Window Dressings for the Living Room
The entertainment centre of the home, window dressings for the living room should project style and practicality. Wooden venetian blindsand interior window shutters are ideal choices for this area of the home, depending on the style and size of the room itself and the look that you intend to create.
When choosing window treatments for your living room, consider the following questions:
Is your living room overlooked by anyone?
If your living room window faces to the front or rear of your property, there is a good chance that a neighbour or a member of the public can see into your home, particularly in the early evening or at nighttime. An ideal window treatment in this scenario would be the cafe style window shutters. These shutters take their inspiration from the cafes of Paris, France where diners would prefer to eat in privacy rather than be overlooked, but they still wanted to be able to enjoy the fresh air and natural light. These shutters would cover the bottom half of a window aperture, allowing ventilation and sunlight in through the top half.
Are you near to a busy road?
If your living room fronts on to a busy road you may wish to use shutters to help reduce noise and light pollution levels. Using full height tier on tier shutters in this area, with solid panels at the bottom and louvered panels at the top will help cut down on the amount of noise from passing vehicles, whilst still allowing light and air into your home. At night, the louvered panels can be closed to reduce glare from car headlights.
Is your TV or home entertainment system near to your windows?
Tier on tier plantation shutters are ideal for this scenario because depending on the time of day and the level of the sun, you can independently shut whichever level will keep the sunlight off your screen. Also you may not wish your home entertainment system to be visible to the outside world. By closing the bottom tier you will effectively hide it from view.
Are you lacking in space?
If space in your living room is at a premium, then plantation shutters are an excellent choice of window treatment. This stylish and versatile window covering will give your living room a polished, finished look and will take up less space than curtains.
Is security an issue?
Interior window shutters are a great addition to the home to assist with privacy and security. Plantation shutters are made up of louvered slats that can be angled downwards, to make it impossible to see into your living room space. Tier on tier shutters also work well in this respect, as do café style shutters. Full height solid wood shutters can close out any view from the outside and are a great security option particularly for homes that are left vacant for any length of time.
Shutters or blinds – which option is for you
The choice between shutters or blinds is largely one of personal taste. There are though one or two things to bear in mind when making the decision.
Venetian blinds are fairly light weight and as a result, can blow around in the breeze. This tends to make them a little noisy if you have the windows open. Of course they are ideal if the window is rarely if ever opened and your principal need is one of privacy.
Solid wood shutters are beautiful and work especially well in older style, Victorian properties with larger rooms. They add a pleasing aesthetic to the overall look of the property as well as insulation, noise reduction and near black out when closed.
Plantation shutters are an extremely versatile and stylish option, allowing in plenty of natural light and ventilation whilst not intruding into the home. They are the perfect choice for creating a versatile, contemporary style living space.
The Bespoke Shutter Company are based in London. We supply and install a full range of blinds and interior window shutters including Venetian and vertical blinds, plantation shutters, solid shutters and cedar shutters.