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What to Consider When Choosing Interior Shutters for Your Home

Not all interior shutters for a home are the same; there are different styles and materials from which to choose. Because there are so many options for window shutters, both those for the interior and exterior, you want to give some time to choosing the right ones for your home. Indoor shutters are an investment for your home's appearance, but they also need to be functional in blocking out light, so you want to be happy with your choice for years to come. Keep the following in mind.

1. Material

You may think of shutters as only being made of wood, but there are actually vinyl and plastic options available as well. These materials are better for bathrooms, basements and any area where there may be excessive moisture and humidity. That moisture in the air can eventually warp and rot wood shutters. Many vinyl and plastic shutters are cut and stamped to look like wood, if you prefer a wood grain but know that plastic or vinyl would be a better choice for cleaning and durability.

Aluminium shutters are very lightweight, and they may be a good choice for larger windows where oversized shutters can be too cumbersome to open and close or if they were to put excessive weight on a window frame or doorframe. 

If you don't need to worry about moisture and humidity, wood shutters can offer a classic look that new homebuyers might appreciate. If you know you might put your home on the market sometime soon, you might consider wood shutters.

2. Style

As with material, there are more styles of interior shutters than you may realize. Cottage shutters swing open, as you see with exterior shutters. You need enough room to open these completely and have them sit flat against the wall next to the window, but cottage shutters can give your home a very rustic, country look.

Plantation shutters are those that have slats which open and close. They may or may not be attached with a hinge. If you need maximum space savings, plantation shutters can be the right choice. You can keep them in place and then open the slats alone. However, if you don't have those attached with a hinge, you may not get maximum sunlight even if the slats are open.

West coast plantation shutters are larger than standard plantation shutters; they were made to accommodate very large, floor-to-ceiling windows. The slats are also larger. They too may be attached with or without a hinge. For door walls or if you think smaller slats are too busy or cluttered, consider west coast plantation shutters instead.