Have you given window shutters any thought when planning your home decor?
Shutters are a great option for people wishing to update their home. Not only are they a relatively easy to do, small-scale job in comparison to other renovation projects. But they still make a big difference to the overall aesthetic of a property. They also up the value of a home, which is something to keep in mind if you might be considering selling up anytime soon.
They even have a tonne of hidden benefits including reduced energy bills. Easy maintenance And are very versatile.
But there isn't just one standard choice. You will have a whole host of options available to you.
Shutter type The two major types you will be choosing between are solid, or louvred (the ones with slats) shutters. You can get one, the other, or both combined.
Which one is best for you will depend not only on the look you prefer but on what you want from your new additions. Louvred shutters can come with slats that open and close, meaning you will have more control over lighting. While solid shutters are the best for insulation. www.ozaukeecountyhomes.com
Style No matter what shape your windows are there's a shutter to fit them. But on top of shapes, shutters come in many different styles.
Cafe style: where only the bottom half of the window is fitted with a shutter leaving the top half exposed.
Tier on tier: Where the whole window is fitted with four separate shutters (two on the top half, two on the bottom) that can all be opened and closed independently of each other.
Full height: Probably the first style that comes to mind when you think shutters. These are the traditional kind, two full sized shutters on either side of the window.
Construction For the majority of windows, a pair of shutters works excellently. However, if you have a larger area of glass to cover, such as French doors. You may prefer a different design option, such as large shutters that can be folded up to open. They are made up of a few different panels that are joined by hinges.
Material Hardwood is the most used material due to its durability. With specific species of wood (like mahogany) proving to be particularly equipped to resist rotting and insect problems.
Although depending on the room, engineered wood may be a better choice. For example the bathroom, due to the amount of moisture the shutters will be exposed to.
Finish This is where you get to fully customise the design of your shutters.
For a traditional, natural look, stains are a great choice that allows you to keep the appearance of natural wood.
For a look that compliments other aspects of your colour scheme, paint is always an option. Although if your personal taste is quite unique, it might be worth choosing a more universally accepted neutral colour for the purposes of selling your property. But if you're not planning on moving anytime soon, then go to town.
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