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Styles Guide

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With so many variations of window shutters, there is always a style best for your situation. Whether it's purely for privacy, maximum light blockage or even helping insulation - our different designs can suit your priorities. Have a glance through the below information for help find the correct interior shutter style for you. 

Cafe Style Shutters

Cafe style shutters

Café style shutters, given their name from the styles famous in Parisian and European café windows, only cover the lower section of a window. Their main use is to increase the privacy of a room, while not limiting the maximum amount of light. This makes them most suited to ground floor lounges, dining rooms & kitchens. They are mostly installed as a stand alone window dressing, however they can be combined with curtains for an interesting appearance.

The slat sizes of café style shutters can be used with consideration into how their day-to-day use may be. If you plan to fully open your shutters, a smaller slat profile may be preferable as to fold back more discretely. If you plan to keep panels closed, a larger slat may be favourable to allow in more light. 

Tier on Tier shutters

Tier on Tier shuttersTier on Tier shutters (also known as double hung shutters) are designed to let you open the top section of shutter panels independently from the lower section. These are a great choice if you are concerned about privacy but still want to allow maximum light into your room. 

Say, for example, you have a lounge or bedroom window overlooking a busy road.  With tier on tier shutters, you can have the lower tier of panels closed with slats tilted, giving privacy but retaining flow of light and fold back the top shutter panels so maximum light can enter the room. 

We usually advise narrow width panels, hinged together for tier on tier shutters. This means they can ‘concertina’ or bi-fold onto each other neatly when they are opened, keeping the windows clear. 

That's probably why these shutters are very popular for Victorian and Edwardian style 135° angled bay windows (sash window type bays). 

Tier on tier shutters work well if you are going to open the top panels on a fairly regular basis. If, however, you are likely to leave the top shutters panels closed, a better option might be full height shutters. 

Full height shutters

Full height shuttersFull height shutters are classic plantation shutters which cover your whole window in a panel that opens as one piece from top to bottom. You can have as many shutter panels across the width of the window as you can like, from 1 or 2 wide panels to 6 or 7 narrower shutters hinged together to accordian back when open.

Full height shutters create an open, simple and clean-lined look, especially when your window framing and shutter colour reflects your overall colour scheme.

If you don't intend to open the panels back often, consider ordering fewer panels. This means you'll have less vertical wood sections, known as stiles, allowing more light into the room.

A wooden shutter mid rail or divide rail is often used to break the run of slats from top to bottom on full height plantation shutters. You can then tilt the slats on the lower portion of the shutter panels at one angle, and keep those on the top section fully open, giving a clearer view.