Key benefits of interior shutters

Interior shutters can add a very cosy, modern, and timeless look to your home. Here are some features and benefits of shutters and just a few reasons why they have become such a popular addition to Australian homes.

  1. Buy once. Interior shutters are a permanent addition to your home, unlike many other treatments which must be periodically replaced.
  2. Block light. In rooms that you wish to darken, shutters are extremely effective at blocking out light. Their solid opacity means they are more efficient than a lot of other window coverings.
  3. Get more lighting control. Light can be filtered in different ways by rotating louvers to various angles.
  4. Add value. Quality window shutters can increase a home’s resale value.
  5. Minimise allergens. Shutters have a solid surface which means dust can’t linger and they can easily be wiped clean.
  6. Cool down in summer. Shutters keep your house cooler in summer by deflecting direct sunlight.
  7. Warm up in winter. Wood shutters keep the house warmer in winter by providing additional insulation.
  8. Save money. Because of their insulating quality, shutters can also help to reduce your utility bills.
  9. Inject timeless style. Shutters look beautiful from both outside and inside the home. Adverse to trends, they have been consistently used for decades without looking dated.
  10. Prevent fading. Shutters don’t fade to the extent of drapes, shades, or curtains.
  11. Enjoy durability. Shutters are durable enough to withstand regular daily use in residential or commercial environments.
  12. Match your aesthetic. Interior shutters are available in an endless number of paint or stain colours to match your existing décor. Interior shutters are versatile enough to suit any décor, from ultra-modern to traditional to transitional.
  13. Achieve upscale looks for less. Shutters appear upscale while having a price tag that’s lower than that of many designer draperies.
  14. Get a style to suit. A large variety of panel configurations allow shutters to be installed on almost any window size or shape. They can also be installed to cover only the bottom of a window (café style).
  15. Be eco-friendly. Wood shutters are naturally constructed from sustainable woods, like basswood.
  16. Get full use of your window. Shutters are hinged in the window opening so they can be opened for maximum access to the window.
  17. Increase privacy. Louvers may be opened slightly to achieve privacy while simultaneously allowing natural light to enter the room.
  18. Improve safety. Interior shutters are absent of strings and cords which can be dangerous for children.

If you would like a free measure and quote to fit your home with some stunning shutters, contact your local Andersens store today.

A guide to: Choosing the perfect flooring for your bathroom

Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can be extremely fun and extremely stressful all at the same time! Unlike your kitchen flooring, bathrooms can be totally different from the rest of the house, or they can keep the same theme. Either way, your bathrooms are often the most judged room in your house so it’s important to get it right. Here are a few of our favourite choices:

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Are vertical blinds still in fashion

Many people are looking for alternatives for vertical blinds these days as they may seem to think they are out of fashion but there are also just as many people who still like the look and functioning ability of the vertical blind.

Many vertical blinds have vinyl vanes, making these window coverings one of the easiest products on the market to clean and care for. Vertical window blinds are fairly inexpensive, practical, and provide superior light control. There are also fabric, faux wood, and mirrored vertical blind collections available.

This type of blind comes in various styles and colours and depending on the colour scheme in the interiors of your home, you are sure to get vertical blinds that will blend with the decor. So, for a graceful and amazing means of keeping your home cool and letting in natural light without sacrificing your privacy, the vertical blinds might just be what your home needs.

We here at Andersens can help with your decision by offering the services of our expert colour consultants and also by showcasing our large collection of blinds to you in the comfort of your own home.

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How to re-grout tiles

Have you started to discover the grout around your tiles is crumbling away or is just not there due to wear and tear? Not only does it look horrible is will be allowing moisture into your walls and floor which over time will loosen and lift the tiles. If this is the case then it’s time to re-grout. Here are some tips on how to do it yourself, however if you would prefer a professional to assist or perhaps its time to renovate and replace with a more modern tile, Andersens can help.

 

Preparing the Tile

  1. Choose a grout colour. If you are re-grouting an entire bathroom, choose a colour that matches the tile. For small jobs, match the grout colour with the existing grout.
  2. Scrub the tiles and grout with a household cleaning solution
  3. Saw along the grout lines with a grout saw or small knife that cuts into narrow spaces.
  4.  Remove the remaining grout with a chisel or utility knife.
  5. Vacuum out the leftover chunks or debris from the spaces around the tile. If any of the tiles need to be replaced, replace them now.
  6. Clean the tile. Remove soap scum and dirt. Any household cleaner designed to remove soap scum is perfect for the job.

Apply the Grout

  1. Mix the grout. Grout is sold pre-mixed or dry. If you need to mix the grout, read the directions on the package and follow the instructions. Latex-modified grout is more water resistant and does not crack over time.
  2. Spread the grout over the tile and smooth it out with a grout float. Angle the top of the float to 30 degrees.
  3. Use the float to press the grout into the empty spaces between the tiles. When the grout becomes hard to push down, the spaces are full.
  4. Run the float across the top of the tiles to remove excess grout.
  5. Wait five to ten minutes. Wet a sponge with water and wipe over the top of the tiles to clean any leftover grout.
  6. Cure the grout for at least three days.
  7. Seal the grout with a grout sealer. This keeps water and mildew out of the grout. If using ceramic tiles, use a silicone or water-based grout sealer. Brush it along the joints between the tiles. Wipe excess sealant off the surface of the tiles. If you have porous tiles, use an acrylic top-coat and seal the entire surface of the tile.

