When it comes to window treatments I must admit I am a curtain lover. To me, they finish off a room, make it look tailored and elegant and add a prettiness and cosiness that is hard to recreate with other window furnishings. I’m big on rooms being cosy, particularly for the colder months.
Curtains don’t necessarily suit every room of every house or every budget, and they don’t have to be voluminous and puddling all over the floor, but they do have their advantages, and not just for privacy. Not forgetting they are also another opportunity to use a lots of gorgeous fabric.
It’s very common practice in Australia, particularly in coastal areas to use plantation shutters on windows. The are practical, functional and simple, suit our climate and lifestyle, they are easy to maintain and clean, although can be quite an expensive investment. I considered them for our house, for the rooms that face the street because I wanted privacy but also to let in light. Instead of the commonly used wide blade, I wanted the narrow blade similar to those you might see at India Hicks’ place in the Caribbean. But when I had a local blind company come to quote, the woman said I shouldn’t do it because it would look “disgusting” in her exact words! Needless to say I didn’t go with them and had pretty roman blinds made instead.
Often we assume you have to have either one or the other, curtains or shutters. But why not have both? Have you considered combining plantation shutters with curtains in your home? We often have blinds and curtains, but most of the time here shutters are used on their own.
So, if you decide to use plantation shutters for their functional features, think about using curtains as well, for the aesthetic benefits. In fact, I think curtains are a great way to soften the look of shutters and bring a warmth, softness and cosiness to a room. They just finish it all off.
If you are concerned about expense, and who isn’t, you don’t have to be able to draw them, just a hanging panel either side of the window is enough to get the effect without having the cost. Don’t forget that curtains are also a wonderful way of adding visual height to a room.
If you hang the rod as close to the cornice or ceiling as possible, well above the shutters, you will give the illusion of height in the room.
Pretty aren’t they? Would you consider combining plantation shutters with curtains?
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