09 Feb Shutters – An Open and Shut Case
Believe it or not, the first shutters come from ancient Greece – and they were marble! As shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, wood became the favored material. Shutters have been part of American interiors since colonial times and in the early Victorian era began making their way on the outside of many American houses. Before the days of central heating, shutters, whether in the interior or exterior of a house, would be closed at night to keep heat inside and shield out cold winds.
Today exterior shutters are largely ornamental, but, when used indoors shutters are valued for their ability to control light, view, air flow and to provide privacy while also adding architectural appeal. Shutters are available in an assortment of materials and a variety of louver sizes. The most popular today are plantation shutters with 2 ½” louvers. These wider louvers allow for greater views and light control.
With all the innovations of shutters they work better and last longer than ever before – and the look is available in a variety of materials and finishes.
As history reports, the time-honored material for shutters is 100 percent solid wood. The beautiful variations of grain that you find in wood shutters add character, richness and warmth to the home. The hardwood shutters today offer the beauty and durability of natural wood with a state-of-the-art finish and superior panel construction. Custom wood shutters provide a perfect fit and insulation against summer heat and winter cold for your house.
In addition to the finishes, wood shutters offer a choice of 2 ½-inch and 3 ½-inch louver sizes and a variety of frame types and hinge finishes. To allow for an array of configurations, hinged panels and bi-fold and bypass track systems are available. A cut-out feature for French doors is available along with a rear-tilt option, arches and bay and corner window applications. Wood shutters will work in any décor where you desire a shutter.