Erica Davies in front of white shutters

How to transform your new home with made to measure shutters

by Yvonne Keal

Product Management specialist

Published: 13/04/2023

...and style secrets from Erica Davies

Moving into a brand new home is hugely appealing, but bringing personality to a featureless, white box of a house can be a challenge. Stylist, fashion journalist and brand consultant Erica Davies shows us how faux-wood or real wood shutters can transform your new home.

Silk white full height shutters in Erica Davies' home

Top tips for shutters

Here Erica shares her top tips for creating a personality-packed home using stylish and practical shutters. From kid’s rooms to family spaces, Erica shows you how you can use a range of colourful and timeless plantation shutters to create a distinctive look for every room.

Find ways to add character

A maximalist at heart, Erica was sure that she wanted to paint her living room in a dark hue, so that her colourful furnishings and prints would really sing. Bespoke wood cabinetry and vintage finds add character, while rugs are cleverly used to zone this large room into slouchy family space at one end and sophisticated reading nook at the other.

Erica has chosen Pure White shutters at the windows to create an overall feeling of sophistication and serenity.   

Erica Davies
I knew as soon as we found this house that it would look amazing with shutters. They’re very streamlined and minimal and I really like that.
Erica Davies

Get creative with colour

One of the many benefits of window shutters is that they create a uniform look at the window, but at the same time, with so many colours, stains and styles to choose from, you can still create spaces that feel really personal.

Erica’s playroom is definitely one of those. Erica wanted this room to be fun and inspirational, but also feel connected to the rest of the house. She’s achieved this by bringing in all of the colours from the ground floor, and matching the wooden shutters to the exact shade of her green stair carpet. The result is a room that’s a magnet for anyone under the age of twelve.

Our custom cololur service

Whether you want to match your shutters to your furniture, your wallpaper, or even a favourite ornament, we can help. Just ask your in-home advisor about customised colour, and they'll help you find the exact shade you're looking for.

Use texture to set the mood

Erica’s new house is some distance from her former London pad, and the guest bedroom regularly plays host to friends and family. Erica’s goal here was to create a room where visitors can instantly feel at home, so she has layered gorgeous mustard curtains over her bright white plantation shutters to add an extra layer of texture and softness.

This not only gives this room its own distinctive personality but also offers extra control over light and temperature – an important consideration for bedrooms.

Erica Davies
That combination of shutter and curtains adds a layer of both privacy and light control. Close them all up and it does make the room feel very private and really, really cosy.
Erica Davies

Design a ‘me’ room

In a busy family home, creating space for yourself can be a challenge. Erica has very cleverly managed to steal a spot on the landing that she can claim for herself. She describes this as her ‘breathing space from the rest of the house’.

Here, sophisticated white shutter blinds help to elevate the space, and by popping a comfy battered leather chair next to the window, along with a few well-loved accessories, the landing is transformed from a mere thoroughfare into a special place to rest, relax and re-group.

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