You just returned from your local Home and Garden Show. You have been inundated with literature, presentations, demonstrations, limited time offers, coupons, balloons, pencils, yard sticks, chip clips, and can coozies. Despite all of the distractions, you may have actually discovered a few feasible and worthwhile home improvements.
Home shows often feature a few companies selling window coverings. Their booths may display curtains, drapes, wood blinds, aluminum blinds, roman shades, and interior window shutters. Out of all of the window treatment choices at a convention, indoor shutters are the best investment for the short and long term. Interior shutters are versatile and blend well with most any house décor. Shutters add strength, symmetry, and sophistication. If furnishings and overall interior design is modified, the shutters will most likely remain.
The life expectancy of interior shutters is far beyond other window coverings. Drapes may fade, blinds may bend, and roman shades may get dingy, but window shutters remain steadfast. Well constructed shutters endure intense sunlight, years of daily use, and clean easily with a damp towel.
Hardwood shutters can be stained, allowing the natural wood grain to add rich classic character. Painted shutters add brightness fusing easily with the window opening. Each piece of a quality wood indoor shutter is constructed with the attention of heirloom furniture. Closed, window shutters eliminate much of the outside light and provide excellent privacy. Traditional shutters use narrow 1-1/4 inch louvers, and plantation shutters use wider louvers.
Home show exhibitors also showcase exterior shutters to beautify the outside of your home. Outside shutters are offered in many styles, including louvered, raised panel, board and batten, and bahama. Often vinyl, composite, and wood shutters are presented. In sourh Florida, the Florida Keys, Texas, New Orleans and other souther regions hurricane shutters are popular and necessary and well represented at home shows.
Local retailers of both interior and exterior shutters will tell you that shutters should be installed by a “certified shutter installer”. In fact, most shutters, with the proper instruction, can be installed by a do-it-yourself homeowner.
Garden and home shows are popular throughout the United States. Use your best discretion to determine the best supplier for your window shutters. Do consider purchasing shutters online. Many online shutter companies sell a quality product and ship direct to your door.