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Upgrade Your Décor with Interior Shutters

california-650Tired of trying to keep your curtains clean or keep the cat off the drapes? You could run to the nearest home improvement store and buy plastic blinds but is that the look you really want? Nothing against the popularity of window blinds, but you should at least consider the convenience and reliability of real wood shutters.

Interior shutters are the ticket for a truly flexible, hassle-free window treatment. You will appreciate the number of looks, both classic and contemporary, that shutters can create when fashioned from wood, vinyl, metal, or fabric.

If you have oddly shaped or off-size windows, interior shutters are the perfect solution. While blinds and curtains tend to work more for windows with right angles, interior shutters can be customized to fit in any size or shape window. The most elaborately curved windows need only a few extra measurements. In fact, for new construction, the versatility of shutters can specifically allow for you to play with unique window shapes. Although shutters are generally linked to a country-style decor, larger plantation shutters are a great idea for contemporary-style homes.

Putting in interior shutters is a bit more complicated than adding blinds, however. You can install them yourself if you have moderate carpentry skills, but most homeowners opt to hire a professional to install custom-made shutters. This helps explain why interior shutters are, on average, a more expensive project than other window coverings. The prices may seem steep to some homeowners, but custom-designed and professionally installed coverings provide permanent window treatments that are far more durable and have a longer life than any other option.

Not only are interior shutters great for darkening the room and affording privacy and security, they also improve your home’s energy efficiency. During the summer, keep your window shutters closed from mid-morning to sunset to keep the harsh sunlight from heating your home. Then throw them open, along with the windows, after sunset or whenever moderate temperatures prevail and you should see some relief in your monthly utility bills.

Most interior shutters made today include louvered slats. This allows them to be swung open or opened like blinds. The biggest drawback of a standard shutter is that it’s difficult to control the exact amount of light that enters a room. Louvered slats fix that problem. They also improve on the idea of standard blinds by creating decorative wings for your windows when the shutters are opened.

Call Canada Custom Shutters today for a free quote and discussion with one of our design experts. We offer custom manufacturing. This means that any shape or size shutters or louvered doors that you require, we will deliver and install.

Choosing the Right Room Divider for Your Space

4-P BLACK 600 x 700Room dividers have been growing in popularity with interior designers for the past decade or so. They add functionality along with an antique-type flare to your space. The overall design of dividers has not changed much; they are simple, graceful, and effective pieces of décor. No matter your decor or home-style you will find no difficulty in finding a room divider that will flow.

There are two main functions of a room divider or screen: to give a space separation and enhance its aesthetic appeal. If you have a dark and rather small space benefit from a brightly colored room divider screen in a corner. With limited space you may not have the ability to hang much or paint the walls (this is usually the case with rentals) but you can put a screen anywhere. A pale screen with a nice design in a dark bedroom is the perfect way to brighten it up and also to give you a little bit more in the way of privacy when you need to dress.

If you have a large, open, sunny space you want to base your divider choose on your décor. You can choose pretty much any color or pattern that will complement or contrast your current style. When you have this open-ended of an option you might consider looking an antique screen or investing in a custom design. These pieces are beautiful and finding or creating a unique one can be fun and rewarding.

A divider is a wonderful addition for your home office or a shared bedroom as well. In many households, Mom and Dad share an office and kids share a bedroom. Even if space isn’t an issue, everyone values privacy. Adding a screen to these rooms will give them separation without closing them off.

For smaller rooms, we recommend taking a look at our Shoji Screen line. The Japanese designs are pale in color, which will add the illusion of more space, and the simplicity will not overwhelm the room. These screen also make wonderful wall art and are easy to hang on any wall.