Benefits of having shutters in the home

My love of shutters must go back to my first trip to France when I was a teenager on an exchange visit from school. There are many wonderful things about France such as the space, the friendly people and the awesome food and drink. When it comes to housing, as well as being far more affordable than in the UK, so many properties have shutters making them so pretty to look at. I often wonder why more UK houses do not have them as our weather is certainly pretty similar to that in the North of France at least.

I have to admit my love of shutters is mainly about the look of them and how much they add in value in terms of style. However, today I am going to dig a little deeper into the benefits of having shutters in your home.

Privacy

I do like my privacy at home. Although I can be friendly when out and about, home is my sanctuary and I like to keep it that way. I  have lived in several homes with big windows onto the street where passers-by have gawped into my house often without any embarrassment at all. Shutters offer that protection from such unwelcome attention and I think shutters in London might be a really good idea with so many people milling around even in residential areas.

Expressing yourself

We all like our homes to say something about us and our individual style. Interior design is a great way to reflect our personalities and get creative. If you have internal window shutters you can have lacquer and paint effects that tell the world what you are all about style wise from shabby chic to a love of a more urban look. Shutters can be seen as jewellery for your home. Great shutters are beautifully crafted and can be custom made so you get exactly what you want.

Energy Efficient

With fuel bills soaring, anything that helps with energy efficiency has to be a good thing. Shutters make a big impact keeping your home warm during cold winters months. They are a great weapon against general cold but especially extreme temperatures like those recently experienced in the UK when the Beast from the East came to call. Even better, when you are sweltering in the Summer months, the shutters help transform your home into a cool sanctuary. Perfect!

More affordable than you might think

You may have never thought about having shutters in your home. You may be worried about the cost involved. Do think about the benefits when weighing up the pros and cons of making the investment. Also it is well worth checking out any bargains to be had such as these plantation shutters prices online.

Home security

When you check out crime statistics, levels of burglary can be scary to think about. Not only might you lose your expensive possessions but also things that cannot be replaced such as things that have been passed down through the generations or things that hold special memories. You have worked hard for what you have and you really do need to consider home security in this day and age.

Easy to maintain

Regular readers know that I am no domestic goddess and my husband has hardly any DIY skills so anything that is easy to maintain gets a thumbs up from us. With shutters it is just a case of getting into a regular cleaning routine and you need simple and readily available products such as a vacuum cleaner, a brush you can wet and a dusting cloth. Get into say a weekly routine and your shutters will remain looking as good as the day they were installed.

Other benefits of shutters include that they put you in control of the levels of light in your home which is great for me as I like light to flow in most of the time. If you are on a busy road, they do mask the sounds quite effectively too.

So as you can see, shutters might be pretty and stylish but they have additional benefits that really can enhance your home and lifestyle.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Debbie April 6, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Hi Kate, having lived in Greece for a fair few years now I can’t imagine living in a house without shutters. The big thing for me is too much light when I’m trying to sleep and curtains just don’t block the light like shutters. They can look really pretty too, unfortunately, ours don’t. They are also a godsend in summer when it’s hot as we sleep with the windows open without worrying.

    Popped over from #PoCoLo

    xx

  2. Claire April 6, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I like the idea of shutters, I think they look lovely Kate 🙂 #PoCoLo

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