Our homes are as unique as we are. Because we have the freedom to decorate with whatever materials and styles we like, every single thing in our homes have values — even the window coverings! That being said, there are certainly a lot out there: approximately 150 million to 225 million interior residential window coverings are shipped in the U.S. each year, as a result of the fact that there are thousands of options to choose from. Shutters and blinds are two of the most popular options, but how do you know which ones are right for you and your home? Let’s compare the pros and cons of both.
Shut Out The Light With Shutters
Shutters offer a durable option to a constant problem. Whether you’re concerned with privacy or sunlight, shuttered window treatments are excellent at meeting your needs. They tend to be more expensive than blinds due to the material they’re crafted from but make a worthwhile investment for any home. If you have little ones running around and want to eliminate the choking hazard posed by window blinds, cordless shutters are ideal; if you’re looking to improve your home’s insulation without installing brand new windows, shutters provide a cost-effective alternative.
When it comes to customizable window fashions, blinds are where it’s at. These window coverings come in a variety of colors and materials to suit any decor or purpose; this also means that they can match a variety of budgets, if money is a concern. With motorized options available for any number of designs (vertical, horizontal, or pleated), you’re guaranteed to find the perfect ones for your home. They are easy to maintain, install (and remove), and can be custom-fitted to windows of any shape and size. Additionally, they let significantly more light into your house than shutters, although they tend to wear out quicker as a trade-off.
Your home’s window coverings say as much about your home decor as your furniture; they deserve to be given the same attention. Whether you’re looking to increase your privacy with shutters or let the light in with blinds, you’ll find that every aspect of your home meets your needs.