The Latest Inclusion In Interior Designing – Shutter Blinds
Interior designing is an emerging trend all over the world expanding itself with new ideas and inventions every day. Unlike the age old notion that houses are just a place for a shelter to live made of bricks and mortar, modern day houses are a statement of style and comfort. Beauty and glamour have become an important aspect of modern homes along with effective use of space. Building a big house concept is now replaced with making your house look bigger by artistic design and effective space consumption. Capitalizing on the hunger for richness, the field of Interior designing is feeding people with wonderful ideas like the Shutter Blinds. Shutter blinds are built-in window solutions unlike the curtains or blinds. They can be installed inside or outside the windows depending upon the situation. Functional shutters can be closed and opened when necessary while the non-functional shutters are only for the improved look of the exterior of your house.
Classification of Shutters
Shutters can be categorized into three types – Plantation, Solid and Café style. The most commonly used and famous one is the Plantation shutter. They are permanently fixed on windows and they do not rise up or come down. They have slats fixed on solid frames that can be tilted open and close. They can be partially opened or they can be completely open for letting in light and air and closed to shut off when not needed. Solid shutters are for a more orthodox look which is folded back during day and closed during night. Café shutters are only for commercial purposes like hotels and restaurants where the shutter covers only bottom half of the windows.
The most popular shutter material is wood (mahogany, teak and Spanish cedar) although other options like medium density fiberboard and plastic are also used. The most important thing in choosing shutters is the shape and size of windows. The large windows look good with wider slats while smaller windows are apt with small width slats.
Advantages of Shutter Blinds
- Shutter blinds are permanently fixed. So there are no hitches of pulling the cords up and down. It decreases the repair and maintenance, prolongs the durability.
- They don’t absorb the dirt like curtains and blinds and so they are far more hygienic and easier to clean. It is best suited for a house with kids.
- It gives better control over the amount of air and the light entering in the house.
- It is energy efficient and it blocks the sun rays during summer and cold winds during winter and it cannot be damaged by water or steam or moisture.
- It can be easily made to fit in any shaped windows – arches, diamond or circles.
- The shutter wood is hard and durable, protects unwanted intrusion, and in this way increased the safety of the house.
- Light in weight and durable up to few decades along with aesthetic appeal and added value.
- There are storm shutters made of fiberglass, aluminum or iron that protects the windows against high winds and flying objects.
Disadvantages of Shutter Blinds
- They are fixed and custom made, and in this way they reduce flexibility when the house needs a redesign. You need to get everything new if you change the design of windows or doors.
- Once the frame or slats is cracked or damaged due to the kids playing around or unintentional activities, the repair is big and cumbersome.
- Choosing of good quality shutters is of prime importance in that case. Bad quality material may result in bad experiences.
The pros of shutter blinds outweigh the cons and so they are undoubtedly a cost effective pursuit to decorate your home and make it classy, charming, and comfortable and a proud place to live in.