If you read my previous post about my Living Room, you will know that I had hideous net curtains tacked to my new windows in order that I would have a bit of privacy.
Well, today I had my plantation shutters installed! 🙂 I am ecstatic! I had uhm’d and ah’d about getting these. A couple of my neighbours have them and the guys next door showed me how theirs fit on their windows. They are not as perfect as I would like (I am really picky), but I am really happy with them. We modified them a little bit to fit my specifications. Apparently, the shutters normally fit into a frame that can protrude quite a bit from the window ledge making it seem as if there is a box stuck onto the window. Because I have no recesses on my windows, I had the fitters put the shutters onto side battens and got rid of the rest of the frame. I also have hidden rods so I can let more light into the room.
I was worried that shutters would make my living room look too stark. In fact, they make the room seem bigger and yet it still feels cozy. They come into their own in the evening. When the shutters are closed, people can’t see in! Yay! If someone knocks on the door, I can move the slats to see out! Although shutters give me total privacy, they do not completely block out the light, in or out. If I go on holiday, I can close the bottom ones and leave the tops partially opened. However, if I have the lamp on the timer, know one will know if I am in or out. 🙂
For the rest of the house, I had shutters installed only on the bottom half of the windows, café style – even in the bathroom. Even though I have frosted glass in the bathroom (building codes require obscured glass in bathrooms and toilets), with the light on one can still be seen if one is close enough to the window. I learned that one day when the nanny was giving the children a bath and I was out in the garden! I can also have the window open in the summer and still have some privacy.
When I am working in my office, I can finally look outside to see what is going on in my street – but no one can see me! 🙂
Right now I am working in the dining room and the shutters are closed. The curtains frame them nicely and I don’t have an unattractive view of the side of my house (to be remedied this summer) – and the neighbours behind me can’t see in! I will take a photo once I manage to sell my dining room table and the room isn’t too cluttered.
With the house being so close to the pavement, it is easy for others to see inside when passing by. I am nosy and love looking into other people’s homes, but it does freak me out a little bit to see someone slobbing around in their sitting room because they left the blinds or curtains open at night. I used to feel exposed if I wanted to watch a bit of TV in the evening and knowing people could see me. Now I can slob around as much as I like and no one can see me. I might try it tonight!
My shutters were installed by Blind Design in Eastbourne. They are really nice people! Thanks guys!