Shutters in Darker Months

Hey there readers!

As part of my collaboration with Santa Fe shutters this year, I wanted to share with you this final post about how we’ve been getting on with the shutters in our home.

As the days are getting shorter, it often feels like we barely see any sunshine at this time of year. I try to make the most of the longer nights and dropping temperatures by having cosy days indoors. Winter is definitely upon us. Although it can feel like a drag, I think that because it forces us to slow down and rest, it can actually be really good for us and just what we need.

See the shutters after installation here

santafe shutters in darker months

As the darker months arrive, I make more of an effort to go and open the slats of the shutters in the morning. Just to let that little bit more light in during the day.

As I’ve mentioned before, the shutters are in our Dining room, which is North facing. When we first moved in, Winters felt very gloomy in here. Now, they really don’t! The white of the shutters reflects light around the room.

winter dining room shutters

This room has a real feeling of calm about it which I think is enhanced with the sleek design of the shutters and the minimal space that they take up.

I often come into this room to work (away from the distraction of the TV) and I find that even though this room is on the front of the house, it is really peaceful. It has a feel of a library as this is where we keep most of our books. I love the studious, hushed atmosphere of a library so I’m pleased to have unintentionally recreated it in my home.

shutters in winter vintage interiors style

We’ve been using this a room a lot more since Autumn began.

It is now one of the warmest rooms in the house. The combination of having the windows replaced and the shutters fitted shortly after has made a huge difference in the temperature.

Decamping to the Dining room has been a natural choice, away from the kitchen, and the kids always feel like its an extra special meal when they eat in here. Old houses like ours can be notoriously draughty and our kitchen can get very chilly.

shutters in bay window

The shutters also ensure the room is private. As our Dining room faces the road I definitely wouldn’t be sat in there eating all my meals if people passing could see right in. We get the benefit of window coverage without the bulk of curtains, making the room feel bigger than it is.

For more photos (in daylight!) click here.

Another point worth mentioning is that the shutters make me feel more secure. With it getting dark so early in Winter there are more opportunities for burglaries and break-ins. The shutters stop people from looking in and form another barrier to make it more difficult if they tried.

I think the shutters have helped us create a sanctuary in this room. A sense of distance without it feeling like remoteness. Is’nt that what we all want when being at home? Being able to pull up that metaphorical drawbridge and just be.

vintage drink cabinet

 

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I'm working in collaboration with Santa Fe and have been gifted the products in exchange for my views on them, this is the last of three posts.

46 Comments

  1. December 6, 2017 / 6:50 am

    Sue you are so right the ambience is so different in candle light !
    Btw very envious of your gorgeous shutters
    Xxxx

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:14 am

      It’s such a lovely place to be now, it really wasn’t before! Thanks love x

  2. December 6, 2017 / 7:57 am

    I love these shutters – the room looks wonderful and I’m glad you’re using it more. I shall have to think about shutters when we finish the house buying fun!

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Really worth considering! Thanks so much!

  3. December 6, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Adore your shutters and windows. I would dearly love them in our living room but we have huge windows that it appears would be impossible to fit them.

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Ah, have you had a quote? they can make them different ways and different sizes?!

  4. December 6, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Ah I’m so glad I stumbled across this blog post. We have just moved house and need window coverings, I never even considered shutters but I love the look of them from your photos and the feel from your writing sounds like what I’m looking for. Will definitely be exploring this option! Thank you ❤

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:08 am

      Ah, thanks so much! That’s so nice to know I’ve helped you!

  5. December 6, 2017 / 10:37 am

    It looks really cosy, Susie! I do love the look of these shutters. x

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:05 am

      It is so cosy now, it never used to be. Thanks, so much!

  6. December 6, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Oh they really are lovely! I totally agree about the warmth. Sometimes a bare window just feels drafty and cold no matter how double glazed it is. Such a lovely cosy space x

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Karen, I’m sure there’s a few spots in your new house where shutters would work

  7. December 6, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    I agree with all of your points Susie. I love my shutters at home for the privacy they give and the way we can control the light. Great post. x

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Yes, I wouldn’t be without them now that’s for sure

  8. December 6, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I love your shutters and it’s something I’d definitely consider for our next home! Great to hear your views on it – I always wondered if they’d be a bit too dark over winter but good to hear they are still pretty amazing 😉 xx

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Yeah we are still really enjoying them!

