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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.

Benefits of French Doors

French DoorsFrench doors can transform a room. They let in natural light, provide a view onto the outdoors, and they should also be a design feature in themselves.

French Doors have always been a great way to make your home a more inviting and aesthetically pleasing place. Allowing light to flow into your living space can really make a room a more enjoyable place to be and this is why many people choose to have French Doors on their homes, in the summer they can be left open to let air blow through and allow easy access to your garden as they generally do not have a central mullion. In the colder seasons they are nice to have as they allow you to see your garden and observe nature while being energy efficient and great at insulation.

They can also be used indoors as room dividers, the benefits of this over a standard connecting door are that it allows your home to still feel spacious whilst the doors are closed and allows you to only heat the room/section of your house that you are using without the heat being lost to other parts of the house. This is also very beneficial to offices and other working spaces if a department needs a quiet working area without feeling closed in.

Sliding French doors or louvered French doors make the most of your room because you don’t need to leave space for the doors to open–you can use that space for furniture or indoor plants that accentuate the connection between the interior and the garden.

You might also decide to replace old French doors with new ones. The advantages of modern French doors over older ones include:

Improved home security

Improved energy efficiency and insulation

Improved durability

Reduced maintenance

You could have your French doors fitted with opaque glass for privacy or you could opt for tinted glass if they get direct sunlight.

Most homeowners tend to choose French doors mainly for their aesthetic quality, because they add a sense of sophisticated beauty to large and smaller homes alike. The prolific use of glass allows more light to penetrate, especially when being used in exterior doors. Whenever a home is designed to allow more natural light in this always equates to a reduction in the use of electricity, and in addition natural light brightens a home in a way that no light bulb can compare.

Why Is A Room Divider Better Than A Wall?

Room DividerRoom dividers are not just for those living in studio apartments; they can have a great affect in any space. When you want to segment, or partially segment, a room, you can put up a wall or half wall, but it’s much simpler and easier to add a room divider. There is a need for division of space and use, while maintaining flexibility and a sense of openness.

The divider you choose can be something as simple as a bookcase you already have or something artistically designed like the dividers we offer. Maximizing your space, while keeping your home comfortable, is key to loving where you live. Here are some ideas to consider when setting up your rooms:

Bookcases make excellent room dividers for a more architectural look that also provides great storage. Open bookcases (those with no backs) are light and airy in feel, but standard cases will provide a level of privacy and are a great idea for blocking off a bedroom area. It’s very important that these cases be bolted or otherwise stabilized so that they can’t be pushed over.

For a lighter look and more flexibility than book case dividers, room screens provide a more solid look than curtain dividers, but are movable and highly decorative. Shoji screens offer a clean yet exotic look that can sit on the floor or be hung from the ceiling. Paneled screens can be painted, mirrored or dressed with photographs, small paintings or fabric. These traditional room dividers are the most personalized and decorative of the category.

For a more expensive option, panel track systems usually used on windows can also be used as room dividers. These offer a modern, high-tech look that is attractive and functional. Cover up a kitchen wall or the bedroom area. Panels are modern looking yet provide a great deal of privacy without totally blocking the light. This is an excellent option for those looking for a clean look in their space. Installing the tracks that the panels hang from could require the help of a handyman.