Weighing up the benefits of vinyl vs wood plantation shutters? Read our guide to the materials available before you make your choice.
When it comes to interior design choices, there is always a balance to be struck between form and function. If you chose all of your décor based purely on its performance, you might end up with a home that lacks charater; while if you go purely on a striking look, you might find your furniture and interiors degrade with time and need to be replaced.
Ideally, when it comes to furnishing your home, you would strike a happy balance between the two. That is definitely true when it comes to shutters, which provide just that: a function that goes beyond simply having a striking and timeless look and feel. That is why Shutterly Fabulous offers different materials for our range of shutters, namely Painted Hardwood, Stained Hardwood and Polyvinyl Waterproof.
So, when it comes to vinyl vs wood shutters, how do you know which material is right for your home? Well, many people are drawn to the natural feel of Painted or Stained Hardwood, along with its durability and, if you go for the Stained Hardwood option, its beautiful natural wood-grain aesthetic.
While shutters a popular around the home, they are also a timeless choice for bathrooms, too. With their ability to regulate light, heat, and noise and, crucially, their ability to shut to provide much-needed privacy in this most private of settings, they’re always a popular aesthetic choice when furnishing bathrooms, with many preferring them to the frosted glass that has become ubiquitous in the world of interior design.
While some bathrooms may be fitted with excellent dehumidifying technology, most bathroom shutters will expect to deal with a fair amount of condensation from baths and showers, and even direct contact with water if it is a wet room. It can be a conundrum for people who want the distinctive look of shutters in their bathroom, but who are concerned about the effects of water on the materials over time.
That is where Shutterly Fabulous’ Polyvinyl Waterproof range comes into its own. They’re designed to effortlessly deal with the effects of condensation and water over years, without warping or bending, and will look as good a decade down the line as the day they’re installed.
Form vs function, vinyl vs wood shutters – the best thing is that with all materials and styles covered across Shutterly Fabulous’ range of beautiful plantation shutters, you’re free to make the best choice for each room, and therefore the best choice for your home, without ever having to compromise.
Bay windows are the perfect way to invite the most sunshine into your home. If you have curved bay windows, you’re going to love seeing these plantation shutters for curved bay windows and picturing how great they could look in your home. This style offers many benefits and advantages over other types of window coverings, let’s take a look!
Advantages of Curved Bay Window Shutters
Sunlight: You gain so much versatility when you install bay window shutters. You have control over how much sunlight gets in, meaning you can have things wide open, perfect for filling the room with natural light.
Privacy: What makes the shutters great for sunlight is also what makes them great for privacy – the fact that you have total control to completely open or close your shutters at any time, or to adjust the slats to let in just the right amount of light. You can block the view from outside of your home, while still enjoying fresh air and light in your home.
Aesthetics: Shutters look fabulous when they’re installed on bay windows, they really accentuate the size and grandeur of these often unique windows. Curved bay shutters provide such a timeless look that it’s simply a shame to have bay windows that aren’t adorned with shutters!
Made-to-measure: There are so many different options available when it comes to style, size, and colour that we’ll be able to curate the perfect selection of shutters to suit your home, for a one-of-a-kind result that was tailor-made just for you.
Why Shutterly Fabulous for Curved Bay Shutters?
Our experienced team has been working with shutters for many, many years. We’re the original custom shutter provider in the UK, and we custom make each and every shutter for your home to meet your exact specifications. Everything is measured flawlessly, carefully chosen to meet your style and requirements, and then masterfully installed.
Our shutters can be found in homes across the UK and you’ve probably already seen them before! Even though we’re in so many homes, we’re still equally excited to hear from each new homeowner, to help you come up with the perfect plan for your space.
Life is busy enough, so we’ve made it easy to buy curved bay shutters for your home, and to have them installed at a time that suits your schedule.
Living Room Shutters for Curved Bay Windows
For the amount of time that most people spend in their living rooms, it’s a shame that more people aren’t absolutely in love with their windows. Windows are such a lovely aspect of the home, with so much potential, but many people are still fighting with stubborn blinds or unruly curtains.
Tier on tier shutters are the perfect living room shutters when you have tall windows. For wider windows, cafe style can be an excellent option. This also applies for choosing curved bay window shutters.
