When it comes down to it, the right choice of louver or shutter slat is a matter of personal preference. You cannot make this decision by simply looking at the size of the louvered shutters on their own,; you need to factor in the size of the window and the shutters, the color you’re interested in, and the number of panels you’re choosing for your shutters.
When it comes to décor of any kind, including shutters, less is more is the general rule of thumb. Current trends show customers want to maximize the feeling of space within their homes going with wider shutter panels or having a lesser quantities of shutter panels on the window. Both help make the window and the room feel a lot more open.
Large sized louvers are about 3 ½ inches and have been growing in popularity for the past few years as the desire of for more openness in interior spaces has increased. The standard 2 ½ inch shutter slats remain the most popular choice but the larger slats are a close second.
The reason these large louvers are being favored is that the slats are spaced further apart, which give a larger gap between the louvers. This allows more natural light into the room. It also gives you greater control over the light in your rooms. If desired, you can of course tilt the shutters’ louvers at an angle. If you want extra privacy or to reduce the amount of light into the room, you could do so as well. With most customers buying shutters and not opening the panels, going for a wider slat such as the 3 1/2” helps them get maximum light flexibility.
But what if you’re not interested in the natural light features or you feel that the large louvers do not match the style of your home? In these cases, a smaller louver is recommended. Same goes for country cottages or houses with smaller windows.
If you’re not sure what size of louvers are best for you, call us today and we’ll discuss all of your options and give you style suggestions. We also offer custom manufacturing to make sure you get exactly what you want for your home.