It is becoming increasingly common for homeowners to install window shutters rather than curtains and there are a number of benefits to this traditional window covering. Not only are shutters elegant and aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also incredibly durable and very low maintenance too. So, it is no surprise that they are a popular choice for every room in the home.
In addition to there being a vast range of shutter styles and ranges to choose from, there are also multiple types of shutters on the market too and there is a solution available to complement all windows. When it comes to installing plantation shutters, one of the first decisions homeowners will need to make is whether they’d like louvred or solid window shutters and there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these options. To help anyone currently trying to choose between them, below is some useful information to consider.
This is the type of shutter that many picture when they think of plantation shutters and louvred shutters are made with multiple horizontal louvres. These louvres can be tilted open and closed, and they can even be remotely controlled. Louvred window shutters are available in a range of shapes, sizes, colours and configurations to suit all properties.
One of the biggest advantages of louvred shutters is that they provide increased control over light, temperature and privacy. Being able to tilt the louvres to different angles throughout the day can be incredibly beneficial and depending on your individual requirements, you can use the window shutters to create a comfortable environment in each and every room in your home. Should you opt for remote-controlled louvred shutters, you can pre-programme them to tilt open or closed, or to certain angles at specific times of the day as well. The fact that with shutters you can operate banks of louvres independently from each other means that you can have the bottom half of your shutters in privacy mode (slightly angled) and the top half with the louvres in the horizontal position allowing maximum light.
As the name suggests, solid shutters are shutters that are made with solid shutter panels. This type of wooden shutter has been used as an external window covering for hundreds of years, however, it is also a popular choice for internal window dressings too and you can easily customise solid panel shutters to complement any interior design.
When wanting to replicate the original period shutters that would have been used in a property, solid shutters are a great choice. This type of shutter has an authentic feel and solid panel shutters are ideal for properties with lots of character, such as Georgian properties. Should you be looking to achieve a higher degree of blackout with your window shutters, solid shutters offer this too and they can effectively block light when they’re closed.
It is possible to combine louvred shutters and solid shutters, and having different sections to your window shutters can provide you with the best of both worlds, so to speak. When installing full-height shutters that come all the way to the floor, a mixed solution is a brilliant idea and many will opt for a solid bottom section with a louvred top section. Our raised insert design is fantastic and we quite often use the mix of solid bottom panels with louvres above on cupboard doors and room dividers.
By working with a window shutter company, you can easily design a mixed shutter solution that meets all of your individual needs, whatever these may be. You may even find that you require different solutions for different rooms and you can design something bespoke for each space.
Ultimately, when choosing between louvred window shutters and solid window shutters, there is no right or wrong solution and it all comes down to personal preference. No matter which type or style of shutters you decide you’d like to install in your home, be sure to contact us here at The Great Shutter Co. today. We can even provide you with some free and impartial advice should you be struggling to make up your mind too.
Here, at The Great Shutter Co. we supply a selection of different shutter ranges, enabling us to meet the varying needs and budgets of our customers. Our expert team can help you to design the perfect shutter set for your home and we pride ourselves on providing affordable, quality shutters that are backed up by a great service. What’s more, we offer an installation service too, ensuring that our customers get a quality finish that they’re delighted with. We look forward to assisting you with your new window shutters.