Here at Bromley Blinds HQ, potential clients often have many queries as they start the process of ordering new window furnishings. So, with that in mind – we thought we’d begin to feature some of our most frequently asked questions over on our blog..
We start with one that our surveyor team get asked a lot – and seems to be quite a common conundrum!
Q: My husband and I have recently bought our first home together (in Beckenham) and we are in the process of remodelling. I want to put decorative blinds in every room, but he thinks plantation shutters offer more privacy. Which option would you recommend? We want a long-lasting option which will look great from the inside and outside.
A: This issue of blinds versus plantation shutters comes up time and time again, and there is not necessarily one right answer.
Many people prefer the versatility of roller blinds, as you can choose a colour or pattern which complements the style and decor of your room. As well as offering over 500 designs, we also offer different types of ‘specialist’ blinds that really make the most of your interiors. Semi-opaque blinds are great for diffusing natural light, while also offering a level of privacy, and blackout blinds are hugely popular in bedrooms, for obvious reasons!
However, wooden shutters can be surprisingly versatile as well – and our top quality wooden shutter ranges they can be paint-matched to your decor, meaning that they’re completely bespoke in colour as well as a providing a perfect fit in their design.
One of the big selling points of plantation shutters is that they are long-lasting and they never go out of style. They can be opened out when you want to let the light in, closed completely when you need some peace from the outside world, and opened half-way when you want to maintain your privacy but still enjoy some natural light. Yes, they are more expensive than blinds, but they will last and last. Our ranges are all supplied with guarantees too, so you’re provided with complete peace of mind regarding your investment.
It may seem like the ideal solution is to mix and match a little – say, ordering blackout blinds in the bedrooms and plantation shutters in the kitchen and living areas. If you are adamant that you want an option which looks equally good from the inside as well as the outside, you may want to rethink this plan. When it comes to ‘kerb appeal’, it really does help to have the same (or similar) coverings on each window. Consistency is key to making the exterior of a property look really attractive.
With this in mind, it really comes down to your budget and your priorities. Is it more important that you have the total privacy that plantation shutters can offer, or is your heart set on a particular aesthetic? Maybe you’re desperate to inject colour to your neutral walls and are choosing to go with patterned blinds to do the job in each of your rooms. If you still want a particular ‘statement’ look, remember that you can also paint your shutters any colour you choose, too. If the answer is ‘privacy’, then you can narrow down your options to blackout blinds or shutters.