Working from home can be a challenge. Whether you work as a freelancer and use your living room as your office or you work for a larger company from the comfort of your own home, you have to contend with a variety of issues and distractions. After all, your home probably wasn’t originally designed to serve as a workspace. However, simply installing blinds or plantation shutters can help turn your home into a viable working environment. It might sound a little peculiar, but blinds and shutters really can help you work from home. In today’s blog, we’ll explain how in detail.
1. Altering your environment
Do you sometimes find that your home is too bright, too hot, too cool or too dark to work in? Shutters and Venetian blinds can help you change the light and temperature levels in your house. By altering the position of the slats, you can control the amount of light that enters your home and trap as much or as little heat as you wish. This simple environmental adjustment improves your comfort and makes it significantly easier for you to concentrate on your work.
2. Reducing distractions
Are you often distracted while you’re trying to work? You may be disturbed by external sounds or simply by the things you see out of the window. Shutters and blinds can let in light while simultaneously reducing the amount of noise that enters your home and blocking your line of sight out the window. This effectively eliminates distractions. When you’ve finished work for the day, all you have to do is open the slats fully and you’ll be able to see out the window and hear the outside world once more.
3. Creating a tidy workspace
Shutters and blinds are tidier than curtains and drapes because they have a more rigid form. By replacing your curtains or drapes with blinds or shutters, you can cultivate a tidier environment that’s more conducive to diligent work.
If you work from home, installing shutters or blinds is a great way to turn one of your existing rooms into an office. Check out our range of plantation shutters, Venetian blinds or roller blinds to find a set that can help you.
Modern homes need to be more than just stylish. Amid spiralling energy bills and a push towards a greener and more sustainable future, how you choose to dress your windows can be a significant step towards doing your bit for the planet.
A window awning can help keep your property cool in the summer without energy-eating fans or air-conditioning. Properly fitted, awnings can reduce solar heat gain by up to 65% if your windows face south, and 77% if they look to the north. Custom awnings can be engineered to your specific colours or other requirements, and choosing a light shade will reflect the most sunlight to keep you coolest. Looking ahead to the winter months, you can make use of adjustable or retractable awnings which will let the sun warm the house, reducing the need for extra heating.
Interior blinds will rely on being paired with good double glazing in the winter, as their slatted design isn’t ideal for trapping heat loss. However, in the summer their flexibility is ideal in allowing for adjustments to control light and ventilation. To give you a sense of how effective they are, if completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, a good-quality reflective blind is said to be able to reduce heat gain by 45%. It’s also possible to position them in a way that will block and reflect direct sunlight on to a light-coloured ceiling. This is great for those days when the house heats up on a summer’s day.
Window shutters, either inside or outside of your home, will help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. As with window blinds, louvered shutters will serve you best for shading during the summer. They allow natural daylight into the room and offer ventilation, but block the heat of the direct sun. During the colder months, solid shutters will decrease heat loss if properly fitted by a professional company. Properly done, the tight fit between your shutter and the window behind will create an insulating air space to keep heat in.
Whatever the season, there is a blind, awning or shutter that will help you get your home greener. So stop throwing your hard-earned cash out of the window, with a little professional advice it can stay where it belongs – in your pocket!
One final suggestion, if you’re after shutters but want to stay away from classic white designs, consider our coloured paint finishes. They’re perfect if you want to make a break from the norm and use your windows as talking points in your room designs! Remember – our ultimate upgrade offer to Teak shutters (you only pay for MDF!) is still available, until 28th June 2016…
Blinds and shutters are highly practical under most circumstances and wonderfully stylish in all situations. However, what you may not realise is that they can also have powerful psychological benefits. It may seem bizarre that window-coverings can help improve your state of mind (regardless of how sophisticated and well-crafted they are). Nonetheless, it’s true. In fact, there are three distinct psychological benefits to installing these types of window-coverings, which we will share with you here.
1. Cultivating mental balance through physical minimalism
Blinds and shutters are both very tidy window-covering options. Because they are more rigid than curtains or drapes, they are also neater. Obviously this can make them look more refined and stylish, but it also endows them with a hidden psychological benefit. People tend to feel more at ease in tidy, uncomplicated environments. By lending the room they are in a sense of simplicity and neatness, blinds and shutters can help you feel more peaceful and mentally balanced in your home environment. You might be surprised at the extent to which this can improve your psychological wellbeing and general outlook.
