This Is Why Interior Designers Love Shutters
More versatile than shades and curtains, shutters allow you to filter light at exactly the level you want while offering privacy, insulation, and air circulation.
A blank window is like an unfinished painting. It’s a blank canvas waiting for your artistic flair. “Add a window covering like shades, blinds or shutters and you suddenly have privacy, control over the amount of sunlight that fills the area, and a better-looking room,” says Plummer Clagett. It’s what we like to call a win-win: visual appeal and functionality.
How Shutters Got Their Start
Long before blinds and shades ruled the window treatment world, interior shutters were the crown jewel. There was a time when glass was simply not affordable and windows and homes were open to the elements. So, in order to keep dirt, debris, pests, and rain where they belonged – outside the home – people used shutters as an incredibly attractive means to an end. Even homes that could afford glass still used shutters not only for light control, privacy, and interior design, but also to protect the glass. It was very expensive after all.
The earliest shutters were simple – typically flat wood or board-and-batten panels. Louvered shutters did not arrive until the mid-18th century and adjustable louvered shutters were not invented for another century after that (mid-19th century). Then, shutters began to fall out of favor. As glass became more and more affordable in the Victorian era, other window treatments burst onto the scene and stole the show – namely heavy interior drapes. Blinds and shades were also popular choices for window treatments.
Fortunately, interior shutters are making a comeback. Homeowners and interior designers rejoice!
“As an interior design choice, you can’t go wrong by selecting wood plantation shutters,” says interior designer Celeste Stewart. “They fit in with just about any décor and offer a clean, cohesive look throughout the home.”
Interior Designers Love Shutters
“More versatile than shades and curtains, shutters allow you to filter light at exactly the level you want while offering privacy, insulation, and air circulation,” says interior design blogger Janet Hall. And that is just the beginning.
Flexible Light Control
Depending on the room and its exposure to light – both day and night – light control can be a very important consideration to make when choosing your new window treatments.
“Plantation shutters provide privacy and let in light and, when split into two tiers, also offer maximum flexibility,” says interior designer Rebecca Hayes.” Shutters are a neat window treatment for small rooms: when folded back, they allow the maximum amount of light to enter the room, and they also maintain a stylish and tidy feel.”
Because space is limited and homes are being built closer and closer together, privacy can be a major concern. Fortunately, there is a pretty simple solution to your privacy problems: Window Treatments.
“Multiple factors will influence if and how you choose to treat these architectural beauties (windows), but privacy is often the overriding concern,” says architectural photographer David Churchill. “In those situations, shutters are a lovely solution. They admit light but can be closed tightly.”
Easy to Clean and Maintain
Over time, your window treatments will accumulate dirt, dust, and allergens. So cleanability is important when choosing between blinds, shades, and shutters.
“[Shutters] are practical, functional and simple, suit our climate and lifestyle, they are easy to maintain and clean,” says interior design blogger Melinda Hartwright.
And They Look Good!
“This smart window treatment is beautiful yet functional, and it will give you a blank canvas to play with,” says interior designer Ravi Lakhaney.
When you want to make a statement in a room, interior shutters are the way to go. These window treatments, with their clean lines and elegant look, add an aura of refinement to your home. Interior shutters are the perfect option for those who want their window treatments to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
“When they are painted to match the window millwork, they almost disappear, allowing the beauty of the window to shine,” says Churchill.