Shutters can add an extra dimension to your windows. Wooden shutters look especially good in period properties, and complement sash windows perfectly. Shutters are bang on trend for 2015, and though they are a more expensive option than plain old curtains or fabric blinds, they can last for a whole lot longer. At Smooth Movement Sashes we like to have a good old flick through the interior decor magazines and pick up on the whats hot in the world of windows.
Elle Decor is a leading light in interior design and fashion, and they are very keen on the Shutter as a practical and contemporary way to dress your windows. Here’s what they had to say:
Looking for an alternative to curtains, draperies, shades or blinds? Interior shutters are a fresh, attractive option. Interior shutters can regulate light; insulate against heat, cold and noise; and provide optimum privacy. For the allergy prone, they can be easier to clean than fabric window treatments. They can also add value to your home.From traditional louvered styles to custom shapes, there’s something to suit any decor. Here’s what you need to know to choose the perfect shutters.
STYLES – Most interior shutters have horizontal louvers (also called slats, fins or blades) that can be adjusted up and down with a vertical tilt rod to let varying amounts of light into a room.Traditional shutters have wedgeshaped louvers, from 1 to 2 inches wide. They originated in England, where the climate is colder and small openings were more desirable. Because they’re shallow, they can be mounted inside a window frame.Plantation shutters have wider (usually from 2 to 4 inches) elliptical shaped louvers. The style originated in warmer European and Mediterranean countries, where the wider slats let in more air while blocking hot sunlight. They were brought by the Spanish to the American South, where they were a natural fit for plantation homes. The wider slats make a more dramatic architectural statement, and lend plantation shutters a sophisticated sensibility that works well in contemporary settings. Though 3-inch louvers are the most common choice, custom designs allow for narrower or wider widths.Panel shutters have no louvers. They often have molding-like trim and can feature decorative cutouts, such as a moon or star. In order to let light into a room, the shutters themselves must be opened, though some panel shutters come in a split design with louvers on the top or bottom half.
MATERIALS – Wood shutters most often are made of basswood, a lightweight hardwood with a consistent color and a tight grain that naturally resists moisture and takes stain or paint well.Engineered wood shutters are made of wood strands and fibers that are bonded together to produce a composite unit both stronger and stiffer than natural wood. They come pre-finished and have either a smooth or wood-grain finish.Polywood is another alternative to natural wood; it’s made of recyclable synthetics that are engineered and reinforced to be strong and stable. They are highly energy efficient. Because the surface is baked on, it is durable and won’t chip, crack or warp. They come in standard white and off-white tones or can be custom painted in any color.Vinyl shutters are lightweight and work well in a moist or damp setting because they will not warp. They cannot be painted or stained, but come pre-finished in a range of popular neutrals–primarily white and off-white tones. Available mainly in plantation styles, vinyl shutters are usually the least expensive choice and make a great budget option.
Whatever option you are thinking of to dress your windows and keep out the cold winter drafts, make sure your sashes are in tip top condition before you buy shutters for them. Smooth Movement Sashes can repair, re-fit or replace your wooden sash windows in London or Essex. We also stock a range of wooden blinds that we can supply and fit for you, including the exclusive Kelly Hoppen range. You can call us on 020 3701 8837 or click here to contact us by email.