January is the ideal time to take on a small home makeover. The new year brings us the feeling that better things are on the horizon, but January is a bit of a dud month with the come-down from the holidays and the bleak weather, so a home project can be just the thing to make this time more productive and fun.
Sometimes making over a room can be done with just one simple, yet significant, change. I have a front room that still has the basic blinds that came with the house and it's always bothered me. What I wanted to do originally was very expensive, and so other household improvements took priority. Well, I'm actually glad that I didn't go ahead with it at the time because my tastes have changed dramatically since then, and the curtains I originally wanted - thick, heavy and jewel-toned to go with the traditional French decor of the room - would not have proved to be a wise investment in what would become a light, clean-lined, contemporary style home.
There is one option of window covering that I hadn't considered beyond the many types of blinds and curtains available, and that is window shutters. They are unique in that they serve as a classic feature that gives a fresh look to a home, blending seamlessly with a vast range of decor styles. This means you have more flexibility with changing your decor in the future and don't have to worry about redoing your window coverings to match. Also, the quality and character of your shutters will stand out as a big plus to potential buyers when it comes time to sell your home.
My living room has a bay window which is nice to have, but can be tricky to dress. However, there are custom options to fit your shutters to your bay window so all of those lines are clean and straight. Shutters are also a great choice if you like symmetry, or want a more understated solution to sit quietly within an eclectic decor, for example.
As I write this, I'm considering shutters for other rooms in the house. I made a rookie mistake with my bedroom windows and didn't consider the longevity of the fabric I chose for the custom blinds I had made for three bedrooms. I picked shantung silk, thinking it was a luxe, classic option that would last. Well, it doesn't! Eight years on there is significant shredding of this beautiful but delicate - the opposite of durable! - fabric. At the time, shutters would have seemed a plain choice that wouldn't have interested me, but in time I think I would have really appreciated their enduring qualities, especially as my tastes changed so significantly. Sometimes you learn it the hard way.
I know that I always notice shutters in other homes when they're done well. I also like that they look best in neutral shades, which really narrows the margin of error you face when compared to the task of choosing from an endless choice of fabrics, colours and patterns for blind and curtains. Two out of the three colours I chose for the original blinds still has me wondering what I was thinking. If you have found yourself in the same predicament, shutters may be the right window treatment for your home!