Shopping for Plantation Shutters for Moms and Kids
Spring is fast approaching which means it’s time to think about updating decor and looking at fresh new ideas for our homes. Striking the balance between something for us parents or for our kids is always tricky, but we think we’ve got a great solution with interior window shutters! They’re not so new but their style never goes out of fashion and planning on updating rooms with the kids can be a fun project for everyone (if you get it right, more later)!
Do plantation shutters work in any room?
Having shutters is so familiar with many homes around the globe that we sometimes think that they may only work in certain rooms in our homes. However this UK shutters company seems to think that shutters for any room and we are inclined to agree. From the kitchen to lounge, bathroom, bedrooms and nurseries, shutters provide a safe alternative to blinds, shades, curtains etc.
There are a lot of reasons why they work so well, from space saving to easy to maintain and clean but we think they really work because they are so simple and time tested as well as looking crazy stylish if designed right.
Make a fun project so the kids can join in
We’ve come up with some ideas in order to get the kids involved in your home updating and make this a fun project for everyone.
1. Create a mood board for color – this is easy and allows you to get the kids involved at the planning stage. Take a big sheet of paper and get them to stick on colors they love from magazines. They can be anything and solid colors don’t matter. The great thing is that most parents will think in terms on white or gray for the windows, but children will throw the game right open with some bold ideas!
2. Cut out some cardboard strips and mock up a plantation shutter – this is a fun little project to get creative models flowing! Making a panel and painting it in the chosen color will let everyone get involved and see how the color works when held up to the window!
3. If you’re feeling extra creative you could try and tape the shutter panels you’ve made up to your window frame (using non-marking tape of course) and see how they will look in situ!
4. Decorate your carboard shutters with tubes painted the same color to show push rods – which is how the shutters are opened and closed. Pushrods can be seen on the front or hidden away at the back. Seeing these will help decide which style you’d like and it’s fun to play with the tubes. These can be tissue tubes stuck together!
Remember that if you’re working with younger children you have to be safe with modelling and any tools like scissors, the Healthy Children website have got a great free audio on safe crafting for kids, please take a moment to have a listen before starting this craft remodelling project.
What to think about next?
Once you have chosen your color and which rooms you’d like to update with plantation shutters, you could think about whether the shutters should be styled with hidden or exposed push rods as step four above. Pushrods will help create the style of your rooms and can be a big deciding factor. Along with these, the size of the slats or blades can make a difference. Think about thick or thin ones in terms of how large the windows are. The bigger the window, the bigger the slats should be. Making a model with the kids can help visualize this too!
After you’re happy with all of these elements it’s simply time to go ahead and find your plantation shutters supplier. Ask friends and colleagues and of course take a look on Google! We hope you and the kids enjoy this project and your home gets a fresh new window treatment this spring!