The cost of living crisis has provided all manner of burdens for people. In the most extreme cases, it has made it hard for some to pay their bills and put food on the table. For others, it has meant that while day-to-day living is manageable, economies have been made and luxuries curbed.
In January last year, research by estate agent Nested indicated that Britons spent a collective £22 billion a year (£330 per person) on interior décor, more than any other European nation bar Germany.
Since then, however, it is likely this passion for spending on interiors has been dulled by rising costs elsewhere. Households faced with a squeeze will have to put home improvements or redecoration on hold.
However, it need not be this way. You might find there are actually some exciting options for your home that are actually well within your budget. We would suggest affordable window shutters are just that.
As a local company aware that, contrary to some stereotypes, not everyone in Sussex is loaded, we know full well that affordability is an issue for many people, just as is an appreciation of finer elements such as skilful assessments of need and a professional approach.
Some might perceive that the cost-of-living crisis is fading away, as inflation, having topped out at over ten per cent, was 6.8 per cent at the last count and expected to fall further soon.
The Bank of England has just published its latest inflation attitudes survey, which showed there is an average expectation that the rate will drop to 3.6 per cent over the next year, although that is actually 0.1 per cent more than the predicted figure in May. Nonetheless, the general expectation is for the rise in the cost of living to ease somewhat.
However, this is against the backdrop of higher interest rates that can add much to mortgage costs. While the recent spate of increases may be near its peak, this has proved a shock for many.
All that means household budgets could be tight for a while yet, but that does not mean there are not high-quality and affordable shutter options available.