Installing custom shutters’ interior is a great way to complete the look of your space. They are an excellent option for homeowners who are looking to make a new home their own. For tips about choosing a custom shutter, take a look at this article!
Choose the shutter materials that meet your budget
When buying new shutters for your home, you may want to think about the material of the shutter. Here are some most common materials: solid wood, basswood, poplar, teak, paulownia, oak, and cherry. These materials are popular because of their durability and aesthetic appeal. Some of the most popular installation methods are DIY or professional. You can purchase shutters at a variety of prices based on the installation method and the type of material used.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative, you can choose waterproof PVC shutters. They have an authentic appearance and can only be painted, not stained. For climates with high humidity, waterproof PVC shutters are the best option.
Choose a style that works with your windows and doors
There are six main styles of window shutters. If you’re not sure which one will work best for your home, check out the following: full height shutters, tier-on-tier shutters, shaped shutters, cafe-style shutters, solid shutters, and tracked/sliding shutters.
Full Height Shutters
Full height shutters are desired for their classic design and versatility. They’re perfect for almost any window type but are best for tall windows. The central dividing rail adds support and style! While the louvers can be adjusted separately to fit your needs. However, if your window is excessively large, we recommend a tracked system instead.
Tier on Tier Shutters
Tier-on-tier shutters are extremely useful because the top and bottom tiers open separately, letting you control the light and fresh air in your space. The bottom/top tier can stay closed for partial light control or privacy while the other is open. Each set of shutters has two panels designed to fit the natural breaks in your window.
Custom-made shutters are the perfect solution when it comes to covering irregular or unique window shapes. They come in many shapes and sizes, like triangular, curved, arched, porthole, half-circle, oval, octagon, angled, sunburst, trapezoid, and elongated. They are often appropriate for windows located in the gable ends, roofs, attics, and eaves.
Cafe Style Shutters
Cafe-style shutters are the perfect choice for homes whose windows are on the ground floor and need a balanced level of privacy and light protection. These window treatments are designed to cover only the bottom section of a window and are popular for first-floor rooms or those with a lovely garden or lake view.
For occupants, solid shutters can be an incredible investment. They can create a blackout effect, block noise, and offer insulation. The best part is that they are hinged vertically, meaning that they are closed or openable.
Tracked / Sliding Shutters
Tracked or sliding shutters are perfect for large windows or doors. The bottom track or sliding mechanism offers stability and smooth operation of the panels. The popular option is bi-fold shutters, which require space as the panels stack back and forth across the window or opening. This type of shutter can be made secure with magnet plates.
Bypass shutters are set in gliders that allow them to move in front of or behind each other. They come in handy for covering openings with a sliding mechanism. And can be opened to cover half the window, or they can be closed to cover the whole thing.
Consider options for your shutter style and design
Mid-rails are offered for both wood and poly, with poly needing a mid-rail at 78 inches and wood needing a mid-rail at 100 inches. A mid-rail allows you to tilt louvers at the top of the shutter open and close separately from the bottom. The adjustable option is very popular because it gives you the ability to let light in while still being private.
Smaller and larger louver sizes vary, and each has its advantage. For example, 2 1/2″ louvers can give a home a more closed-in feeling and allow less light into the space. For better visibility and more light, 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, and sometimes 5 1/2″ louver sizes are used. It’s all personal preference, so you can’t go wrong.
There are two options for mounting: the outside mount or the inside mount. We recommend an inside mount when you have decorative trim on your windows. Shutters will attach directly to the window frame with hinges or a small wooden frame on the bottom of the shutter. It’s sometimes called an “L” frame. If not, the outside mount frames give your windows a finished look. The L frame sits outside the window opening, and the Z frame overlaps the corners of the window opening.
Hidden tilt refers to the rod that controls the louvers, whether it is placed on the back or front of the shutter. The traditional placement is on the front center of the shutter, but the hidden tilt is an upcharge and provides a cleaner and more modern feel. It’s all up to you!
Choose a color scheme that matches your interior decor
One of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your home is the color of your shutters. The right colors will help you elevate your space. To choose, consider using white as your interior plantation shutters. White is a versatile color, so it’s never boring. Plus, you can always change the color if it becomes unsatisfying. You can even change to a new color scheme with a simple shutter color change!
Transform Your Home With Goodwood Shutters
Goodwood Shutters is a China-based custom shutter company and has been manufacturing and exporting the finest, hand-crafted interior window shutters since 1995. Plantation shutters are a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal and security. They improve not just their looks but also their functionality. Learn more about How to Import Plantation Shutters from China, or contact us today to get a free quote.