Blinds vs. Shutters: Finding The Right Option For Your Home
When it comes to making the final touches to your home’s interior decor, deciding on window coverings is likely going to be one of the final steps. Much like the frosting on a cake, the window coverings you choose are going to be a reflection of your personal tastes, as we as have a massive impact on the look and feel of your home’s overall design. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why it is important to find the right option for your home, and if you are like most homeowners out there, you are likely going to be deciding whether blinds or shutters are going to be the option you go with. While these are both fairly common window covering choices among homeowners all over the country, each one has its own advantages that you are going to have to weigh into your decision. In an effort to help you make that decision as easy as possible, Elite Window Coverings has taken the time to put together this short list going over several of the pros and cons of each option to ensure you have what you need to make the right choice for your home.
What’s The Difference?
Before making a decision, it is important to understand the difference between blinds and shutters. Window blinds are typically window coverings with either vertical or horizontal slats that can be pulled open either vertically or horizontally, depending on which type you go with. They come in a variety of different materials, including vinyl, aluminum, faux wood, and real wood, and each of these materials can have an impact on the price of your blinds. Shutters on the other hand, are often custom fitted to your windows and will have a frame to give them a built-in look. Shutters are often designed to open up into a room, so in order to see out, you will either have to tilt the slats open, or open the panel much like a door. Shutters also tend to be more durable than blinds, and are typically constructed from heavier materials.
One of the main advantages of choosing blinds over shutters is going to be the price point. Window blinds are typically going to be less expensive across the board than shutters, and since they are available in a wide variety of different materials, you can usually find the perfect option to go with your home’s overall design. Another thing to consider is the resale value of your home. Blinds are generally a more neutral design choice, and tend to go with more design schemes than shutters. They are also easier to replace down the line if they need to be switched out for an updated look.
Blinds are typically going to be a more universal, but short-term accent for a room, while shutters are going to give you more substance in your design. Shutters are usually constructed from heavier materials, including real wood, vinyl, or other composite materials, making it likely for them to last you much longer than the average set of blinds. Shutters are more of a long term investment in the design of your home, and as such, they will generally have more of an impact on the value of your home, for better or worse. While shutters might be a more significant upfront investment, they are likely going to be an investment that you only have to make once as long as you take care of them.