How to Choose Between Shades, Blinds or Shutters

windowIt’s time for new window coverings – but which ones should you choose? Do you like the look of shutters? Maybe you like the simplicity of shades? Your choice will depend on the current look and feel of the room as well as your personal preference. Before you make a final decision, here are some things to keep in mind about the different options.

Shutters

Shutters are probably the most elegant choice when you’re adding window treatments to your décor. They give the room a sophisticated look, while providing maximum privacy and good light reduction. Shutters can be custom made for doors and windows of any size. The louvers can also be adjusted to change the amount and direction of light coming into the room.

Shutters come in wood or synthetic materials; both of which can be painted to match the color scheme in the room. More so than blinds and shades, shutters can provide excellent insulation, depending on the model you choose. Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer, for example, are made from solid, dense polymer foam and they insulate up to 3 times more than wood shutters. Better insulation means lower heating and cooling bills. These shutters may even qualify you for a federal tax credit.

Shades

There are many choices when it comes to shades. Roller shades are ones that may come to mind first. They can be purchased in a thick material which blacks out any light from coming through, a sheer material which limits UV rays but allows visibility, or somewhere in between. Honeycomb shades are a nice hybrid of blinds and shades. They have the look of blinds but because they are made from shade material they have a variety of light blocking options available. Woven shades are a less expensive option. These shades are usually made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Ultimately shades are a cost effective option with a wide variety of style and color options.

Blinds

Blinds are an excellent, functional option for most windows. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on the look of the room. Blinds offer a more refined look than shades, but at an affordable price. Because there are so many moving pieces and lift cords it is important to choose blinds made from the highest quality metal and polycarbonate components.

If you still aren’t sure which type of window treatment will work best in your home, consult a design specialist at Danmer. Set up a free consultation where the design specialist will help you make the right choice.

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

Isliding-glass-door-plantation-shuttersnstalling plantation shutters over sliding glass doors is a great idea. Plantation shutters provide privacy, block light and add a beautiful, sophisticated look to your home. But before you make a purchase, it’s important to consider all of the variables such as size, material and which type of shutters will fit best. After all, choosing shutters for sliding glass doors is a bit more complicated than choosing for regular windows. Here are some basic do’s and don’t’s.

 

Do’s

1) Before selecting shutters for your sliding glass doors, do consider how much space you have available. By-pass shutters will take up less floor space when opened, but you will not be able to completely open the shutters. Folding shutters can be completely opened revealing the entire glass door, however when opened they will need a couple feet clearance around the door.

2) Definitely consider energy efficiency when buying new shutters. A lot of air can pass through large glass doors and insulated shutters can save you lots of money on heating and cooling bills.

3) Take advantage of the many options for plantation shutters. Choose from wood or synthetic material that can be stained or painted a variety of colors to match the existing décor. You can even get ones specially made for uniquely shaped windows.

Don’t’s

1) Your sliding glass doors may look standard, so you think that buying off the rack shutters will do just fine, but once you get them home it will be very noticeable if they are an inch or two off. That’s why it’s better to go with custom plantation shutters to ensure everything measures up correctly.

2) Be careful about choosing trendy or off the wall options for your shutters in general. Those bright red shutters may be all the rage now, but if you buy quality shutters they should last for a very long time. Will you love this style 8 years from now?

3) Do not be fooled by low prices on inferior shutters. Choosing lower quality shutters is likely to cost more in the long run. Instead invest in a high quality product that will last for generations .

If you have any questions, just contact a design specialist at Danmer Custom Shutters. Our design specialists will help you design which shutters are best for your home, measure the doors and windows, and then ensure proper installation of your new shutters which will last for years to come.

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Types of Eco-Friendly Window Treatments

Everyone is going green these days. Whether you’re trying to keep up with the latest trends or you have a deep concern for the environment and our responsibility to protect it, buying eco-friendly products is something everyone seems to be doing. You may think about it at the grocery store or when you buy a new car, but what about your window treatments? Can blinds, shades and shutters be eco-friendly? Absolutely!

If you’re researching eco-friendly window treatments, look for the following characteristics:

  • Recycled materials used for the window treatments and in the manufacturing process
  • Sustainable materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Maximum insulation

Thermalite™ Shutters

Thermalite shutters from Danmer may be your best bet when you’re looking for eco-friendly window treatments. They are made from a synthetic material that looks and feels like wood without using precious natural resources. This material is 100% non-toxic, flame retardant and water resistant, making it not only Eco-friendly but also durable and long-lasting.

Thermalite shutters help the environment by being more energy efficient as well. In fact, they insulate 3 times more than wood which will help drive down your heating and cooling costs.

