Delightful window design solutions
There are plenty of different options available when it comes to dressing windows; one of the growing trends at the moment is to opt for window shutters. These can have a contemporary or traditional feel according to their design, and can give a room more character than perhaps would the more commonly seen drapes. As they can be made to fit all sizes of windows this is an option that is available for any home, and they can also be designed to fit in well with any type of decor. Before deciding on window shutters for your home, Schantz Home Improvement recommends checking your windows for drafts or cracks. Repair or replace any windows that show damage before investing in window treatments.
Having attractive shutters fitted to the windows can certainly enhance the look of a room, and this is certainly something worthy of consideration, particularly for those rooms with large windows. Other benefits of having shutters fitted include their good insulating qualities, the protection they provide from the rays of the sun that can damage furnishings, and they also offer complete privacy when fully closed.
Shutters are a good value for money investment at the moment. They are not terribly expensive and have a good lifespan. It is also possible to find a bargain when shopping for shutters; a quick look at sites such as www.theshutterstore.com/Discount-shutters/ will illustrate just how much money can be saved. When ordering, it is also possible to choose from a variety of color options so that the shutters will be supplied to tone in with the existing décor of the room.
Window shutters can be installed so that they fit within a window recess close to the glass, alternatively they can be mounted so that they are fitted to the interior wall around the window opening. Most shutters are designed so that they fold up in sections so that opening them takes up less space than if the panel was in one piece. It all depends upon the space available and the personal preference of the homeowner as to which type of installation will be best.
Different shutter types
There are several different types and styles of shutters to choose from when dressing a window. Plantation shutters come in a range of size options. A popular choice is the half-height shutter, which is also referred to as cafe style. These offer privacy without blocking out a great deal of light. These shutters are designed to cover just the lower half of the window.
Double-hung shutters are another option, and in some cases they are referred to as tier on tier shutters. The shutter covers the whole of the window but divides horizontally so that the same benefits as with the half shutter are available. The design allows the tiers to be opened or closed as desired to provide extra light or block out bright sunlight. They can also be closed completely to provide total privacy.
Full height shutters tend to be the most popular option. Adjusting the louvers on these shutters will control the amount of light entering the room. The panels on this type of shutter tend to be wider and can make the window area look a lot less fussy – ideal for a smaller window space.