select
|

Décor trends impact the evolution of shutters

Although the beauty and practicality of shutters have been appreciated for centuries, they have been consistently innovated to suit styles, climates, purpose and architecture through the ages.

First made in marble by the Greeks to cool interiors in the Mediterranean heat, later made in timber and reinforced with iron rods in medieval Europe to improve security, later introduced to the New World by the intrepid British, Spanish and French explorers, then painted white and used to adorn the plantation homes of the South and today used worldwide and across varied architectural styles, shutters have certainly stood the test of time.


However throughout their history shutters have been punctuated by modern trends and this continues in our modern era.  Current trends include the continued preference to ‘green’ / environmental friendly raw material, a notable shift to sophisticated simplicity in decor, a high degree of customisation in shape, finish and style and application versatility that empowers home owners to reinvent their spaces at will.

Green

Raw material, eco-responsible sourcing and manufacturing, product sustainability and longevity and purpose of application are all determining factors in ascertaining a products’ ‘green’ status.

“Shutters have been used for hundreds of years to control indoor temperatures, light and ventilation, all aspects impacting on energy usage during both hot and cold conditions,” says Karina Palmer interior designer and marketing director of American Shutters. ‘Our White Teak and Decowood shutters are manufactured from wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests (FSC accredited).’

FSC is an internationally recognised certification verifying that the timber production complies with the highest social and environmental standards supporting responsible forest management. FSC also tracks the FSC certified material from production to market, hereby giving consumers the assurance that the timber used was responsibly harvested.



Sophisticated simplicity and customisation

Automation, neutral tones, natural materials, unique painted finishes and the customisation of shape and sizes to complement architectural features are current design trends in architecture, interior design and in shutters.



‘In an ever-innovating world, clients demand a high degree of customisation. We manufacture shutters to unique specifications that can be custom-made for all openings irrespective of size and shape from domed, to triangular, to arched and circular,’ says Karina Palmer.





Application versatility

There is an ongoing trend to design homes that have a smaller footprint, are compact and modest in their materials, space and impact. This coupled with our lifestyle needs to multi-purpose spaces; interior design is consistently faced with the challenge of how to create spaces that can adapt and shape-shift in purpose and appearance.

Cleverly appointed to divide spaces, integrate spaces and disguise spaces, shutters define and redefine interiors with a simple slide, swing and slide.

“There is no more effective way to refresh interior design than the clever appointment and installation of good quality window finishes. Shutters not only add value to an interior design in their own right, they maximise position, natural elements and views by strategically and seamlessly integrating the indoors and outdoors,” concludes Karina Palmer.

Although our modern trends will be recorded, as little more than a point of interest in the evolution of shutters, there is no doubt that they are as much of our future as they are of our past.



*All images courtesy of American Shutters


  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 23 Nov 2017
      Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, said that the Monetary Policy Committee had once again decided to let the interest rates remain unchanged with the repo rate at 6.75%, and the prime lending rate at 10.25%.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      As the holiday season approaches, most of us are counting the days until that year-end bonus hits our account. There’s nothing quite like a little bank balance booster to get us in the holiday spirit.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      The Adelphi Centre (now entitled “ARTEM") in Sea Point, Cape Town, is being extensively renovated, and once complete will offer an ultra-luxurious galleria style shopping centre unlike any other seen on the Atlantic Seaboard or in Cape Town.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      If you are looking to sell your home in today’s real estate market, there are certain things that you need to include both inside and outside your house. Today’s generation of home buyers is looking toward a more eco-friendly, energy and water conscious home, and if your house stands out then you are more likely to be able to sell it.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      Most people know of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) and that levies must to paid to fund its operations. In this article the experts at Paddocks will address some of the issues that are causing confusion.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      While sales have noticeably slowed in most sectors in most Cape town suburbs, the security estate sector in Constantiaberg has bucked the trend by remaining buoyant, with sales by August this year already surpassing total sales in 2016.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      The end of the year is fast approaching, and so are all the travellers, tourists and holidaymakers. For those who live near or own a property in a holiday-hotspot, the festive season also brings with it an abundance of short-term rental opportunities. Its a great way for property owners to make a few extra rand for their own holidays or to put towards their savings.
    • 21 Nov 2017
      The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK