4 Plantation Shutters Design Ideas for Fall

tree shutterAs Fall slowly comes into homes bringing cooler temperatures and thoughts of holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, it is the perfect time to consider your window treatments. Maybe you’re going to have people over the holidays and you want your home to be in tip top shape or possibly after all of the summer fun, you now have time to kick back in your home and take stock of what parts need a little updating. Whatever your thoughts are, now is a great time to consider some new design ideas for fall.

1. Energy Efficient Shutters – One of the best ideas for upgrading your window coverings is Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer. Thermalite™ shutters are the best synthetic shutters available. They look and feel just like wood, but they are longer lasting and they insulate more than two times as much as wood. Not only will you save on heating and cooling costs, if you choose these smart, eco-friendly shutters, you may even be eligible for a federal tax credit.

2. Plantation Shutters on Patio Doors – Whether you have French doors, sliding doors or any other style of door, adding plantation shutters to your doors will add a bit of privacy for when the relatives come to give thanks and eat some sweet potato pie. They will also help keep the cold out when you’re carving pumpkins and getting the little ones ready for trick or treating. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of space or if your door is a bit unusual. Danmer can customize shutters to fit any door or window.

3. Masterpiece Shutters – Did you go somewhere magical on vacation over the summer and you aren’t quite ready to let it go? Or do you have a favorite photo that you would love to see larger than life? With Danmer Masterpiece Shutters you choose a photograph or art and it is reprinted in high quality onto your shutters. When the louvers are closed, it creates a seamless image for you to enjoy year round.

4. Double or split shutters – If you are in the market for new shutters, consider double hung shutters for windows where you want a little more versatility. They work great in bathrooms and kitchens where you may want light, but you also want a bit of privacy. Open the top set while leaving the bottom ones closed to let in air and light without having the entire window exposed. This style can also help control heating and cooling costs because you do not need to open the entire area just to get a little light in.

Any time of the year is a good time to upgrade and redecorate. Let the design experts at Danmer help you with all of your questions regarding high quality window coverings.

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Can You Use Plantation Shutters & Drapes Together?

couch shuttersWhen it comes to window treatments, there are plenty of different preferences. Some like shutters while others prefer drapes. But what if you want to mix two different treatments together? Can you use plantation shutters and drapes together? Sure! Why not?

Reasons for Adding Drapes to Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters create an air of sophistication in your home. Custom made shutters fit perfectly within the window frame and on their own they offer a complete, finished look. However, some prefer adding curtains or drapes in addition to the shutters. This can be done for different reasons.

Maybe you want to add another layer to block out all light. Someone who regular needs to sleep when the sun is out or just prefers a very dark room may be interested in adding dark or even blackout drapes over the shutters. This way they can be pulled closed when necessary, but drawn back to reveal the shutters when completely darkness isn’t needed.

Some people just like the look of drapes. Shutters do a great job of covering the window and the different colors and styles allow for quite a bit of customization. However, with all of the fabrics available adding drapes or curtains to the window as well will give the window a slightly different look.

Adding Valances and Tiebacks

You can also add valances or tiebacks over shutters for decoration. While they won’t do much in terms of covering the window, many people prefer this look. Choose from a variety of matching valances and tiebacks to complement the colors and look and feel of the room.

This is a particularly great idea in kids’ rooms where their sense of style may change quickly. The shutters will last many, many years which means lots of changing opinions, favorite colors and maturing tastes. From baby blue to fire engine red, you can swap out drapes, curtains and tiebacks to change up the look while continuing to take advantage of the high-quality, long-lasting shutters.

The most important thing to remember is to create a design that you like and will be happy with. That’s the beauty of custom shutters. You don’t have to buy off the shelf ideas that other people have already come up with. Your windows are your canvas to design and style however you see fit. Danmer can help you fit window treatments that you’ll love for years and years to come.

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Do’s & Don’t’s of Window Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Window Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Window Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are beautiful and functional. They allow in lots of light and air and they also create a nice, large opening out to a patio or backyard. However, the problem with sliding glass doors is figuring out how to cover them. Don’t worry. There are plenty of great window treatments for sliding doors, especially at Danmer Custom Shutters.

When it comes time to dress your sliding glass doors, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Here are some do’s and don’t’s for installing window shutters on sliding glass doors.

