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How to dress a bay window

Posted on 4th May 2022 by maddi kealy

 

Bay windows are beautiful features in themselves. If you really want yours to stand out however, below we share some great ideas for dressing this unique type of window. 

Add a window seat 

Make the most out of your bay window by adding a window seat. Some colourful cushions will make a real feature of the area and it ensures you’re utilising all the available space in the room. example of shutter installation

The additional seating will be a welcome addition when you have guests over and it’s also ideal for smaller rooms because you won’t need as many chairs taking up valuable floor space. 

Add some plants 

Bringing the outdoors inside not only adds some colour to your home, it also has tremendous effects on our health. Several studies have shown that houseplants can improve our mood, reduce fatigue, help us to focus and lower stress and anxiety. 

Bay windows make an ideal home for plants that require a lot of sunlight. If you need some ideas, here are 12 houseplants which are perfect for sunny windows. 

Make the most of the space 

If you’re not already doing so, make the most of the extra floor space bay windows create.  

You can add a built-in seating area, a breakfast nook, add a sofa or chairs, add some clever storage solutions or even build a desk. As well as being able to look outside while you’re working, it means you can enjoy a designated workspace when you’re working from home or the kids are doing their homework.  

Add a shelf 

Building a shelf under your bay window is the perfect way to create some additional storage space. You can then make a feature of it by adding plants, books, photo frames, ornaments or whatever else takes your fancy.  

Install shutters 

There’s no denying that bay windows make a stunning feature. They do present some difficulties however. Their awkward shape can make them hard to dress, they’re not great for privacy and they can let in a lot of cold air during the winter months.  

The good news is that shutters can help solve all these problems. Because they’re tailored to your window, shutters are ideal for bay windows regardless of their shape. They can also give you complete privacy while still letting in as much or as little light as you like and they offer an extra barrier which is great for security and noise and sound insulation.  

If you would like more information about the best types of shutters for bay windows, please don’t hesitate to contact Castle Hill Shutters and we’ll be more than happy to help. You can also book a free, no obligation quotation. 

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How to spring clean your window shutters

Posted on by maddi kealy

 

One of the greatest benefits of window shutters is that they’re so easy to care for. If you’re giving your home a thorough spring clean however and want to know how to get those shutters looking as good as new once again, below we share our top shutter cleaning tips.  

Avoid using harsh chemicals  

When conducting a thorough clean, it’s tempting to use the strongest chemicals we can find. While this may work a treat on the likes of toilets and stubborn grease stains on the kitchen hob, it may damage your shutters.  

It’s a great idea to give your shutters a thorough wipe-down occasionally but warm soapy water is all you need. The technique below is great for spring cleans or if you have marks or stains on your shutters, but we don’t recommend using full height shutters with midrail installationwater to clean your shutters regularly. 

Use the right cloth  

It’s also important to use a gentle cloth which isn’t going to scratch your shutters. Microfibre cloths work great and you don’t even have to wet them if you don’t want to risk causing water damage.  

Simply tilt the slats to the open position and give each one a thorough wipe. To ensure any remaining dust is removed, close all the slats and give the entire frame a final wipe down.  

Use a toothbrush 

A great tip for removing dust and debris from those difficult-to-reach places is to use a toothbrush. Ensure it’s clean and dry and gently sweep away any dirt from the corners or ends of the slats.  

Use a duster with a handle  

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It can be tricky to get into each individual slat, especially the ones which are higher up. Using a duster with a longer handle will help you clean each individual slat and access parts of your shutters which are higher up. 

You don’t have to spend a fortune either. This dust magnet from Flash is gentle enough to use on shutters and this extendable duster is really great if you struggle to reach the top of your shutters. 

 

 

Use a vacuum cleaner 

If your vacuum cleaner has a soft upholstery attachment, you can also use this to clean your shutters. Simply use the correct attachment and clean each individual slat the same way you would with a duster.  

If you would like some more cleaning tips for your shutters or have a particularly stubborn stain you would like advice about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The team is always happy to help!  

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Window shutters for sliding and bi-fold doors

Posted on by maddi kealy

If you have sliding or bi-fold doors, you may think that shutters aren’t an option. With so many different styles now available, the great news is that there’s one to suit every type of window or door. 

For our customers who have sliding or bi-fold doors, we recommend tracked shutters. If you’re still debating whether or not to invest in shutters for your sliding or bi-fold doors, below we’ve listed some of the many benefits of tracked shutters. 

