Plantation shutters

Considering Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters not only add beauty, elegance, poise, and dignity to any home, but they also represent great value!

Here are six reasons why you should consider plantation shutters for your home:

  • Rich-looking wooden shutters can complement any style of interior space – regardless of whether the style is traditional, transitional, eclectic, or contemporary.
  • In the past, it was typically only affluent homeowners who were able to afford them. Now, shutters have the look and feel of affluence without the overwhelming price tag.
  • Interior shutters are a great way to save energy because you can regulate how much sunlight enters the room through the windows, helping keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • They require very little maintenance and are easy to clean.
  • Shutters are more permanent than other window treatments and much less reflective of personal style and taste than, say, draperies. So when it comes time to sell your home, the vast majority of potential home buyers will find plantation shutters very appealing. In fact, plantation shutters are considered a home upgrade, and they will help you sell your home faster – especially in a market like the one we have today.

Although the initial cost might be higher for plantation shutters than for other types of window treatments, in the long run, you will be happy you made the initial investment because shutters really will provide long-term enjoyment for you and be an appealing upgrade that potential home buyers will appreciate.

For a free window treatment consultation and an estimate, call (630)420-0800.

 

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Shutters with valance and side panels, Hinsdale Illinois

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Doors with shutters

Bay with shutters

 

Window fashion trends!

What is Hot and What is Not, in the World of Window Fashions!

Often clients ask what the latest trends for window fashions are. I would like to share with you the latest in terms of style, colors, fabrics and embellishments.

Style:  Full drapery panels are in. The past few years we saw more use of drapery panels on windows, with most unusual pleats and headings.

Roman shades in all known styles (flat, folded, ballooned, and all other types) are very much in fashion. Roman shades are very popular because they are classic: when they are pulled up they create a valance to dress the window, they insulate when drawn down, especially when interlined, and provide privacy as well.

 

Colors:  With the down turn in the economy the past few years, we saw new trends for colors in general, and the window fashion industry is no exception. Bold, strong colors are back! They are used as a pop of color with a more neutral background. Bold Tangerines, Mangoes, Teals, Turquoise, and Reds with grayed browns are being used; these splashes of bold colors are a reminder to the world that there is hope and to look forward to a better future!

Fabrics:  Textural, embroidered and fabrics with natural fibers are in fashion.  Fabrics like linen, cotton, Chenille, printed silks as well as natural silks are preferred over polyester and man-made fibers. Although natural fabrics are in demand now a days, synthetic fabrics are still finding their use in the design world. Clients also are asking for natural fibers, recycled, and (Green) products.

Embellishments:  Embellishing with bold, unique trims is very much in fashion. Using fringes along the vertical edges of a panel or having a plain panel with a one-of-a-kind over sized tie back tassel have become very popular. Having a breaded trim with a striking color in the perfect spot will accentuate an architectural feature that needs to be the focal point of a room. We are seeing more trims with wooden beads, mirrors, metal chains, feathers, and materials that are not usually used as a decorative trim. Pleating, buttons, grommets, and contrast cording is another way to embellish, and now more than ever, designers are using their creative juices to come up with ways to give their clientele head turning, knockout draperies that are totally their style.

Utilize our free design consultation, and free phone consultation! Ask for Susan (630) 420-0800.