Choosing Interior Wood Shutters A distinct alternative to traditional curtains and upholstered window treatments, interior wood shutters bring a unique set of qualities to the decor of a room. These qualities rest on the style of shutter, which depending on decor of a room, can help maximize the practical and aesthetic appeal. While shutter styles depend largely on individual taste, there are some basic styles of shutters to help guide the decision making process.
Traditional style interior wood shutters have always been popular among homeowners and decorators for a number of reasons. Traditional styles have always been popular in large part because their versatility allows them to blend in with both contemporary and traditional home furnishings. Aside from their widespread appeal, the practical aspects are also an important point to consider. Their individual slats, known as louvers, are typically 1 1/2 inches or 1 1/4 inches wide. The smaller width of the louvers grants better light and privacy control. Traditional styles are also found in different types: cafe style or double tiered. Cafe style indoor shutters cover the bottom half of the window while leaving the top half uncovered by the shutters. In contrast, double tiered models cover the entire window.
Plantation style indoor wood shutters are a decidedly more contemporary counterpart of the traditional styles. Their differences rest partly on the size of the louvers which are decidedly larger than in traditional shutters.
Plantation styles have louvers 3 or 3 1/2 inches in width. The wider louvers are designed to allow greater amounts of natural light into a room when fully open. While closed, wide louvers still allows minimal light to enter while ensuring that privacy is not compromised at all when the shutters are closed. Like with traditional shutters, plantation shutters can also be customized into cafe or double tiered styles.
Lastly, depending on humidity or the intensity of sunlight expected to hit the shutters, homeowners may prefer substitutes to natural wood in order to avoid potential damage. Faux wood, for instance, or other durable materials can be used to manufacture the shutter system itself as well as the individual louvers to maximize the life of the investment. Selecting the appropriate materials for the shutters along with following manufacturer cleaning and care instructions should ensure that interior wood shutters are well preserved.