3 Things to Know about Shutters

3 Things to Know about Shutters

3 Things to Know about Shutters

In our latest blog, we’re discussing 3 Things to Know about Shutters. We'll cover the styles, benefits and easability that contribute to their popularity in today’s interior design world. 

As the month of May ushers in warmer, milder temperatures, we're happily see windows opening up again. So, it got us thinking about the variety of window treatments out there. Specifically interior shutters.

We’ve seen the use of this window treatment across residential and commercial properties increase significantly over the last year. And with the industry expected to reach USD 6.09 billion by 2025, shutters are just one more option for your clients. 

Let’s get right into it! 

Here are the 3 things to know:

#1: Shutters offer unique benefits to the interior of your client’s home. All of which contribute to maximum comfort and enjoyment. The primary benefits include:

  • Temperature regulation: Shutters are a great way to provide insulation for your home, keeping the heat in or warm temps out depending on the season. This benefit not only helps with comfort but also greatly impacts the home’s overall energy output. A big win for our environment! 
  • Lighting: Whether you need a little or a lot, much like the insulation benefit, shutters more easily adjust to the exact amount of lighting needed throughout the day. 
  • Privacy: An obvious one, sure, but shutters do allow for maximum privacy when needed as well as an added sense of security while in your home or away.

#2: Shutters are available in a variety of styles, offering the ideal solution for interior design projects big and small. Here’s the low-down on the primary styles offered:

  • Cafe: Cafe shutters, named after the French cafés, cover about 1/2 of the window and are by far the most popular choice. Although only providing some of the typical benefits, Cafes make up for it in design and charm. We often see this style of shutter coupled with an outside mount valance at the top of the window. This provides more warmth and design detail to the space. 
  • Wide Slat (or more commonly known as “Plantation”): This style of shutter covers the full window and includes somewhat tilted louvers (or slats) that can be customized from top to bottom. As a result, they're great for family and sun rooms with large windows. 
  • Shaker: Modeled after the traditional Shaker style design, Shaker shutters are equipped with flat, full panels and do not include the louvers design found in Cafe and Wide Slat styles. 

#3: Available in different materials, colors and sizes, shutters can provide a vast variety of solutions for small and large interior design projects. So let’s face it, shutters definitely offer a lot more flexibility or “easability” over the traditional soft window treatments, including:

  • Less maintenance: Shutters are MUCH easier to clean compared to blinds and drapery panels. They can be wiped down with a damp cloth or even vacuumed. 
  • More color options: Hands down one of the best benefits is the ability to incorporate any color shutter within your room design. Wooden shutters provide the most flexibility. Lighter colors to help make a room feel more open and darker colors to provide warmth. 
  • Variety of materials: Hybrid shutters are made out of wood composite and are often seen in bathrooms where there’s a lot more moisture. You can also find shutters in faux wood and, of course, traditional wood shutters. Wood shutters provide the optimum benefit of being able to be customized to match any color.

Crisp, fresh and clean bathroom design by Kelly McGuill Home. Photo credit: Tamara Flanagan

Considering the install of shutters for your next design project? Please send us an email. We’d love the opportunity to work with you!

Is your client considering a permanent home office? Be sure to catch our last piece on The Rise of the Home Office with some recent projects we’ve worked on with our client. 

Stay tuned for some exciting MDW updates in the month of May.

Happy designing!

The Makkas Drapery Team

Want to work with us? Drop us a note. We'd love to talk. 

The Rise of the Home Office

The Rise of the Home Office

A year ago today, in light of the growing pandemic, we made the difficult decision to close the workroom. What we thought was a 2 week pause turned out to extend into a much longer period of uncertainty. The team rallied to make lemonade out of lemons (as they say), pivoting our resources to help those in need by creating masks for so many frontline workers. We were reminded of the importance of our amazing team and our design community. 

When we finally felt comfortable enough (and were given the green light by Governor Baker) to reopen in May we were still unprepared for what the months ahead would bring.

We’ve learned so much since March 16, 2020, both professionally and personally and have come to understand so many new ways of doing things, living and ultimately designing as a result of this adaption to the new norm.  Of all the new designs trends we’ve seen come out of the pandemic, there’s one that is uniquely COVID-19 — and that’s the home office. 

According to a recent Gallup Panel, 56% of workers across the country are currently working remotely either full or part of the time and 23% of these workers say they would stay working from home permanently.

That fact, coupled with the consequential rise of Zoom and video calls, means that not only do home office spaces need to be functional and flexible but they also need the right design.

