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Designer Wood Shutters. Why they're an excellent design decision

Every room has its special charm and the décor of the room is always a mix of the furniture styling, flooring, wall colors, window treatments and other accessories. Somehow, no matter what style you design your home and its individual rooms in; the windows always add a special touch.

Shutters come in may shapes and sizes. Try on some color, like these from Shutter Craft.

Shutters come in may shapes and sizes. Try on some color, like these from Shutter Craft.

Making a style statement is about getting creative and being inspired by latest trends and materials. But there are some designing elements that have an eternal charm and designer wood shutters are one of them. Their attraction quotient lies in the fact that they look as beautiful in modern and contemporary-styled homes as they do in homes that lean on traditional and more conservative styling.

Why Wood Shutters?

But are designer wood shutters used in homes only for their aesthetic value? Well! That is just one of their benefits. Take a look at a few others that make these shutters a charming addition to your home:

Privacy- This is probably one of the main benefits of designer wood shutters. They are made of natural wood and every slat is wide and designed to align perfectly with the next. Once they are shut, they provide you with the privacy you need and are also very useful in blocking out light when you don’t want it

Insulation- Along with blocking light, these shutters also block out heat which can be a great benefit in tropical regions. The insulation they provide also adds to the energy efficiency of your home, regardless of which season it is. They are also useful in blocking out outside noise

Durability- Once you have properly polished and well-finished designer wood blinds in place, you do not have to worry too much about them. They do not deteriorate like some other man-made materials do

Maintenance- These shutters only require dry dusting or an occasional vacuuming to keep them clean which makes them very low maintenance

Aesthetics- As mentioned earlier, they look and feel very good in any kind of interior setting and add allure to every room they are installed in. Since these are available in a variety of wood species, like oak, poplar and bass wood. You can choose the one that suits the décor in your home the best

Environment-Friendly- Designer wood shutters are made of natural wood which makes then environment friendly unlike some materials that are harmful to the environment

Customizable- The beauty of these shutters is that they are completely customizable. Right from the actual size of the shutters to the width of the slats. This provides you the style and privacy options that match your requirement

Cost-Effective- Though wood shutters are more expensive than PVC and vinyl ones, they are far more durable and low-maintenance, which makes them cost-effective in the long run

When it comes to home decoration elements, there are very few options that can beat designer wood shutters in terms of functionality, value and aesthetics. They are a definite value-add to your beautiful home and a true reflection of your impeccable good taste. 

A Room By Room Guide For Blinds and Shades

Every room in your home serves a distinct purpose with a specific design palette.  Choosing window treatments to complement each room but still allow cohesiveness for the home is a challenge for many home owners.  This room by room guide serves to show the different needs of each room in your own and how you can use your window treatments to help meet them.

Finding the Right Blinds For Your Kitchen

Tip: Choose an alternating fabric that complements your countertops and cabinets.

Tip: Choose an alternating fabric that complements your countertops and cabinets.

You most likely spend more awake time in your kitchen than anywhere else in your home.  Designed to be a work space, your kitchen depends on light to help you prepare your meals.  You will want to use window coverings that provide you with light while still giving the privacy you need. 

The other challenge facing a kitchen is the grease build up that can form on blinds.  Try easy to clean vinyl or wood blinds in this space with the top down-bottom up option.  The blinds will stay dirt free and you can easily adjust the blinds to suit your lighting needs, without compromising your privacy.

The Master Suite

We call it a master suite because this is the room that should serve as your personal retreat in your home.  Roman shades are a perfect choice in a master suite to create a warm, romantic feel.  Choose colors that subdue the room and soft fabrics like satin or silk. This is your retreat, you should be splurging here.  For the full retreat effect and a perfect slumber setting, line you roman shades with a room darkening fabric.  This will allow you to sleep in on Saturdays the way a princess deserves.

Living Rooms and Dens

These are the most challenging rooms as the options are vast and your decorating style unique.  Think about the over-all effect you are trying to project.  Is your living room formal, complete with antique furniture?  Pleated shades can be colored to fit any décor, and will serve their privacy and lighting functions well while not distracting from the elegance of your room.

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If you want your living spaces to be more cozy and family friendly, use natural bamboo shades.  The coloring will fit any décor and create a warmth to the room that encourages family time.

Nurseries

Like the master suite, you want to be able to create false night in a nursery to encourage babies to sleep.  Durable cellular shades can be fitted this way and can be found in a variety of child friendly themes.  Consider cordless options for the nursery for when the sleeping baby turns into the curious toddler and is fascinated with hanging strings.

If outfitting your homes windows has you feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and tackle them room by room.  Once you consider the needs of each space you will be able to narrow down your choices and make the right decisions. 

