We've chosen cedar wood plantation shutters painted in Taubmans Crisp White (which is also the colour of our architraves) for our bedroom and the boy's bedrooms. We've gone with the 90mm blade and the reverse wand. Our reasons for choosing shutters for these rooms are:
- Good insulation - our bedrooms will cop most of the summer sun.
- Block out qualities - keep the rooms nice and dark for sleeping (especially for those early risers!)
- Can angle them to get the best light but not have to look at the rather plain and close fence
- Helps to block out sound
- Look fabulous!
Here's an idea of what we're getting
In our living areas, it was a little tricky to work out what to do as we have so many windows. We contemplated shutters for these areas but thought it would end up looking too much (let alone the $$$ it would cost!!!) In the end we decided on sheer blinds. With the good orientation on the block and our eaves, we're hoping the blinds will be up majority of the time anyway, so we're mainly after privacy at night.
The blinds we chose are called Ash by Mercury and have a nice texture to them. I like that they offer a bit of contrast to the paint colour we've chosen too.
Abbey Blinds supply a stainless steel chain which is fixed to the architrave (for child safety) and there'll also be an aluminium oval rod at the bottom of the blinds. Because some of our windows are pretty large, Abbey are going to put "spring assist" in too which makes them lighter to pull up. Over the bi-fold doors, each side will have 2 blinds which will be linked and therefore go up or down simultaneously.
Here's a swatch of our blind (left), Antique White paint swatch (right) and Crisp White for all the trims (middle)
Everything we've chosen is Australian made which is kinda cool and all looks like really nice quality.
Best bit is that they have an arrangement with Eden Brae so everything will be installed before handover!!