Horizontal blinds look cheap and boring. Curtains are frumpy and almost immediately outdated.
By contrast, wooden interior shutter blinds make a striking impression while also providing functionality and the chance to fine-tune your living space. And compared to custom curtains, wooden shutters can be quite cheap.
The functionality advantages are pretty obvious — open or close them, control the louvres — but you may not realise just how many options there are for making your wooden shutters look way better than blinds.
You can choose your shutter configuration, opt for different widths of louvred slats and pick from a wide range of materials for the louvres. Here is a brief walk-through of the options that make wooden window shutters a great option for everyone.
What Makes Interior Wooden Shutters Stand Out
There is a classic elegance to having anything made-to-measure and that goes doubly when it is part of your home’s decor.
They also cast a dramatic shadow on a room. The depth and weight of wooden louvres makes for a distinctive shadow pattern compared to blinds that many customers appreciate.
How You Can Customize Your Wood Louvre Shutters
The wooden shutters we have for sale come with four different sizes of louvres. That compares to usually only a couple for blinds.
What Exactly Are the Different Sizes?
The louvred slats on our interior wooden shutters come in four sizes:
- 89mm and
For the most part, choosing between the sizes is mainly about appearance and will not affect your options for different materials or colours.
Wooden shutters with louvres at the smaller end of the range are sometimes known as California shutters (but more commonly, Plantation Shutters). These days, the two names are often used interchangeably and that can get a bit confusing, so we tend to call them all plantation shutters or wooden window shutters.
Smaller slats are seen as more contemporary while the larger ones are technically more traditional. (When the shutters were a practical consideration on actual plantations the larger slats were needed to let in more air during the cool times of day.)
Helpful tips for deciding between the four available sizes:
- In small or narrow windows, larger slats can look too heavy or chunky.
- Do your best to stick to one size of louvre throughout your house. Or, at least, one size on each floor of your house.
- There is more space between larger wooden louvres so they will let in more light and allow a better view of your garden.
- Wooden window shutters with smaller louvres can be installed closer to your window so they can be useful in constrained spaces or for a cleaner look.
- Larger louvres do a better job of showing off the grain on shutters made from premium hardwood.
Except for situations like especially narrow windows, most customers opt for one of the two middle options. Note that not all slat sizes are available on our basswood shutters.
Choosing a Material for Louvred Shutters
The wooden louvres that make plantation shutters what they are can be made from a range of different wood options.
At West Pier, we offer three choices:
- Basswood is the most affordable and has a light and uniform appearance.
- In the middle of the range, poplar is a classic alternative with a smooth finish.
- The premium solution, elm has a visible grain that can be further accentuated with a choice of stains.
Colour Options for Your Shutters
Clean, coordinated and modern — those are the reasons why most customers choose a classic shade of white for their louvred shutters. We can do everything from shell to ivory to clotted cream.
As an accent and to brighten a room, some people opt for a more distinctive colour for their wooden shutters.
And of course, if you opt for premium elm shutters you can have them stained to complete the authentic hardwood appearance. Choices here range from the light natural finish to a medium chestnut or the darker mahogany.
What Effect Do These Options Have on Cost?
The choice of material is the variable that most directly affects the cost. Basswood is the most affordable. Poplar, our most popular option, adds about about 30% to the cost and elm, with its magnificient grain, is about 40% more expensive than basswood.
Opting to stain shutters instead of painting will add about 15% to the cost.
Other Options for How Your Shutters Look
The tilt of the louvres on interior wooden shutters is controlled by a tilt rod. This can be centred, made from a clear material that is mostly invisible or set off to the side.
As well, you can choose the colour of the hinges that we install on your shutters.
How Can You Make Wooden Louvre Shutters Suit Your Home?
Plantation shutters are timeless, partly because they connect to a recognisable and elegant aesthetic. But, they are also popular because of all the options for making them unique. You can:
- Pick the material that suits your taste.
- Have them made in a colour to suit your home’s decor.
- Select a louvre size that meets your practical needs.
Let us know at West Pier how we can help you find the wooden interior shutters that are perfect for you.