Wood Shutters

If you truly prefer the look of real wood shutters, don’t worry. You can find eco-friendly wood shutters as well made from Premier Hardwood that is sustainably harvested and environmentally certified. The areas this wood is harvested from are protected against over farming which can be very damaging to the environment and future tree growth.

Roller Shades

You can also find eco-friendly roller shades. Look for materials that are PVC-free and recyclable. Danmer carries SheerWeave fabrics that are eco-friendly but also offer superior light filtration and glare control. Not only do these roller shades look great in any room, they also help to conserve energy and preserve the temperature in the home.

It is easy to find effective, eco-friendly window treatments for your home. Just do a little research into the materials and workmanship before you buy. If you have any questions, contact a design specialist at Danmer today.

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3 Cool Things You Can Do with Automatic Window Shades

What happens with technology meets interior design? Automatic window shades can be practical and functional, but they can also be fun!

Automatic window shades are adjusted with the touch of a button. They are useful because shades can be adjusted even in hard to reach places, large shades are easily opened and closed and privacy can be attained quickly. These automatic shades are operated with remote controls, wall switches or even timers. Here are some cool things you can do with automatic window shades in your home.

1. Cover Window Arches – You know those beautiful arches in your windows? The ones way up high that give the room an elegant look. How annoying is it when the sun hits just the right spot and blinds you in your family room or heats up the whole room because you just can’t cover it? Installing automatic window shades on these hard to reach arches is the answer to your dilemma. Just flip a switch to open or close. It’s that easy!

2. Install Timers or Sun Sensors – Timers and sun sensors are a very cool addition to automatic shades. Timers are great if you know exactly when you want the shades opened or closed. For example maybe you want to keep people from being able to look in when you’re out of town or you like to sleep with the windows covered but you want the sun to shine in when your alarm goes off. Just set the timer and it will all happen automatically. Sun sensors are brilliant. Do you have a couch that suffers from overexposure? Protect your furniture and manage your heating/cooling costs by installing a sun sensor to pull the shades for you. You don’t even have to be home.

3. Get the app! – Believe it or not, some automatic window shades can be controlled from your smartphone. Just download the app and follow the instructions. No matter where you are you can open or close your window shades just by taping the screen.

If you don’t already have automatic window shades, you may want to consider an upgrade. They’re smart, practical and honestly, fun to play with. Whether you’re showing off your fancy windows or just trying to get some shut-eye, you’ll be glad that you installed window coverings that do what you want with the touch of a button.

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9 Window Shutters Images for Home Design Inspiration

Do you need a little inspiration? When it comes to window treatments there are many different options. And when you consider that Danmer can customize wood or synthetic material shutters to match any décor and any size window or door in your home, the options become positively staggering.

Luckily you’ll have some help. A Danmer custom shutters design expert will help you determine the best option for your home. However, here are 9 great design ideas to get you started.

 

shutters11. Consider installing shutters on your patio doors. Not only will you get additional privacy, you will also be able to control the light and airflow into the room. Sliding and bi-fold shutters are a great solution for sliding doors of any size and style.

 

 

 

shutters22. Danmer Custom Shutters can customize shutters for any sized window or door. Small, odd shaped windows tend to let in unwanted light, but are difficult to cover. Curtains and blinds are rarely a suitable option. Shutters fit the window frame perfectly so you have a clean, uniform look.

 

 

shutters33. Wood shutters create a beautiful, traditional look. Choose from a variety of stain colors to match the surrounding décor and then enjoy the high-quality wood window treatments for years to come.

 

 

 

 

shutters44. Split windows can create a unique challenge when selecting window coverings. Custom fit shutters allow you to open or close each section to allow in just the right amount of light.

 

 

 

 

shutters55. Shutter doors are particularly functional. For maximum privacy and versatility, consider installing custom plantation shutters on interior or exterior doors for a classic, stylish look.

 

 

shutters66. Don’t let arched windows leave you baffled. Perfectly fitted shutters will bring elegance and sophistication to any room.

 

 

 

 

 

shutters77. Consider stained glass or faux iron panels to create a very unique look for your windows. You’ll add a splash of style and a bit more privacy too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

shutters88. Shutters come in all different colors. Don’t feel like you have to stick to white or wood finish. Give your windows a bold, unapologetic look by choosing a strong accent color to complement the room.

 

 

 

shutters99. Go all out with Danmer’s Masterpiece shutters. Select a photograph or art and it will be printed in high resolution directly on your shutters. When closed the shutters provide a seamless view of your picture and can completely transform a room. The only limit is your own imagination.

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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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cleaning window shutters

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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