With design in mind, here are 5 amazing home offices we collaborated on with some of our design partners:

#1: Simplicity at its finest. A bright and open office space designed by Kelly McGuill Home.

#2: A multi-purpose space with a view designed by Meredith Rodday Design.

#3: Cheerful and focused. A designated office space designed by and for Meg McSherry Interiors.

#4: A custom roman shade adds  a lift of color to this home office. Design by Grayscale Design.

#5: Last one! Custom woven shades add warmth to a cozy and welcoming home office. Design by Katie Rosenfeld & Company.

Did you miss our round-up of 2021 design trends? Head here to catch our February blog

Next month we’ll be sharing our thoughts on popular window treatments in some of the residential and commercial projects we're working on. 

One last thing! We’re excited to announce two new members to the Makkas Drapery team. Please join us in welcoming Vikki (Manny's cousin), our new Project Manager working alongside Olivia, and Karleigh, who started this week as our new Office Assistant. Karleigh will be the voice on the other side of the phone when you call. 

Happy designing!

The Makkas Drapery Team

Want to work with us? Drop us a note. We'd love to talk. 

Looking Ahead: 2021 Interior Design Trends
Makkas delivering work for installation

Looking Ahead: 2021 Interior Design Trends

It’s hard to believe we’re already well into month 2 of 2021. Our team has been going non-stop these last few weeks, reminding us of our important role as a drapery workroom for so many incredibly talented interior designers. Trusting us to help bring your designs to life in your client’s home is a big deal to us and we’re humbled by your continued loyalty.

Over the last year, we’ve all learned to be flexible and patient, being ok with the fact that some things are just beyond our control. And although it seems like we’re always going one thousand miles per hour, we understand the value of slowing down to listen so that we can get it right the first time.

After enjoying some much needed downtime during the holidays, we returned to the workroom and set our focus towards reconnecting on existing 2020 projects and scoping out new ones for 2021. With the pandemic still a big part of our day to day life and an integral factor in how we work with you, we’re always looking for ways to continue the impeccable service you expect from Makkas Drapery Workroom.

We may not know exactly when things will go back to “normal” but what we do know is that we are committed more than ever to support your business throughout the next 11 months and beyond.

And there’s a lot to look forward to!

Especially when it comes to design. Before we wrapped up 2020, we had the opportunity to talk with some of our design partners about the trends they saw coming in 2021.

As we mentioned in our December blog, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how many people are redesigning their homes with a focus on living, learning and working together, under the same roof. Whether it’s schooling from home, holding marathon Zoom calls or relaxing in multipurpose family rooms, 2021 is chock full of all the bright, creative design ideas we need to pull us out of our stay-at-home slump into more joyful and hopeful spaces.

Here’s a top 5 round-up of the trends we’re seeing and hearing out there:

#1: Carving out a WFH space (as an alternative to a dedicated office).

The biggest impact the pandemic has had on interior design trends is the evolving work from home space. That focus on the perfect, zoom-worthy, efficiently designed home office space will continue through 2021. We love how this space we worked on with designer Lee Kimball effectively uses valuable window space to create an innovative WFH corner office.

A beautifully efficient work from home space by Lee Kimball.

In fact, finding multi-use space for home office zooming is on the rise. Check out what design partner Christina Wikman Interiors created to make her client’s space more dual purpose.

#2: Reading areas and nooks.

From cozy and quiet carved out spaces to comfortable window seats, finding time for solitude within the home has been at an all time high. We loved helping to fabricate this comfy and inviting space designed by Keeler & Co.

A cozy and quiet window nook collaboration with Keeler & Co.

#3: Multi-purpose family rooms.

One interior design trend that we really saw take off over the last 10 months was the heightened need for family rooms (like this one from Katie Rosenfeld & Company) that can easily shape shift to accommodate family game night, reading and telling stories!

A multi-purpose family room design from Katie Rosenfeld and Company.

#4: Return of the bright and bold.

With Pantone’s colors of the year announcement — yellow (Illuminating) and gray (Ultimate Gray) — we expect to see design that captures the spirit and intent of these colors.

According to Pantone, these colors convey, “a message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.” We can’t disagree with that!

#5: Lots of pillows to get cozy.

Well, we're not sure if it’s a new thing, but it’s definitely picked up on intensity as we look for ways to relieve stress through cozy and comfy design. Because you never can have enough pillows, right?

What design trends are you seeing in 2021?

Be sure you’re following us over on Instagram to keep up with our latest interior design collaborations and, of course, our On the Road with Manny series!

Happy designing.

The Makkas Drapery Team

Want to work with us? Drop us a note. We'd love to talk.