A shutter is a common window covering that provides a beautiful aesthetic and a good sense of privacy in your home. Home additions like shutters can immediately make a room feel complete, if you add interior shutters or provide additional curb appeal if you install exterior shutters. Shutters are great because they do a good job at blocking light when needed, but also can easily make a room seem bright as well. In fact, shutters can provide customizable lighting simply because they can be set at different angles to allow for different amounts of light to get in. There are dozens of types of shutters, but a few are extremely popular and considered attractive in the United States. The list below will tell you a little bit more about them.
California- By far the most popular style of shutter in the United States, California style shutters are distinct because of their wide louvers. Louvers are the slats that make up a shutter. California shutters are interior shutters that are most commonly made out of wood, though you can get them in different materials as well. California shutters are common in warm states like California (for which they are named), Arizona and Nevada. If you have a room with a lot of sun exposure, these are good shutters to consider.
Cafe Style- Cafe style shutters are common, unsurprisingly, in European cafes. Many cafes want to have natural light, but at certain times of the day, direct sunlight can stream in and get in a diner’s eyes, making the dining experience unpleasant. A cafe style shutter covers only the bottom half of a window so that it can shield diners from the sun in their eyes, but still allow sunlight to come in through the top portion of the window, giving excellent lighting and aesthetic for the cafe. Of course, these types of interior shutters go well in a kitchen or dining room where you may run into a similar problem.
Plantation- Plantation shutters are the shutters you envision when you think of big southern mansions. These exterior shutters are helpful against sun and inclement weather as they can be shut to protect windows during windy and raining southern storms. These types of shutters are most popular in southern states like Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia, but they can be installed anywhere in the country.Their classy look also pairs well with a fancy sitting room or sunroom.
Raised Panel- Raised panel shutters are exterior shutters that look a little like the panels of a door. They are decorative more than functional and serve mostly as a way to frame a window. You’ll often see this type of shutter painted in deep colors like forest green, navy or chocolate brown and flanking a window box.
All the shutters above are lovely, but difficult to install. It is best to seek out a professional like those at Viking Blinds to give you an estimate and be able to answer any additional questions you may have about which shutters will look best for your home.