Regardless if you choose to have shutters for your windows to keep light out, to match the architectural style of the house and of the neighbourhood, if you look to protect your windows or to keep noise out, for better heat isolation or to prevent condensation, be they only decorative or truly functional, shutters allow you a great deal of customization in regards to the material they are made of, the size and style they can be crafted to match and most of all in regards to the paint finishes.
First of all you should consider the style your shutters should comply to, be it traditional or modern, so that it best compliments your outdoor house design and matches the neighborhood architecture. The various types of shutters and material used in their manufacturing will lend themselves to any decor as to complement any style for exterior or interior decoration you have in mind. The most popular shutters are the three and a half lovre made shutters. the size of the louvre actually determines the amount of light which will enter the house when the shutters are open.
The second consideration you should make is in regards to the function your shutters should service. If the main concern is for privacy the best choice is the divider type shutters which both allow light in the room but keep the bottom side of the window closed. If your shutters are only meant to service a decorative purpose you can only have them hinged to the wall and not worry about proper functionality and this is the type that allows the most steps for customization. For intense use you could opt for automated or remote controlled shutters which are the easiest to operate.
Another thing to take into account is the type of mount (inside or outside) as to best suit your house. The most commonly used mount for shutters is the inside mount as it provides the best custom look to the overall architectural style.
The widest range for customization is where color comes in. You can actually paint your shutters in any color you wish or even have different patterns placed onto it. For a most customized look choose neutral color with faux finishes as to pay tribute to the wood they are made out of.
Many homeowners and businesses are finding out why plantation shutters are such a great way to add function, value, and beauty to their homes and offices buildings. Plantation shutters are a relatively inexpensive way to make a big change in the appearance and value of your home. As opposed to the more common shutters that most people are familiar with, plantation shutters are located on the interior of the window, and are fully operational.
Traditional plantation shutters have a rather simple design. They typically are made up of a pair of vertical panels. Sometimes, plantation shutters can be found with more than two panels, rather using a larger number of panels for a more unique look.
The horizontal slats found on the top and bottom of the shutter are referred to as the 'rails'. Some plantation shutters may also contain one or more horizontal rails in the center of the shutter, dividing the plantation shutter into separate tiers. Located on the sides of the shutter, are vertical 'stiles'.
'Louvers' are the parallel slats found between the stiles, which can be tilted and adjusted to allow in more or less light, as well as air flow when the window sash is opened. Louvers can be made in a number of various sizes and shapes, and are normally the most customizable part of these shutters.
The louvers can range in size greatly, allowing for more options. It is important to keep in mind that the wider the louver, the more light and air will be allowed into the room when they are opened.