They’re easy to operate 

How your shutters will open and close may depend on the type of door you have. Either way however, they’re very easy to operate and enable you to open and close your shutters as often as you like. In most cases you simply push them to the side, giving you easy access to your outdoor space.  

They’re custom made 

Windows and doors come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so your shutters should be individually tailored to your home. Here at Castle Hill Shutters, our products are made to measure to ensure they fit perfectly and seamlessly with your sliding or bi-fold doors.  

They give you more control 

Even tracked shutters come with fully adjustable louvres which means you have complete control. You can adjust them to let in as much or as little light as you need and it also means you can have more privacy when you need it. 

Better insulation 

Sliding and bi-fold doors look great but they can let in a lot of cold air during the winter months. Shutters are a great way to remove this problem because they’re great insulators. This means that as well as keeping out the chilly air when it’s cold outside, they can also help to keep your home cool on warm, sunny days.  

Increased security  

Doors are an easy way for burglars to gain access to properties. As well as looking great, shutters also act as a deterrent for criminals.  

When looking for homes to break into, burglars are always going to target the places they can gain quick and easy access to. Shutters provide an extra barrier to try and break through and also make it impossible for people to tell if someone is at home if you have the slats closed.  

You can still enjoy views of the great outdoors 

Installing shutters over your doors doesn’t mean that you lose your views of the great outdoors. This type of shutter concertinas back neatly, allowing you to fully enjoy views of your garden for those rare sunny days we get to enjoy in the UK.  

Waterproof options are available  

Bi-fold doors have become a popular addition for kitchens in recent years. If you’re worried about steam and moisture from cooking damaging your shutters, waterproof options are available.  

If you would like more information about tracked shutters for sliding or bi-fold doors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Castle Hill Shutters. We’re happy to answer any questions and can arrange a free, no obligation consultation.  

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Interior design tips for 2022

Posted on by maddi kealy

 

As we welcome warmer and brighter days, what better time to give your home a fresh new look? 

If you’re on the search for some decorating inspiration, here are some of our top interior design tips for 2022.  

Go green 

Play-it-safe neutrals have been in fashion for far too long. This year it’s time to get creative with bolder colours.  

With an abundance of evidence suggesting that a connection to nature has countless benefits on our physical and mental health, green is officially ‘in’ for 2022.  

Rachael Doble, co-founder of the boutique interior brand, Carmine Lake, has spoken about her excitement about seeing green colours making their way into our homes: 

“Green is an extremely versatile hue and I’m thrilled that homeowners are embracing it. It can be cozy and comforting,Example of our tier-on-tier shutters vibrant and refreshing and even dark and dramatic.”

She continued: 

“There truly is a green to suit all tastes and I believe spring 2022 will bring with it a real appetite for green homewares.” 

Sustainable materials  

Talking about going green, sustainable materials are in high demand at the moment. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact they’re having on the environment and this is starting to reflect on their interior design choices.  

You can jump on board this trend by reusing and recycling furniture or buying items which you can upcycle and give new life to. Second-hand shops, flea markets and car boot sales are great places to find suitable items. The added benefits of this is that it’s much cheaper than buying brand new items.  

Home offices 

After so many of us were told to work from home during the pandemic, home offices have become all the rage. So much so that the phrase ‘shoffice’ has been coined.  

Office sheds have become highly desirable for homeowners as our working week has more than likely changed forever. Although work from home guidance has come to an end, workers and employers have embraced the flexibility of hybrid working and many of us continue to work from home a couple days a week.  

With power, insulation and heating, shoffices are a great way to add extra space to homes and can be repurposed for other uses if your circumstances change.  

Broken plan living 

Another hugely popular trend in recent years has been open plan living. While this is great for opening up spaces and making homes look bigger, with more of us now working from home than ever before, the trend for separate living spaces is making its way back. 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to completely reconstruct your home to benefit from broken plan living. There are many simple solutions which can help to divide the space in individual rooms including bookcases, wicker style screens, room dividers and shutters.  

Yes, you’ve read that correctly! Shutters aren’t just for windows. They also make great room dividers and are a simple way to transform open plan living spaces. They’re mounted on a track which means they can be opened and closed quickly and easily, giving you the best of both worlds. example of shutter installation

When you need more privacy while you’re working during the day for example, you can keep the shutters closed. If you’re having guests over in the evening, you can have the shutters open to create more space.  

If you would like more information about installing shutters as a room divider, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Castle Hill Shutters and we’ll be more than happy to help.  

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Why you should choose solid window shutters for your home.

Posted on 24th January 2022 by Castle Hill Shutters

 

The easy part is deciding that you want window shutters in your home. The difficult part is figuring out which style to go for when there are so many great options available.

