Window dressings are a great way of adding something extra special to a room. Whether it’s a lounge, kitchen, study, dining area, bedroom or even bathroom, plantation shutters make a great alternative to traditional curtains and blinds.
What are plantation shutters?
Plantation shutters provide a stylish and sophisticated alternative to curtains and blinds. They are made up of multiple slats, otherwise known as louvers, which can be opened and closed just like blinds can. They are however made from much higher quality materials and last far longer than blinds do.
With so many new builds appearing in the UK in recent years, shutters have become an emerging trend. Current interior design trends are favouring a more simplistic and classy look and UK consumers are quickly realising the value of shutters as a home improvement feature – https://interiorstylehunter.com/luxury-interior-design-trends-2016/
What are the benefits of plantation shutters?
Windows come in all shapes and sizes which means that finding the right curtains or blinds can sometimes be very difficult. Regardless of whether you have traditional rectangular or round, angled or arched windows, plantation shutters can be fitted to any shape. Furthermore, they can also be adapted to the interesting shapes that many conservatories and glass roofs come in.
Plantation shutters are an excellent way of keeping your house nice and warm during those chilly winter months. As well as keeping the cold air out, they do a fantastic job of making sure that any warm air doesn’t escape. Shutters are particularly beneficial to those who have bay windows because in this situation, curtains and blinds don’t sit flat against the window. There is normally a big gap between the glass and window dressing which means that if you don’t have double or secondary glazing, it can be very difficult to keep your house warm.
One of the biggest benefits of plantation shutters is that they’re incredibly low maintenance. If you have children for example, you will no doubt be all-too aware of the mischief they can cause. They can tug on curtains and end up pulling the railing down, they can get dirty and greasy hand prints all over your expensive curtains and even with blinds, the cord used to open and close them can pose a big safety risk with youngsters.
There’s absolutely no chance of pulling down plantation shutters, they’re easy to wipe down and keep clean and they don’t have any dangerous cords dangling from them. They’re also ideal for pet owners because naughty cats can’t climb them and they don’t accumulate pet hair like curtains do.
Shutters are far more hygienic that traditional curtains or fabric blinds and are also great for those who suffer with allergies. There has been a rise in mould and dust mite populations in UK homes which has led to an increase in allergies and respiratory problems. The problem with fabric window coverings is that they provide an excellent breeding ground for dust mites and condensation. Shutters completely eliminate this problem because they wipe clean and don’t gather dust or moisture. Read more on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/millions-allergic-to-their-own-home-says-charity/
Another great thing about plantation shutters is that they can be tailored to your specific needs. They are made-to-measure, you can choose the colour you want and you can even select the material you want them to be made from.