5 Design Considerations When You’re Designing Custom Shutters
On the face of it custom shutters in Toronto may seem excessive. After all, ordinary off-the-shelf shutters are just as competent at filtering light. But the window is an integral part of the home and the eye wanders towards it far more than one might think. Custom shutters in Toronto can add tremendously to the tone and the ambience your décor exudes.
Custom shutters in Toronto are offered with a very wide selection of customization options. The wood – if, indeed, it is wood you choose – finish, style, installation and alternative accessories can all create a highly bespoke and unique product at a very reasonable price.
With custom shutters you bring the luxury of tailor-made and expressing your creativity without the costs usually expected with it.
Here are some key considerations when you start to design your custom shutters in Toronto. Whereas these tips are written with California shutters primarily in mind, much of this thought can be transferred to other window and shutter installations as well:
- Materials and craftsmanship - The material you choose, the finish, the color, even the texture, should all be at the forefront of your design. Custom shutters in Toronto may appear to work with your décor at first, but simply matching with your existing furniture can be limiting in the long run. Also, saving on materials and build quality may seem wise, but poorly crafted shutters with jarring operation and rough edges will spoil that air of sophistication you had in mind.
- Framing and dividers – Framing is a great tool for setting the tone of the room. Full length shutters of a dark wood can express coziness whereas café shutters (covering half the window) will lend an airy and contemporary feel. This form and function design choice must complement not only your design but ensure you can achieve the desired level of privacy. By using divide rails, you can have different top and bottom shutters.
- Mounting options – Custom shutters in Toronto can be mounted on the inside or the outside of the window. Sometimes mounting options are constrained by your existing window frame. The rule of thumb is to mount shutters on the inside. Mounting shutters outside the window is very much a decision which requires careful balancing with the external molding around your window and the look and feel of your abode.
- Louvre sizes – This is yet another critical aesthetic decision. Smaller louvres will invariably block more light, but work well on smaller windows. Similarly, a large window with larger louvres will let in more light.
- Expert installation – Once your custom shutters in Toronto are designed and ready for installation, be sure to employ a reliable set of hands to install your shutters. Whether an external or internal installation, the installation must be firm enough to handle the daily rigors of opening and closing with loosening or the trim becoming creaky.