It’s always surprising to homeowners just how much goes into designing and styling a home. There are probably things that you never even thought of, like interior shutters! There are several different styles and types of interior shutters, and we’ll be going over them and providing examples of each. So here are the different types of interior window shutters you should consider using in your home design.
The louvered shutter is the most common type of shutter in homes. All other shutter types are based on this design and bring different varieties. Louvered shutters have wooden slats attached to a single frame, and the slats will rest on each other when fully closed. This style gives the home a classic country vibe and would be perfect for farmhouse or cottage-style homes. They can be full or half-height and can be used in the interior and exterior of a home. This makes them versatile and perfect for those looking for a basic and classic look. The slats of a louvered shutter can be broad or narrow, but typically they range between 1.25 inches to 4.5 inches. However, you can order them even wider if that’s the style you’re going for. Here is an example of the simple yet elegant louvered shutter style.
Most often seen in the cafes in Europe, cafe-style shutters are adorable mini shutters. They are half-height shutters that allow the top part of the window to be open but provide privacy at the bottom when closed. These let in light while still giving you comfort to sit next to the window and keep what you were typing on your laptop a secret. Cafe-style shutters come in a classic shutter type with moveable slats that can be moved to let more or less light in, or you can get them in solid styles. They come in almost any style, color, and material that you can think of and would be a cute addition to a cottage-style kitchen or a she-shed! Check out these pretty cafe shutters you could use!
Tier-on-tier shutters are very similar to a dutch door. They are two shutters installed on top of each other. This design will make it easy to open the top half and keep the bottom open or vice-versa.
Tier-on-tier shutters also come in a wide range of styles, materials, colors, and stains, so you can easily find something to suit your needs. These tier-on-tier shutters are sleek and elegant and might be the perfect choice for a bedroom!
Tracked shutters are very similar to the doors often found on pantries. They are installed on a track so they can be folded away instead of on a swinging hinge. They come in the same style you’d find with any other shutter, but they are often thinner since they have to fold away. These would likely work best in a traditional farmhouse or cottage-style space. If you’re looking for something more modern, you might want to try something else. These full-length shutters might work great for a patio or deck door or full-length windows in a bedroom.
So far, all the shutter styles we’ve talked about have a way to open and close the slats. However, shaker-style shutters are fully solid shutters that can keep out most of the light when shut. They are solid panels that look just like cabinet doors, except they are on windows! They are ideal for bedrooms to ensure all light is kept out at night, night shift workers who need to make the bedroom dark in the middle of the day, or bathrooms for privacy. Like with cabinet doors, these panels come in a wide range of styles, materials, and colors, so you can find them in any style that suits your design. These shaker shutters are installed on a track so they can be folded out of the way.
You’re not likely to find shutters in homes built in recent years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add them to bring character into a room. Shutters are the perfect way to add a bit of functional beauty to a space!
Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.