You know your road is being gentrified when you start seeing shutters appearing in the windows of your neighbours.
They give a certain elegance to your property from the outside and are able to create different looks on the inside, depending on whether they are open or closed.
In the Summer months you are able to control exactly how much sunlight you want entering and in the winter months you will find that your energy bill is reduced as the shutters keep your rooms lovely and warm. They are also really good at helping with noise reduction.
We are all very used to just seeing them in white, but more and more companies are supplying them in a variety of colours. Just let loose and go crazy in the children's bedroom maybe!