Different by Design: Shutters are the New Curtains

Shutters tend to be associated with either European homes or grand stately houses in England, where they were an extra layer of draughtproofing and sun resistance to stop fading on fabrics and furniture.

However, shutters are a great alternative to curtains and offer high levels of functionality and charm plus, they can be used alongside conventional window dressings. The flush style and traditional charm of wooden shutters make them a perfect partner for sliding sash windows.

Different Shutter Styles

Shutters can be solid wood or louvred, also called slatted. Slatted shutters come in different styles and are usually made of wood, although there are faux wood alternatives which can often be a better choice in moisture-rich rooms like the bathroom and kitchen.

Full-height shutters cover the entire window when they’re closed. Cafe-style shutters cover the bottom half of the window so the top can remain uncovered. They are an excellent choice for small houses and cottages which are roadside as they maximise privacy without loss of light and avoid using net curtains.

Tier-on-tier shutters are like full-length shutters but divided into quarters, so top and bottom sections function independently, allowing pinpoint control of light and privacy. Tier-on-tier shutters are a good option for large windows.

How do Shutters Work?

Depending on the style of the shutters, different sections open when the shutters are flush against the window. When the shutters are closed, you can also angle the slats to adjust the light ingress without any compromise on privacy; it’s as simple as that. Each shutter section offers individual daylight and sunlight control which is simply not achievable with traditional curtains.

Shutters are simple to clean with a feather duster or a damp cloth. Unlike curtains, they avoid trapping dust, pet hair and allergens and can help keep the interior spotless.

Shutters in Contemporary Homes

Shutters are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes. Their sleek lines give a crisp contemporary finish which is unfussy and minimalist, particularly in the on-trend colour of grey or natural wood tones and stains. Homeowners can do away with curtains and drapes completely.

What are Shutter Blinds?

Shutter blinds offer all the advantages of traditional shutters, creating the same look and offering light control and privacy, but often cost much less because they don’t have to be made of wood.

Shutters look Just as Good from Outside the House

Rather than presenting visitors or passers-by with either a complete view inside the room or the lining of a pair of closed curtains, shutters preserve privacy but do so in an unbeatably stylish way. Slatted shutters, as opposed to solid wood shutters, are one of the very few functional options that enhance the window from the outside and the inside.

Shutters are hugely versatile, and the choice of design and colour means they can work with almost any age and style of property, creating a grand effect or something cosy and traditional. Alternatively, they are the perfect complement to a modern interior. Curtains cannot match their functionality and practicality, but they team well with drapes and fabrics or fly solo.

We manufacture timber sliding sash and casement windows in all styles and sizes to suit a vast range of properties, from the old and historic to the modern and contemporary. We are proud to blend traditional methods of craftsmanship with modern materials, so our windows offer the very best thermal regulation, draughtproofing, noise control and security. We also repair and restore old windows both on-site and in our workshops.

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