Shutters add tons of function, energy efficiency, style and privacy to any home, so if you’re adding window shutters to your Raleigh, NC home you’re making an excellent choice. However, window shutters do require a deft hand when it comes to decorating.
How do you decorate around window shutters? These simple to follow dos and don’ts will help you make sure your shutters look stylish and chic in your home. For starters, most shutters, like plantation shutters, look good when paired with curtains. However, sometimes curtains can prevent the shutters from opening properly if they open into the room. That’s why you need to choose curtains to pair with shutters carefully. Hanging panels that are positioned along either side of the windows allow you to fully operate your shutters and still add style and decoration. You can also choose curtains that tie back away from the windows when not in use for more ease of operation.
You don’t need curtains if you don’t want them. In fact, shutters often look very stylish and complete without additional window treatments like curtains. Having just the shutters gives the space a simpler, streamlined look that adds plenty of sophistication and function. Plantation shutters especially look good all on their own without the addition of a curtain, valence or shade.
Shutters require a certain amount of space to open fully. This “shutter opening area” should remain clear and free of other decoration or window treatments in order to make sure your shutter can function properly. This also means you should keep the area clear of furniture, houseplants, paintings or photographs, light fixtures, or any other kind of décor that could get in the way of the shutter when it is opened.
Don’t forget about curtains or other window treatments, too. However, if your room is set up in such a way that you will have a piece of furniture or décor in front of a shutter, don’t panic. Shutters are designed to operate with just their slats and not their doors if necessary, so you can still get a good deal of use out of a shutter even if the opening area is partially blocked. You can still get light and air control by moving the shutter slats.
Many homes also have shutters on doors, like patio or back doors. Keep your decoration streamlined and simple by putting the same window treatment on all doors and windows that have shutters. This will make your home décor more cohesive and stylish and will save you the headache of trying to find complimenting window treatments.
It’s easy to put additional decoration on or around your shutters if you keep these tips in mind. Kiwi Designs, Fine Blinds & Shutters is an expert service and can offer you much more advice on Raleigh, NC window shutters. Please feel free to stop by and visit us or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you and the window shutters around your home.