Shutters and blinds – your questions answered

A sleek alternative to more traditional curtains, shutters and blinds work wonderfully in a country interior. With so many materials and styles to choose from, the decision-making process can feel overwhelming – Country Homes and Interiors are on hand to shed some light.

Is it possible to have shutters in my bathroom?
Waterproof shutters are ideal for steamy areas. Made from moisture-resistant acrylic, they’re durable and easy to clean. Tier-on-tier designs with separate upper and lower panels that open and close individually provide the most flexibility and control.

Which fabric trends should I consider?
For an easy nod to this year’s botanical look, choose a Roman blind in a delicate fern pattern. When raised, the soft pleats of the blind bring an elegant, opulent feel to a scheme. If you want to block out the light during the summer months, consider adding a black-out lining.

Will café-style shutters suit our kitchen/breakfast room?
Café-style shutters are designed to cover only the lower section of the window. They are enough to give a room privacy – provided it’s not overlooked – while keeping an open, spacious feel. Slatted shutters have a classic country look and the adjustable slats can be angled throughout the day to give privacy and light as required – perfect for street-level windows.

What works with a window seat?
A Roman blind is the ideal choice to complement a window seat as it will fold out of the way to make the most of the seating space. Roman blinds are suitable for most styles of window – be sure to fix them inside any recess to keep sills or seating areas clear. Stripes will help to create the illusion of height in the room and teaming the blind with a matching seat cushion creates a modern country look.

Can you suggest a blind for my scandi-style kitchen?
Traditionally the Scandinavian colour palette included shades of brown, cream, grey and green, so this striped linen roller blind will give you the look you want. Woven linen is a hard-wearing fabric, adding texture and natural charm to a kitchen. Roller blinds are practical in utilitarian rooms and their easy-to-operate mechanism is useful if a window is positioned behind a sink or worktop and you have to stretch a little to reach it.

Where can I find simple white blinds for my conservatory?
For a crisp, clean look, dress your conservatory windows with Solar R roller blinds from Appeal Home Shading. The bespoke aluminium-backed fabric reflects heat on hot days to keep the room cool and insulates during colder months, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature. When not in use, the blinds retract neatly away into a discreet cassette without the need for lots of support wires.

I’d like a decorative blind for our bedroom that offers privacy and light control. Any ideas?
Luxaflex has a Twist roller blind, a stylish and contemporary solution for a bedroom. Two layers of alternate transparent and non-transparent panels create an amazingly simple yet effective blind that provides shading without blocking out the light. There’s an extensive fabric collection to choose from and the blind can be made up to 2.75m wide for large windows.

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