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Choosing the best shutters for your bedroom

8:16PM 18 April 2018

What do I want from my shutters?

Before you begin considering which bedroom shutters to choose, think about whether you want them to:

  • black out the bedroom, sometimes even in daylight;

  • improve the room’s privacy;

  • be matched with curtains to create a layered look;

  • add a splash of colour;

  • look contemporary or traditional.

Which shutter style to choose?

Start by picking the right shutter style for your bedroom.

Café-style shutters cover only the lower part of the windows, offering a good balance of privacy and light, and can be matched with curtains for a luxurious, layered look. Ideal for rustic-style rooms, they suit more formal, traditional bedrooms, too.

Tier-on-tier shutters, which have separately adjustable top and bottom panels, offer both privacy and flexibility because they allow you to open each panel or their slats independently from the other. Perfect for traditional or period-style bedrooms.

Full-height, classic plantation shutters are much more contemporary, but suit country-style schemes, too. Consider a mid-rail, which will allow you to tilt the slats of the lower part of the panel independently from those of the upper part.

Solid shutters are perfect for a traditional French look – and if you like your bedroom to be pitch black while you sleep. They come either completely solid or as a combination of a solid lower panel and a slatted upper panel. Solid panels have to be folded back to let in light, so you’ll need the available wall space.

Which slat width?

Louvres come in varying widths: 47mm, 64mm, 89mm and 114mm. So what’s the difference? Wider louvres look more contemporary than narrower ones; they will also let in more light and allow you to see more of the view outside. On the downside, they will also allow people to have a better view into the room, so choose narrower slats if privacy is an issue.  
Consider the size of the window, too. Smaller windows actually look better with a slightly wider slat – tiny ones will only make it feel more compact. Finally, bear in mind that other architectural details in the room might dictate how wide the slats should be: broad floorboards and deep skirting, for example, will look better alongside the widest of slats.

Which shutter finish?

Shutters come in wood finishes, classic white, designer neutrals, and in just about any colour you can dream up. Match them to your wallpaper or with your curtains for a co-ordinated look.

How will I open my shutters?

This will depend on how much wall space you have either side of your window, and whether you need increased privacy or not. In a room with lots of space that’s not overlooked, folding back the panels entirely will allow in lots of light and will reveal a lovely window.

However, it does mean that you have to keep the area in front of the window clear of furniture, in which case you might like to consider tier-on-tier shutters rather than full-height or solid ones. If opening the shutter panels is an issue, tilting the slats will still allow in plenty of light – especially if you choose a finish that’s light-coloured.

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