Selecting shutters for every window of your house might be one of the smartest decorating decisions you'll make. Besides being attractive, shutters are affordable and durable. In addition, they are easy to maintain. In fact, all you'll need to do to your shutters is to use a feather duster on them. When more attention is needed over time, you'll just clean them with a damp cloth and a gentle cleaning solution that doesn't need to be rinsed off.
Bring in the Light
Another excellent feature of shutters is that you can control the amount of light in the rooms. By closing them, you can have total darkness while watching a movie. Then, when you want to let the sunshine in, just move the shutters to the open position. If you are comfortable with home projects, you can probably do the installation of the shutters yourself. Otherwise, the place where you buy them from will be happy to arrange for the shutters to be installed, and it will be done in a relatively short time. Because the shutters arrive pre-painted, there won't even be a paint mess to clean up afterward.
Pick Your Style
Shutters come in many different styles and colors. Go through each room in your house and make a note of the kind of shutters that will look best in those rooms.
If you have a very elegant living room and dining room, extra-wide plantation shutters will add to the formality of the rooms. For a rustic look, say in your family room, choose dark brown shutters. White shutters will be perfect for bathrooms and for your master bedroom. If you have children, go with colors like yellow, blue, or pink for the shutters in their bedrooms. When you select the shutters for your kitchen, choose a color that will complement the cabinetry.
You can even use curtains with your shutters. For example, if you wanted an extra formal look in the living room, choose elegant fabric drapes that can be held back with beautiful metal hardware. Maybe you want an old-fashioned look in your kitchen. If so, fabric curtains made of old-fashioned prints or gingham would be perfect.
Think of enhancing the windows that hold your new shutters. For instance, stencils of fruits or flowers over the shutters in your dining room would add interest to the room. Stencils used with shutters in your children's rooms will be especially fun.
Visit a store near you to see what shutters are available.