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Shutter Style

Everyone has the vision of the perfect home, Window shutters are the perfect choice for anyone that wants to give a sleek, modern and stylish look to their homes, offering the ultimate window covering that can't fail to impress. These are hinged panels installed inside windows and used for a variety of reasons, such as security and privacy whilst looking fantastic.

Interior shutters are ideal for homes that crave the sleek, minimalist lines. They look stunning in any room in the house and are the perfect alternative to curtains, being a far more appealing choice for homes that like to make a statement. They can work with any style of decor and blend effortlessly into the background or can become a focal point in their own right - whatever look you wish to achieve, you'll be able to find the window shutters to accommodate.

And, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, interior shutters can also be incredibly practical - they're easy to clean and maintain and can perfectly regulate the amount of light that comes into a room, and with window shutters coming in a whole range of styles, colours and materials you'll find that they're the ideal choice for any room.

Types of Shutters include: Full height shutters

Covering the full height of the window, this is a very popular and flexible installation style.

Café Style Shutters

Ideal for ground level windows and town houses, Café style leaves the top of the window un-shuttered, using only shutters for the bottom part. This style maximizes light whilst providing privacy.

By-Fold/By-Pass Shutters

The perfect solution for patio doors and large window runs, these Bi-fold and By-pass Tracking Systems are ideally suited to long panel runs and are also suitable for room dividers and partitions.

Tier on Tier Shutters

Independent panels top and bottom give greater adjustability to make the most of light and the view or provide you with privacy.

Solid Shutters

Solid shutters have been used in the Ireland for more than 200 years and provide a more traditional finish to your window.

I can think of many reasons for installing shutters rather than curtains or blinds, but don’t forget internal shutters can in fact be used in combination with curtains. On the whole shutters will have a low profile against the window. This means there is less imposition into your room irrespective of which room these shutters are used in. Having control of light by opening shutters fully or twisting tilt rods to open the slats gives you a wide range of light and privacy options.

That’s not all. Opting for hard wood shutters affords you the option of maintaining and cleaning your shutters when needed and as with all hard wood products you can get many years of service from shutters if they are well maintained, if you periodically apply stains or wood finishes, clean the slats and oil any hinges, you should see decades of service from your shutters.

So, to summarize, installing shutters to your windows provide you:

  1. Excellent light control

  2. Added privacy

  3. Potentially added security

  4. Easily cleaned

  5. Years of service if maintained

Not a bad start for reasons to use internal shutters for your windows!

The functionality of your shutters is also really important and needs to be considered when selecting your shutters; the big question regarding design in the long run, is whether they should open up or not. Shutters can be controlled by moving the slats up and down to allow light through them, so why would you also have shutters which open?

Opening shutters means folding back the shutters over the window fully showing off the glass of the window behind. This will be done by the wooden shutter frame being hinged and allowing a fold back to occur.

Whether your window shutters should open or not, is a decision that really depends on if you live right by a busy street. You may not wish to fold back your shutters exposing the room to passers-by, however if you have a great view and would like maximum light to penetrate your room on a regular basis, then being able to open the shutters is a real bonus.

Another deciding factor is how much glass there is, as the design of the shutters will usually match this. If you think of a multi-panelled bay window for example, you can imagine one shutter panel per window frame. These multi-framed windows lend themselves to having opening shutters as there will tend to be space for folded back shutters, without encompassing too much on the room in question.

When you come to the next stage of which type of panels to have, whether they will be full height or not, then your original thoughts about opening the shutters will become apparent. For example if your windows are to have solid shaker style shutters which cover the full height of the window, you would guarantee that very little light will penetrate your room, so you'd be wanting to allow the shutters to open, unless you keep bats or other nocturnals!

So, consider when deciding whether to have shutters which open fully or not;

  1. The number of glass panels, the more glass you have means easier to open panels

  2. The height of the shutters, cafe shutters may not need to be opened as light comes in over the top.

  3. The beauty of your view. Could you live with the full exposure of the next door’s fence? Or do you need to be able to have full access to the sight of the stunning countryside outside.

  4. The type of shutters you have - large opening plantation slats will let in more light when tilted open, than many thin slats.

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