Shutters bring something to a room that other window treatments can’t. Sleek and solid, they can turn any window into an architectural feature. With some careful planning, a white wooden shutter can transform even the plainest room into an elegant, resolved grown-up space. So here are some simple ideas for bringing them home.
Shutters are the perfect solution for a bath or shower room. The neat profile can sit into a window frame leaving more space in these often small rooms. They also offer privacy whilst letting in the fresh daylight, making a morning soak the ideal way to unwind at the weekend. Combine half window cafe style plantation shutters with a painted ceiling and white wooden floor to create a sense of refined beach house Caribbean island style. A mini holiday home without the packing.
Using shutters for doors as well as windows can unify an irregular room. Here smaller windows and doors flow seamlessly. Shutters also have a great benefit, as the kitchen can be a steamy environment so suit the hardy qualities of window shutters. Using Faux Wooden shutters is particularly smart, as being made from moisture resistant materials they stay good looking for longer.
Smart and sexy
Business like but not cold is the right blend for a home office. Wooden window shutters can help achieve calm in a studious office space, but with a little more panache than the usual office window coverings, such as a Venetian or Vertical metal blind.
Hidden in plain sight
Wooden blinds are ideal for a new build property that needs some extra interest and may have some features that you may want to play down, such as UPVC windows that may not suit your decorating style. Made to measure shutters can turn a featureless, square window into a pretty light filtering focus.
Throwing some shapes
Using solid wood shutters with deep, colours can deliver some serious heritage style points. If your home is a period property and with some of the wonderful quirks that come with older houses, window shutters can be made to almost any shape, so don’t rule out a difficult window just because it doesn’t follow a regular format.
Modern shutters can also bring some period style over what can feel like long, bland expanses of window. Louvered window shutters can allow in huge amounts of light but when closed, can act almost like a solid wall. By ensuring they are created in narrow panels they can fold back to reveal your view or onto a terrace when the mood (or weather) permits.
An open en-suite can be a difficult decorating challenge. Where soft bedroom furnishings meet a need for steam and water, there needs to be some transitional materials in both practical and style terms, to prevent a jarring jump from one style to another. These vintage style tiles and an ornate Edwardian style sink keep the mood decorative and indulgent but also staunchly functional. Here the use of shutters ties together both rooms stylistically but they can also handle the moist environment.
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