If you are looking for a stylish and appealing way to reduce the amount of sunlight that gets into your living room, but you don't want to make the place completely dark with blackout curtains, then shutters are a great compromise. A set of plantation shutters will give you privacy without causing too many problems for you - they will allow you to enjoy softer, filtered light - and if you have controllable louvers you will be able to adjust the shutters based on the time of day and the angle of the sunlight, ensuring that you get the most comfortable experience.
Plantation style shutters are incredibly popular with home buyers, so could actually improve the value of your home. Traditional shutters are less popular, but they offer a lot of benefits in other ways - they are good for increasing privacy, for example, and they are visually appealing in a retro/New England way.
Installing shutters is a slightly more permanent solution than changing your curtains. They're fairly easy to but in place though, and they can be painted or stained to change their look.
Shutters can offer a little extra insulation too, to make it more comfortable in the winter. Or the opposite - to stop your room feeling like a greenhouse in the summer.
You don't have to limit yourself to just shutters, either. You can have recessed blinds, and then shutters as an addition for maximum flexibility.
Shutters are typically a popular addition in kitchens, where they can go well with the rustic look. Since they're easy to clean they are a logical choice. Curtains and fabric blinds pick up grease and odors and are vulnerable to stains from splashing. Wooden or vinyl shutters are a little more resilient and therefore will last a lot longer.
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If you're planning on moving home soon you should definitely look into shutters as a value-add for your home. They are the kind of simple, low investment home improvement that will add a lot of value and that will help you to net a quick sale too.
Don't forget that external shutters are an option as well - and these are a good choice if you live in areas where hurricanes or storms are common. When the weather is good, they act as a filter for sunlight. When the weather is bad, they act as a buffer against wind and rain.
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