Windows have always been an interesting interior design challenge and we are always on the lookout for new ways of tackling this tricky area of the home. Until now the well explored areas of draperies and blinds are where most of us head when we need to re-vamp a window, but that is all set to change.
Let us welcome interior shutters into the fray. This method of window treatment has been around for many years; in fact the roots of the idea stretch right back to Ancient Greece. Today, interior shutters offer a viable new alternative to traditional design solutions and once tried, few are tempted back again.
Shapes and styles
Interior shutters come in many styles and sizes. Standard shapes to fit regular windows can be fitted quite easily by a competent DIY-er. Older houses with historical architectural features such as bay windows or arched frames can usually be accommodated with made to measure shutters. Broad shapes suitable for conservatories and porch areas and narrow models that work well in bathrooms are also widely available. The clean lines and sleek finish achieved with interior shutters work well in modern interiors, helping to enhance a feeling of space and openness. In more traditional settings, elegant plantation shutters and blinds help introduce light into a room whilst maintaining an element of privacy.
Wide or slim slats
The wooden interior shutter can have wide or slim slats. The slats can be adjusted to control light and privacy levels. Wider slatted designs tend to look better in larger rooms and in more contemporary settings. The thin slatted varieties look stunning in historical homes and painted in heritage shades they can really pull a scheme together beautifully.
Choice of finishes
The most popular shade for interior wooden shutters tends to be white as this is considered the most reflective color. Whilst white can indeed look fantastic, don’t dismiss all the other choices of color and finish that are available. Pale neutral tones work beautifully in light and airy environments – why not opt for taupe or slate rather than pain old white to add real class to a window? Take into account the other finishes in a room, for example, if flooring is dark wood; why not complement it with mahogany colored shutters for a unified look? Other finishes to consider include glossy lacquered shutters that add instant glamor, injecting a shot of architectural sleekness to any room. A whole rainbow of paint colors and wood stains can be applied to interior shutters so it is possible to match shades with other pieces in the room if desired.
Those struggling to limit their exposure to dust due to allergy problems find using interior wooden shutters can help. Wooden slats do not attract dust in the same way as fabrics and a simple wipe down with a damp cloth is all the cleaning they require. Sunlight streaming into a room can be marvelous, but it needs to be controlled so that furnishings don’t get faded and the room doesn’t get too hot. Adjustable shutters allow easy control of light levels so that comfort is optimized.
To give windows the treatment they deserve, why not install some wooden interior shutters? For good looks, clean lines and enduring style, interior shutters are seriously worth considering.