The window treatments on the inside of your home that are used to control light and give privacy have to be both functional and stylish. Even though you spent a lot of money on your windows, it is the treatment that is going to be most visible from the inside of your home. For instance, drapes basically cover the window at all time. Similarly, when your blinds are down, you can't even see your actual window sash.
Wooden shutters are an older style of treatment that is still popular for many reasons. Shutters are more substantial than drapes or blinds, but they do have some design features that make them more practical for some people. Wooden shutters are the most practical if your actual windows have wooden sashes.
When the sash and shutter are made out of the same wood, with the same finish, you have a more cohesive fixture. Wood looks great inside your home and can also be coordinated with the style of your furniture, molding, and cabinets.
How Shutters Work
Shutters are attached to the frame of the fixture on hinges, so they open outward just like a door. They are usually free swinging on normal hinges. Shutters can be used on any type of window, whether it is fixed, sliding or casement. On a casement window fixture, the window will open outward, and the shutter will open inward.
Plantation tile style shutters can be completely open and latched to the sidewall. When they are opened, and the shutter is pushed against the wall, it adds a stylish treatment to your fixtures. In fact, some homes have fake plantain shutters on the inside or outside, just to create the style of open shutters. Basically, they still look very stylish when they are left open.
The Functionality of Shutters
There are many functional advantages to owning a window with an actual shutter. First of all, shutter provides an extra layer of insulation to protect your fixture from heat transfer. It creates an extra shield between the glass and your interior. Also, with the shutter, you don't need to use any drawstrings that look sloppy and hang randomly.
Some homeowners will also appreciate the fact that wooden shutters can be refinished, stained, or painted so that they're always changing with your current style. It is easy to update wooden shutters without having to do major construction to your fixtures.
For more information on wooden or storm shutters, contact your local professionals.