Wednesday, September 12

The Great Debate {Shutters vs. Shades}

Hi friends!

So in my last post I told you all about my front door transformation.  Well, that got me thinking about windows, so today I am sharing how we compromised on a big debate....shutters or shades.

Let me start off by saying, I'm a Virgo, so I am very particular and at times, anal - HA! I like what I like and I like things a certain way.   Buuuuut, I didn't want to shut down my husband's ideas about what he thought we should do with our windows, even though I really wanted to :)  And, to be honest, I was torn between shades and shutters.  You see I really love the way shutters (aka plantation shutters) look from the outside of a house.  Neat and orderly, the slats are always positioned perfectly apart and it gives a real nice finished custom look.

However....I also love the look of a textured shade.  These give a nice warmth and ambiance as well as a casual/boho vibe.   Love!

From a cost perspective, shutters are definitely much more of an investment (a few thousand dollars), whereas, shades are a couple hundred (depending on the number of windows you have).

After some back and forth, we compromised and decided on both shutters AND shades!  Yeah, I know, this may seem a bit strange, but it works,  as long as you keep the look cohesive on the front of the house and back of the house, not mis-matched across the front and/or back.  Meaning: the front of our house from top to bottom has plantation shutters; so as you approach our house or drive by you see plantation shutters.  From the back (which cannot be seen from the road) we have roman shades.  It's a win - win and I really love it!

This also worked for us as we don't need the privacy in the back of the house; whereas, in front we would like the ability to shut the blinds in the evenings.

From the inside of the house, it feels cozy and warm; the roman shades really add just the right amount of texture I was looking for.  Here is how it all turned out, so keep scrolling for pics!

This is from installation day of the shutters; which so happened to be the day we closed.   This is the view looking towards the front of the house; remember, we only had shutters installed in the front windows of the house.

Here we are in the dining room with the shutters installed.  

A view of the roman shades from the windows in the back of the house.  These were purchased at Home Depot and are in Espresso color.  Installed by me in a matter of minutes per shade.   All you need is a drill!

Here is another view from a little further away and with the shades pulled all the way up.

And there you have it, a mix of styles that work perfectly well together.  Decor is all about what works for you and your environment so do what makes you happy.

If you are curious about purchasing the same roman shades; we picked these up from  (link to exact shades below)

If you are interested in the curtain panels; they come from, and are SO well made (link to exact curtains below).  Thick, lined and look and feel super luxe.

Roman Shades: Panels:

I hope this post offered a little inspiration for you or just a visual aid for future projects.  Until next time!

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