A home makeover can be an expensive venture. But it is still a worthwhile effort to reinvigorate your once vibrant home and to add value to your property. For budgets with more room to manoeuvre, renovations can add space, change the overall style, and update rooms to your changing lifestyle. For more modest budgets, inspired decorations can create magnificent changes to the features in your home. And one feature that could make a bit of difference in a room is your window.
Windows can be extraordinary tools for changing the look of your home. By using different dressings or treatments, you can effectively turn a gloomy and depressing living room into a bright and inviting area. Indeed, simple Roman blinds or plantation shutters can bring a different appeal to any area in your house. For elegance and a bit of drama, most Aussie residents turn to plantation shutters. Melbourne home owners use these distinct window treatments for their family rooms, office spaces, bedrooms, and even bathrooms. The key to maximising the aesthetic and practical benefits of plantation shutters is to choose the perfect styles and the material according to your needs.
Some plantation shutters can be used as full window treatments while other styles can be used for partial window treatments. What you choose will depend on which space you’ll need the plantation shutters for and how you want the room to look. For instance, for dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-made, full plantation shutters would provide the necessary shade during the summer months and lend a dramatic architectural statement to the space. Meanwhile, home offices with large windows can filter out the hot sunlight that comes in during the afternoons while still allowing for natural light and access to outdoor views.
Plantation shutters in dark wood are ideal for home offices or spaces that have that old-world elegance, but for modern homes that sing with bright colours, try shutters that are custom painted so that they complement your overall décor. Whether it’s beachside cottage or modern European style, painted plantation shutters can definitely enhance the look of your home.
For homes characterised by a classic style, plantation shutters made of solid A-grade basswood are highly recommended. Basswood is a lightweight hardwood that has consistent colour and a tight grain, which resists moisture naturally. As an option (and another way to reduce your carbon footprint), you can also ask your window treatment specialist about renewable hardwood, which is not only eco-friendly but so durable as well that it’s resistant to dents, warps, and marks.
Home makeovers don’t have to be costly and time consuming. When your living room, bedrooms, dining room, and kitchen need a new look, consider plantation shutters today.