Shutters are a very versatile option and work well in bedrooms, living rooms and even kitchens. They can be DIY measured and fit into budget options; they come in any color you can think of; they keep out the cold in winter; allow you to control the light levels in the room; and offer flexible privacy and outside views. What’s not to like? Here’s how to buy blinds wisely.
Plant packages can really add value to your property
In addition to being one of the most desirable window furniture pieces, plantation Shutter Blinds are considered a permanent part of your property. This means they are considered fixtures of your home and are included in any assessment of your home’s value. Therefore, they have a direct impact on the value of your home.
Where to plant shutters?
They can of course go into any room, but if you’re on a tight budget put them at the front of your home as they will create curb appeal and leave a good impression on potential buyers if you choose to sell your home first impression.
A home office is an ideal place to use blinds. Not only do they keep your work area at a comfortable temperature year-round, they also filter sunlight to minimize glare from your computer screen during the day. Choose easy-to-use matching tilt bars so you can adjust them effortlessly.
Plantation shutters are also the perfect treatment for a bathroom, providing privacy while still letting in plenty of light. Unlike fabric curtains, they can also be cleaned regularly in place. Make sure the shutters you choose are moisture-proof and that they have been painted or varnished in wet conditions – this will prevent the finish from wearing down over time. If you’re installing blinds, don’t think you can’t have curtains either. Especially the cafe-style shutters look beautiful with the curtains.
How to save money on blinds
DIY measurement and installation of blinds can be found everywhere, and can greatly save the cost of having blinds measured and installed by a professional. Can you put a shelf? Then you should be able to install the blinds.
If you’re going to DIY install your blinds, if you get stuck, buy only from companies that offer online blind measurement guides, online installation guides, and good customer service support. Many companies that sell DIY shutters can also provide you with a list of local fitters.
Shutters are typically made from solid wood; fast growing woods such as basswood; wood composites such as MDF; and plastics such as polyethylene. Which shutter material you choose depends on: the look you want; your budget (solid wood is at the top of the price range, composite at the bottom); and the room you’re renovating. Certain materials are better in some rooms than others: Polyethylene, for example, resists moisture and warping, making it suitable for bathrooms.
Choose blinds to complement the shape of your window
First, look at the style and layout of the window, as plantation shutters should always complement the shape of the window. Blinds are more flexible than other curtains and can be installed on any shape of window, even circular or triangular spaces. They can be folded back to reveal the window frame, while blinds and curtains often hide part of the window. All of this means that feature windows can show off, and awkward windows become the focal point, not obnoxious wear.
Which shutter style?
Full height shutters cover the entire window and open as a unit. They usually have a divider rail (also called a mid rail) so you can operate the upper and lower slats independently.
Café-style plantation shutters cover the lower portion of the windows, maximizing daylight entering the room while still providing some privacy. Want to save money? You cover fewer windows with these shutters, so the overall cost will be lower. Best for spaces that won’t go unnoticed, such as dining or living rooms, they can also be installed over bay windows in a series of coordinating panels, lighter than curtains.
The cascading shutters cover the entire window, but the top and bottom can be opened independently of each other.
Solid shutters usually extend from top to bottom as a unit. They’re great for old homes because they help block drafts, but also for kids’ bedrooms because they’re more effective than blackout blinds. Track shutters slide open on track and are perfect for patio doors as they fold back when not needed. Not suitable for windows with sills.
Choose Colored Blinds
Blinds don’t have to be white: you can match the color of your blinds to the exact paint shade you’re after. But before you take that bold step, make sure you’re happy to commit to your color choice long-term.
Colorful plantation shutters are a great alternative to feature walls in small rooms, ideal for creating a focal point. Try using matching paint colors on the surrounding walls, or go ahead with the theme for extra fun in a kid’s bedroom. In addition to helping to keep a room comfortable in winter and cool in summer, solid blinds like these can block noise and ensure a good night’s sleep.
Solid wood packaging adds value to your home
Wood Plantation Shutters are tried and true material. With solid wood, you don’t have to worry about sunburn or noisy children and pets damaging your curtains. Wood is a material strong enough to withstand normal domestic life. It’s a common misconception that you can install solid wood plantation shutters in your bathroom or kitchen, but as long as they don’t come in direct contact with water, real hardwood plantation shutters should improve any room in your home for years to come.
By coordinating shutters with walls and woodwork, you can make tight spaces feel larger. Painting them in the same shade will give a seamless feel, especially with the shutters closed.