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 home, where do you begin?
Indoor Shutters vs. Outdoor Shutters
When it comes to window treatments, shutters can be fixed to the outside or the inside of your window. The difference is simple: outdoor shutters are anchored to the outer window frames and are usually stationary in modern architecture or of limited mobility in classic homes. In contrast, indoor shutters are made more functional by the ease of access. Either way, shutters are the most cost-efficient and aesthetically enduring window treatments.
Outside shutters serve their purposes very well under some circumstances, but indoor shutters are unmatched in terms of versatility, style, and accessibility.
Energy Efficiency With Interior Shutters in St. Louis
First, you can use interior shutters for windows 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 added insulation! Or keep the heat of the day out during those hot summer spells.
Interior 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, and never do you need to give up the beauty and timeless appearance of indoor shutters.
Indoor Shutters Options
While outdoor shutters need to be made of select materials to withstand time and the elements, interior shutters can come in various styles, including stained and painted wood, for any custom look. You may have your custom interior shutters stained to match your cabinetry, trim work in your home, or flooring. Otherwise, you may decide to have them painted in a color to blend in with their surroundings or in a different color to add a pop of color for interest.
You can choose many different mounting styles for your interior plantation shutters, each of which dictates how they operate and appear when opened and closed.
- Cafe-style shutters are charming on windows that don’t get a lot of heat and sunlight. They only cover the bottom half of the window and allow the top to be open for natural light.
- Tier-on-tier shutters are very versatile in lighting control. They consist of one set of two shutter panels on the top of a window and another set of two on the bottom. Each of the two sets opens, closes, adjusts, and operates independently of each other to give you the ultimate in lighting control, privacy, and versatility and to allow perfect unobstructed views out of the window when they are swung open.
Durable and Long Lasting
Though blinds require unsightly strings and dusty slats, which can wear or break easily, shutters are permanent, time-honored alternatives that add value to your home. Shutters are made to be durable and long-lasting, and they generally come with a lifetime warranty as well.
Shutters come in various sizes to custom fit almost any window or door, making installation and maintenance a breeze. Some outdoor shutters can be opened and closed, but you’ll never have to worry about replacing old outdoor hardware or upgrading fixtures to have complete control over the use of your interior shutters.
Child Safe Window Treatments
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 family members, even children.
If you have a big family keeping you busy or 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.
Custom shutters can be fitted to sliding glass doors with a cutout for the handle to fit perfectly. When the weather is nice, you can open your door and leave the shutters closed with the slats opened for some cool breeze and filtered lighting in your indoor spaces. As an added benefit, if you have small children or pets in your home, the shutters will keep them from opening and getting outside because they can have a latch holding them shut up high so they can’t reach it.
Shutters have been around for hundreds of years and will continue to endure due to their adaptability, charismatic design, and convenience. Though it seems one can do no wrong with shutters as a choice, only you know what will best suit your needs! As you consider treatments for your windows, list the attributes most important to you.
At Sunshine Drapery, we are your premier window treatment store in St. Louis, with over 50 years of experience beautifying homes with interior shutters. We offer you custom options, choices in slat sizes, styles, and so much more!
Contact us for a FREE in-home consultation today to discuss your new window treatment project!