If there weren’t benefits to the many window treatments available to us, they wouldn’t all be selected for the homes they furnish. But when choosing a window covering style for your own home, where do you even begin?
When it comes to window treatments, shutters are one that can be fixed to the outside or to the inside of your window. The difference is very simple: Outdoor shutters are anchored to the outer window frames and are usually stationary in modern architecture or of a limited mobility on classic homes, while those meant for indoor use are made more functional by ease of access. Either way, shutters are of the most cost-efficient and aesthetically enduring window treatments.
Outer shutters serve their purposes very well under some circumstances, but in terms of versatility, style, and accessibility, indoor shutters are unmatched.
First of all, you can use indoor shutters to regulate sunlight to suit your household needs. During the changing seasons, this can help save you a bit of money: Let the sun pour in on winter mornings to catch the natural heat and light, then close up in the evenings for an added bit of insulation! Or keep the heat of the day out during those sizzling summer spells. Indoor shutters are also great for ventilation control, as well as privacy control. Never again will you be forced to choose between having your window coverings fully open or closed entirely.
While outdoor shutters need to be made of select materials to withstand time and the elements, indoor shutters can come in a wide variety of styles including stained and painted wood for any custom look. Though blinds require unsightly strings and dusty slats which can wear or break easily, shutters are permanent, time-honored alternatives that can even add value to your home.
Shutters come in a range of size options to custom fit almost any window, making installation and maintenance a breeze. Some outdoor shutters are able to be opened and closed, but you’ll never have to worry about replacing old outdoor hardware or upgrading fixtures to have full control over the use of your indoor shutters. A tilt rod to adjust the panels and fully functional hinges to open and close the shutters make using them easy and safe for all members of the family, even children. If you do have a big family keeping you busy, or if you simply dread cleaning your window treatments, consider how easy indoor shutters are to clean. Rid yourself of allergens and bacteria with a simple wipe-down instead of battling with other coverings.
Shutters have been around for hundreds of years and will continue to endure due to their adaptability, charismatic design, and convenience. As you consider treatments for your own windows, make a list of the attributes most important to you. Though it seems one can do no wrong with shutters as a choice, only you know what will best suit your needs!