29 Aug 2013
The arched shutter is emerging as a popular trend.
This is according to Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing manager of American shutters, who says the arch allows homeowners to play with light and shade and adds depth and drama to any area of a home.
She says arches soften up a space, create interest and make a statement.
“Whether they’re in doorways, windows or archways, or used in external or internal design features, they can be incorporated into your house plans with purpose and design sensibility.”
Palmer says the architect has chosen this feature, integrating it into the design scheme to achieve his or her vision. “It is therefore shameful to camouflage its design value with misfit and inappropriate finishes.”
Curtains hung midway or above the arch interrupt the design or hide it completely. Worse still are curtains hung within the arch on poorly placed, ineffective hooks, velcro strips or cords.
Decorative window finish
Although beautiful, most interior designers will agree that an arched window or door is the most challenging of all openings. Choosing a window finish that is effective at controlling light, ventilation and privacy, and that enhances and complements the arch is not always obvious.
Palmer says good interior design works with and accentuates good architecture and it hides and distracts from that which is not. She says installing the right window finish in an arched window that highlights its architectural shape and style is good interior design.
Shutters are a smart choice in window finishes; over and above the fact that they are considered permanent fixtures, therefore adding value to the property, shutters are timeless.
Both the fabrication and style of curtaining come and go out of style depending on décor trends and fashions. The clean, natural lines and finish of shutters, however, are always in style.
Homeowners can also opt to have their arches custom-made to give them a unique arch. They can choose from a range of natural and solid colours or stains as well as custom colours which can be used to complement their existing décor.
Palmer says homeowners can use mirrors and glass in the space to replicate the arch feature. Having a mirror positioned to reflect the arch will create an illusion of depth and space.
However, she says be careful with contrasting paint colours. Do not be tempted to interfere with the natural shape and shades of the arch by painting the relief and surrounds in different colours.
Don’t crowd the wall on which the arched window is with artwork, this will ruin the natural geometry of the architecture and compete with the arch and in so doing complicate the design.
Homeowners should consider the primary objective of installing shutters. Is it purely for their design value or is it more specific – is it for privacy, security, light or ventilation-control?
Homes that are on or near the coast require specific shutters which are hardwearing, easy to use, easy to clean, steam and sun resistant.
Ideally, quality shutters will have a warranty period of three years for colour fastness, workmanship and stainless steel hardware.
Shutters are easy to keep clean using a feather duster and a damp cloth for sticky marks.
With lasting quality, value and style that is not forced, but rather natural and seamless, custom-made shutters set off the natural beauty of the architectural arch.
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