Shutter love

It is with a bit of sadness that I write this post. You see, I had plans of installing plantation-style shutters into my home during this bout of re-decoration but it turns out that my stupid windows are not suitable – gutted, totally gutted. However, it didn’t seem fair to keep all this shutter love to myself so I wanted to share some of it with you today.

I always think that window treatments are one of the things that people get stuck on most when it comes to decorating. It can feel like a bit of a minefield – do you go with curtains (black out, full length, triple pleat…) or blinds (roller, venetian, roman…) or shutters (full height, solid panel, cafe-style…)? Not only is the choice a bit overwhelming but because everyone’s windows are different it can be difficult to know how to measure them and then how to install them. That’s why I think it is important to turn over the job to the experts and in fact that was the first thing I did before I moved into my current flat; I got custom made curtains for my bedroom.

I really wanted shutters from Luxaflex for my office and kitchen as I love the character and style that they can bring to a room. They are also very practical as you can easily control the amount of light coming into the room. Just look at how dreamy they are…

Wooden plantation style shutters in kitchen by Luxaflex | Apartment Apothecary

I love the idea of throwing open the shutters in the kitchen in the morning to let the light pour in. I love how fresh and modern they look, whilst still reminding me of old characterful French houses.

Closed faux shutter living room 2014 copy

Shutters in a sitting room would work really well as there are often times that I want to block some light out, whether I am reading the papers at the weekend or guiltily watching a matinee movie, and they are great for privacy too, especially if your sitting room looks on to the street (or over at other apartment blocks like mine does).

This cafe-style shutter on a bathroom window is the perfect solution to achieving privacy yet not blocking out too much light.

Cafe-style shutters from Luxaflex | Apartment Apothecary

Luxaflex will provide a made to measure service from start to finish to help you figure out what will work best for your windows. If you do get shutters, please don’t rub it in my face!

By the way, Luxaflex are running a brilliant competition at the moment to win a trip to Milan (err, yes please!). All you have to do is snap something which says ‘interior style’ to you (it could be anything…a pattern, a small detail or a big interior design statement) and upload the picture to Instagram remembering to tag @luxaflexuk and use the #MyStyleEye hash tag. Alternatively, if you don’t use Instagram you can upload your pic here.

Katy x


*Written in collaboration with Luxaflex and all images from their website.



  1. 26th February 2016 / 11:46 am

    Oh I’m so gutted for you!! Interested to understand what made them incompatible? Those ones on the bathroom are lovely- as they all are!

    • Katy
      26th February 2016 / 11:51 am

      I live in a new build and my windows are recessed so the shutters could not be opened out or fitted. They also open outwards and have a large handle in the middle of the frame, which meant the shutters couldn’t be shut properly. Stupid new builds! All I want in life is sash windows with shutters 😉 xx

  2. 26th February 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I had the same thing! They wouldn’t work in my bedroom or living room, so in the end I went for really smart white slatted blinds which I love love love. There is always a bright side to these things.

    • Katy
      26th February 2016 / 1:05 pm

      Yes – Luxaflex have really lovely Duette blinds that are a good compromise and look far smarter than bog standard roller blinds x

  3. 26th February 2016 / 12:44 pm

    What a shame that your windows aren’t suitable. So disappointing when you’ve got your heart set on them. Dare I say they do look lovely….

    • Katy
      26th February 2016 / 1:17 pm

      They do, don’t they? I persuaded a friend to buy them for her sitting room and they look amazing. I will have them one day! x

  4. 26th February 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I had shutters fitted at all my windows a couple of years ago and I love them. For all the reasons you mention. Especially that naughty afternoon matinee 🙂

    • Katy
      3rd March 2016 / 9:20 am

      A naughty afternoon matinee is the BEST reason to have shutters!

  5. 26th February 2016 / 8:23 pm

    We had shutters on our apartment in Zürich and loved them. They kept the rooms cool in summer and then super cosy in winter. Perfect, really. We’re currently wondering what to do with our bay window in the living room.

    • Katy
      3rd March 2016 / 9:22 am

      Surely once you go shutters, you can never go back?

  6. 27th February 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Yay for shutters!! I’m rather attached to ours though which makes the prospect of ever moving a bit of a painful thought xx

    • Katy
      3rd March 2016 / 9:23 am

      You’re going to have to have them in every house you live in from now on x

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