We’ve been renovating our house for over a year now and it feels like we may be hitting a bit of a proverbial brick wall. We’ve just got so much going on. We are organising our wedding this summer and I am busy with my new venture as an Interior Designer. It seems our house has slipped down the rankings in priority.

Luckily we did make quite a bit of progress in our first year and most of the rooms upstairs are renovated. I wouldn’t say finished as we still need light fittings and the hallway isn’t painted which makes it all feel not quite there yet.

One room that is finished is our Master Bedroom and I am so thankful for this. It’s our little retreat at the end of the day, or the middle of the day if I just need to take a minute! With a serene palette of greys and whites it feels like a lovely, light and bright space. A real slice of heaven it does feel very relaxing and calming room which is just what we need with the chaos of the rest of the house.

We have a large bay window so we needed to carefully consider if we wanted curtains or blinds for the bedroom. After much deliberation we opted for plantation shutters at the windows instead of curtains or blinds. There were several reasons that this made sense to us. Firstly we loved the…

Look and feel

Shutters give a lovely feel to a window. Clean and simple, they effuse a coastal / foreign holiday vibe to me. The light looks really beautiful as it is diffused into the room. Working with both classic and modern interiors alike.

Bay window

We have a 5 panel bay window in our bedroom. It’s tall and a large expanse of window to cover. Roman blinds would have been an option. Curtains would have meant we needed a tricky construction for the curtain to run on as well as really, really long curtains as our rooms are over 3m high. We felt shutters offered us so many other positive points that it was a bit of a no brainer.

Privacy

What is great about shutters is with a flick of the slats, you’ve closed off the outside world. They also don’t need to be entirely closed and blocking the light to offer privacy as you can slant them upwards or downwards to hinder the view but not block the light totally. Our shutters are also split between the top and bottom window frame so we can close the bottom for privacy and keep the top open for light.

Timeless

Not only do they work with modern and traditional interiors, they don’t really fall victim to passing trends. This was one of my main reasons for opting for shutters. I know myself and I like to change the decor often in the house but don’t want to be forking out a lot of money each time to change the window treatment. Whether your room is white, red or aquamarine shutters will always work.

Hardwearing

Following on from timeless, shutters are constructed from wood and precision fitted by experts. This makes them a really hardwearing, durable option. Guaranteed for 5   years (the reality is they will probably last a lot longer though!), they may seem an expensive investment at first but if you work out how long they last for and how many pairs of curtains you would go through in that amount of time, it is very much worth it.

Sunlight

With a South facing bedroom we have a lot of sunlight streaming in during the day. This means that we now have the option to filter it out without closing curtains or making the room dark. It’s also super handy in my office (where I also have shutters) if you need to work and have an annoying stream of light coming through the window to pierce your eyeballs! At night time they totally block out the light so our room is perfectly pitch black.

Flexibility

The flexibility that shutters offer you means you can adjust any section of the shutters how you please. This can be for privacy or sunlight or sleeping. No other window treatment offer this flexibility. If you need one panel slanted downwards for the light, another closed for privacy but all the top sections open to still have the light in the room, it’s all possible!

Thank you to Thomas Sanderson window blinds for working with Lish Concepts – we appreciate your support!