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Blinds Vs. Window Shutters – which should you choose?

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· 24th February 2015

Blinds Vs. Window Shutters – which should you choose?

If you’ve already decided that curtains are not for you, then you might be thinking that only leaves you with blinds. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. If you’ve discounted curtains and drapes, then your other available options include blinds and shutters.

Not always an obvious choice, window shutters have a lot to offer but have their own advantages and disadvantages separate to those of blinds. So let’s take a look at the two window dressings types, so you can make the best informed decision when it comes to perfectly styling your home.

Shutters

interior house window shutters

Pros

  • Timeless edition to your home that will never become dated, making it ideal for  a classic interior.
  • Provide gentle light and air filtration in the room keeping it fresh and bright.
  • Look beautiful in bay windows.
  • Stylish designs available including wood, pvc, mirrored and faux wood.
  • They offer something different. Not everybody has shutters and they’re great for making a statement, helping your home stand out from others.
  • Less maintenance is involved than with blinds. They are hardwearing, easy to clean and there is less scope for things to go wrong as there are no mechanisms.
  • Excellent for keeping the heat in and offer extra security to your home.
  • No cords or chains for optimum safety.
  • Fitted to any size and shape window, regardless of how obscure it may be.

Cons

  • More costly than blinds.
  • Shutters are fitted to the actual window frame which can take up more space than blinds.

Blinds

beige roman blinds in a modern dining room

Pros

  • Huge variety of patterns and colours to suit every interior imaginable.
  • Many styles to choose from e.g. Roman, vertical, roller, blackout, Venetian, wooden, pleated etc. (see our blinds page for more details).
  • Styles that suit your rooms needs e.g. if your room is prone to damp you can opt for a reliable aluminium venetian blind, if you like the aesthetics of a wooden blind but it isn’t practical for the bathroom or kitchen, you can chose a faux wood blind.
  • Blinds offer a softer, more gentle touch with neat and clean lines.
  • Made to measure to perfectly fit your window.

Cons

  • Unfortunately certain styles can become damaged more easily. For instance, there is more chance for things to go wrong, such as the mechanisms.
  • Not as durable as shutters.
  • More time consuming to clean.
  • Certain fabrics can fade over time from constant exposure to damaging UV rays.

So now you’ve had a quick look into all the advantages and disadvantages of blinds and plantation shutters, you can hopefully see more clearly what the options available to you are, and which is better suited to you and your home.

If you’d like to know more about either plantation shutters or blinds, then please feel free to contact the team at Angel Blinds and Shutters. With years of experience, we offer honest, professional advice to help you find the right window dressing solutions.

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