Give Your Windows A Contemporary Winter Look With Window Shutters
I find dressing windows one of the hardest things to do when I’m decorating a room. I’m about to redo the living room here at home and I’m looking at our bay window in despair. It feels like retailers just don’t provide any really great curtains (and I do love curtains) and getting them made is so expensive, so I look to other ideas. One thing I’m really considering is window shutters. Now I know they’re not the least expensive option, but they have real longevity and incredible versatility. I can be sure that however I change-up the room, they aren’t going to jar with any new decor.
Now we’re quite used to seeing window shutters on the outside of period properties but there’s been a growing trend over the last few years for home owners to put them inside their homes. As a form of window dressing they offer some great benefits.
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A big no-no for windows in all bathrooms, let alone small bathrooms, is the hanging of fabric curtains at the windows. Firstly, this is simply a poor choice for an environment that has moisture in the air for a great deal of the time as the fabric will become damp and therefore invite mildew to settle. Secondly, fabric curtains will add actual bulk to the small bathroom as well as visual weight, and frankly are an old-fashioned style choice. A far better and elegant choice for a bathroom is waterproof window shutters. These offer a streamlined window dressing that allows you privacy as well as the ability to control air flow and daylight.
Read more on how to design an elegant small bathroom
Window shutters are big news these days and companies report a big jump in their popularity in the last few years. Gone are the days when they were just for the bedrooms of those with lots of money, they are now available in all kinds of styles and suitable for different budgets and different rooms.
Why choose shutters?
Well there are quite a few benefits to choosing shutters for your windows. Let’s start with style; they look simple, classic and timeless and fit the modern and contemporary home perfectly. They can be environmentally friendly, cutting down on heating bills when closed and choosing those made from FSC materials means they are sustainably sourced. They reduce noise of course, and are very easy to keep clean, much easier than wooden or metal blinds. If you choose cafe style blinds they can be closed offering privacy but still allow in light from the top of the window. Of course they won’t be the cheapest window treatment option but they will last well and can be well worth the investment. Read more
Top Reasons for Choosing Louvered Window Shutters for Your Kid’s Bedroom
Since louver shutters cover a window completely from top to bottom, they help greatly in maintaining privacy for your kids by acting as a barrier from the outside area. You can either go for an adjustable or a permanent shutter according to your privacy and security requirements.
Since the louvers of a window shutter are adjustable and can be opened and closed to any height as you like, it helps in controlling the amount of outside light you wish to let inside the room. It is great for small children as well as who can take a comfortable nap in the daytime with the shutter blocking out any outside sunlight.
Just like filtering the sunlight, these shutters also help in blocking any outside noise from getting inside, thereby ensuring a calm and quiet environment for your child. This is again a great respite for parents who wish for a comfortable and uninterrupted nap time for their kids.
Easy to Clean
Since a children’s bedroom is always messy with the kids playing around with colors and toys and so on, parents prefer designing the room with furnishings which are easy to clean and maintain and experience minimum damage. A louver shutter is a great choice for such parents as it fulfils their demands of easy cleaning and maintaining.
According to the material of shutter you choose, you can improve the insulation properties of your kid’s bedroom. For example, while wooden and vinyl shutters are insulating, thermalities shutters are about three times insulating than these materials. It is also durable and fire-resistant, making it a perfect option for a child’s bedroom.
Since louver shutters are adjustable, they can be used to control the airflow from outside in the room. It is a great respite in summer evenings when the child can adjust the position of the louvers to an angle which allows the sufficient amount of air from coming inside the room.
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How to Clean Window Shutters
Vinyl Interior Shutters
Grab a vacuum with a soft brush attachment, an empty bucket, dish soap, warm water, a couple of cleaning rags, an absorbent drying towel, and a toothbrush. Start by vacuuming off the top layer of dirt with your soft brush. In a small bucket, combine warm water and dish soap to form a sudsy cleaning solution. Use about one teaspoon of dish soap for every quart of water. Wet a cloth with your soapy water solution and wash your shutters thoroughly. Then, use the other cloth to wipe away soap residue with pure water. Finally, wipe them with a dry towel and use the toothbrush as a tool for small spaces.
Interior Wood Shutters
If you have delicate plantation shutters, start by gathering a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, a dusting cloth, wood polish spray, and a toothbrush. First, vacuum your shutters with the soft brush. Then, spray your dusting cloth with wood polish and wipe each shutter down thoroughly. For homeowners who have models with small crevices, use wood polish to clean with a toothbrush. Do not use soap and water; this could warp the wood.
I’ve waited for many things in life – nine months for my babies, seven years for my first home and three years to find the perfect sofa for my home office. But there’s something I’ve been waiting a long time for, nearly eight years in fact, and I’ve finally been able to get them… plantation shutters!
I’ve long admired houses with shutters and as soon as we moved into our 1950s semi I knew that one day I would have to get them. Shutters just make a house look amazing; from the inside and the out.
They offer uniformity and their simple, clean lines update rooms in an instant. Plus the fact that they go with any décor theme (and colour scheme if you opt for white) means that I’ll never have to worry about window dressing again. Well, not while I live here of course.
Then there’s the investment in shutters, with many websites claiming that installing shutters can add more value to your home. If that’s the case (and it certainly wouldn’t devalue your house), then it’s a win-win situation.
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