Shutters are a sophisticated alternative to blinds, giving your home a touch of the genteel. Here are some interior styling tips to really make them stand out.
Matching wardrobe doors
In the bedroom, commit to the look and tie the whole room together with a matching slatted wardrobe door.
Rustic and natural, hardwood floors paired with shutters offers a very elegant and classic look. If real hardwood flooring is not an option, go for some wood look luxury vinyl planking. Your choice if you go dark or light; it will depend on the rest of your décor.
Hardwood floors add a natural, yet charming feel to your home. Shutters have structure and clean simple lines yet there’s something distinctly ‘old-worldy’ about them. Continuing this vibe across both walls and floors brings a wonderful balance to the home.
Read more about matching your window furnishing with wood floors in this article.
Plants really bring shutters to life. Large potted greenery such as a palm, philodendron, ficus or monstera makes the perfect companion for shutters’ simplicity. Decorative orchids or vases full of blooms also work well in a room with shutters. These days, artificial plants and flowers are so lifelike you don’t even have to be burdened by caring for them. Going faux also means you can adjust your plants and flowers with the seasons.
Batten and board in the bathroom
Shutters and bathrooms are such a natural combination; you can’t go wrong. To add an extra element of style and ‘wow’, pop some batten and board walls into the mix. The simple elegance this look brings is astounding. Here’s a bathroom that’s bang on. Granted, this example actually has venetians, but it’s easy to imagine shutters in their place. Be aware that in a wet area such as a bathroom or kitchen a true wood blind may warp and/or eventually stain. Opt for the PVC composite shutters which stand up much better than their wooden counterparts to the conditions of these wet areas.
For a soft industrial ‘New York loft apartment’ look, team your shutters with brick walls or a brick-look wallpaper.
Frame them with ‘side’ curtains
Side curtains do a great job of framing and emphasising your shuttered windows and giving the room a chic, elegant feel. The purpose of these is just to soften the hard edges around a window, they are not designed to be pulled just frame the window. This is probably a technique best reserved for larger rooms, in smaller rooms it will be too overwhelming and emphasise the lack of space instead.
Don’t be afraid to choose a fabric that directly contrasts with the wall colour. And consider whether you’d like sheers or an opaque fabric. Sheers are lovely for creating a light, airy room. Opaque fabrics allow you to bring colour, texture and patterns in.
If curtains feel like too much but you still want to soften the look, try a valance.
Give your shutters a glow and make them a real feature with small art gallery style lights above the window.
You’ll often find shutters are also known as plantation shutters. As the name suggests they’re a hallmark of Southern style - the southern states of America that is (think Tara from Gone With The Wind, big mansions with pillared entrances). Some classic Southern décor style elements include:
- Walls - tend to be lighter in colour because of the hot climate but more vibrant hues can be used as accent accessories like cushions, throws, silk curtains and ceramic lamps.
- Fabrics – also highly influenced by the region’s warm climate, which means cottons, silks and linens for an airy look and feel.
- Patterns - tend to be nature inspired.
- Furniture - Southern decorating incorporates a medley of the traditional, formal and casual comfort, so anything from wicker or rattan pieces (oh so Southern!) to casual overstuffed couches paired with elegant Queen Anne chairs. And make sure your dining table is large with lots of seating because getting together for family time is a big Southern thing.
- Accessories – Southerners love vases filled with flowers (real or fake), lots of framed family photos, collections of things (eg. books, china, ceramic animals, etc. people from the southern states love collecting things), painted portraits on the wall and lots of antiques because Southerners are really big on honouring their historical links.
Our shutters are designed for your home and can be made in fixed, hinged, sliding or bi-fold configurations depending on your requirements. The end result will be both functional and visually appealing. Not only will our shutters create a conversation point in your home, they will add value and provide a level of added sophistication you will enjoy for many years to come. Get in touch with one of our style consultants to talk through the options in your home.
Frequently asked questions
PVC shutters are ideal in rooms with high humidity like bathrooms or kitchens. They’re durable, easy to clean, and come in a range of colours for an affordable option.
Vinyl and PVC are actually the same material so there is no difference! While most New Zealand companies refer to them as PVC shutters, some other places around the world use the term vinyl shutters. But rest assured, they are the same material.
Both PVC and wood are great options for shutters, but wooden ones tend to be higher maintenance. It might be worth it to have the warmth of real timber, but if you’re looking for a durable, low-maintenance option, you’ll likely prefer PVC.
Both PVC and aluminium are durable options for beautiful shutters. The main difference between them is that PVC usually comes in faux-wood styles that simulate the look of wooden shutters while being more durable and lightweight than real timber. Aluminium comes in a range of finishes and colours as well but is more common for sleek styles. Whether aluminium or PVC shutters are better is really up to your personal style.
While aluminium shutters will get fairly warm in direct sunlight, they reflect most of the heat away, keeping your home a bit cooler.
When it comes to choosing wood or faux wood for your shutters, deciding which is better is all about your priorities. Wood shutters are definitely a beautiful look, but they do come with some extra care and maintenance to keep them in top shape. Faux wood shutters offer a similar look at a more affordable price point, and they are less hassle to care for over time – but faux wood won’t quite live up to the look of real wood.
Wooden shutters are often referred to as plantation shutters. While wood is the traditional material for plantation shutters, they can also be made from PVC or aluminium.
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