016 09:20:37 DIY and How-to Guides

Love the laid back vibe of 1970s’ rooms but want to give yours a contemporary twist? Here’s how

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California Shutters at B&Q

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 05/08/2016 08:58:48 Buying Shutters

While California Shutters have always been partnered with the UK's biggest and most well know hardware store B&Q - only now have we started a physical appearance in stores. 

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10 must-know DIY tricks

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 27/07/2016 10:26:07 DIY and How-to Guides

Ready for some home improvement? When you’re DIYing, these are the insider secrets worth knowing to make your room refreshes and renovations simpler and quicker – and your results more professional looking. Hurrah!

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How to decorate an open-plan room

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 07/07/2016 09:25:27 DIY and How-to Guides

The key to decorating an open-plan room is to zone and define the different areas within the space. You can do this with everything from furniture to focal points – follow our expert guide to find out how

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Trade secrets of interior design

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 01/06/2016 10:29:13

Want the interiors of your home to look as good as those designed by the experts? Then step a little closer because we’re going to let you in on the secrets of the decorating professionals. Result? You’ll have the knowhow to make every room fantastic.

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Interior trend: Pink

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 18/05/2016 11:14:55 Inspiration

Ever since the Pantone colour of the year was named as Rose Quartz, a sultry pastel pink, interiors have been crazy for the dusty pastel shade. Here’s how to get the look right at home with a room-by-room guide.


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Transform your garden

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 21/04/2016 10:38:01 Inspiration

Are your front and back gardens doing your home justice? If they’re nothing but a home for wheelie bins and a patch of paving or grass, it’s time to take them in hand. These easy makeovers will turn them from best ignored to best in class .

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Decorating a living room

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 06/04/2016 09:35:37 DIY and How-to Guides

Giving your living room a new look? Find out how to get the best colour scheme, introduce pattern and pick the right furniture.

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How to decorate a kitchen diner

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 09/03/2016 12:08:13 DIY and How-to Guides

Want to revamp your kitchen diner so that it’s good looking and on trend as well as practical? Find out how here.

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Modern country: how to get the look

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 17/02/2016 09:29:13 DIY and How-to Guides

Want to update the country look you fell in love with last time you decorated? Or perhaps you want to soften your super smart (but unhomely) contemporary rooms? Here’s how.

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10 ways to create a room with wow factor

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 23/12/2015 11:53:59 DIY and How-to Guides

Want to make your home stand out from the crowd in 2016? Tap into the latest trends, and use our clever decorating tricks to put yours streets ahead…

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How to double your space indoors

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 10/12/2015 09:25:48 DIY and How-to Guides

House going to be bursting at the seams with guests and gifts this Christmas? Here’s how to make your rooms feel a whole lot bigger – without actually building an extension…


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DIY jobs that will warm up your home for winter

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 18/11/2015 09:50:07 DIY and How-to Guides, Seasonal

Make sure the winter weather doesn’t make your home feel chilly. These are the items for your to-do list so you can stay cosy for the whole season.

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How to create a cosy, contemporary style

CALIFORNIA SHUTTERS 11/11/2015 09:57:22 DIY and How-to Guides

Want your home to feel warm and welcoming without it looking like your parents’ house? Approach ‘cosy’ in a contemporary way with our interior design know-how…


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How to plan the perfect home office

California Shutters 04/11/2015 11:13:07 DIY and How-to Guides

Whether you’re planning a dedicated home office or simply a study space in a corner, follow our tips to get yours right first time.

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How to design and plan the perfect ensuite bathroom

California Shutters 07/10/2015 13:32:13 DIY and How-to Guides

Fitting and decorating an ensuite bathroom creates particular challenges. Check out our expert advice and get your room right first time.

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California Shutters take home best eCommerce Design Award!

California Shutters 01/10/2015 08:58:27

Last night, California Shutters & our media company True Digital won the award for the best eCommerce design. Proving once and for all that our shutter-buying experience is the best you can get!

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Colour blocking

Sarah Warwick 23/09/2015 09:22:13 Inspiration

Hot on the catwalks last year, colour blocking has hit homes big time this year. Here’s how to use it (the right way) in your rooms to get maximum impact

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How to design and plan the perfect hallway

Lucy Searle 03/09/2015 11:28:43 DIY and How-to Guides

It’s the first space you, your guests and – if selling’s on the agenda this autumn – potential buyers see when the front door’s opened, so give your hall a style boost. We have all the ideas you need.

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How to design the perfect open plan kitchen diner

Sarah Warwick 22/07/2015 09:15:38 DIY and How-to Guides

Extending or knocking through to create a bigger kitchen that will include a diner and living area, too? Here’s how to plan your space and furnish it successfully.

