How to Choose the Perfect Window Shutters

Window shutters represent a long-term investment in the comfort, practicality and general appeal of your home. As such, it’s worth thinking carefully about which shutters to go for, along with where and how they should be installed.

Plantation Shutters Around the Home

Most interior living spaces are perfect candidates for plantation shutters. For a bedroom or living room, plantation shutters can be great for maximising privacy, providing an additional layer of insulation and improving the aesthetic of the entire space. They’re also great for the home office or study, helping maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the year.

Shutters are also great in bathrooms, kitchens and other practical spaces, due to the ease with which they can be hygienically cleaned. And of course, installing shutters where they can be viewed from the outdoors is a good way of boosting the curb-appeal of your entire home.

Keeping Costs Down

Depending on whom you work with, there may be a number of ways you can keep costs to a minimum. For example, you could take charge of the measuring process for yourself. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY guru, you might also be able to install your shutters manually.

That said, if there’s an affordable fitting service available from the supplier, it’s probably worth taking advantage of it. Get the job done right and you only have to do it once – something that could save you time and money down the line.

Shutter Materials

There’s no such thing as a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ material for your shutters – it all comes down to personal preferences. Nevertheless, premium materials such as solid woods are always going to be more expensive than their synthetic counterparts.

In addition, you need to think about whether the shutters are going to be exposed to more challenging conditions – excessive moisture, extreme temperatures and so on. Ask your supplier which material is suitable for the specific living space in question.

Shutter Styles

Plantation shutters are available in countless different styles to suit any interior space. Full-height shutters are a popular choice, which cover the window in its entirety and open as one unit. Café-style plantation shutters are used to cover the bottom half of the windows, enhancing privacy while allowing natural light to enter.

Tier-on-tier shutters allow for the bottom and top sections of the shutters to be opened independently. There are also solid shutters available, which are great for boosting insulation and providing complete blockage of external light. Solid shutters are a popular choice for use in bedrooms and nurseries.

Shutter Colours and Finishes

Last but not least, there are two primary options available when choosing colours for your shutters. They can either complement the room and fade discreetly into the background, or provide a pop of colour and serve as a feature in their own right. Once again, it’s entirely up to you as to which way you go.

Nevertheless, it’s worth considering whether the shutters you’re considering can be repainted at a later date. If this is the case, you’ll have limitless scope for experimentation with different colours, as and when you wish.

For more information on how to choose the perfect window shutters for your home, get in touch with the team at Riverside Shutters today.

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