A History of Window Shutters

Window shutters have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They are fast becoming a more chic and sophisticated alternative to traditional curtains. Question is where do they originate, and where do they come from?

In this post we’re going to be taking a brief look at where window shutters came from and why they become so popular.

Window Shutters Have a Long History

Looking at houses of historical interest we see that shutters go back a long way. Keeping in mind there was no double glazing back in the medieval times, window shutters often gave protection from the elements. They also helped give homes some much needed privacy and draught proofing. You could bar and lock them and this helped keep out intruders.

Glass was gradually becoming popular by the time of the Tudor and Elizabethan years, but not everyone could afford it. Solid window shutters gave protection from weather and intruders and could be decorated to enhance the look of the home.

From Marble to Wood

Window shutters were made of wood, unlike the Grecian period where they were made from marble. Wood itself would often have mouldings on it as decoration, giving it a less utilitarian appearance, and helping to give it a softer and more domesticated look.

As house design changed, in the Victorian period we see that shutters were being used more often outside the house and as well as inside.

There are many buildings with window shutters dating back to the late 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Some of them no longer open due to age and layers of paint, but they offer a vivid picture of what homes were like and the evolution of house design.

Wooden Window Shutters Explore New Worlds

Window shutters were brought to the Americas by the Spanish and they came to be popularly known as plantation shutters, which were most often painted white. As you know there are many different types of window shutters available today and one of the most popular type is café shutters, the ones which open and shut independently of each other at the top and bottom of a window. These date back to a time when glass was an unaffordable luxury and shutters were still in use as a protection for the window.

There is still much to be learnt about window shutters and a lot more research can only reveal more fascinating facts about this beautiful form of window covering. From the 17th century up until today, window shutters design and style has changed a lot over the years.

There’s a lot of history behind this simple yet effective window covering and no doubt it should arouse curiosity in you, the next time you walk past a Victorian or Georgian house. Try to see if you can spot window shutters dating back to the 18th or 19th century.

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If you’re thinking of having window shutters in you home, then get in touch and we can talk you through the many different styles and colours, and help you to choose what’s right for your home.