Do Consider the Look of the Room

One of the first things to think about when you want to cover sliding glass doors is how you want the shutters to look. This will depend in large part on the current décor of the room. Danmer will customize your shutters to match the look of any room whether you choose wood or synthetic material shutters painted or stained in any color. Consider a classic wood finish, a paint color that will blend in with the walls, or choose an accent color to bring out the beauty of your custom shutters. Custom shutters will last a very long time, so whatever you select make sure it complements the room and suits your unique sense of style.

Don’t Try to Handle All of the Measuring and Design

Lots of things need to be considered when measuring for shutters. First you may have to choose between bi-fold, bi-pass and other designs. Each comes with their own measuring considerations. For example you may have to account for the door handle. A protruding door handle reduces can interfere with opening and closing shutter louvers. While it is possible to get rough measurements on your own, the best idea is to leave it to the experts. That way you’ll know for sure that the shutters will be built and fit perfectly.

Do Consider Heating and Cooling Bills

Not all shutters are considered equal. Consider shutters that will insulate better, helping to save money on heating and cooling costs. For example, Danmer’s Thermalite™ synthetic shutters insulate more than 3 times greater than wood and you may even qualify for a federal tax credit.

Of course, when you choose Danmer Custom Shutters you won’t have to worry about making these decisions on your own. Our highly-trained shutter design experts will walk you through the process and make sure that you receive the perfect window treatments for any window in your home.

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5 Window Shutters Design Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home

tree shutterDoes your home need a little sprucing up? Maybe your family room lacks pizazz. Or your bedroom is blah and boring. Installing customer shutters is a great way to add style and sophistication to your home. Shutters are practical too because they keep out light and sound and can even save you money on your electricity costs. Here are some fun ways to add a splash of personality to any door or window in your home.

1. Masterpiece Danmer custom shutters

Create a completely new look with shutters that display a picture. Choose art or photography and the high-resolution image can be printed on your custom-made shutters. The flat louvers fold down to create a seamless picture that is sure to be the focal point of the room. Whether you like classical art or you crave beautiful scenery like majestic mountains or a palm tree lined beach; these unique shutters will add individual style and beauty to your room.

2. Engraved shutters

Danmer also offers beautiful engraved shutters with a tone-on-tone look. These shutters provide a subtle touch of elegance and style with carefully engraved images of palms, lilies, boats, leaves and more. Or create your own design. Engraved shutters are offered in many different finishes to perfectly match your décor.

3. The Kitchen is a Room

Not everyone considers the kitchen a room for shutters. Custom window shutters can add great accents and ambience to your kitchen. So if you’re considering a kitchen spruce up, be sure to consider window shutters.

4. Unique shapes

Do you think that hexagon or round window can never be properly covered? Think again. Because Danmer makes handcrafted, custom shutters, they can be made to fit any window to create a fun look. Add “fan-top” shutters to a window with a rounded edge or perfectly fitted shutters to any shaped window. Style meets function with these fun-shaped shutters because not only are you sprucing up the room; you’ll also be able to keep out unwanted light and noise.

5. Add shutters to doors

Custom made shutters aren’t just for windows anymore. You can add shutters to all kinds of doors including French doors, sliding doors and even bi-fold doors. These gorgeous shutters add elegant sophistication to your room; not to mention a little privacy.

If your home needs a little facelift, consider adding unique, custom shutters to your doors and windows. There are many different styles and colors to choose from to match your décor and personal sense of style. Have fun and start designing your new shutters today.

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The Complete Guide to Cleaning Window Shutters

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Have you let your beautiful, handcrafted custom shutters get dirty and dusty? Custom

shutters add personality and style to any room, but dust and cobwebs can really dampen the effect. Just like everything else in your home, shutters need to be cleaned regularly. Whether you’ve chosen premium hardwood shutters or synthetic insulated shutters; just follow these simple steps to keep your shutters looking new for years to come.

Wood Shutters

Materials:

  • Microfiber cloth or dusting cloth
  • Water

Instructions:

Cleaning custom shutters is one of the easiest chores in your home. All you need is a damp cloth. As needed all you need to do is wet a clean cloth and simply wipe down you shutters and then dry with a clean cloth. It is that simple. No need for any cleaner or polish.

** No need to use solvents or abrasive solutions on any shutters. These substances may actually cause warping and scratching.

Take the time to clean your Danmer custom shutters regularly and they’ll continue to be a beautiful addition to your home’s décor.

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Using Shutters with Curtains – How to Guide

Shutters with curtainsLooking for great ideas that use both shutters and curtains for window coverings? Both shutters and curtains have their own, unique benefits and when you put them together you can create a beautiful, elegant look that complements your décor.

