Today’s shutters are fantastic for every room in the home and enhance the house both inside and out. From cafe style in the kitchen and vinyl in the bathroom to clerestory in the living room, and everything in between, the architectural detailing of traditional, often customary, shutters offer the full privacy you want. The great thing about them is that you get much freedom from installing shutters, meaning that you can manipulate the individual louvers into either up or down position and adjust the amount of natural light entering the room, as well as the level of privacy you want at any given time. That aside, shutters are full of character, can cover any door or window, and can serve as an incredible companion to any fabric top window treatment. If you want to make an investment that can last in time and elevate your home’s resale value, installing shutters is an excellent choice. For some ideas, here are 10 amazing shutters to enhance your windows!
1. Painted Shutters
From awe-inspiring bright red fuchsia kitchen shutters to gorgeous, chic black, painted shutters turn your windows into the focal wall in a room instantly. An excellent option for shutters that match every home’s interior is neutral tones. Just use gloss sheer to grab the eye and, of course, reflect light.
2. Clerestory Shutters
Clerestory windows are the windows placed high above the eye level. You can treat these windows by installing clerestory shutters. To achieve a more cohesive look throughout the home, you can put shutters to their kin, as well. Now, if you want to give the room a more Cape-Cod-like feeling, installing shutters on all the windows in the room will do the trick!
3. Arched Top Shutters
Take this living room, for example. The tall arched windows have plantation shutters* installed, with the same arched top. Of course, you can also use different styles of shutters per window in the same room. Don’t be intimidated by the idea. See how the partial height shutters mix with full-height shutters in this picture? Aren’t they eye-popping!
*Plantation shutters are shutters with individual louvers of 2 ½ and up to 4 ½ inches wide.
4. Door Shutters
If you have a door with a full glass panel, a shutter is the perfect way to ensure privacy, especially at rooms, such as the bathroom. When it is occupied, you will get the privacy required, and the amount of light you want, when it’s vacant. If you want utmost privacy constantly, closing the louvers and securing them in that position is the way to achieve it.
5. Bathroom Shutters
Speaking of bathrooms, shutters can serve two purposes: (1) as a functional window treatment, and (2) as an architectural element, like in this bathroom. See how soothing to the eye are the horizontal lines created by the individual louvers? Amazing!
Tip: To prevent warping from moisture and steam, consider using vinyl shutters.
6 Cafe-Style Shutters
Cafe-style shutters are great for the kitchen window(s), and not only, and cover just half of the window, allowing the light in and offering privacy at the same time. Now, if you decide to install cafe-style shutters in your kitchen, you may want to have them made from vinyl. It is much easier to clean compared to other materials.
7. Contemporary Shutters
Tip: If you want more light sliding in, ask for larger louvers.
8. Transom shutters
Tip: You will have to manipulate the louvers of the transom shutters one-by-one to either a closed or open position. To skip the extra effort, you can adjust them to the middle position once and for all. That way, they will block the light partially.
9. Shutters across the Wall
A wall of shutters can give your room a great, majestic feel. Regardless of the size of your windows, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shutters create a magnificent slated-like wall look! Plus, you can use this application to give your window treatments a more contemporary pinch.
10. Modern Shutters
Contemporary can easily take over the classic shutter with a few creative ideas. For example, you may want to replace the louvers with tree branches! Other alternatives and superb ideas are to try coordinating fabrics, painted dowels, or colored glass. However, the sky is the limit here, and it all depends on your personal likes and design style! So, feel free to be creative!