2. Promoting relaxation through privacy
As we mentioned in our previous blog entry, a sense of privacy is necessary for a person to remain psychologically healthy. Shutters and blinds can block out the world almost completely, thereby giving you the privacy you require to properly de-stress and recharge your mental energies.
3. Generating a sense of autonomy through environmental control
Shutters and blinds can be adjusted to let in as much or as little heat, light and noise as you wish. This isn’t just convenient and practical, it’s also beneficial to your state of mind. We humans need to have a sense of autonomy in order to feel comfortable and confident in ourselves. Shutters and blinds subtly evoke this feeling by allowing you a high level of control over your environment.
Don’t forget your windows when you’re planning changes to your room designs. As well as providing practical solutions, light control products can make or break the effectiveness of an image overhaul. Plantation shutters are a great option if you’re wanting to transform your interiors; they contribute perfectly to a home design look that’s minimalist, contemporary and decluttered. This week’s featured project shows just how plantation shutters can complete a seamless home refurbishment.
The Location | A private home in London, SE9.
The Project | Shutter installations in the kitchen, hall, landing, nursery and back bedroom.
The Brief | The focus of this project was to design an effective light control solution that would provide a consistent visual to a range of window designs featuring throughout the property.
The Solution | Plantation shutters were designed for the kitchen patio doors, kitchen window, hall, landing, nursery and the back bedroom of the property. With beautiful modern home furnishings in place, they were the ideal product choice for a home that boasts a contemporary interior design with an abundance of white, clean lines and sleek chrome features. All of our crafted plantation shutter designs are full height, crafted from standard hardwood and feature 63mm louvres. All the louvres on the installed shutters for this property are controlled by a central control rod for a seamless look and the option to change your light ingress settings in seconds. These shutter designs are all finished in Silk White and the upper and lower tiers of the shutters were aligned with the split pane designs of the windows. On the shutters designed for the patio doors, the tier separation is centrally positioned half way up the doors frame. These shutters feature bi-folding sections to provide minimal intrusion when they are fully opened up to give full access to the garden.
Like beautiful room designs? Here’s the completed kitchen.
Though extremely lightweight to control, plantation shutters are sturdy and their engineered perfect fit within a window frame has the added benefit of energy efficiency; the extra layer is remarkably effective as protection against the elements in the colder weather. Plantation shutters can noticeably reduce and exclude cold drafts coming from window areas during the winter. The greatest advantage of plantation shutters is, however, the ability to control both light and airflow into your home. Unlike curtains and blinds, shutters provide ultimate control over both.
Happy new year to you all! Hope you had a wonderful festive period! Now that January’s here we are back in the office and things at HQ are quickly hotting up to be another mad month – no doubt due to the fact that we are currently offering our ‘LOVE’ offer – which, if you’re planning home improvements – you need to get involved in NOW! (It’s readily available until Valentine’s Day – yup, that auspicious date in your diary…)
To start the new year with a bang – we’re offering you a quickie this week. Some people have a very clear idea about how they want their home improvements to run – from the basics of renovation, to every stylistic detail. Others may need a bit of advice when planning interiors changes – or at least a helping hand in deciding whether your jotted down ideas are really going to work in reality. That’s where our friends at Sainsbury’s Bank come in. They got in touch with us so that we could offer you a first look at their new guide to improving your home this Winter.
The guide includes useful tips on improving all areas of your home, and ways to create living space. If you’re thinking about making your home more comfortable and attractive with some new blinds or shutters – this one’s for you. Take a look at the guide here.
Our autumnal offer gave customers upgrades to our finest range of teak plantation shutters. It was our busiest season yet and saw Bromley Blinds serve up shutter upgrades all over London and the South East. From Kensington to Camberwell, our designers and installations team have been all working all over!
December has arrived and we love that it’s finally acceptable to enter a festive decoration frenzy! We’re teaming up with you all by announcing a gift for your windows this Christmas. From today, we’re offering 25% off selected ranges of our Blinds and Plantation Shutters.
The finer details?
