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Finish Off Your Home With Interior Shutters

The quickest and easiest way to finish off your home’s decor is to hang curtains or draperies at your windows. They come ready made for the most common window sizes, and are easily hemmed if necessary.

You might also think that curtains and draperies are also the most economical type of window covering you could use, but that is not necessarily the case. Interior shutters may at first blush look like an unneeded expense, but the services they provide can be invaluable, and there are so many stylish designs available that you would be hard-put not to find one that matched the decor of every room in your home.

The sun gives life…but it also takes life away. Just as your skin can dry out or burn if you are exposed to direct sunlight for too long, so can the fabric of your couch and chairs, the brightness of your paintings, and the vivid covers of your books fade away. It’s a gradual process and you will not notice the destruction until it’s too late to do anything about it. If you do not keep your curtains closed at all times, that direct sunlight will pour in. But who wants to keep the world shut out forever?

But there’s more than sunlight to worry about. During the winter months do you constantly feel cold drafts coming from somewhere? Chances are they are coming through your windows. Again, you’d have to keep your curtains or draperies closed at all times during those months to block off those drafts – and to keep heat from escaping. And once again you’d be unable to look out at the pristine whiteness of the snowscape outside your windows.

The solution is interior window shutters. Whether you want wooden shutters or vinyl blinds, there are hundreds of styles to choose from, so you are bound to find something that will fit both your pocketbook and the decor of your home.

Interior shutters are louvered. This means that they have adjustable slats which you can tilt in such away to allow in as much sunlight as you like, and which you can close completely when desired. These shutters will not only keep out the light of the sun but also the heat, so you might even find a savings in your air-conditioning bill!

Colonial shutters come with narrow slats, or louvers, while Plantation shutters have louvers that are much wider. Shutters come in either wood or vinyl, and there are many reasons to choose between them, which you know best yourself.

You can pay someone to install your shutters for you, or you can install them yourself. Either way, you must make sure that you take accurate measurements to ensure that you don’t buy a size too large or too small. Nothing will detract from the look of your windows more than having a noticeable disparity between the size of the window and its shutter.

Visit your local home improvement stores such as Menards or Home Depots to see the materials they have, and to discuss your project with a knowledgeable staff member. There are also more upscale furnishing galleries to give you a look at the wide range of shutters available, and you will also want to surf the web to compare prices.

Once you’ve made your decision, made your measurements (and checked them twice) go out and get those shutters. And protect your home furnishings behind stylish shutters for years to come.

Lighting Trends in Home Design

If you want to keep up with the latest trends in home design and lighting you should probably go beyond the usual standards, ignore all the advice given to you by professional interior designers and go for a personal style. At least this is the latest trend.

With so many models, coming in all possible sizes and shapes, people find it easier to opt for a personal style when decorating the interiors of their residences, at least when it comes to lighting fixtures. This phenomenon has a simple explanation: the use of light is no longer reduced to simple illumination purposes, but goes further than this status towards self-expression, mood lighting, accent lighting, architectural lighting and even landscape lighting.

The choice of lighting products is increasing also due to the various lighting technologies that bring different advantages to the consumers and are used in different applications. If light fixtures designers are living a moment of glory, lighting designers are facing a real dilemma; clients prefer to choose the lighting fixtures alone and employ light technicians to mount them. This doesn’t mean that lighting design is a profession doomed to be outshone! It’s probably just a phase until consumers realize that only a professional designer can create a interrelated structure between illumination, structural design and interior decoration.

But most of the users still choose the lighting fixtures alone and their choices vary between three “root-styles”: elegant, traditional and contemporary. The average consumers choose their light sources based on price (cheaper are winning), but some take into consideration other factors as well and the most important is energy efficiency. Although energy efficient luminaries are more expensive, they help cut back electricity consumption. You probably already have in your home a reading lamp with dimmer switch or other light sources of the kind. Dimming the light is one way to cut back costs but it also saves energy and extends lamp life. Compact-fluorescent lamps and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are also very popular choices.

Lighting is not used solely overhead, as it used to be. Today light sources can be used to create a mysterious atmosphere, to enhance the mood of a room or to spotlight an artwork. When it comes to mood lighting, there’s nothing better than concealed light sources to highlight a painting or backlights to generate a warm glow behind curtains or pieces of furniture. When it comes to mounting the lights in their homes people become more and more creative. Nowadays it’s almost usual to see special lighting effects on the walls of the living room, as usual as it is to see dimmers and solar garden lamps.

Consumers react differently to lighting and lighting objects. Some even buy based on “I like it” more then on “I need it”. Let’s face it: do you really need a LED cube with a wooden frame to impress your guests or a mood light panel to relax? Not really. But this type of lighting products sells like crazy nowadays and a the trend will probably grow.