Using louvred shutters to control light and ventilation within your home is much easier than with traditional curtains or material blinds. This is a great benefit and one of the reasons people have chosen to move away from material window dressings.
Using louvers means that light levels can be subtly adjusted so that the room is as dark or bright as you choose. Curtains are essentially open or closed, often leaving the room dark on a bright day if you want to cut out sunlight. Most of my customers leave the shutter doors closed, just adjusting the louvers each day to control light levels.
One of my tips is to pick a light colour such as silk white, my most popular colour, to help reflect the light into your room to make it feel brighter. Stains or dark colours tend to dull light, rather than reflect it, so by just picking a lighter colour, you can create a feeling of brightness and the illusion of light.
The size of the louvre blade also influences light, as smaller louver slats block out more light. Most of my customers opt for medium louvre blades unless they have very large windows, as these are an excellent compromise between light and creating a balanced look for the window.
My paint and stain finish also contains a UV coating to inhibit the effects of sunlight on the actual shutter panels themselves. This will reduce the yellowing, fading or discolouring effects of bright light and protect the colour that you selected.
Another added benefit of louvered shutters is their ability to allow air to circulate freely without inhibiting light. You can leave your windows or doors open, ensure your shutter doors are closed but angle the louvers as required to allow light and air to enter the room. Traditionally curtains can, when closed, prevent the free flow of air making it feel stuffy.
The magnets on the doors are strong to ensure that they won’t usually open in even a brisk wind, protecting the items in the vicinity of your windows such as ornaments or photos. One of my customers liked the ability to leave her doors and windows open for ventilation, but ensure that her cats don’t go out.
I’d definitely recommend louvred shutters as being the best option for controlling light and ventilation in the home, as they overcome many of the problems experienced with traditional material window coverings, but what do you think?