Blinds can be placed almost anywhere, from homes to rooms, windows, and even outdoors. This is where some confusion can arise, as interior and exterior blinds are very different. If you're not aware of the differences, you could end up wasting time or money looking for something you don't need. Some homeowners worry that using both interior and exterior blinds will overload the window, but we believe it actually encourages continuity.
In many cases, the lines of the interior and exterior blinds are cohesive. Installing both isn't as complicated as some might expect. Exterior shutters, like interior blinds, can cover the window and provide more privacy, but they are usually left open. This is because it would be a hassle to have to go out every time you wanted to open or close the shutters, especially when windows usually include treatments for interior windows that are much easier to operate.
Exterior shutters are typically only closed when the window is intended to remain closed for a long period of time. Interior blinds can have blinds or panels and are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. They are designed to be opened and closed indoors and tend to last longer than outdoor blinds since they are not exposed to the elements apart from sunlight. Interior blinds also tend to be more functional; some styles allow you to control the amount of natural light that enters the house. The biggest difference between interior and exterior shutters is that the former are on the inside while the latter are on the outside. Wooden shutters for plantations offer many advantages, such as requiring virtually no maintenance, increasing a home's resale value, being a one-time investment, and providing insulating and reflective properties that help save on heating and cooling costs. If you want to take advantage of all that shutters have to offer, you'll need to think carefully about which type best suits your needs and your home.
Traditional blinds were popular in the 70s and 80s; some now affectionately refer to them as “grandmother's blinds”. Softedge shutters have subtle frames so they appear to be part of the window, while traditional plantation shutters have a classic elegance. Exterior blinds come in different shapes and sizes but usually adapt to the shape of the window. Wooden and polyethylene blinds have natural insulation which complements energy-efficient windows. Plantation type shutters use wide, reinforced blinds inside a thick frame which allows large panels to be placed that can sometimes fill an entire window width.
The most functional blinds are generally found inside the house while outdoor blinds can work but are mostly decorative. Choosing between interior and exterior blinds is not easy as it requires careful consideration of each type's features, benefits, and applications. Exterior blinds are solid covers for windows found on the outside of a building which control light, privacy, security, or simply serve an aesthetic purpose. Custom-made blinds have seen a huge resurgence in recent years as more people discover their many advantages over other window treatments.