Shutters or Window Blinds – Which Is Best for Me?
When it comes to decorating and refreshing your property, many people automatically turn to curtains; here at Supreme Shutters, we absolutely love the stunning impact and fantastic benefits of premium quality blinds and shutters. We have helped to transform properties across Surbiton, Kingston, Esher, Worcester Park, Twickenham, Putney, and Richmond, all thanks to our exceptional products. Today, we take a comprehensive look at shutters and blinds to help you decide which is the best choice for your home.
What’s the Difference?
Although both serve the same overall purpose – to provide cover for your windows – shutters and blinds vary significantly in their design and aesthetics. Blinds can be lowered or raised as necessary with a cord or remote to adjust light exposure and have slats that can be rotated to change their angle. Shutters, on the other hand, have thicker slats that are attached to a solid frame which can be opened outwards or pushed back bi-fold style. Blinds are generally used on the inside of the window whereas shutters boast a sturdier design so that they can be used on both the inside and outside of a window. What’s more, blinds are fitted to the window recess as opposed to shutters which are fixed to the frame.
Windows blinds offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to the type of room in which they are being used. For example, if you require blinds for your bathroom, a waterproof option such as aluminium will work best in the damp environment; a blackout choice, on the other hand, is more suited to places like the bedroom or the nursery where total darkness is needed for a good night’s sleep. From wooden to aluminium, pleated, Venetian, and roller styles, there is certainly something for everyone when it comes to blinds. The diversity in the range of materials available means that you can choose an option that suits your individual budget and requirements – for instance, if you find real wood too expensive, this can be exchanged for faux wood. Use blinds to insulate the room, control the amount of sunlight that comes through the windows into the house, and maintain privacy throughout the day as needed.
Much like window blinds, shutters provide much-needed privacy, shade, and insulation for your property. Plantation shutters are hard-wearing, long-lasting, and do not require any chains or cords to operate, making them ideal if you have children in the house and want to avoid any accidents. Shutters make a great stand-out feature in the room and also have the potential to add value to your property, being custom made to perfectly fit the shape and size of your specific windows. Whilst blinds do not always cope as well in windier weather, the robust nature of plantation shutters allow you to keep your windows open whilst still using your shutters to control sunlight and ventilation. Choose from many different materials like PVC, wood, and faux wood to work seamlessly with your existing decor.
Whether you choose window blinds or plantation shutters to enhance the look of your home, it is important that you work with professionals who use high-quality materials and can offer informed advice as well as an array of choices. For example, Supreme Shutters are pleased to offer wooden Venetian blinds to mimic the style of plantation shutters, just one of the ways that we try to be as accommodating and flexible to our customers as possible. Whether you are based in Esher, Twickenham, Richmond, Kingston, Putney, Surbiton or Worcester Park, don’t hesitate to consult with our friendly team on 020 8391 3955 or via our online form.