Window shutters provide privacy and outside views at the same time. They offer comfort while it is cold out there in winter and allow you to have a control over the external light levels coming into your room.
So, starting with shutters can be a thoughtful idea anytime you want to revamp your room. Are you looking to install new shutters in your home or office? Well, you need to follow these tips for the best results.
- Choose the Style
There are five styles of shutters that meet most homeowners’ needs. Each lends a distinct style to your home due to their distinguishable look.
These shutters open as a single unit and cover an entire window. Most manufacturers attach a divider rail/ mid rail to allow the user to adjust all the slats either above or below independently.
Those wishing to receive abundant daylight and enjoy privacy simultaneously would love this style as it only covers a window’s lower portion. If you are on a budget, these are good enough to cover for spaces, such as living or dining rooms. You can also fit them to bay windows with some co-ordinating panels. It will bring a lighter look to the room than curtains.
It is another option to choose if you need a cover for the entire window. The difference is you can open the top and bottom of each other independently.
Available in a variety of designs, these shutters can be simple shakers styles or the ones with molded or raised centre panels. They are often chosen for period homes for their ability to keep off draughts. As they offer noise insulation to a great level (close to a blackout effect), they suit kids’ bedrooms too.
These shutters hang straight from the top and use a bottom track (aluminum) as a guide. They are space-saving and suit large openings or windows except for the ones with sills.
- Match The Shutters To The Windows
You should match your shutter layout to the windows layout. Look for areas where your window design comes with separate sections of glass or wooden glazing bars. Make sure you match the window shutters design to these window designs. That way, if you take a look through the open blades, you will not come across lumps of wood or handles.
- Match The Shutter And Window Color
Make sure that the color of your shutters matches the window frames. Don’t match it to the floor covering or walls. With time you may change the overall décor in a room but taking things into consideration from the start keeps you from replacing shutters. When you are installing shutters, you should start by looking at the window sills and window frames. Regardless of the color of the rest of the room, most of them are white. That’s why most people opt for white shutters but there are different shades of white. You can’t go wrong with window shutters, especially the large white wooden options, since they will make your room feel larger and more stylish.
- Match The Shutters To The Property
It’s easy enough to focus on a single room and forget about the rest of the house. If you stand outside, you should be able to look at all the windows in your house as a whole. Your property looks good with matched windows. Whether you are doing the upper level or lower level first, you need to make sure that all the window shutters match. It brings about a great visual impact and also increases your property value.
- Choose The Right Material
Solid timber is the common material of choice for shutters. Fast-grown woods (basswood), plastics (polyvinyl), and even wood composites (medium-density fiberboard or MDF) are some popular options, each having their benefits.
- Shutters made of solid wood usually cost more than others but are readily available to enhance the beauty of any room.
- Composites are known to be the most affordable of all.
- Plastic shutters are resistant to warp and moisture, thereby being ideal for bathrooms.
When choosing the material, you need to consider three factors, such as the look of the shutter (in combination with other decor items), the room (where the shutters will be installed), and the budget.
- Spend On Louvres
Choosing the larger louver blades and wider shutters provides the option of maximizing light in any room without necessarily opening or folding back the shutters fully. Larger louvers are perfect for windows with a leaded-light style. Most people opt for medium-size louver blades depending on the size of their windows but it allows a lot of light inside the house thereby making the window appear larger.
Take your time to find the best window shutters for your home to increase the overall appeal of your house effortlessly and sensibly.