Here are a few things to keep I'm mind when selecting them versus other window treatment options.
Shutters provide a bit of architectural detail to any room. They have structure, cleanliness, and are a classic option for most of us. They're great if you suffer from allergies as well as they may be wiped down too.
What they will not provide is a maximized view unless
they're swung fully open. Thus, you need to determine if you have the space to swing each door open. If you prefer to have some of your view constantly blocked for privacy, then shutters are a great option. The louvers are easy to tilt to
allow sunlight and manipulate the view.
Home owners or builders are often tempted to install shutters in every window. It's a consistent look for sure, but it can also become boring because you haven't taken the design of each space into consideration. Is the view better on one side of the house? Is the aesthetic more romantic and soft? Is there a heat build up that needs to be
addressed to better control the room temperature? Try to think of each space individually.
Wood? Composite? A wood frame with composite lovers?
Wood - is best suited to
environments that remain a consistent temperature and humidity. Just like solid
wood floors, the environment can adversely affect them. They cost about 1/4 more that faux shutters. They're also a good choice if you have a green conscious regarding the materials used in your home or if you're a purist at heart.
Composite - these shutters are a type of compressed board similar to an MDF board that are wrapped in vinyl. This type is a great option for durability, practicality, and a
fluctuation in environmental conditions. Few will be able to tell the difference between composite vs. wood unless you touch the louvers.
Vinyl Hybrid -This has a wood frame with a vinyl louver. This is a great option for larger windows that span a room. Because a vinyl frame is limited in the width it can accommodate due to sagging. Often the frame is made of solid wood. Thus, the shutter size of a window unit may be increased without the issue of sagging.
What is the color choice for your shutter? Would you like them to blend in with the trim color? Create a bold statement in a contrasting stain? Decide if this shutter is a feature to the space or simply a background element. Again, each space will require a fresh approach.
Selecting shutters for your home is not a "one fits all" solution to privacy. Remember to think about each space and what you're trying to achieve. How do you want people to feel? When in doubt, consider your budget, duration in the home, and which rooms will give you the maximum impact. - Anita Bhattacharya Oates, NCIDQ