When it comes to home improvement I am far from an expert – but I do like to think of myself as something of an armchair expert. By this, I mean that I sit and watch lots of home improvement-based TV shows and even read magazines on the subject, all the while taking very little action to actually improve my own home!

One thing I’ve noticed popping up a lot both in TV shows and magazines lately is window shutters. I always think window shutters give a house a lovely look, and they can be great not only for sprucing up the look of your home but also providing added security, insulation and more.

Here are eight reasons to install window shutters:

1. Warmth

As well as looking good, window shutters are a great way of keeping the heat in during the winter months. Interior shutters can insulate a room in both hot and cold weather, helping to keep the internal temperature comfortable for you. Well fitted custom window shutters can keep out direct sunlight during the summer, keeping the room cooler. In the winter they can block any leaky windows and frames – ideal for homes without double glazing. In fact, studies have shown that window shutters can keep your room as warm as curtains can and this is great for keeping the heating bills down too, and environmentally friendly to boot.

2. Privacy

I hate net curtains, but with windows facing directly onto the street it’s a case of needs must, and we have ended up having to purchase nets. Lots of people end up buying net curtains for privacy either from people on the street outside, or even from the house opposite. Window shutters are a much more stylish way of affording oneself this privacy. The slats in window shutters still allow light into the room, but it would be hard for anyone outside to see through those gaps. I love the idea of a more up-to-date way of covering windows that looks a lot more stylish than drab net curtains which always either shrink or go grey in the wash and have never…
 

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