Reasons for Using Shutters with Curtains

There are a couple different reasons for covering windows with both shutters and curtains. Using both options gives you lots of versatility. For example, you could open the curtains but keep the shutters closed for privacy. Another reason for installing both shutters and curtains is the double benefit they provide. Curtains may match your décor, but they don’t keep out the light. And everything that shutters do, like keep heating and cooling costs down and blocking the light and noise, curtains help by providing an extra layer.

Shutters and Curtains – Creating the Perfect Look

Danmer can help you add custom-made shutters and curtains in your home to perfectly match the look of any room. Consider the many options.

Long flowing curtains look great over windows that have shutters. Choose similar colors for a uniform look, or pick contrasting colors to create a bold, modern look. Often shutters are painted white or they are made with stained wood. Either option looks great with a beautiful blue, orange, or yellow curtain.

Café shutters also go well with curtains. If you want some privacy, but still want to enjoy the view from the window, install shutters on the lower half of the window. The curtains will provide the extra covering for those times when you aren’t enjoying the view.

The combination of curtains and shutters works really well in bedrooms where many people want it to be as dark as possible. Black out window coverings aren’t usually as stylish, but combining shutters, which really block out the light, along with thicker curtains provides an even darker room while still maintaining the look you want.

Danmer can help you create a truly unique look that you will enjoy for years to come.

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Shutters can Qualify You for an Energy Credit!

You May Quality for a $500 Federal Tax CreditAre you hoping to get some perks from your new shutters? If you’re considering interior shutters. for your home, you may be wondering if this investment will qualify for an energy tax credit. It is important to know that not all shutters qualify – but some do. Make sure you check before you buy.

Federal Energy Tax Credit

Tax credits are often a great incentive for making upgrades to your home. In an effort to encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficient products, Congress enacted the Federal Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. The Taxpayer Relief Act extended these tax credits into 2013 (and are also retroactive for 2012). Depending on the shutters you select, you may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the shutter system, up to a maximum credit of $500. Not only will you save money on heating and cooling costs for your home, you’ll get a little extra cash back at tax time too!

Danmer Custom Thermalite™ Shutters

Not all shutters meet the strict requirements for the federal energy tax credit, but Danmer is proud to offer the Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System which does qualify under the guidelines set forth by the IRS and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Thermalite™ synthetic shutters look and feel just like wood, but thanks to their innovative design and materials they are water resistant, fire retardant, and they insulate significantly better than wood. This shutter system will increase the energy efficiency in your home by reducing heat loss or gain through the windows. Thermalite™ shutters will keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer thanks to the extra insulation.

Also, Thermalite™ shutters are made from polymer foam, which is a solid, non-toxic, synthetic material. Because Danmer uses this 100% synthetic, man-made recycled material, no natural resources are destroyed in the manufacturing process. These shutters are “green” as well as energy efficient.

You’ll also love the look and practicality of this shutter system. It looks and feels like wood, has a painted finish so it won’t yellow like the other synthetics on the market, and is guaranteed not to crack, warp, peel or yellow. There’s also warranty on workmanship, labor, and parts.

You’ll feel good about investing in Thermalite™ shutters. Not only will you save money on heating and cooling costs, you’ll also enjoy a smaller carbon footprint and a bigger tax return.

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Can Shutters and Window Treatments Block Out Light?

S3. large_04-7145electing window coverings is an important decision. You obviously want them to look good and match the décor of the room, but they serve other purposes as well. In addition to blocking out noise, providing privacy, and reducing heating and cooling costs; some window coverings can also block out light.

Best Window Coverings for Blocking Out Light

When buying new window treatments one of the things to consider is how much light do you want to block out. When covering a kitchen window, for example, blocking light may not be a primary concern. However in bedrooms and rooms with a television, many look for options such as shutters that can quickly and easily block out sunlight and glare that can make it difficult to sleep or watch TV.

There are “black out” options that can keep all light from coming into a room. While effective, these window coverings are often not all that attractive and come in the form of thick, dark fabric that either adheres to the windows or hangs well beyond the window frame.

Blinds and curtains are able to block out some light, but the fabric used is often thin enough to allow a decent amount of light through, or the slats on the blinds are so small, lots of light is able to seep through the cracks.

