The shutter collection has come a long way in terms of having all kinds of shutters for both the interior and exterior of your house, and it is nothing like it used to be. For a long time, wooden shutters, especially cedar shutters, have been the most common, though you can get shutters made of other materials such as vinyl if you prefer.
When it comes to purchasing shutters, there are many things to consider, including the style, the sort of finish you choose, the panel configuration, and last but not least, your budget.
Traditional or plantation shutters are the two types available in terms of design. This are the two most popular forms available for purchase. Traditional shutters have thin shutter panels that are commonly shaped like a wedge, wider in the front and thinner in the back, while plantation shutters have much thicker, smooth shutter panels, so the option is yours based on your tastes.
I picked traditional shutters because they went well with the Venetian blinds I already had, but that was just me. Obviously, we all have various preferences, so unless you want to replace the window coverings entirely, it’s a smart idea to see what will look good for the ones you have now.
When it comes to the finish, often people use natural-looking shutters and paint them to achieve the perfect look. Another common option is to use white paint or a variety of shades of white, but you can use pretty much any colour you choose. It’s really up to you, but most shutter firms can market them with either a wood tone or a white finish. I’ve seen pink and yellow coloured houses in Scotland that have gone ahead and painted their shutters in the same colours, but it’s really up to you.
When it comes to shutter panel setup, it all depends on the height of the window and the model you want, since there is some versatility in making more or less panels than normal. If you choose, you may get shutters designed to your specifications. If a standard-sized window has 20 panels but you like 30, you can ask the shutter manufacturer to make the panels narrower to suit your needs. This is, though, a more costly choice, and if you’re on a budget, you’ll be best off just going for what’s open.