Outdoor living spaces are more luxe than ever, boasting flat-screen TVs, kitchens, bars and lavish furniture. But bad weather and privacy issues can stop homeowners from using their outside investments whenever they want, Dena Dillon says.
As the chief marketing officer at Weatherwell Elite, an aluminum shutter manufacturer in Carrollton, Dillon helps homeowners discover chic, multitasking ways to shelter their outdoor living spaces from onlookers and the elements.
Origins of the shutter. “Aluminum plantation shutters have been used around the world for years now, particularly in Australia, where outdoor living is a part of everyday life,” Dillon says. Her husband, TWO vice president Ryan Fitzgerald, designed the shutters to help people spend more time outside. “The people entertaining and making memories in their outdoor spaces inspire us,” Dillon says.
Ready to spend more time in the fresh air? Read Dillon’s tips to select shutters that meet your needs and your tastes.
1. Consider Your Style
Select shutters that complement your outdoor aesthetic. For instance, gray shutters are versatile and suit modern and transitional decor. Or consider wood or wood-effect shutters if you’re looking for a more traditional style.
A family in Arlington has walnut-effect aluminum shutters in their rustic outdoor cabana. They wanted the look of real wood without having to worry about rot or wood-boring insects, Dillon says. The shutters closely match the roof and furniture, and create a pleasing contrast with the light gray stone walls and soft blue cushions.
2. Pick Your Privacy Preference
Shutters around your patio offer a flexible privacy option. Angle or close them so you can enjoy an alfresco dinner with friends or a game-day barbecue shielded from nosy neighbors. You can also open, slide or fold them back when all is quiet, unlike a permanent screen.
Homeowners in Costa Rica selected white aluminum fixed-panel shutters for the outdoor space off their master bedroom, seen here. When they aren’t opened up to catch pleasant breezes, the shutters can easily be closed and locked for complete privacy and security, Dillon says.
3. Watch Out for Weather
Protect your patio from wind and rain with sturdy shutters that can be locked in place, keeping out the elements. Look for a product that has passed stringent wind tests if your area experiences strong gusts, Dillon says. You may also want to pick a material that’s resistant to rot and rust to fight humidity.
An architect selected sliding aluminum shutters in a custom gray color to shelter condos in Queensland, supplying the residents with year-round outdoor spaces. “She needed a highly functional yet eye-catching solution to protect the residential tower from high winds,” Dillon says. The residents can lock down the shutters with sliding bolts on especially windy days.