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Turn an ordinary room into an office with blinds or shutters

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.

Controlling light to create an all-purpose living space

In today’s world of interior design it’s important to find a balance between beauty and functionality. Often rooms in the house have to serve multiple purposes, especially for people living in the London area, where space often comes at a premium. This can often be quite awkward, leaving people to live with minor issues that they really have no need to settle for!

Maybe your office room struggles with light in the morning, or maybe you’re struggling to find a compromise between open blinds and privacy in your living space? The good news is that there’s a solution for every problem, simply by picking the appropriate blinds for your space.

Venetian blinds are a prime example of this. The wonder of this classic blind is the variations available. Being able to adjust the angle of the slats, or move them out of the way altogether, allows for excellent variation throughout the day. Whether you want privacy during a family meal or want natural light to flow through while you work at the computer, the Venetian blind is the perfect all-purpose option. Available in natural or stained woods along with aluminium designs, you also won’t have to compromise on style.

However, there are plenty of other options available besides this classic blind. If privacy is the issue, you might be interested in the more unique Cafe Style shutter. Covering only the bottom half of the window, this style allows maximum light from the rest of the window while maintaining that all-important privacy. Cafe Style shutters can also be made to any desired height, so you can be sure they’ll fit with your style perfectly. Those pictured were designed for a house in Dulwich.

Cafe Style Shutters Dulwich

On the other hand, if light is the issue – maybe you work nights, so sleep during the day is important – then blackout blinds are the perfect solution. With blackout blinds and shutters that are made to measure, previously tolerated problems, such as light from streetlights, will become a thing of the past.

With many different styles of blind available, there’s a solution for each and every problem. With free design and fitting available across London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the South East of England, you can be guaranteed a hassle-free solution thanks to Bromley Blinds. Why not request a free quote with us today, and see what we can do for you?

Dress for success: get your windows energy-efficient

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.

Dress your windows for energy efficiency

Awnings

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.

Awnings Croydon

Interior blinds

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.

Enhance your vision with Venetians

Shutters

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…

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How shutters and blinds can soothe your mind

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.


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Why shutters and blinds are ideal for life in the city

Living in a major city isn’t always easy, due to a lack of privacy and security and an excess of external stimuli. There’s no doubt that London is hectic. With a full on work schedule and the pace of life in general, you may have difficulty relaxing and finding peace of mind when at home. Luckily, you can help yourself simply by installing blinds or plantation shutters. Blinds and shutters are ideally suited to homes in cities and can aid city-dwellers in a number of ways.

1. Light blocking

At night, you may have to put up with disturbing and intrusive lights. City-based shops and office buildings are often left lit up overnight, and their light can penetrate homes such as yours. If your house is near a busy road, the headlights used by passing cars may also cause a problem. However, shutters and blinds are very effective at blocking out light at night. They cover windows far more completely and effectively than curtains and can totally shield your home’s interior from external light sources. If you find it hard to relax or get to sleep because of your city’s constant illumination, investing in shutters or blinds could help you.

2. Noise reduction

There’s no denying that cities can be incredibly voluble places: the noise and excitement can even be part of their charm. However, if you are trying to unwind and recharge yourself at home, external sounds can be irritating and distracting. Shutters are particularly effective at providing sound insulation and reducing the amount of external noise that enters your home.

3. Improved privacy

In a highly populated area, it can be hard to feel truly alone. Even when you’re at home, the sheer number of people passing by close outside can create a feeling of social claustrophobia. You need a certain amount of solitude to remain psychologically healthy, so the lack of privacy in your city can be very damaging. Investing in shutters or blinds can help, however, because they can block out the outside world, prevent prying eyes from seeing into your home and restore your sense of privacy.

4. Crime prevention

Cities tend to have higher crime rates than smaller towns and villages. Installing blinds or plantation shutters can deter prospective burglars and other criminals simply by preventing them from seeing into your home. Plantation Shutters can be particularly off putting to potential burglars. They can’t be easily manoeuvred – and they also block the view into a room – which significantly reduces the appeal of attempting a forced entry!

Living in a major city is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be difficult. Installing shutters or blinds is a straight-forward way to make your life easier; check out our extensive range today.

Window frames looking tired? Try these on for size!

Replacing the windows in a modern house can be a massive expense – and that’s before you get to the time and inconvenience that goes with it. It’s a major undertaking that you might just not want to go through.

So, if your windows are starting to show their age and affect the aesthetic appeal of the house when you look out your window, but they’re still structurally intact, interior shutters could be the most cost-effective way to fix the problem.

