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Simple, charming and elegant – these are the characteristics of a colonial home that appeal to those people who love classic style.

Existing since the 1600s, this type of home has not lost its appeal and its timeless beauty is prompting many to design their homes in this architectural style. You’ll find colonial houses and villas every city of New Zealand.

With the beautiful architecture and impeccable exterior of colonial homes comes the challenge of keeping it true to its style while having an equally appropriate interior design that will enhance its overall look.

One important element of the interior design is the window treatment which provides an aesthetic, but most importantly, a functional purpose in the home. If you have a colonial home or are planning to build one for your family, these are the best window treatments to use.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Shutters for Colonial Homes” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][vc_single_image image=”14121″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Window shutters are excellent window treatments for a colonial home as they provide ventilation and protect the interior of a home from the harsh rays of the sun, according to Old House Online. Its louvered blades, controlled with a central pole, also serves as an excellent and easy insulation for the home. They are best not to be covered with curtains and can stand out alone.

The use of shutters dates back from ancient Greece. They were also used during the pre-colonial times in New England. Today, these have stood the test of time and are still considered one of the best options for window treatment for a colonial home for both its functional and aesthetic qualities.

In choosing shutters to use for your colonial home though, be careful of what to buy as there are two different types: colonial shutters and plantation shutters. Roberta Pescow of Ideal Home Garden explains that these two types serve different purposes. Colonial shutters, as they have shorter and narrower slats, are used to keep out the cold breeze from the outside. Plantation shutters on the other hand are commonly used in tropical areas to keep heat out, with its wider and longer slats.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”14120″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Venetian Blinds for Colonial Homes” alignment=”left”][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”14122″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Another great window treatment option for a colonial home according to Old House Online is the wooden blinds. Like shutters, it too has a rich history that dates back from ancient Egypt. Also calledVenetian blinds, wooden blinds have slats, 1 to 3 inches wide, connected together by a long strip of cloth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Roberta Lane of Historic New England explained that Venetian blinds were popular in New England between the 1800 and 1900s. They used to come in a clear finish to show the beautiful graining of the wood and this was part of its appeal. Nowadays, homeowners have more options as they come in different colours.

Aside from this aesthetic quality, Venetian blinds also provide many benefits to a colonial home, among the most important are their being easy to install and easy to maintain, as stated by Jaclyn Fitzgerald of Home Improvement Pages. They also come in different sizes so they can fit almost any window size in any colonial home. They also don’t need to be washed as a simple wiping and dusting will keep them clean.

Shutters and blinds not only complement the charming design of colonial homes, they also do justice to its beautiful exteriors. So if you’re looking to revamp your classy, colonial home, consider getting any of these window treatments.

Are there any more types of window treatment that suit colonial homes? Feel free to share your suggestions below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”14123″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]