Our offer includes ranges of Venetian, Roller and Vertical Blinds, plus Plantation Shutters. Perhaps you’ve already got a colour scheme in mind and are raring to go with your selections. Maybe you’re not sure about all the options available for your windows and would love to receive some no-obligation creative guidance about all your different light control options? Either way, give us a call; our surveyors are more than happy to assist.
Whether you choose our awnings, canopies, blinds, or shutters, at Bromley Blinds we promise that every step of your bespoke home improvement service will be expertly managed in a totally personal, stress-free manner.
Benefit from our commitment to you
At Bromley Blinds, we think it’s essential to support customers long-term; every product design and installation is accompanied by a guarantee. For many of our product ranges, this is a lifetime warranty, which ensures that investment in our products gives clients complete peace of mind.
Here are a few snaps taken by our fittings team over the last week!
A very quick update from us this week, just to say that we’re thrilled to have had our work feature on the lifestyle blog, Boo & Maddie. Over the summer, we designed and fitted Plantation Shutters at a home in Grove Park, South East London. This 1930’s 4-bed semi is currently being lovingly restored by its new owners. There are lots of great interior details planned – it’s going to be a true work of art when it’s completed!
You can read the blog post that features our contribution to this home renovation project here…and marvel at plenty more Boo & Maddie transformations – here!
Like the look of these shutters? You can currently make an order of MDF Plantation Shutters and we’ll give you a free upgrade – to designs crafted using white teak, from our elite range. This offer runs throughout the Autumn, and will expire on the 30th November. Considering battening down the hatches as the cold weather sets in? There’s been no better time to order plantation shutters!
With Wimbledon in full swing, this week has been a really busy one about London town! Today on the blog we’re sharing another of our real home makeovers.
The Location | A home in Bickley, Kent.
The Project | The installation of plantation shutters to a reception room.
The Brief | The intention was to install a light control product that would inject a feeling of space and provide a crisp contrast to the dark green feature wall that features in this room.
The Solution | We installed tier on tier bi-folding plantation shutters with 63mm louvres and central control rods in the living room, allowing the different sections to be opened and closed exclusively from each other. The wood used to create this bespoke design was white teak. These shutters are from our elite range and they were hand painted in pure white. This range of plantation shutters are supplied with a lifetime warranty to ensure your longterm product peace of mind. Tier on tier shutter designs are ideal for living rooms; particularly those that are front facing in a property. Privacy is provided, whilst enabling a number of options for controlling light ingress.
Crisp white plantation shutters look even more of a brightening and lightening statement in a room that’s got an injection of colour. We love this living room as the dark feature wall (which features the window) is offset by neutral walls on either side – adding another dimension to the interior design of this beautiful Bickley home.
It doesn’t matter what shape your windows are – the more interesting the better! Here are some natural wood #PlantationShutters we designed and installed for a #London home.
This week’s blog post showcases the return of our real home recent projects! We featured this one over on the Bromley Blinds Instagram account this week – and it went down a storm, so we thought we’d share it over on our blog too!
The Location | A private home in Dulwich, London SE22.
The Project | The installation of light control solution dual aspect windows in the bedroom – one of which is arched.
The Brief | The intention of this more unusual project was to provide a light control product that would suit both styles of window. The archway featured is a design feature of the property; therefore it was essential that the product selected would not obliterate its unusual shape or block out natural light. Needless to say, curtains were a total no-no.
The Solution | Plantation shutters were designed for the dual aspect windows, which would incorporate a perfect fit product for the archway space. Design trends are dictating a comeback in natural wood and sustainable materials. These shutters feature natural wood finish and feature 60mm louvres. A mid-rail features in the design, meaning that the upper arched section is separated from the lower. This enables a ‘window space’ to create a different look and feel to the plantation shutters when the louvres are opened and those on the lower tier remain shut. The shutters on the ‘straight forward’ sections have bi-folding doors, which minimises the space taken up when they are fully opened.
The majority of sizing up jobs we see are straight ‘up and downs’, or bay windows (which are a traditional favourite for plantation shutter installations as they present otherwise awkward-to-dress 90 degree angles). Truth is, we love a challenge and can make plantation shutters work for you, whatever the size and shape of your windows and/or the number of awkward angles you want to throw at us. You can see a ‘live feed’ of our recent jobs by following the Bromley Blinds Instagram account. We’re looking fwd to seeing your pretty pictures too!