5 questions to help you make the right shutter choice
Bamboozled by our fabulously wide range? Before you check out our room-by-room guide below, here’s what to ask yourself - with answers helpfully provided by us:
1. Which shutter style is best for my home?
Good news: all shutter styles suit both modern and period properties, and contemporary, traditional and vintage-style room schemes – so rely on your (undoubtedly) good taste and you won’t go too far wrong. Each style comes with its own distinct differences, though - here’s a quick rundown:
2. Which material should I choose?
Polyvinyl shutters or wooden shutters? Polyvinyl shutters look almost identical to wooden shutters but are waterproof, making them the best choice for steamy rooms, although they needn’t be limited to those spaces. Wooden shutters are perfect everywhere else – and our collection includes a range of wood choices to suit every budget.
3. Tilt or fold - how will I open my shutters?
Folding back the panels: the great thing (well, one of the many great things) about shutters is that they can be folded right back to reveal the whole window and let in lots of lovely daylight. If you choose this option, you need to ensure there will be nothing in the way of the panel – furniture, for example - as you open it. Bi-fold panels with narrower slats that concertina neatly can help avoid this.
Tilting the slats: for heightened privacy or just because you like the look, you can also keep the panels closed and tilt the slats to let the light in – and we promise, very little daylight is lost this way. Wide panels with fewer vertical sections and with wider slats will maximise the room’s daylight and give you a more streamlined look.
4. Which louver/slat size will best suit my windows?
It’s pretty simple – large windows or French doors suit shutters with wider louvers/slats (ours come in 89mm and 114mm widths), while small windows suit shutters with narrower slats (ours are 64mm). The wider the slats, the deeper the shutter’s frame, so if a 114mm slat means the frame will sit proud of your windowsill, an 89mm slat might be better. It’s not an exact science, but we think shutters with narrower slats tend to suit traditional-style rooms, while shutters with wider slats suit more contemporary spaces. Whichever you choose, ensure the mid-rail and tier-on-tier split points match where the window already divides. Slats should be in front of glass and rails in front of frames.
5. Which colour shutter should I go for?
White and off-white are easily the most popular choice of colours, but if you're drawn towards a different mood for your rooms we also offer a great selection of shutter colours in other subtle hues. Better still, we’re one of the only companies custom-painting polyvinyl shutters. From experience, we favour cool and calm tones, with our complementary shades providing a classic, unobtrusive focus to a home.
Room-by-room shutter guide
Still not 100% sure which shutters to get for your rooms? Fear not – these super sensible design tips will help you nail your choice.