You’ll be adding a beautiful feature to either your interior or exterior, and providing your house with added shade and privacy! However, with so many styles to choose from, it can be hard to know which option is best suited to your property and your needs. Luckily, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve outlined the decisions you may need to make before making any purchases, and what options are best suited to which applications.
Indoor shutters are a great addition to any home, offering privacy and reducing glare. Often known as ‘plantation shutters’, they are designed as a statement piece, able to stand the test of time. Installed directly onto your frame, this elegant option generally comes in either timber or fauxwood, both of which have benefits and drawbacks.
- Timber: If you want to bring warmth and luxury to your home, then timber is the perfect choice. Staining your slats will enhance their natural beauty, whilst painting is ideal for a modern and contemporary look. However, they can’t be installed in wet areas, such as the bathroom or kitchen, as the moisture in the air will eventually damage the timber.
- Fauxwood: For a cohesive appearance across your whole home – even wet areas – fauxwood window shutters are the answer. Made from solid PVC, they look exactly the same as painted timber slats, but won’t be damaged by water or moisture.
If you’re considering window shutters for the outside of your home, then the function you want them to perform will dictate the choice that you make. Not only should you choose an option that is suited to the Australian climate, your shutters will either offer shade, privacy or protection – or a combination of the three.
- Aluminium: Window shutters are often used to create an alfresco entertaining area – and when they are, this style is the perfect choice. Forming an outdoor room for your guests, you’ll be comfortable and protected from the elements.
- Fixed: For a low maintenance option, this is the ideal shutter. Designed to be installed and left alone, they shield your windows (and home) from prying eyes.
- Roller: To protect your home from unwanted intruders, roller shutters are a must. They offer an added layer that any would-be thieves would need to break through, visually deterring potential intruders.
Custom or Ready Made?
There is one last question you need to ask yourself before making any purchases, and that is whether you want to invest in custom or ready-made window shutters. Though it ultimately comes down to personal preference, there are benefits and drawbacks of both. A custom option is designed and made to your home’s exact measurements, ensuring it fits perfectly to your window frames. It will be made using the materials and colours you’ve already decided on, so you know it will suit your taste and architecture. However, shutters like this will come at a cost. Whilst it will be difficult to find a ready-made option that fits perfectly to your windows and complements your home, they are a far more budget friendly choice, which definitely appeals to a number of homeowners.
As you can see, there are a wide range of factors that go into finding the perfect window shutters for your home. Before you rush out and make a purchase, take the time to think about exactly what function you want your shutters to achieve and how you want the finished product to look. This will help you decide which direction to take. Once you’ve made a decision, speak with your local experts to choose the exact style and material for your property.
John is the owner of Energy Window Fashions and loves to write on various topics including window covering solutions ( Blinds, Curtains, Plantation Shutters etc ), Architecture, Interior & exterior design, and many more.