One of the nicest things about modern homes is having the luxury to look beyond raw function when choosing hardware, furniture, and anything else that comes into the home.
There was a time when a door was just a door. Now, with sliding doors and french patio doors, a door isn’t just a barrier from one room to another. A door can also be a window, too. Doors with glass window panes not only look great, but they let more light into your life while doing so.
The downside is that you do give up some privacy when your doors are mostly see-through. If you have sliding doors or patio doors at the back of your home, it can be unnerving to look outside in the evening and know that anybody out there could be looking in.
Naturally, the solution to this dilemma is to cover the doors with something practical to maintain your privacy, but you should also take style and function into account, too. What’s the point of having doors that can let the light shine through if you’re just going to block them off entirely?
So, you need something that’s easy to adjust. Once the daylight is gone and it’s evening time, you’ll want to up the privacy, which is easy to accomplish with interior shutter doors. By adding shutters to your doors, you get the best of all worlds:
- Style: The right pair of shutters can do wonders for the overall style and aesthetic of your home.
- Function: They’ve got to serve their purpose, and be easy enough to use that it’s not a chore.
- Privacy: Control who can see into your home with a quick adjustment of the shutters.
- Value: This is a more affordable option than changing out your doors.
Beyond that, shutters are very easy to wipe clean when they get dusty and they just bring your whole room together. When applied to a glass door that’s already a focal point in most rooms, our shutters are just stunning.
What Types of Doors Work Best for Shutters?
Shutters work best on french doors and sliding doors. These are two types of doors where the extra control over your privacy and how much light can get in is absolutely essential to have. Sliding door shutters are crucial to have if you have glass panels in those doors. For solid wood sliding doors, of course, shutters wouldn’t be as useful.
French doors make a great home for shutters, too. If your French doors open outwards, that’s even better if you’re looking at having interior shutters. Shutters for French doors in the UK are very in-style right now, but that’s not saying much because this timeless design choice is always in style.
Blinds for sliding doors are popular in the UK as an alternative, but shutters just take it all to the next level. They’re more solid and sturdy, they last longer, and they look so much better.
Getting The Most Out of Your Doors
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to putting shutters on doors, as opposed to windows.
- Doors are usually taller than windows which means they’ll require mid-rails.
- These additional mid-rails look striking and add to the overall aesthetic.
The real purpose of the mid-rails is to add stability. With shorter windows, you don’t necessarily need to design shutters with a mid-rail, but with a door, it becomes a necessity. Nonetheless, many people opt for a mid-rail design even if they don’t need it because it gives you additional control over your shutters and also adds a nice visual appeal.
With mid-rails, each section of your overall shutter can be adjusted independently of the other ones, so you can block direct sunlight while still letting in indirect light from outside. This also gives you the ability to adjust the slats independently for privacy and airflow, for instance, you could have the lower section open to allow more air or light in while keeping the higher sections at eye-level closed for privacy.
Colour Choices to Consider for Shutters for Your Doors
These are some basic design principles and rules of thumb that will help ensure you’re happy with your shutters for a very long time, and not regretting the colour you choose.
- If you have shutters installed on your windows already, it’s a good idea to try to match the colour and overall style. If you don’t want to match with your entire home, try to match any shutters on the same floor or in the general area.
- Some people like to contrast the colour of their doorjamb and casing, others like to try to match it so that the shutters and the frame of the door are the same colour. It’s up to you.
- If you choose a contrast colour in your room, it will be a big focal point because of how large a door is. If you choose a complementary colour, it will blend in a bit more. Again, it just depends on what you’re going for.
At the end of the day, these are just rough guidelines. You can be brave and creative with your colour choices. You can be bold. You can be outrageous. But just make sure you’re going to be happy with it in the long-term because our shutters are built to last a very long time.
Sometimes, people have a tendency to pick a very eccentric colour that they love in the moment but they come to grow tired of over time. You might not feel immediately connected to a less bold colour, but you may end up liking it more in the long run. This is just food for thought, and if you want to be bold with your colour choices you should absolutely go all out!
Configurations for Interior Shutter Doors
Whether you’ve got French patio doors, a regular patio, or something else… here are some configurations to be mindful of.
- Full-height shutters: These are typically the go-to choice for doors, they’re most likely to look great. The other styles can also look great, but they need a slightly more refined and strategic implementation (our installers are more than happy to help when it comes to this.)
- Tier-on-tier shutters: These are not ideal for use on doors for several reasons, mainly because of the way they’re separated, it makes it twice as much effort any time you want to pass by them. Still, they look great, and in some instances, you may want to take advantage of the tier-on-tier configuration to have the top half of your sliding door shutters open.
- Solid panels: In some cases, people will opt for a solid panel on either the top or the bottom half of full-length shutters. This is a style choice to consider if you don’t want light or airflow from the bottom or top half of your shutters. It looks great, but you do have to give up slats in that area, which is less of an issue with doors than it would be for windows. The overall length of a door also allows you to have a solid panel and still as much control as you’d get with an average size window – so it’s no huge loss.
Plantation Shutters in the UK: Not Just For Windows Anymore!
Making your final decision on which configurations and styles to choose comes down to asking yourself a few questions:
- Do I see my door as if it’s essentially a tall window?
- Do I want to enhance privacy on my glass door?
- Would a shutter on my door complement the windows in my own?
If the answer to any of those questions is “yes”, reach out to us for a custom quote and to schedule a free in-home visit. During this visit, we’ll further explore the different styles and options and what will work best in your home. There are no obligations or pushy salespeople, we’re here to inform you and to help you make a choice that works best for your unique home and needs.