There are many ideas that you can explore if you’ve decided on window shutters for your home. You may have chosen them for just one room with blinds for the rest of the house or maybe you have gone with window shutters for every room. Whatever the case, you’ve chosen a type of window covering that can lend itself well to any look, whether it’s contemporary or classic. Regardless of colour scheme, window shutters, if chosen well, can make a really dramatic statement.
Whatever theme you’ve chosen – window shutters can really work
What you’ll also find rather appealing about window shutters is that they’re easy to clean. All you need do is wipe them and unlike curtains they won’t absorb dirt and dust. They have a real sleek, sophisticated touch, but can be made to look quaint and homely depending on what you like.
Colour coordinated Window Shutters
You can have different slat sizes and panel designs and you can have almost any colour you choose to create stunning colour coordinated rooms within your home,
You also have much more control over how much light you allow into the room, giving you control over how much light enters the room and noise control. They can keep the sun out in the warm summer months and keep the room insulated during the cold winter months.
A reminder – the different types of window shutters for your home
The size of your room and the architectural design of your house can determine which style of window shutters are going to work in the room, or rooms you’ve chosen to fit them.
As we’ve already seen you can choose from different types of shutters, the main ones are solid, café style and plantation.
Plantation Shutters offer a very colonial look to the room and they rotate open and closed, so you have plenty of control over how much light you allow in.
Solid shutters can be folded back and closed at night, and offers a much more traditional “curtain look.”
Café style shutters are half shutters that only cover half the window and are used in many restaurants and cafes, especially in western Europe where the climate is warmer. They give a real cosmopolitan look to any room.
Tier-on-tier shutters are two shutters, one above the other and you can have either one open or shut whenever you like, so there’s plenty of control over light. These are good for bay windows, so you may find these are better for you if you have them.
Window Shutters for Victorian houses
If you have an older house, you may not be sure whether or not to invest in window shutters. They’re likely to be bay or sash windows and may be quite large. Three sided bay windows were popular during Victorian times - they were also known for patterned bricks and were normally built in terraces. They often came with porches and were tiled in terracotta brick throughout the porch and ground floor. If you’re unsure as to the date of your house, check the stones above the door, they were often dated.
Yes, window shutters can work in older houses
There’s no reason why window shutters can’t work in an older house, such as a Victorian one, they had plenty of character and personality and can be brought up to date with a more modern look. We’ve already seen that tier-on-tier windows shutters are good for bay windows, but you could try café shutters too, and if you choose your décor carefully there’s no reason why it can’t work.
If there’s plenty of light and the room is quite spacious, then window shutters are even better - and you can be daring and use darker colours, perhaps even stick with a Victorian theme, or go for something more contemporary.
Plate glass windows weren’t introduced until the mid-1800s, so if you’ve bought a Georgian house it may come with smaller paned windows, often with 6 panes in each window.
Window Shutters in Contemporary homes
If you live in a more modern home, then perhaps you can go all out for a real urban or minimal look, or something with an industrial feel, where charcoal greys and blacks for the shutters would work well. Match with darker colours, metal furnishings, shiny surfaces and caged bulbs.
A minimal look can be much lighter if you wish, with white walls and beige shutters for a more colonial look. Or perhaps you could try pastel colours, but with less busy patterns, especially if it’s a smaller room.
Contemporary but classic, old but modern, window shutters can make it work
A classic look can work in a more contemporary home, for a real twist, with chintz furnishings, plates on the wall, powder blue walls and window shutters that match one or two colours in the sofas and chairs. Remember though, if you decide to change furniture for whatever reason, that the shutters were initially chosen to match the furnishings, and this will have to be taken into consideration when you buy new furniture, if you’re not going to be replacing the shutters.
The versatility of window shutters
Window shutters are full of character and can only liven and enhance the look of any room in your home. They’re a great alternative to curtains, bringing your home into the 21st century, and with careful thought and attention, still retain a classic feel with a nod to different eras.