  9. December 6, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    They look really lovely! They’re definitely something I’d consider getting for our living room too, we’re north facing that way too and it certainly can be gloomy in the winter.

    • Susie
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Catherine, they’d really suit your place from what I’ve seen x

  10. December 8, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    We just have a living room and a kitchen. The living room is big with a bay window but very dark. We got shutters a few months ago and they have really transformed the room and were definitely worth the investment. Love your herd of antelopes. We have about 8 in a big family group and a massive wall mounted one I found at Stockport vintage village!

    • Susie
      Author
      December 10, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      They really add so much to a room, don’t they! Ah. I’ve not been to Vintage Village for ages!

  11. December 8, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    They really add a lovely atmosphere to the room even in winter. Cosy! X

    • Susie
      Author
      December 10, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Yes, they really do- we are pleasantly surprised too!

  12. December 8, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I love this! I always think of shutters as a summer thing but I’m so wrong! How do you find it with insulation? Xxx

    • Susie
      Author
      December 10, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      They are adding another layer so I think they do insulate. It’s hard to compare fairly as we did have the windows replaced just before having the shutters!

  13. December 8, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    They’re so beautiful and how cosy is your home? I hope you have a gorgeous weekend! x

    • Susie
      Author
      December 10, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Ah thanks, Natasha! It feels a lot cosier than ever before this year.

  14. January 21, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Shutters add such a luxe finishing touch. These complement the room so well and we can see what you mean about creating a sanctuary – it’s definitely a room you’d find any excuse to use 🙂

    • Susie
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      It really is! Even with the noise from the road outside it still feels very peaceful

  15. Emma
    January 21, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    What a beautiful space. You’ve made me feel all Hygge. It’s good to embrace the winter months by spending more time indoors and enjoying it. Sometimes I have to admit I dread it – the darker days and colder weather but I’ve tried to embrace it more this year! Great post lovely with beautiful photography!

    • Susie
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      Emma, thanks so much! I’m all for cosy spaces at this time of year x

  16. We installed shutters in our first home, a first floor flat, on four windows overlooking the front of the property and couldn’t be happier. The fact that you can regulate the light coming in is fantastic. You can still have light but indirectly (by moving them to face up) which is great. I highly recommend shutters when people ask and obviously love yours and your front room ambience!

    • Susie
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny. We wouldn’t be without them now

  17. January 21, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Your dining room looks so lovely and cosy with those shutters. I’ve been trying to work out what window treatments to go for in our living room. I really like the idea of shutters and the added privacy they offer without limiting the light too much.

    • Susie
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 7:44 pm

      THanks Stacey, at the the front of the house these are ideal!

  18. fionamostyn
    January 21, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    The shutters make the room look really cosy. Especially with the candles on. A nice ambiance for entertaining too.

    • Susie
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 7:43 pm

      Ah thanks so much! It’s a lovely space now in there

  19. January 21, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Would love shutters for all the reasons you mentioned!

    • Susie
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 7:49 pm

      Thank Donna! I think they’d look good anywhere!

  20. January 21, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I always liked the look of shutters, unfortunately our windows are too small and it just wouldn’t look right. But they definitely look right in your dinning room

    • Susie
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Ah, thanks so much! Have a great week x

  21. January 22, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    I absolutely love shutters. I think having them in the dining room is a great idea especially if you are hosting a dinner party, it kind of gives a nice ambient feel!

    • Susie
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      They really do! Thanks for your kind words xx

  22. tombellord
    January 23, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Wow. I love what you have done here. Shutters are so under used. Thanks for sharing your inspiration for how to get the best from them. Love it.

    • Susie
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tom

  23. January 23, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    What lovely pictures! I’ve never lived in a house with shutters but absolutely love them. They make everything seem so comfy 🙂

    • Susie
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much Ricky! I do love this room much more now