There are a vast number of home improvement treatments available today that will, if installed correctly, enhance your home. Some will add to the attractiveness of the exterior and increase curb appeal, some will enhance the look of the interior, some will improve security and some will save money. Interior window shutters will do all of these things, therefore adding to the enjoyment, value and saleability of your home.
Make your home your own through home improvements
With our busy lives and packed work schedules, it is becoming more and more important to create a relaxing, nurturing home environment where we can get away from it all.
The addition of plantation shutters or solid shutters helps to achieve this with style and elegance, creating a clean look, which is both, timeless and on trend. The modern alternative to drapes and blinds, they are virtually maintenance free requiring nothing more than a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to keep them looking their best.
Shutters, and particularly plantation shutters gateshead help you to moderate the amount of natural light entering a room. They also allow you to control the amount of airflow or ventilation. Simply by raising the slats from their horizontal or open position, to the vertical closed position, you can shut out the wind and sunlight at will. Solid shutters can assist in creating a near black out room, which is perfect for creating an environment for sleeping.
Another benefit of interior window shutters is the very real sense of security they bring. Homes that are left vacant for any period of time can effectively be screened off from the curious gaze of passers by, by simply closing them. In this way, valuables are kept out of view and occupancy is disguised making your home less appealing to any would-be burglar or ne’er-do-well.
Increase the saleability or curb appeal of your home
Well-planned and well-executed home improvement treatments will add value to your home and increase its saleability. Signs that you have looked after your home and are proud of it will lure potential buyers and there is no more, obvious a sign than a matching set of professionally fitted wooden window shutters. With this window treatment in place, your property will stand out from the crowd, looking great in pictures and even better at the curb side.
It is important to note though, that as with all large-scale home improvements, the job must be done properly. Employing professionals to fit your shutters will not only ensure the job is done properly; it will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you’ll have a warranty to pass on to the new owners
So having decided to add interior window shutters to your home, which style is right for you?
Fixed to the insides of windows and door frames, the louvered panels that make up plantation shutters take both their inspiration and their name from shutters of a very similar style, used in America and the West Indies since before the American Civil War.
Their style has changed little over the years, which is testament to their solid design credentials. It is only the materials that have changed significantly. With the development of modern manufacturing processes, plantation style shutters can be constructed using most solid materials but are more commonly made from hardwoods like Cedar and Basswood or engineered woods that are polymer coated.
Plantation shutters come in 3 different styles known as full height shutters, tier on tier shutters and café style shutters.
Full height shutters
As the name suggests, this style of shutter covers the full height of the window, but it also covers the full width too, making them very sturdy. Their elegant, clean lines compliment both the interior and the exterior of any home, regardless of its age or heritage.
Tier on tier shutters
The tier on tier shutter can again cover full height and width of a window aperture but this time it is arranged in two sections that can be opened and closed independently of one another. This facility is particularly useful for the control of light and privacy.
Café style shutters
The café style shutter takes its inspiration from the cafes of Europe, in particular Paris and Rome. This style of shutter is fitted to the bottom half of a window aperture and enables the shutter to be closed, whilst still allowing light in through the top half of the window. This facility is ideal for use in kitchens or cafes where both daylight and privacy may be required in equal measure.
The benefits of plantation shutters
A beautiful and functional solution to window coverings, they enable you to easily control lighting levels, ventilation, privacy and noise and add a contemporary finishing touch to your home.
Hinged vertically and designed to concertina, this stylish interior fitted window treatment allows you to open and close the shutters, either partially or completely, at will.
Constructed of red cedar and other hardwoods for their durability, aesthetics and longevity solid shutters can be stained or oiled to really bring out the texture of the wood. If you prefer a painted finish, then the full spectrum of colours is open to you.
Nowadays solid shutters are undergoing something of a resurgence in popularity as owners of Victorian properties look to restore the period features to their buildings, returning them to their former glory.
The benefits of solid shutters
Constructed of Cedar and other hardwoods, solid shutters provide a traditional look with a long life span. They will enhance the value of you home, insulating against noise and adding to security.