Cozying Up The House with Shutters

Plantation Shutters

There are so many ways to add layers of coziness to your home this fall, but one of the most impactful ideas that comes to my mind is to install window treatments. If you live in an old or drafty house, covering your windows will save money and make your space feel so much warmer. It’s a really good season to do it, too, so you’ll be all snug for fall and winter chills.

I’m so glad we got our white plantation shutters installed! What a difference they have made in our home already. In addition to the all important matters of coziness, light, temperature and privacy, dressing your windows is an opportunity to add some personality.

The main thing I wanted to add to this house from the very first day we saw it was …. more character. I mean, it had it’s own kind of charm being a solid older house, but there were some parts of it that I felt needed a little something extra to elevate and shape the character.

Trying to determine what “extra character” would be right to add to the house, and what would be just too over the top (or entirely wrong) took some time for me to contemplate. I especially struggled with what to do with the windows in our bedrooms. The style, placement and shape of the 1950s windows threw me a little bit.

To refresh your memory or if you are new here, this is what our humble little room looked like when we moved in. There was not an option of changing the window shape at all, and new windows weren’t an option either, so working with what we had was going to be our starting point.

Designing elements of a home from scratch really would be a dream for me, but using what I have and making it better than it was makes home improvement a “fun” challenge (ha, usually).

After living in our home for about two years while thinking about these windows every day (yeah, I’m a slow poke sometimes) I realized that I wanted to elevate the character of the house by adding plantation style shutters to the bedroom windows.

Bedroom curtains and plantation shutters

Originally I was considering bamboo or woven blinds which I love (and installed in other rooms and in our old house, too), but I’m so happy that the idea of plantation shutters popped into my head. They not only brought character to the house, but they added style and a great chunky architectural texture to the windows themselves!

The view out these windows is not as spectacular as the windows in the back of the house, so there was really no need to worry about losing any of the scenery here. But with these wide louvered plantation shutters, you can easily see out to enjoy the trees and gets lots of light in the room and privacy by adjusting the louvers.

white plantation shutters bedroom

Shutters are also amazing for keeping dogs quiet all day because they can’t see people or other dogs walking down the street. That benefit alone would sell me on them (if you have dogs you probably know what I mean). I don’t like to have shades pulled during the day unless it’s super hot outside, I need light! So tilting the shutters keeps it light and bright but still so nice, quiet and cozy … all of my favorite things.

Obviously, I think you can add both curtains AND shutters to a window! Curtain panels bring softness to our room, which I really like. The fabric also helps to frame and balance the width of the window around the bed. In some rooms I prefer shades or shutters on their own alone, so every room is different.

white plantation shutters

Repeating the shutters in multiple rooms on the main floor and lower level brought style consistency around the house and even to the exterior (you can get a little bit of a peek at the shutters in the basement from outside on the new deck, below. You can also see the guest room shutters, above).

It’s really interesting what shutters can do for the character of a home, inside and out. We’ll talk more about that and I’ll have more photos to share another time.

Our shutters are from Select Blinds (they are one of my blog partners so there’s a great discount code and deal link below!). They arrive to your home ready for you to install. First you’ll take your window measurements and then the shutters are built and shipped right to you! That’s cool because it saves you a lot of money on labor!

white brick house white plantation shutters

I have to admit I was a bit worried to go the DIY route with shutters, though, because we are in no way what I would consider “handy.” I was also a little hesitant because I didn’t want this to be a time consuming or frustrating project.

But I was relieved to find out that our windows were not difficult to measure and it was not hard to install the shutters AT ALL! Select Blinds will help to make sure you measure correctly and they are available to help with all of your questions. The install itself was pretty quick! I promise, if we could do it, you totally can.

The details on the shutters I have from Select Blinds are below. Don’t forget to use the link and code to ensure you get the best deal available.

This is the link to my Designer Wood . To order at the best possible price, be sure to first click  and then put in my code INSP1RE5 when you order so you’ll receive an *additional* 5% off the very best deal offered anywhere! You can also get the best deals on my other window coverings, too. Find the others here.

Do you have any rooms and windows that need to be cozied up for fall?

Not all windows or rooms need shutters or shades, of course.
But if you want the snuggest room on a cold dark night,
shades or shutters might be just what your room needs.

Happy Fall-ifying! See you tomorrow!

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Day Two: 20 Little Things
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11 Comments

I”ve been wanting plantation shutters in my home for some time now – love how yours turned out. I think this will be moving up on my list of things to do in my home.

I think I must be old school because I need the softness of curtains/drapes/some type of panel around my windows. The harshness of blinds or shutters alone in our long winters is too “cold” for me. I do change out curtain panels with the seasons and lighten up with opaque sheers for warmer weather. My curtain change is always a happy time – announcing the arrival of Spring.

My living room is such a challenge with window treatments. On the side we have a window that has a radiator on one side and a staircase on the other so you can’t put curtains. The front window opens side to side because it has stained glass above and we have french doors that need something too. Right now I have sheers on all of them but I may look into the shutter situation for the windows. I have white wood blinds everywhere else in the house but they would look funny on these windows. It’s a never ending process.

Plantation shutters were on my top 10 must haves (before all saved money spent) in our home. I agree with Pat above that some windows just need a touch of fabric to warm things up further if the room feels too “cool” but the nice thing about our shutters is I don’t have to worry about dog hair on my curtain panels which I like to fall to the floor..easy peasy cleaning there, plus I can open ours up fully and feel the sunny summer breeze as if we were in a country seaside cottage off the coast (I can dream, right?). We did ours all in white and did add some linen panels in white with short rods on our large clerestory window wall. You can’t go wrong with the added value of having these in your home..if you plan to sell in the future:0)

Lovely shutters!! I had shutters in my apartment in NYC, on the kitchen window – they made me happy! I had them only on the bottom half of the window, and a valance on the very top, which meant I had privacy (yay!) but still got sunlight. Win/win!