The second floor of our house is for one thing right now- sleeping (oh and renovating- our master bedroom is coming along nicely). Soon we’ll also have a play room up there, but for now, there’s just bedrooms. So I decided when choosing window coverings to try something new- interior shutters.
I’ll be honest, I was worried I would miss the softness of drapes, but I have been loving my shutters!
I have shutters in the master, play room, and Don’s room. The whole second floor is under construction besides Don’s room, so let me show you how they look in there!
My shutters are from The Shutter Store. I ordered them online after falling in love with their solid raised shutters. They come in 10 paint colors and 9 stains with 6 hinge options too. Aka- they are super customizable! You can even color match the shutters if you want to do a fun color! I went with bright white and a brass hinge.
Plus they are made to order to fit your exact window. They are made from quality hard woods- no mdf! I can definitely vouch for the quality!
history of shutters
Did you know that shutters were the original window covering? Before there was glass in windows (!), they kept out light, bugs, and mother nature. Once glass was developed, they were stilled used for privacy and to protect the expensive glass. The style of these early shutters were flat wood or board and batten panels.
Louvered shutters came around in the 18th century and they provided privacy and ventilation. They were popular in houses until the Victorian era when thick drapes took over.
why shutters are really great
Want to hear the benefits of interior shutters?
- superior light control
- ultra private- you can’t see through wood!
- louvered shutters allow ventilation while still being private
- help with insulation in cold months (I can tell a difference with ours!)
- they also help keep interiors cool in warm months- they act like a sunshade
- protect furniture and decor against sun damage
- can be made to fit any window
- noise control
the different types of shutters
There are 4 main types of shutters-
- solid panel– just like the sound- these are the best for insulating and blocking noise and light.
- louvered (or plantation)- a super flexible option where you can adjust the level of light, privacy, and air circulation
- tier on tier– where the top and bottom of the shutters open separately
- cafe– these cover only the bottom of the window. The top is always open while the bottom provides privacy.
If you’re wanting to try out The Shutter Store, they wanted me to pass on a discount for my readers! Use code AHWA25OFF for 25% off all orders excluding express delivery. The code is valid until 11/30/18.
I honestly am in love with the shutters. They visually don’t take up a lot of space when open and the light pours in. In seconds, you can close the windows and it is pitch black. I can tell they make Don’s room quieter (his room is right above the street). The shutters feel appropriate style wise for the house and I love that it’s a unique look that not everyone is doing (yet).
I want to hear- is this an idea you’d try? Let me know in the comments!
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