How to choose the best style of shutters for my home? Posted on 20 Jun 12:34 , 0 comments

With many different styles, materials, louvre sizes, tilt options, configurations and colours to choose from, choosing the right shutters for your home can feel overwhelming. The good news is that, due to their versatility there is usually a perfect solution for all windows that will suit your design as shutters provide the ideal window dressing solution for all types of home & periods of architecture, both modern and traditional.

comparison between two different shutter styles for a bay window

At The Shutter Shop we have installed shutters in many different types of home; Victorian London terraced houses, Oxfordshire Cotswold Cottages, new build apartments, Georgian townhouses in Surrey, Farmhouses in Hertfordshire & even house boats on the River Thames! We have the expert knowledge to guide you through the decision-making process.

Understanding the different shutter styles and the benefits of each, will assist you with deciding what will work best for your windows and home. Shutters are obviously a significant investment, so, when it comes to choosing the best style, considering the architecture of the window and the external façade of the home is an important factor, as it will help you to determine not only style but also the configuration and how many panels to choose.

large bedroom with bay window and tier on tier shutters half open

If you have Bay windows for example, shutters can show off and enhance your architectural features, rather than hide them, and you will also benefit from the many unique qualities, including outstanding light and privacy control that only bay window shutters can offer.

What are Shutter Styles?

The style of shutters means the overall design of the shutters & how much of the window will be dressed as well how the shutters will open & function. We have six main styles of shutters to choose from – Full Height Shutters, Tier-on-Tier Shutters, Shaped Shutters, Cafe Style Shutters, Solid Shutters and Tracked/ Sliding Shutters.

After a shutter style has been determined, design details such as material, colour and louvre size can be decided upon.

An overview of our shutter styles

Full height plantation shutters - Possibly our most sought after style due to their aesthetic appeal, simplicity and wide range of windows they suit.

large dining room with shutters on two sides of the room

Full height shutter panels run the full height of the window or door and can have the added functionality of independently opening louvre sections (we call this a Mid Rail or Split Louvre).

Tier-on-Tier plantation shutters – Tier on Tier are extremely versatile, as the top & bottom tiers open independently of one another (not just the louvres), the window is covered by two sets of panels (an upper set and a lower set) usually designed and measured to match any natural breaks in the window.

small window with tier on tier shutter, top open and bottom closed

Tier and Tier Shutters are often most suitable in urban settings where you want the privacy of the bottom section or in homes with particularly large windows.

Shaped plantation Shutters – Bespoke shutters are the perfect and sometimes only solution to dress an irregular or special window shape including arched, porthole, triangle, curved, half circle, octagon, oval, angled, eyebrow, elongated, sunburst and trapezoid.

narrow bathroom with sloping roof and large windows on one side covered with shutters

Shutters also offer a bespoke solution for windows located in gable ends, roofs, attics and eaves.

Cafe style plantation shutters - Covering the lower portion of the window, ideal and a very attractive solution for windows on the ground floor overlooking a street or pavement or for first floor bedrooms and bathrooms requiring both ample privacy and plenty of light.

 bath tub under a window with cafe style shutters

Sliding/ Tracked Plantation shutters - Often used in modern apartments and are an ideal solution for large windows and expanses including Bi-Fold windows and doors, wardrobes, swimming pools, room dividers.

detail of a sliding shutter

They are suitable to many more applications that more traditional window coverings would struggle to fit or offer the same amount of light control and privacy options, track shutters can offer. Sliding shutters are available in 2 systems: Bi-Fold and Bi-Pass.

Solid Shutters – Our most traditional shutter style, solid shutters were historically installed on bay windows or sash windows on more upscale properties.

white kitchen with white solid panel shutters on the window

Often the solid shutter panels would be hinged to fold back into boxes on the side of the window, to completely conceal the shutters when folded back.

When you have chosen the style you want how do you choose the configuration?

The first thing to ask yourself is: “Do I want the shutters to be able to open fully, or do I think that I will use the louvres to adjust the light coming into the property”?

If you want to be able to open the window fully, think about where the shutters will open to, is there any furniture around the window that will prevent this, do you need to bi-fold the panels to allow this to happen because there is a wall on one side of the window. In honesty, this comes down to the individual property and they look you are trying to go for.

elegant living room with white sofas lamps near the windows and shutters

We often find people wanting Tier on Tier shutters but with wide panels but this is often not viable as when the top tier is open, the panels become an obstruction to something else in the room. So the solution would be to either bi-fold the panels so they don’t interfere or opt for a Full Height style where the panels are likely to stay in place. With a large louvre (89mm or bigger) you get lots of visibility and light when they are open.

We are here to help

Every home and everyone’s design ideas are different and at The Shutter Shop we are here to help. Our expert and friendly team will help you determine the right shutter style for your requirements. Please get in touch to discuss any questions you have, arrange a free site survey or if out of area for a survey, use our Design and Buy Online (DIY) shutter ordering system. We will help in any way we can, so feel free to send photos of the window or any technical questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.

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