If you're looking for a way to breathe a new lease of life into your living room, kitchen, or even, consider using interior shutters. These stylish window coverings are long-lasting, great looking, and an impactful way of changing the decor in your living room - and while they may seem expensive at first glance, compared to a full room renovation they'll save you a lot of money, and they're something that will last for many years as well.
Stylish Interior Shutters
Shutters are a good way to bring a touch of nature into your home. Bamboo shutters, for example, offer a soft, soothing and natural look while still having plenty of benefits in terms of blocking out light - and offering privacy. You could even use these in a bathroom as privacy shades.
Heavier wooden shutters offer a nice quaint look for kitchens, and you can use them in the living room too if you have, say, a nice bay window that you'd like to frame to create an appealing focal point.
Shutters Can Last Forever
One of the main reasons that shutters are such a good interior design option is that they're an amazing focal point, and they're timeless, durable and hardwearing. Fabric can fade and become tattered over time. Blinds can break. Pets can damage voiles and curtains, but shutters are rugged, and if they fade they can be repainted. If they're scratched or dented they can be touched up and repaired. They'll last forever. And, if you repaint or change the tone of the room, you can repaint the shutters too. Don't like plain? Add a pattern - a flag, stars, flowers, stripes - whatever you need to make it look great. Indeed, you could even stick post-it notes, posters or photos on the shutters, if you keep them open most of the time, to create a truly quirky look.
Easy to Care for and Clean
Exterior shutters need re-finished regularly and the hinges will need cared for. Interior shutters are a little more rugged, but will still need some maintenance. Periodically oiling the hinges and wiping down the shutter with a damp cloth will keep it nice and clean. There's generally no need to re-stain or refinish interior wood unless it has been exposed to a lot of sunlight, or you're redoing the decor in the room anyway. The one exception to this is if the room is very humid. Wood, especially softer woods, can be quite susceptible to warping in damp, humid environments, so you will need to take measures to protect it.
If you want minimal maintenance, and like modern styles of decoration, then faux-wood or vinyl shutters could be a good option for you - they'll last even longer, and they're virtually maintenance free, so you'll save a fortune over the lifetime of the product, and you'll save time and stress too.
The up-front investment for interior shutters is a little greater than the investment for curtains or blinds, but in the long run they are a great investment because they will last for so much longer. They can offer really good light and heat insulating properties too, so you'll pay less for your heating, and you'll find that you enjoy better privacy, and better sleep - and would-be burglars can't snoop through your windows at night if you remember to close your shutters when you go to bed. So, why not invest in some shutters for your interior? They're a great way to change up the style of your living room or kitchen, and they'll last a lifetime.