There are plenty of steps to ensure the best overall appearance and function for your new interior shutters. Selections of shutter style, paint or stain finish color, material, and configuration are all very important.
Do not neglect to inquire about the method of shutter installation. Some installers simply do what is easiest, not necessarily what is correct. The example above shows a plantation shutter unit installed inside of a window opening. What is quite obvious is that the window is really too shallow to accommodate the depth required for the shutters. So, the installer used L-shaped hinges with a rear hang strip to project the shutters toward the room, leaving the side of the shutter panels and the hinges exposed. The end result is sloppy.
Instead of installing the shutters inside of the window opening, they should have been mounted directly to the outside of the window opening with a three or four-sided frame. It is apparent that there is plenty of room around this window to attach a frame.
There are some cases where the only installation option is similar to the the one from this example. But, it should only be a last resort.
There are some interior shutter installation methods that are not wrong, but also not fully correct. This is a good example.
The mounting method needs to be determined at the time of measuring. Because shutters are manufactured with a definitive width and height, the installation method can rarely be changed post-production.
Horizon Shutters displays multiple acceptable methods of measuring and installation of window shutters.
Do not be bullied by a thoughtless salesman using stock methods of installing shutters. Do your research and insist on the best overall interior window shutters.