Some styles will of course be better suited to your property than others, so it’s a good idea to do your research beforehand or call in the experts for a helping hand.

One of the things we love most about solid shutters however, is that they’re one of the most versatile styles and can usually be customised to suit any window.

Aside from this major selling point, below we’ve listed some other great reasons to choose solid window shutters for your home.

They look great

Solid window shutters act as a real feature and add timeless style to any property. They’re ideal for anyone who wants to make a statement without being overbearing or worrying about their design going out of fashion.tier on tier shutters installation

Shutters have been a popular window dressing since the 1500s and seem to gain in popularity with every decade that passes. You can be rest assured that they’re never going out of fashion and are a worthwhile investment.

Privacy

Made from a solid wooden panel, this style of shutter offers ultimate privacy. This is great for bedrooms and rooms which are overlooked by the neighbours, buildings or are on street level.

They’re great insulators

If you’re looking for an all-round great insulator, solid shutters are your best bet. They can’t be beaten when it comes to blocking out the light which is great for those hot and sunny days or if there’s a bright streetlight outside your bedroom.

They also act as a highly effective sound barrier which is ideal for properties in busy areas and they’re perfect for keeping out the cold during the winter months.

As well as ensuring that your home stays nice and warm, solid shutters can save you a substantial amount on your heating bills.

example of shutter installationThey’re versatile

Did you know that solid shutters can also be used to cover doors and wardrobes? This can be done for decorative purposes or to add an extra layer of ventilation if your doors are letting in a lot of cold air.

They also make great free-standing screens and room dividers which is perfect in today’s modern-day setup where so many of us are now working from home. 

Bespoke made

Shutters can last a lifetime so it’s important that you’re 100% happy with the style and fit.

Castle Hill Shutters offers a free, no obligation consultation so you can be rest assured you’re getting exactly what you want. One of our expert fitters will listen to your requirements and assess your windows so we can advise on suitable styles. We’ll also measure everything we need while we’re there so if you decide to choose us, we won’t need to come around again.

All our shutters are bespoke made and can therefore fit almost any size or shaped window.

For further information or to book your free quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Castle Hill Shutters today.

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Home décor projects to banish the winter blues

Posted on 6th January 2022 by Castle Hill Shutters

 

We don’t know about you guys, but we think this has felt like a particularly long and cold winter. While we’re hopefully through the worst of it, there are still a good few months until we’ll be enjoying those long summer nights once again.

To help pass the time and banish those winter blues, we’ve come up with some great winter décor projects which will leave your home looking fabulous.

Declutter

Before you start any new projects, it’s a good idea to declutter beforehand. Be ruthless about getting rid of anything you don’t use or which doesn’t serve a purpose. If you donate your unwanted items to a charity shop, you’ll be doing a great deed at the same time.

Add shelves

Shelves are a great way to inject a bit of personality into any room as well as free up some much-needed floor space. Decorate them with photos, books, ornaments, flowers or whatever else takes your fancy. Just remember to keep it simple – over-filling your shelves will leave the room looking cluttered.

Reupholster sofas and chairs

Whether your sofa and chairs have seen better days or you’re simply bored of them, reupholstering furniture is a great way to spruce the place up. As well as being a fun DIY task, it’s also much cheaper than buying new furniture.

Make your own artwork

 Who needs one of Picasso’s finest when you can make your very own artwork? This is an inexpensive way to add some character to your home and best of all, you can get the whole family involved. The kids will love putting their art skills to the test and it means you get to create some great memories at the same time.

Perhaps you’re a budding artist yourself. In which case, put together some paintings or drawings and display them on your walls for everyone to enjoy.

 

Give the windows some TLC

 As well as being crucial to the functioning of your home, windows also play a big role when it comes to aesthetics.

Some top tips for ensuring your windows stay as beautiful as the rest of your property include:

For further information about window shutters or to book a free, no obligation quotation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Castle Hill Shutters today.

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The pros and cons of tier-on-tier shutters from Castle Hill Shutters

Posted on 22nd December 2021 by Castle Hill Shutters

 

If you’re looking for increased privacy but don’t want to compromise on light, tier-on-tier shutters are the perfect solution for your home.

Featuring two sets of panels, one on top of the other, these beautiful window dressings offer complete flexibility. You can for example keep the bottom section closed so passers-by can’t see into your home, while leaving the top half open to let in plenty of natural daylight.

