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How to choose the right shutter style for your room

2:12PM 21 June 2019

So, you’re investing in shutters! How do you choose between Café Style or Tier on Tier? Would you prefer solid panel or slats? We run you through each style and their benefits.

Full Height Shutters

If you’re looking for curtain alternatives then Full Height window shutters cover the entire window, offering elegance and privacy. Perfect for most rooms, they can be used to dress doors as well as windows. They’re a popular style but what room suits them best?

Because of their simple panel arrangement, they’re ideal for blocking out unwanted light and outside noise, so windows that are located by busy streets would benefit from full height shutters. They offer perfect privacy from passers-by and overlooking buildings.

Patio doors in lounges and kitchens are also great candidates for this design as they have a large space to cover and using curtains as a dressing can get in the way. Full length curtains can be expensive too. But if you decide to leave the doors bare, they can look cold and unappealing, especially at night.

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If you have young children or pets, installing shutters to French doors is a great idea. In warmer months, if you want to keep the door open for ventilation but don’t want your cat or child running outside, shutters provide a good exit barrier. Installing your own latch system high up the shutter stiles is recommended to prevent small hands opening them.

Café Style Shutters
Café Style shutters provide privacy and openness in equal measure, covering the lower portion of the window and leaving the top clear for maximum light.

For this reason, they’re very popular in kitchens, as they’re perfect for making the most of the light available throughout the day, which is essential for food preparation. Once the meal is ready and the family and guests have sat down to eat, both privacy and light are maintained by closing the shutters.

Café style shutters are also excellent for bathrooms that aren’t overlooked by other properties. Who wouldn’t want to lie in the bath unseen while still gazing up at the sky? These shutters, like all our styles except solid wood, are also available in waterproof finishes for installations in humid rooms or windows near sinks.

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Another consideration is for your workspace at home. If you need a stylish deterrent to stop you staring out of the window when you should be working on your masterpiece, then these smart shutters are the ones for you!

Solid shutters

Solid shutters don’t have any slats – instead they’re made from a single panel, making them great for reducing noise and shutting light out from a bedroom. In fact, they’re the very best shutters to achieve near blackout conditions. Associated with historic houses or homes from a warmer climate, they can add an authentic flavour to your Georgian townhouse with an extra touch of rural bliss. But their simple elegance has also made them popular in understated architecture too.

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Customer photo showing part solid/part slat shutters on French Doors

You can also choose the option of having part solid/part louvred shutters installed with a solid shutter on the bottom half of the door and slats on the top half. On French Doors for example, the solid section is easier to wipe down when traffic enters and exits the doorway, bringing dust in from outdoors.

Tier on Tier

If you’re seeking adaptable shutters with optimum flexibility, then our Tier on Tier shutters – also known as Venetian shutters – deliver just that. With these designs, you control the upper and lower tiers separately, which means you can allow light in from the top while screening your room with the lower tier.

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If you have a sunny, south-facing room, then this style is perfect for preventing the sun dazzling you no matter what its position in the sky. They’re very popular in living rooms, where their lower sections can remain closed on sunny days, preventing screen glare but still allowing the light from outside.

Tier on Tier shutters have a distinctly classic look, making them perfect for Victorian homes (and their bay windows), but their flexibility makes them a great fit in most homes.

If you need any help or advice about how to choose shutters, then you can contact us on 0800 0747 321 or hello@theshutterstore.co.uk

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