Shutters provide a wide range of benefits. They control how much light gets into your living space, protect your privacy and can help regulate airflow. In many cases, they add another level of insulation which helps reduce your heating bills.
Installing shutters has a long history that winds back through centuries. As our needs developed differently in various times and places so did shutters. New materials and craftsmanship techniques also made more variations in shutter style possible.
Bringing shutters inside also means that they can be an eye-catching part of a room’s design. There is a diversity of options when it comes to these window shutters and one to suit every design.
Guide to How We Describe Interior Window Shutter Styles
There are a few words that come up when describing interior shutter styles that deserve a moment of attention. They are:
- Louvre or slat – These are the pieces of wood (or sometimes other material) that are usually horizontal and sit inside the panel’s structure.
- Panel – A frame of slats that cover a window or section of the window. Panels can be fixed in place or hinged to open and allow even more light and air to enter through the window.
- Tilt rod – This rod allows you to control what position the louvres are in. Sometimes these are hidden in the shutter structure or concealed at the rear.
- Mid-rail – A horizontal piece of material that is usually placed halfway up a shutter’s panel. This optional feature gives visual interest and can make a tall, full-height shutter panel more sturdy and durable.
- Plantation, California, colonial – All are interior window shutter styles. They can be used interchangeably, but generally, refer to the width of the slats. California and colonial have smaller slats while the ones on plantation shutters are wider.
Full Height Interior Shutters
In some ways, this is the default window covering of interior shutter styles. The panel is fitted to cover from the window’s sash to its head.
Sometimes they are attached to the window frame or recess by hinges directly (on one or both sides) that allow them to open as a door would. For larger, wider window openings they can also be installed so that they open concertina-style on hinges between panels. We generally always recommend using a frame
Of the interior shutter styles, full-height shutters offer the most control over light, airflow and privacy. Because of their size, they also have the most dramatic visual effect on the room’s appearance.
Café Style Window Shutters
This shutter style strikes a happy medium between an uncovered window and a closed shutter. They are installed to only cover the lower half of the window while the upper half is left exposed.
The extra privacy the shutters provide when installed on the bottom half of the window mean that café style shutters are one of the best options for homes that sit close to the street.
This shutter style offers the height of versatility. As with full height shutter, this interior shutter style covers the whole window from top to bottom. But, in this case, top panels are separate from the bottom and can be controlled independently.
With tier-on-tier shutters, you can open or close the top and bottom panels to take advantage of light and airflow at different times of the day.
There is also a dramatically authentic look to a large window with shutters arranged exactly to suit a certain mood or time of day.
Solid Panel Interior Shutters
This is one of the most dramatic styles of interior window shutters. Instead of slats, each panel is a solid piece of wood. We can offer different molding / design options for solid panels.
These are particularly good at keeping light out (think of them as the black-out blinds of interior shutters) so can come in handy for bedrooms that get lots of sun exposure in the morning.
Shutters for Doors
In certain rooms, doors can make up a significant portion of the wall space that is open to light and air. Just like windows, plantation shutters can be fitted into a doorframe for the same benefits. We are seeing increasing numbers of customers install them on sliding patio type doors. For such doors we can also provide shutters on a track system.
French, patio and sliding doors are all ideal candidates for interior shutters.
Shutter Styles for Odd Shaped Windows
Because they fit the space exactly, interior window shutters are great for dormer windows and windows that are an unusual shape. In the latter case, shutters can be made to measure for everything from round to fan to diamond shaped windows.
How to Choose the Interior Shutter Style That is Right for You
The great thing about plantation shutters is that they come in so many materials, sizes, colours and configurations. But that means a long list of important decisions to make before settling on a final design.
Important factors to keep in mind are:
- Light – How important or problematic is sunshine in the space where you want to install the shutters?
- Airflow – Do you need to be to control how much air comes through the window at different times of the day?
- Aesthetics – Will the shutters be a focus for the room? Do you want them to blend in or stand out?
- Privacy – Does the window look onto the street? Or across to a neighbour’s window?
Once you have drawn up a design, get in touch and we’ll help you find the West Pier Shutters solution to fit your needs.