Shutters are an ideal type of window covering, but with so many styles to choose from, it helps to be able to compare them. Knowing your options is the first step towards making the best choice!
Let’s take a look at some of the different types and styles of shutters. Which ones do you think will look the best in your home? If you need any help deciding, or have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us because we’re looking forward to helping you.
Shutters have been used for hundreds of years. Like anything, they’ve changed over time as trends come and go and as new innovations improve old designs.
We’re at the forefront of combining the latest manufacturing methods, the best materials, and a wide variety of designs and styles from traditional and elegant to new and modern.
With so many choices to make, it can feel overwhelming, which is why we’re here to help. The right shutters can bring together the design of an entire room.
There’s more to it than just choosing the colour you like. There are different sizes of slats, different materials, and some shutters will let in light differently than others. Don’t worry, by the end of this page, you’ll have a much clearer understanding.
Glossary of Terms
Before we dive into the different interior shutter styles, there are a few words we’ll be using that need to be defined. If you’re familiar with shutters already, you can skip ahead, but otherwise, this is useful to know.
- Panel: The panel is the name of the frame that holds a set of slats. When the panels are hinged, they give you control over how much sunlight can enter or how much privacy you need.
- Slat: The slats are the pieces of material (most commonly made from wood) that reach across your window horizontally.
- Louvre: This is another name for slats, it’s the same thing and can be used interchangeably.
- Mid rail: This is a piece that is placed mid-way up the panel to give your shutters extra stability, and a greater visual appeal.
- Tilt rod: The tilt rod is used to position the slats, it determines how much of an angle they’re on.
- Plantation: This describes the width of the slats. Plantation shutters have wider slats.
- California/Colonial: Once again, this is a reference to the size of the slats. Colonial and Californian style shutters have smaller slats than plantation style.
Full Height Shutters
Full height interior shutters are the most popular choice. That doesn’t mean they’re perfect for everyone, but in most cases, they’re just right.
With this style, the panel is sized to fit perfectly from the top to the bottom of the window.
They can be installed using a frame, and they can come with hinges. The hinges allow you to open the whole panel like you would open a door, allowing the most light to enter the room.
If versatility is important to you, this could be the very best option for your home. Tier-on-tier shutters offer coverage for your whole window, just like the full height style.
The difference with tier-on-tier is that the panels on the bottom and the panels on the top are separated. You can arrange the slats on the top panel and the bottom panel independently of one another, giving you more control over the flow of light, and airflow throughout the day.
This is a style that leaves the top half of the window uncovered while covering the bottom half of the window with a slatted panel. This can be useful if the top half of the window isn’t really in anyone’s line of sight, but the bottom half could be.
This type of shutter installation offers plenty of space for natural light to enter the room, while still affording you privacy. It doesn’t always have to be split directly at the halfway point, either.
If you really don’t want to let any light through, this is your best bet. We’ve seen them used in bedrooms in lieu of blackout blinds, and they serve a similar function. They also offer a very strong, dramatic aesthetic to any room.
In terms of function, you’re sacrificing a bit of versatility, but you can still open them up.
These are a great interior alternative for external awnings of days gone by. They look absolutely brilliant and can block a lot more sunlight than their exterior canvas equivalent.
The main difference is that there aren’t individual slats, it’s just a solid panel instead, so there’s no middle-ground between having them wide open or closed shut. With slats, you can adjust them to the exact amount of light that you’d like to have in your room.
Shutter Styles for Odd Shaped Windows
Not all windows are made in standard sizes. If you have windows that are unusually shaped, we can get you measured and setup with shutters that will fit your windows perfectly. Even if you have diamond-shaped windows, round ones, or something else altogether, the skilled manufacturers that we work with will make your custom shutters a reality.
Just because you have a window in an unusual shape, that doesn’t mean you don’t have plenty of options for covering it. Choosing something that highlights the uniqueness of your window, instead of trying to obscure it, is a great way to create a focal point in any room.
We have a number of solutions for rooms that could benefit from having shutter panels on doors. Shutters are gaining more and more popularity on patio doors in particular. We’re able to offer you sliding shutters that operate on a track system.
Shutters are also a great fit for French doors. In some rooms, the doors take up a notable amount of real estate along the wall and serve as an entry point to a lot of natural light. Shutters give you control over when that light can get through, or when you’d rather have things closed off.
Choosing The Right Style For Your Home
Ideally, the style that you like the best will also be the one that suits your home and your needs the best. We can help you make the big decision with an in-home consultation. In the meantime, here are some things you should keep in mind as you browse for shutters:
- Privacy: If your window is visible from your neighbour’s window, or at street-level near a road or sidewalk, or in any other location where privacy is a concern – this is the first thing to weigh in your decision of which style to install.
- Airflow: Some styles are better suited to controlling the flow of air into a room. If this is a priority, you’ll want to avoid anything with a solid panel, and stick to styles that have adjustable slats.
- Natural light: Similarly to airflow above, if light is a priority, avoid solid panels. Cafe style is a good choice since the top half is open wide and the bottom half is adjustable, but anything with hinges or adjustable slats will give you control over the flow of light from outside.
- Style: The aesthetics of your room are an important consideration. You can choose a style that really stands out and can act as a focal point in your room, or you can go for something a little more subdued that will blend into the background.
- Budget: Different styles carry with them different price tags, so if you’re on a budget, that’s something to keep in mind. You can always save some money by installing your shutters yourself, and when you buy them through us, you’re getting a top-quality product at about half the price that you would expect to pay at a retail big-box store.
Now that you know a lot more about interior window shutter styles, which style can you picture in your home? If you’re ready to learn more about all of your options, and you’d like to schedule an in-home visit with one of the trained professionals on our team, we’re looking forward to hearing from you! Send us an email, give us a call – there’s no pressure, no obligations, and there’s no charge for this in-home consultation.
Everyone should love their home, or at least certain parts of their home. Interior window shutters can transform your home, set the ambiance, and give you one more part of your home to fall in love with.