Shutters are a great option if you’re looking for stylish window coverings that provide the ability to block quite a bit of light. They will not “black out” a room, but they fit snug in the window frame and when the slats are closed very little light is able to shine through. It is more than enough coverage to keep the glare off the TV or the bright sun rays from disturbing a peaceful slumber.

Danmer makes custom shutters to perfectly fit any door or window in your home. They’re a perfect choice if you want attractive, yet practical window coverings to block out light.

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Mistakes People Make when Choosing Shutters

Thermalite Bay WindowShutters can be a great investment. First they add a classic, attractive look to any home. Interior shutters also block out light and noise, provide privacy and can reduce heating and cooling costs considerably.

But not all home shutters are the same. If you’re planning to install new shutters in your home, be careful to avoid these common mistakes people make when choosing shutters.

Common Mistakes Made with Choosing Shutters

Choosing cheap, low-quality shutters. As with anything, you get what you pay for. Selecting shutters that are made with inferior materials or workmanship just to save a few dollars is likely to cost you more money and create more headaches in the future. Custom-made shutters with high-quality material such as Basswood or PHD (Premier Hardwood) come with 100’s of framing options, finishes and color matching.

Buying from non-reputable companies. It’s easy to jump at the low priced offer you saw online, but do your homework first. It is important to go with a trustworthy shutter company that has already proven itself in the marketplace. Look for reviews online and talk to past customers to find out if the shutter company you are considering is known for quality materials, skilled workmanship, and timely delivery. Danmer, for example, has been around for over 35 years with hundreds of satisfied customers who can speak to their professionalism and quality.

Not considering all options. Maybe the neighbor’s new blinds look great, but that does not necessarily mean that they’re the right choice for you. There are many things to consider such as whether or not you want to be able to block out the sunlight and how easy they are to clean. Curtains, shades, blinds and shutters all have pros and cons that should be weighed before an investment is made.

Not having the shutters installed properly. Sure a general handyman can do a lot of different things, but don’t think that just anyone can install shutters properly. In fact, improper installation is one of the main causes of shutter problems. Make sure to have your shutters installed right, the first time, to prevent future headaches.

New shutters can be a great addition to your home and an important investment. You can trust Danmer Custom Shutters to design, build, and install high-quality shutters that you will enjoy in your home for many, many years.

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When to Invest in New Shutters

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Is it time to invest in new shutters? Maybe you have old shutters that aren’t looking and functioning as well as you’d like. Or maybe you have other window coverings and are considering an upgrade to attractive, energy efficient shutters. Either way, now may be a great time to invest in new shutters for your home.

Shutters add beauty, style and sophistication to any room. Shutters are practical too! Not only do they fit tightly in the window frame effectively blocking out unwanted light and noise, shutters also insulate windows better than other window coverings helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Depending on the shutter company you choose, the purchase may even qualify for an energy efficient federal tax credit.

When to Invest in New Shutters

Many of us don’t consider window coverings often, so if you’re spending time thinking about whether or not they should be replaced – they probably should. Here’s what to look for.

Warped, Yellowing or Cracked Slats – When shutters become warped they let in light, noise, air and keep the shutters from functioning properly. Yellowing and cracked slats are also a sign that the shutters need to be replaced.

Broken Pieces – Is the tilt rod broken? Has a slat fallen off? Or worse, is the entire piece coming away from the hinges? If any piece of your shutters isn’t functioning properly it could cause problems and the window frame. It’s definitely time to consider new shutters.

Dull, Chipped, or Fading Paint – If you purchased shutters without a warranty on things like paint, you may be faced with dismal looking shutters. This can affect the look of the whole room. Time for a face lift.

Shutters Buying Guide

When it’s time to buy new shutters for your home, there are quite a few options. You can choose from a variety of styles, materials, colors and finishes. Danmer custom shutters are durable and easy to clean. They won’t warp, crack, split or peel – guaranteed. And because they’re custom made for your home, your shutters will be designed to fit any shaped window or door. Choose from a variety of materials to make sure you get the right shutters for your home.

Wood Shutters – Danmer offers wood shutters made from the highest grade premier hardwood available in various stains, colors, and color matching.

Thermalite™ Shutters – Thermalite™ shutters are energy efficient, insulating up to 3 times better than wood shutters. They’re also made of environmentally safe non-toxic material that’s flame retardant and water resistant. If you want a green, environmentally friendly option, consider the Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System.

Engraved Shutters – Engraved Shutters are unique to only you.  They are custom-made to fit your décor and your specifications by engraving the image from art or a photograph into the shutter louvers.

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