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5 Tips for Purchasing the Perfect Shutters for Your Toronto Home

wood-shutter-projectThe moment that you decide to purchase interior shutters for your Toronto home, you’re going to end up with a lot of questions. There are some things you should certainly look at and consider in order to ensure that they are perfect for your home.

The only true way to get perfect shutters is to take the time to make sure that they are exactly what you need and that they have the functionality that you are looking for.

Here are 5 tips to help you find and purchase those perfect shutters for your Toronto home.

1. Consider the louver size. Shutters generally come in a wide range of sizes, not just the overall size but also the louvers. You may be more familiar with the thinner, narrower louver slats, but plantation shutters (wider louvers) can provide an interesting appearance to any room in your home.

Larger windows or rooms should do best with larger louvers. The narrower louvers are more ideal for smaller windows.

2. Natural or painted. Depending on the interior colors of your home, you may find the natural wood finish to complement your windows better than painted shutters. If you have hardwood floors and a lot of natural wood furniture, then this would be your safer bet.

However, you can paint shutters any color you want (assuming you choose wood shutters).

3. Horizontal or vertical. You will be able to choose between the more traditional horizontal slatted shutters and vertical shutters. Either one is going to offer you the control over light and privacy that you want, but you may prefer vertical slats to more traditional horizontal ones.

The way sunlight will enter your home will differ, so it’s an important consideration to make.

4. Construction material. The most common materials used in shutter construction today are wood and vinyl, though you may find some other materials.

More homeowners throughout Toronto agree that natural wood shutters are simply better looking than anything else for the interior of your home. They will generally cost more than vinyl, but the expense is well worth the investment.

5. The tilt bar. You may be given an option for the tilt bar on your new shutters. Choose the long staples option rather than the long metal vein slotted through the length of the bar with hooks. The latter is loose and not well refined. The former option is more solid and simply looks and feels better.

Louvered Doors: the Ingenious Space Saver

Louvered Doors ClosetMany homeowners move into their new houses and think that they have an unlimited amount of space. Especially if they are coming from a small apartment or smaller house, something larger will almost invariably appear as though you’re never going to fill all that space up. Then one day you stop and look around and realize that you just don’t have the kind of space you thought you did.

Louvered doors can help with that situation. Louvered doors are lightweight shutter-style doors and they can do a lot to help create more storage space in a variety of situations.

If you have a room that you plan to -or have- split into two purposes, such as a den and office area together, it can be difficult to separate the two spaces. You may consider building a wall between the two, but that type of home renovation is too much to take on.

Using a series of louvered doors, sort of in the style of a screen, this can isolate one section of the room, providing a bit of privacy but also creating the illusion of having more rooms and space.

You may also have a lot of items or boxes that you don’t want to store in the damp basement. These might be stacked along the wall in one of the bedrooms. Using louvered doors can close these in and create a makeshift closet area. Suddenly you’re not having to stare at all of those boxes any longer and that can be a positive benefit.

You can even use wood shutters to create closet space where you have cubbies or other open shelf systems installed in the walls. By using shutters, you end up hiding what’s being stored inside, which is ideal for things that are not visually appealing.

There are so many things that you can do with louvered doors and wood shutters that can take a simple storage issue or room dilemma and convert it into comfortable working or living space.

Choosing Shutter Louver Slat Sizes

louvered-doors-main2When 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.