Bring a Touch of Warmth With Wood Blinds

Ask any good home decorator or interior designer and they'll tell you the best inspiration comes directly from Mother Nature.  There's simply no beating the beauty we can find in the natural world and, as a result, some of the most stunning homes are decorated with a feel for nature.  This principle is demonstrated perfectly with hardwood floors which have been used for generations not only for their durability but also their versatility.  Their rich colors and innate warmth can be used to make a room feel both relaxed and inviting or professional and studious depending on the tones of the wood and the surrounding environment.  Options with wooden blinds can achieve this same effect either in conjunction with or without a wooden flooring plan.

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Wooden blinds are now available in a number of different options.  Traditional hardwood blinds are often painted or stained to match the color scheme of a room but can also be used in their more natural state.  This allows the natural beauty of their grain and pattern to decorate a room and bathe it in a warm glow.  As the blinds are set to allow filtered light through; that light bounces off the rich warm tones of the blinds before coming into the room making the light glow with those same warm tones and colors.  If the rest of the room is decorated in light and neutral tones, this will result in a light warmth, ideal for cozy living rooms, bright kitchens and inviting entertainment areas.  Blinds with a richer tone can be used in a darker or more warmly colored room to add to that warmth, keep light to a minimum and is ideal for the study, home office or even the board room.  These darker, richer colors result in a Mahogany feel, most commonly associated with old fashioned home libraries and a classic or traditional feel. 

Options in wooden blinds include natural wood as well as faux wood.  Faux wood is created to looks exactly like natural wood but at a lower overall cost and also built to stand up a bit better than natural wood.  Although wood is naturally quite hardy it is, of course, susceptible to the elements.  With blinds the main concern is with fading.  As the blinds are bombarded with sunlight every day, fading is an unfortunate but natural side effect for natural wood blinds.  Faux wood blinds can repel these effects much better and are an ideal alternative for rooms which get a lot of sunlight.

Wooden blinds and window treatment options can give any room a natural warmth and glow that can only be found in nature.  Even faux wooden options are able to replicate the look and feel of natural wood but are able to stand up better to fading and sun bleaching.  The end result for decorators is a beautiful look that brings a feel of Eco-friendly green decorating at a price which leaves a bit of green in their wallet as well. 

About the author:

Adelle Steele writes website content with a customer focus for various industries.  Her articles inform consumers about their best options for just about anything under the sun, including options to redecorate a room.  She focuses on customer friendly options, such as window treatments, that will not only improve the look of a room but are also able to be done on a budget and which can essentially pay for themselves over time. 

 

Cellular Window Blinds: Keeping Out The Sun Is Only The Beginning

You need to rethink the window coverings in your home. The blinds you have now are ugly, let in too much light, too much heat, and distract from your décor. You’re redecorating your living room or child’s bedroom, and the window blinds represent frustratingly vast areas of wall space that contribute nothing to the room’s theme or ambience.

It’s time to think creatively about your window coverings!  Here is a list of considerations for choosing your new window blinds, pertaining to benefits you may not even realize modern window blinds can give to your home. Benefits including light filtering, light blackout (or both!), poster-size cartoon décor, décor which works with your walls and drapery, sound dampening, energy savings--and safety!

Light treatment

Today’s window blinds offer many different levels of light treatment. Think about what you need the blinds to do. Merely give a translucent quality to direct sunlight?  Substantially cut down on the brightness and radiant energy coming through?  Black out the room altogether?

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In the living room, perhaps you want the blinds to mellow and soften the sunlight, and pull the draperies if you want to block the sun altogether. If you’re a light sleeper, or have an infant who has trouble getting to sleep, you’ll be happy to know there are blackout options available. There are even cellular blinds which can give you both light filtering and complete blackout!

Sound treatment

There are window blind fabrics available now which offer substantial sound reduction to block out outdoor noise. A real boon for your child’s room or home office!  If sound is an issue, be sure and ask about the blinds’ sound-dampening properties.

Energy Efficiency

Especially if you have older non-insulating windows, be aware that the latest cellular blinds can offer substantial energy savings at a much lower cost than installing storm or double-pane windows!  Ask about energy-insulating varieties when considering alternatives.

Children’s Bedroom Themes

Cellular blinds, if you don’t know, are those continuous, accordion-style shades. Modern cellular blinds are now available in all kinds of stylish decorative themes to enhance your room and set off your window treatments. What’s more, you can even use cellular blinds to decorate your child’s room with full-size posters of Disney characters like Micky Mouse and Buzz Lightyear!  Such alternatives can also offer a uniform white color to the outside world, and complete blackout light blockage for your child’s comfort.

Safety

Don’t forget safety considerations, especially in your child’s room. There are many cordless blind systems available today to eliminate the hazard of strangulation.

If you take all of these benefits into consideration as you make your choice, you’ll be amazed at everything modern cellular window blinds can do for your home. Happy blind shopping!