Our shutters are built to last for many years, making them a long-term investment. With this in mind, it’s important that you’re 100% certain you’re choosing the right style for your home. If you’re considering tier-on-tier shutters, below are some of the pros and cons.

example of shutter installationPros

Increased privacy

As we’ve already mentioned, tier-on-tier shutters are great for those rooms which require extra privacy. If your lounge or bedroom is at the front of the house for example, you can keep the lower section closed so nobody can see in. With the upper section open, plenty of natural daylight can still enter your home.

Alternatively, you can have both sections closed and adjust the slats to let in some light. Because the slats are at an angle, you can still benefit from complete privacy.

Great for insulation

Tier-on-tier shutters are fully framed and cover the full height of your window which means they’re fantastic at keeping your home nice and warm during those cold winter months.

They also keep the direct sunlight out which will help to keep your house cool during the summer.

An extra layer of security

A fantastic benefit of tier-on-tier shutters is that they make a great security device. Whether you have the slats fully closed or open at an angle, nobody will be able to see into your home. This means that potential burglars won’t be able to determine if the house is empty or not.

As well as this, shutters act as an extra barrier to try and break through. This will deter even the bravest of burglars.  

Built to last

Here at Castle Hill Shutters, we pride ourselves on our reputation. Because of this, we only ever use the highest quality materials for our shutters. They’re built to last and are only ever installed by fully trained, insured and highly experienced fitters. You can be assured that both our products and service are second to none.

Cons

They’re not suitable for all window typesexample of shutter installation

Although tier-on-tier shutters are extremely versatile, they’re not suitable for all types of windows.

They’re ideal for Victorian windows but don’t work so well with smaller openings. Although they can be installed on smaller windows if you have your heart set on them, we find they can overpower the window and block natural light coming in due to the solid material on each panel where the tiers meet.

Will do however endeavour to cater to the needs of all our customers. If you book a consultation, our experts will see what we can do as well as go through other styles of shutters which may be better suited to your property.

To book in for a free, no obligation quotation, get in touch with Castle Hill Shutters today.

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How to look after your windows and window shutters in winter

Posted on 6th December 2021 by Castle Hill Shutters

Rain, ice and condensation can leave you feeling like you’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to keeping your windows looking great during the winter months. Fortunately, we’re experts in all things window related so below we’ve shared some of our top tips for looking after your windows and shutters throughout the colder season.

Dealing with condensation

One of the biggest risks of damage to both your windows and shutters, is condensation. Unfortunately, this is a very common problem in winter but with the right measures, it can be managed and even prevented.example of shutter installation

· Many of us have the heating cranked up when we’re home and then set it to a very low temperature when we’re out. Maintaining a consistent temperature in your property is one of the best ways to keep condensation at bay however. Set the thermostat to a temperature that’s comfortable for your household and maintain this. You want to avoid sudden sharp increases and decreases

· We understand that the last thing you want to do in the depths of winter is open any windows. If you notice condensation however, air out the room until the moisture has subsided and wipe away any remaining condensation. The longer it sits on your windows or shutters, the more likely it is to cause long-term damage

· If you live in a property which is prone to condensation, moisture trappers such as dehumidifiers are great at reducing levels

· If possible, try to avoid hanging your washing out to dry inside. If this is unavoidable, rotate the room you’re drying your clothes to prevent too much moisture gathering in a single space. It can also help to dry your clothes in a room where you have an extractor fan or dehumidifier

Cleaning solutions

Regularly cleaning your windows and shutters will keep them looking great for years to come because it prevents the unwanted build-up of dirt. This is a great habit to get into all year round because it means that you can spot any potential issues such as condensation before it becomes a bigger problem.

Some top tips for cleaning your windows and shutters:

· Avoid harsh chemicals which can stain or strip away paint. Water with washing up liquid or screen wash is all you need. To avoid the water freezing onto your windows when it’s bitterly cold outside, use lukewarm water

· Wipe away any dust first using a soft cloth or duster such as lamb’s wool or ostrich feathers

· If you’re using a product, never spray anything directly onto your shutters. Spray onto a cloth and then wipe down your windows and shutters

· After you’ve wiped down your window frames and shutters with a damp cloth, dry them off completely. This will prevent water damage and condensation forming

For more top tips for keeping your window shutters looking great this winter or to book in for a free, no obligation quotation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Castle Hill Shutters.

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How to get your home Christmas ready

Posted on 26th November 2021 by Castle Hill Shutters

The shops have all their decorations up, radio stations are playing carols and towns across the country are preparing for their lights to be turned on. It’s official – Christmas is just around the corner.