Bespoke fitted shutters can change the whole look and feel of your house, they can even increase the value if you’re looking to sell or rent and don’t want to invest the time and money into a complete window replacement that you’ll never notice the benefit of.

A set of plantation shutters can convert a rather tired looking lounge into a dramatic vista that frames the garden to perfection and helps turn your house into a dramatic, theatrical looking version of its former self.

Plantation Shutters in Blackheath - Designed and installed by Bromley Blinds

Classic Venetian blinds, meanwhile, will fill the window frame to perfection and these days you can choose from a vast array of finishes, from UPVC through to real wood, which will go with any colour scheme. Not only that, they fit flush and will gracefully conceal any signs of age in the window frame so well that the problem simply disappears.

You’ll also be able to control the light that comes into the house to effectively ‘stage’ your home. Of course, you can determine the right amount of light, but you also tastefully conceal any issues, or at least show that they are easily tackled. If a neighbour can see right through your kitchen window, a simple Venetian blind can take care of that right away and a major obstacle to the sale can simply fade into the background.

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Of course you might have other reasons to fit the blinds, but when you’re selling a house then you need it to look its best for a sensible outlay. A set of blinds could change the whole look and feel of your house. In fact, you might not want to leave….

 

Blinds v. plantation shutters – which design is best?

Here at Bromley Blinds HQ,  potential clients often have many queries as they start the process of ordering new window furnishings. So, with that in mind – we thought we’d begin to feature some  of our most frequently asked questions over on our blog..

We start with one that our surveyor team get asked a lot – and seems to be quite a common conundrum!

Q: My husband and I have recently bought our first home together (in Beckenham) and we are in the process of remodelling. I want to put decorative blinds in every room, but he thinks plantation shutters offer more privacy. Which option would you recommend? We want a long-lasting option which will look great from the inside and outside.

A: This issue of blinds versus plantation shutters comes up time and time again, and there is not necessarily one right answer.

Many people prefer the versatility of roller blinds, as you can choose a colour or pattern which complements the style and decor of your room. As well as offering over 500 designs, we also offer different types of ‘specialist’ blinds that really make the most of your interiors. Semi-opaque blinds are great for diffusing natural light, while also offering a level of privacy, and blackout blinds are hugely popular in bedrooms, for obvious reasons!

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However, wooden shutters can be surprisingly versatile as well – and our top quality wooden shutter ranges they can be paint-matched to your decor, meaning that they’re completely bespoke in colour as well as a providing a perfect fit in their design.

Turquoise Plantation Shutters

One of the big selling points of plantation shutters is that they are long-lasting and they never go out of style. They can be opened out when you want to let the light in, closed completely when you need some peace from the outside world, and opened half-way when you want to maintain your privacy but still enjoy some natural light. Yes, they are more expensive than blinds, but they will last and last. Our ranges are all supplied with guarantees too, so you’re provided with complete peace of mind regarding your investment.

It may seem like the ideal solution is to mix and match a little – say, ordering blackout blinds in the bedrooms and plantation shutters in the kitchen and living areas. If you are adamant that you want an option which looks equally good from the inside as well as the outside, you may want to rethink this plan. When it comes to ‘kerb appeal’, it really does help to have the same (or similar) coverings on each window. Consistency is key to making the exterior of a property look really attractive.
Plantation Shutters offer Kerb Appeal

With this in mind, it really comes down to your budget and your priorities. Is it more important that you have the total privacy that plantation shutters can offer, or is your heart set on a particular aesthetic? Maybe you’re desperate to inject colour to your neutral walls and are choosing to go with patterned blinds to do the job in each of your rooms.  If you still want a particular ‘statement’ look, remember that you can also paint your shutters any colour you choose, too. If the answer is ‘privacy’, then you can narrow down your options to blackout blinds or shutters.

Happy New Year! Here’s a freebie from Sainsbury’s Bank.

Sainsbury's Bank Guide to Improving Your Home

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.

Happy reading!

Gift your windows this Christmas

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!
Elite Teak Plantation Shutters by Bromley Blinds

Elite Teak Plantation Shutters by Bromley Blinds

Elite Teak Plantation Shutters by Bromley Blinds

Elite Teak Plantation Shutters by Bromley Blinds

Elite Teak Plantation Shutters by Bromley Blinds

Time to let Boo & Maddie do all the talking…

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!

Boo & Maddie Blog post - featuring Bromley Blinds

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!