How window shutters can transform the look of your home

Window shutters

It doesn’t take a complete renovation or full home makeover to give your home a new look, whether it’s the interior or exterior of your home. Sometimes just changing one feature can transform the look of your house and breathe new life into it.

In this post we’re going to be covering a few ways that installing window shutters can brighten up your home and give it a whole new vibe.

Internal or external shutters

The interesting thing about window shutters is there are ranges designed to be installed inside the home, and there are also shutters you can buy that are designed to be installed on your home’s exterior.

What this means is you have options.

These days many shutters have been devised with your home’s interior in mind, where the shutters are used instead of curtains or blinds.

Shutters for your home’s interior

Common choices for internal shutters are:

Just about all shutters designed for internal use have adjustable louvres. This enables you to have complete control over the angle. To allow full daylight to enter the home, open the louvres all the way. To keep the room dark, simply close them right up.

Another two good points to note about louvres is you can adjust the angle to maximise the breeze coming in the windows and direct it down towards the lounge or bed, and the angle can also be adjusted so people can’t see in, but yet the fresh air still flows.

It’s actually one of the greatest advantages to installing shutters inside your home; the control you have over light, privacy and air flow.

With both timber shutters and aluminium shutters, you can buy types that are designed to glide like panel blinds or sliding doors. This also serves to give your house a unique look when you have them installed, and these are the perfect choice for those sliding glass doors leading out to the backyard or balcony.

Plantation shutters will either swing inward – so you need to allow room for this – or will fold up in an accordion style on longer windows.

When you open up the style of plantation shutters that swing inward on hinges and spread them right out so they’re resting against the wall, they give the window a really awesome framed appearance that looks really unique.

And of course, there’s always the option of custom cedar exterior shutters for those who like something a bit more bespoke.

Colour choices for window shutters

The range will often depend on the manufacturer and brand you choose to go with, but some of the most common choices are natural timber for timber shutters, or shutters that are painted white or other very neutral colours.

Seriously though, you can get window shutters in practically any colour you like, if you’re chasing a particular bold colour to suit a certain room, for example.

Your safest bet is choosing more neutral colours for living rooms and communal rooms, as they blend in very easily with most decor and colour schemes.

In a bedroom, if you really want the room to be nice and dark, you could opt for dark coloured shutters, maybe a deep brown timber look, or go all out and choose black.

Windows can be a centrepiece

This is more the case during the daytime rather than at night. Our eyes are naturally drawn to light, so often our focus will be on the windows and doors in a room.

Instead of dressing your windows with basic curtains or generic blinds that have no distinct style, make your windows stand out with modern shutters that really give your home a very unique look that everyone who visits will admire.

Even bathrooms can be transformed with some timber shutters in white. It actually creates a rather stunning result that can modernise even a somewhat dated looking bathroom.

Every room in the home can benefit from the installation of some quality shutters, whether they’re made from timber or aluminium. It’s just a matter of using your imagination and looking at some images and samples to get an idea of what works best.

You could always call in an expert and get their opinion, and wherever you plan to buy your new shutters, they’ll have people who can guide you in the decision making process as well.