With just over a month until the big day, this is a great time to start getting your home ready for Christmas. Below we share some of our top tips to ensure your home looks great throughout the festive season.

Declutter

As you make space for the tree and all your favourite decorations, this is a great time to declutter. If you don’t have time to declutter the whole house, focus on the rooms you spend the most time in or where you usually entertain guests.

With so much food and drink coming into the house over the festive season, it’s also a good idea to clear out those kitchen cupboards.

Get the decorations out

Even if you’re not ready to put them up just yet, it’s a good idea to get the decorations out now so you can give them a once over. This gives you time to replace anything that has been broken or is looking a bit worn, give them a good clean as they will have been sitting in storage for so long and check that all your fairy lights are still working.

Make your home nice and cosy

example of shutter installationIt’s usually bitterly cold outside by the time Christmas arrives which means there’s nothing nicer than returning to a warm and cosy home.

If you have a working fireplace, stock up on wood so you can enjoy a roaring fire throughout the festive season.

Windows are a big source of heat loss so check they’re sealed nice and tightly before it starts to get too cold. If your windows are letting in a lot of cold air, shutters are a great solution. They add an extra layer of protection which helps to insulate your home and keep it nice and warm.

This is also the darkest time of year so take advantage of Christmas lights and use them to brighten up your home. As well as having fairy lights on the tree, you can also add them to the mantlepiece, wrap them around stair bannisters or drape them across the tops of shelves.

Prepare for guests

If you’re entertaining guests throughout the holidays, make sure you’re prepared for their arrival. Some essentials which can be easily forgotten include:

If you’re looking for a great gift idea this Christmas, get in touch to book a free consultation. Window shutters are a gift the whole family can enjoy all year round.

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How to choose the right type of shutter for your home from Castle Hill Shutters

Posted on 3rd November 2021 by Castle Hill Shutters

 

What’s not to love about window shutters? They look fantastic in any property, they add privacy, improve security and whether it’s hot or cold outside, they help regulate the temperature of your home.

With so many different varieties available today however, how do you choose the right type of shutter for your home?

Below we talk about all the different styles available so you can make the right choice.

Full height shutters

This style covers your windows from top to bottom. Because of this, they’re great for total privacy control, reducing noise pollution and maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home both in the summer and winter.

Full height shutters are great because they’re incredibly versatile and can be installed on virtually any window. While the slats can be adjusted to let in as much or as little light as you like, if you have a particularly dark room in the house, you may want to consider a shutter that lets in more light, such as café or tier-on-tier shutters.

Full height shutters with mid-rail

Adding a mid-rail to full height shutters separates the upper and lower louvres. This means they can be operated independently to help control privacy and light infiltration.

They’re ideal for rooms which are overlooked, such as if your lounge is on street level and you get lots of passers-by. You can simply keep the lower louvres closed for privacy and then open the top louvres to let in natural daylight.

This style offers more stability for larger windows and doors than tier-on-tier shutters do. It’s worth noting that the entire panel swings open as one unit so you can’t open and close the upper and lower sections separately like you can with tier-on-tier shutters.

Café style shutters

Café style shutters only cover the bottom half of the window. They allow you to enjoy your privacy while still letting in as much light as possible, making them ideal for ground floor rooms which are overlooked.

If you can’t make up your mind whether you want shutters or curtains, café style shutters work very well with curtains so you can have the best of both worlds.

If one of the main reasons you’re looking to install shutters is to keep a cold house warm in the winter or a warm house cooler in the summer, full height shutters would be a more appropriate choice.

Tier-on-tier shutters

This style consists of two sets of panels, one on top of the other.

The biggest advantage of tier-on-tier shutters is that the top and bottom panels can be opened and closed independently of each other. They’re ideal for rooms which are overlooked, such as if your lounge is on street level and you get lots of passers-by. You can simply keep the lower tier closed for privacy and then open the top tier to let in natural daylight.

example of shutter installationTracked shutters

Tracked shutters are ideal for wide windows, bi-fold doors and even dividing rooms. Generally, they’re the best solution when you’re trying to span a distance which is wider than it is tall.

Made to measure, they fit seamlessly within your room and like traditional shutters, they come with fully adjustable louvres so you can control the amount of light and privacy in your home.

Shaped shutters

Even odd-shaped windows can enjoy the benefits of shutters. No matter how unusual the shape, shutters can be customised to dress your windows in style. They’re ideal for gable ends, loft conversions, porthole windows, period arched windows and oblong, oval, arched or triangle windows.

For more information about choosing the right type of shutter for your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.   

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