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Create Scandinavian style

Sarah Warwick 10/06/2015 09:15:19 DIY and How-to Guides

Fallen for the simple beauty of Nordic interiors with their pale and interesting colour palette, tactile natural materials, and focus on great design? Scandi style can be a real winner for British homes as well, so find out how to get the look.

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How to design the perfect living room

Lucy Searle 13/05/2015 09:05:00 DIY and How-to Guides

Whatever your interior style, use our expert tips to create a living space you’ll love.

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Create coastal style

Sarah Warwick 06/05/2015 10:15:27 DIY and How-to Guides

After a look that’s fresh, space-expanding, easy to put together and timeless? Seaside chic can be a hit in any type of home, and whatever distance from the sea you live. Here’s how.

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Lifeproof your home

Lucy Searle 29/04/2015 10:28:43 DIY and How-to Guides

Yes, you want your home to look stylish, but for good looks that aren’t fleeting make your choices durable and easy to care for, too. Use our tips to create interiors that’ll stay gorgeous despite the best efforts of your other half, family, friends, pets...

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Get your home (and garden) ready for summer

Sarah Warwick 22/04/2015 09:00:33 DIY and How-to Guides, Seasonal

Spring has arrived - hopefully, with summer fast behind it – so let the sunshine back into your home with these room-brightening ideas…

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How to create luxury hotel style

Lucy Searle 15/04/2015 09:56:13 DIY and How-to Guides

Fan of the five-star luxury look that doesn’t have to shout about how chic it is? Boutique hotel style can be yours wherever you live with our guide to getting the look.

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10 low-budget, high-impact decorating tricks

Lucy Searle 01/04/2015 08:50:58 DIY and How-to Guides

Have you put some time aside in the Easter holidays to pep your house up? Here’s how to spend your time (and money) wisely…

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How to create the industrial look

Sarah Warwick 25/03/2015 08:47:30 DIY and How-to Guides

A hot trend for the year ahead, industrial-style interiors suit both new and period properties. Here’s how to conjure up the look for your home

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The top five DIY jobs you CAN do yourself

Lucy Searle 18/03/2015 09:52:34 DIY and How-to Guides

Think you’re not a do-it-yourselfer? Be prepared to change your mind. There are plenty of home improvements you can take on and save £££s. Try these... then give yourself a pat on the back.

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Which 10 home improvements will increase your home’s value?

Sarah Warwick 11/03/2015 09:49:06 DIY and How-to Guides, Inspiration

Want to make your home a better place for you to live in – and have an eye to the day you come to sell? Make the improvements that’ll count in the future and ensure your pad’s plusher than ever.

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How to design the perfect bedroom

Lucy Searle 18/02/2015 09:32:03 DIY and How-to Guides

Revamping your bedroom? Here’s how to get the new look right.

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How to create vintage style

Sarah Warwick 11/02/2015 11:37:27 DIY and How-to Guides

Love colour and pattern? Big on mixing and matching? Want a strong flavour of the 1950s and a distinctly cheerful home? Discover how to work the vintage look in every room.

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How to make your rooms feel bigger - without spending £££S

Sarah Warwick 28/01/2015 18:36:37 DIY and How-to Guides

We don’t know about you, but by January, we’ve spent enough time cooped up indoors, we’re fed up with tripping over Christmas presents and we’ve begun to think our homes are looking small and decidedly in need of a revamp. Then we realise we spent all our cash over the holidays… Despair not, people, we’ve got 10 easy ways to make your rooms feel bigger and brighter – with minimum spend!

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How to give your home a traditional feel

Lucy Searle 21/01/2015 15:42:34 DIY and How-to Guides

Want to give your period property an authentic traditional feel? Find out how to get the look right first time with our expert guide…

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10 ways to refresh your home for the new year

Lucy Searle 07/01/2015 10:06:57 DIY and How-to Guides, Inspiration

A new year means a new start – or at least a few resolutions. Instead of depriving yourself of chips, chocolate or wine, why not focus on your home? A small change can be all that’s needed to create a fresh new look in every room. The added bonus is that while you’re thinking about your interiors, you won’t be focusing on what you’re missing out on –which in our experience makes it all the more tempting. Result all round.

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How to create contemporary style

Sarah Warwick 03/12/2014 16:49:11 DIY and How-to Guides

If you’re a fan of sleek, modern interiors, clean lines and spacious, light-filled rooms, check out our guide to getting the contemporary look in your home.

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How to choose the right shutters for every room

Lucy Searle 14/11/2014 16:36:24 Buying Shutters, DIY and How-to Guides

Shutters: they look brilliant, can be made to measure any window or door, give you security and privacy but let in lots of light, and even improve your home’s insulation. What’s not to like?

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Great advice on choosing the right shutters

Getting Started

Tips to get your measurements spot on

Help with measuring

Handy DIY tips for easy fitting

Help with installing