The basic rule of good shutters design is to keep things simple. This photo shows how shutters work exceptionally well when you follow that principle.
This window has different elements to contend with. First of all the shutters are being installed on a window which has leaded glass. This in itself is not a problem, so long as the shutters are designed sympathetically. As such, on this shutters installation it was very important to look at the mullions and transoms.
Which means, quite simply the window mullion is the vertical upright framing of the window and the transom is the horizontal part of the window. If you look at this photo you can see that the window, as a result of the mullions, falls into 3 sections. Shutterly therefore advised the customer that they would be better with either 3 panels or possibly 6 shutter panels. Putting 4 panels onto this window would have meant that the upright framing of the shutters (the shutter stile) would be totally out of sync with the framing of the window. The customer therefore went with 3 nice wide panels, which ensured the shutters aligned perfectly with the window mullions.
Likewise, the transom runs through the window horizontally and therefore split the glazed area approximately 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. To cover this over, the shutters were designed with a mid rail. This is the solid part of the shutter that runs horizontally. Shutterly Fabulous is one of the only UK shutters specialists that make our shutters with a choice of 3 mid rail sizes. This size shown on this window was the medium size and as you can see is a perfect compliment to the size of the window transom.
Combining the above outlined thoughtful design considerations with the fact that the shutters have large 89mm slats ensures that even with leaded windows, shutters do look stunning, but make sure you get expert advice to create the perfect shutters design for your home.