November 2016 Favourite Shutter & Blinds Design Trends

Here at Factory Direct Shutters, Blinds & Awnings, we’re constantly bringing our customers the latest in Shutter & Blinds design trends and installation innovations. We’re champions of great design and with a vast array of materials, fabrics and finishes, we’re committed to helping YOU choose the best looking products with the best functionality, all at the best prices around, guaranteed.

Here’s a rundown of our pick of the best design trends for November 2016 for your inspiration:


Not just 50 shades of gray, but hundreds of shades of gray! The new neutral continues to dominate in design trends and commercial products. Whether they’re softening an an earthy, muted or wood based palettes, paired with a pretty pastel in blue, yellow, mint or pink, or bringing the drama supporting stunning jewel tones of ruby, emerald or magenta, gray has proved to to be an unstoppable choice in design in 2016 and showing itself as anything but dull.


Plantation Shutters & Fixed Blade Louvres… Inside & Outside

Bring in the outdoors in! South East Queensland has become a major hotspot for the plantation shutters trend and it’s a look that’s quickly becoming as classic as Queenslander homes themselves. Perfectly suited for the Queensland climate with their tropical-meets-federation, sleek lines style and breezy aesthetic, shutters have gained popularity in warmer climates as they blur the gap between in the indoors and outdoors. This allows for privacy and airflow without sacrificing light, giving you the effect of ‘a wall with a view’ – perfect for our balmy climate. No longer just the realm of living rooms and bedrooms, shutters and fixed blade louvres are being used an all kinds of creative solutions, including in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as for feature walls, space dividers, enclosed patios and more.

Naturals & Neutrals

Nature inspired muted tones are here to stay. Creating a tranquil and calming living space is a high priority for a lot of home owners, and choosing shutters and blinds that blend in with nature is another way of creating a complimentary transition from the outside to the inside. Look for natural hard woods, like our sustainable basswood timber shutters, that come in a variety of shades, or simply choose roller blind or roman blinds in textured materials to add dimension and natural highlights. Inspired by the beach, wood, foliage, earth and rock, natural colour tones from soft sand and taupes, to seafoam greens, grass greens, honeyed oaks, slate grey and more, let nature guide you to the ultimate palette to for creating a soothing, airy space in your home.