Blinds Vs Shutters
Moving into a home or improving interior design can be a struggle, but amateur interior designers tend to start at the incorrect location of the home. It is too easy to get distracted by the need for new furniture and what we like when we should first be looking at our windows to work as a backdrop for all décor. Both blinds and shutters are an option, but deciding is somewhat of a challenge. We are here to help, so read on as we compare and contrast blinds vs. shutters to help you make an informed decision.
Where ongoing care may not be at the top of your list of needs, it should. With blinds, care can be somewhat difficult. Most of the time, the blinds can be simply wiped off, but if dirt is allowed to stay for too long, it will not wipe away and therefore the entire system must be taken down and deep cleaned. It is an arduous task, but shutters work a bit differently.
Shutters are permanently placed to the window and therefore are not designed to be taken off at will. Thereby, shutters are designed to be cleaned while remaining on the window. Due to their durable construction and various finishes available, shutters wipe clean with little effort.
The sun can do permanent damage to window treatments. Blinds are simple structures that utilize minimal UV protection. After a few years, fading from the sun will cause blinds to look dated and their once vibrant appearance cannot be replenished.
Shutters, on the other hand, are designed to maintain their beauty throughout their lifetime. Shutters come in an array of colours and textures designed to ward off the harmful affects of the sun. Even better than the shutters not fading themselves, they also do an excellent job of protecting your interior furnishings and floors from sun damage as well.
Life is not always an easy clean ride. A lot happens in a home and if you have children or pets, you know that things can get damaged very quickly. Blinds are often the first thing damaged and even one damaged slat can make the entire room look unkempt. Shutters are designed to take on more stress than blinds, so a bouncy ball being thrown around the house are unlikely to damage them in any way. If you have kids or pets, the obvious choice is investing in top quality made shutters for lasting beauty and unmatched durability.
How much do you intend on spending on your window treatments? This is a question you will ultimately have to answer. The short answer is simple, blinds are more inexpensive to purchase than shutters. There is, however, a catch when it comes to blinds. Due to their flimsy design and lack of durability, after a year or two, the will need to be replaced.
Shutters will cost more initially, but the benefits far outweigh that initial investment. Shutters are designed to last for the lifetime of the home, so there is no need to replace them year after year or at the very least, every two years. They maintain their beauty and require very little maintenance, so the expense of shutters is actually far less than that of blinds.
Increased Home Value
It is not likely you will ever see a potential home buyer walk into a home and comment on how lovely the blinds are. Blinds are more of a functionality feature rather than a design attribute. Shutters offer a bit more draw to potential buyers. A person or family looking at a home with shutters already installed will be able to visualize the interior better than with the distraction of simple blinds. Shutters offer an updated look to the space and give the perspective of a move in ready space which is much more appealing than the thought of having to find window treatments on top of everything else moving entails.
The solution for any home is simple. Blinds are a quick fix to privacy, but little more than that. Added value from beautifully installed shutters is simply unmatched. In addition to all these incredible benefits, today's shutters come in a range of different colours and styles to choose from, so you can perfectly match your shutters to your home décor needs with ease. Take the time to look at your windows and you will see how much value shutters will add to your home. Whether you want café, plantation, Victorian, loft, conservatory, or any other form of shutters, it is an investment in the future of your home and you will not regret it.
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