To view Andersens range of floor tiles visit our website www.andersens.com.au

The love of comfortable carpets

Carpet for comfort is multifaceted.  Carpet is comfortable because of the way it looks, the way it regulates temperature and air quality, the way it insulates noise and most importantly the way it feels.

When you have a carpet that looks good your mental state becomes more relaxed.  Having a well-designed and well-chosen carpet with appropriate patterns and texture to match your décor, will be the first step in ensuring your carpet not only looks great, but feels great too.

Carpet is also an effective insulator against the cold of winter and the heat of summer and aids in air humidity.  Combine this with air conditioners and you can have a consistent ambient temperature of 22 degrees for maximum temperature comfort.  As mentioned in more detail in previous articles, carpet acts as an air filter by trapping particulate matter and reducing dust thus making it significantly more comfortable to breath.  Carpet also reduces noise.  Excessive indoor noise has been linked to increased stress and thus a decrease in mental well being.  This added stress also reduces the body’s natural ability to heal and impairs your concentration and ability to work.  When it comes to comfort, people need to choose a carpet with the most important facet being the way the carpet feels under foot and we would also suggest laying down on the carpet.

There are two main aspects that contribute to the comfort of your carpet, the carpet itself and the underlay. Carpet has different textures of comfort; these will depend upon your needs and the needs of the room it will be in.   For example a loop carpet pile is comfortable, a cut carpet pile is more comfortable, and a plush carpet pile is the most soft and luxurious.  Then there is also the different degree of comfort in the fibres of the carpet.

Wool is known to be high on the list when it comes to comfort, then you have the other different fibres that provide slightly less levels of softness.  The best way to work out what level of comfort you are prefer is by visiting your nearest Andersens showroom and testing them yourself.

With the underlay, there are three traditional types that will again vary on what the room is used for and what would best suit what look and feel you are after.  One is known as the felt underlay, another is a foam underlay, and then there’s also the rubber waffle underlay.

Felt is very rarely used in homes these days because of the superiority of foam and rubber.  Foam underlay varies in quality and price.  Rubber waffle underlay provides superior strength and durability which not only provides extra comfort but also increases the life of your carpet.

Each home is different and each family has different needs when it comes to which carpet would best suit and is most comfortable.  So, when deciding which carpet is best for you, your family and your home, talk to an Andersens consultant to help guide you through all your comfort options.

Carpet colour trends for Spring 2013

Home decor trends normally align themselves closely with the likes of clothing fashion trends and what colours and fabrics are in season. So, when it comes to deciding what colours are in for your home, you will most likely have already seen these colours hit the market in your favourite clothing stores.

In fact, according to this great colour trends article by House Beautiful some of our favourite colours like Pink, Mint, Yellow and Blue are hot this year! If you want a bold statement colour in your home try these options:

Aqua & Teal

Known for its soothing and calming effects, aqua has evolved beautifully from its early days, enjoying long-standing partnerships with chocolate, lush greens, creamy whites and silvery greys. A great pop colour for soft furnishings, ottomans, feature rugs or for the more bold approach, carpet. 

Persimmon Orange

This colour bring happiness, excitement and energy to any interior space. Orange is often used as the signature colour for key pieces of furniture or accessories. It is especially stunning when dropped strategically into an all-white interior. 

Pink

Pink is another colour that is going to be around for the long haul. As a colour that works well with any styling, Pink can soften the look of your room and add a touch of elegance. This is a great carpet choice for kids rooms, country living, modern elegance, & French provincial. 

Purple

The colour purple of today is regal when blue-based, and spiritual and mysterious when red-based. This colour is great for cinema & media rooms to make your room feel more dark and glamorous and in bedrooms for a dark cosy and relaxed feeling. 

What if the above colours are too bold?

When it comes to carpet, you want to pick a colour you can live with and look at every day so if the brighter colours do not appeal to you perhaps you would like something such as:

Ivory

Today we are seeing different influences on our neutral palette such as camel, linen, damask, and calico which are the new Ivory. The whites and off whites still continue to expand and grow as they remain a great base colour to add any new pop colour trend to and really brighten your home with a fresh look.

Grey

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Grey is a perfect colour when it comes to choosing a subtle modern carpet colour, look for hues either cloud grey, silver, charcoal, or warm grey. This colour will add warmth & a sophisticated feel to your home and is rarely boring. We have seen this colour emerge over the years in fashion and saturate the market place and lets’ just say, we think it is here to stay. 

Taupe

Classic taupe emerged as the colour between the old trending brown and the new grey, often described as a greyish brown or brownish grey. Taupe can be found in most fashion items and is definitely evident in the home furnishing markets today. When the taupe trend is translated into furniture, it offers the very popular reclaimed look. Nice for coastal, minimalist, Bali and French provincial styling. 

Black

No interior or wardrobe is complete without a touch of black. Black creates a much needed sense of depth and gravity. Black is basic and easy while being elegant and timeless. 

If you are ready to update your home with the latest colour trends in carpet, visit you local Andersens store to view their complete collection for Spring 2013.