Why choose window shutters?
Choosing shutters over blinds is not just based on price or looks, the choice is often based on thermal performance, acoustic performance ( to reduce road noise for example), security levels to provide a visual barrier from potential intruders or the need to create window solutions that exactly contrast or coordinate with your interior furnishings.
Mirros shutters offer two unique features which you may consider when comparing to blinds or shades. The first feature which is optional in full height or cafe style shutters is the inclusion on mirrors into the shutters. These create another finctional dimension towards shutters, and may be a key reason for purchase. The second feature, and the most innovative, is the inclusion of LED lights and light panels into the window shutters. The versaltility of these two features is endless.
Windows are the ‘eye of the home that frames the view of the outside world’ and window covering options are endless depending on your personal style, budget and needs. From the ornate and detailed to simple and classic, a window covering can be the focal point of any room or simply just blend into the background. Window coverings also serve a functional purpose helping to control how much light comes into any room, minimize drafts, and improve energy efficiency and privacy features. Additionally many have different levels of security features, or not at all.
The location is also key - there will be different considerations for blinds and shutters in bars and restaurants, hotels, hairdressing salons or florists for example, than for domestic home use.
Venetian Blinds are considered a decorative window treatment and help create a clean and uncluttered look on any type or size of window. Blinds can be made from metal, bamboo, plastic, wood or fabric and are extremely easy to clean with a damp cloth or mild cleaner, easily installed, and easy to operate.
Vertical blinds can add drama, strong lines and enhance the height of a room so they are particularly effective in rooms with lower ceilings. They allow for good air circulation and protection from UV rays (particularly useful in west and south-facing windows).
Horizontal blinds made from wood or faux-wood are more expensive than metal or plastic but are quite popular and versatile. They can be used to create a modern and contemporary look or traditional and rustic depending on your home décor and style. Commonly known as plantation shutters, they are mainly available in three or four colours, the most popular being satin white.
Shades are considered a soft window treatment that can range from elegant and formal to casual and simple. They can be layered with panels or curtains for a dramatic effect, adding dimension to any space or hung on their own for a clean and sophisticated look.
Cellular, honeycomb and pleated shades are normally made from fabric and add warmth and comfort to any window and room. These shades are available both in vertical or horizontal styles, can be made with room darkening or lightening features and do require some additional care when cleaning.
Roller Blinds or roman shades offer simple, no frills window coverage that give any room a homey and casual feel. Perfect for the cottage or any other room where light control is flexible.
Curtains have been around for a while and can instantly add elegance and visual interest to any window. Curtains, drapes and sheers are available in many colours, fabrics and pattern designs and suit any budget. Curtains can cover the entire window or blend panels and sheers for a layered look.
The team at Mirror Shutters would be delighted to talk to you to discuss the pros and cons of shutters over blinds. The team can create wonderful bepoke window shutters for every interior, the difficulty is making the right choice for you. The team will work with you to determine the most beautiful window covering option for your space.
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