If you love to watch the sun rise with a cup of tea, but you want to eliminate glare on your television while you watch the evening news, shutters make these adjustments easier than any other option.
Bedroom Shutters for Curved Bay Windows
While the goal of a living room might be to let the light in, it’s usually the opposite in a bedroom. Because of that, people with curved bay windows in their bedrooms are more likely to choose bedroom shutters with solid panels. The solid panels work best for keeping as much light out as possible, and they also help to dampen any outside noises.
Choosing the perfect style of shutters for the windows in your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It can feel like it’s a lot to take in at first, but we’re here to help break things down and make sense of everything. If you still have any questions, get in touch to schedule an in-home consultation with one of our experts!
A key factor in choosing which style of shutters to choose for your windows comes down to the size of the window itself. The shape of the window plays a big role, too. While we can install any style of our shutters to any windows that you have, we find that it’s helpful to use the following guidelines as a starting point. Matching the size and style of window with the best fitting style of shutter will ensure your home looks truly fabulous!
Wooden Shutters for Interior Bay Windows
The magic of our shutters is that we can manufacture and design any style to fit each window, so there’s no rules written in stone that things have to be a specific way. Our shutter specialists will consult with you and explain all the different choices you have. Here are some bay window decorating ideas to get you started.
Shutters for Box Bay Windows
Box bay windows can bring a lot of extra light into your home, and plantation shutters are an excellent fit for this style. Since plantation shutters, are also designed to help optimize light, it’s a match made in heaven! Sometimes, you don’t want a lot of light, and it’s quick and easy to make those adjustments when you install plantation-style shutters in your box bay windows.
Shutters for Curved and Angled Bay Windows
Just like with box bay windows, plantation shutters are also an excellent option for curved bay window configurations. Rest assured, we can show you how everything will look in similar homes to yours, and we will measure your bay window precisely so that you’ll get a perfect fit, regardless of which style you choose.
Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows
Cafe style bay window shutters are a great look for curved bay windows, as they’re generally wider than they are tall, and will provide privacy for street-level rooms.
If you’re worried about shutters taking up a lot of room in your bay window, discuss the option of bi-fold shutters with your consultant. Bi-fold shutters are where two shutter panels are hinged together and can fold back neatly. These shutters even have magnet plates in the panels to ensure they close securely.
Solid Shutters for Bay Windows
If your bay windows are in your bedroom, then this is a good opportunity to use solid shutters. Solid shutters on bay windows do the best job of blocking out the light, and they offer complete privacy. Even though these solid hardwood shutters block out the light, they can still be opened up to let in the light when you want to let a little sunshine in. Solid bay window shutters also provide a traditional aesthetic that complement period properties perfectly.
Shutters for Small Windows
If you have small windows in your home, then full height shutters make a great fit. Full height shutters cover the entire height of your window, as the name suggests. Rather than having multiple panels stacked, they are tall enough to cover the length of your window and provide a streamline and fuss-free look.
Shutters for Modern/UPVC Windows
Windows in modern properties are usually wider than they are tall, so tier-on-tier shutters aren’t the best option in this case. We would recommend going with full height shutters instead, with a larger slat size and hidden rod, these modern shutters will turn your home from fine, to fabulous!
Shutter on Patio or French Doors
If you’re lucky enough to have French or Patio doors, then this is another prime location to install shutters. Not only do shutters on doors look great, but they also take up less room compared to their blind and curtain counterparts. Shutters on doors also provide you with complete control over the light that enters your rooms, I don’t think curtains can say the same!
Shutters on Sash Style Windows
If you have sash style windows in your home, then café style shutters make a great fit. Café style shutters cover the lower portion of the window, and leave the top section uncovered. This works nicely in cafés, as the name suggests, since you still get a view of the outside, but with a little extra privacy.
Tier on tier shutters work very nicely with the design of a sash window, as the rails in the shutters can line up seamlessly with the rails in your sash windows. Our shutter consultants can advise you on the best design for your windows, as they all have years of experience in designing and installing shutters on sash windows.
Shutters on Special Shaped Windows
There are other shapes and styles of windows that don’t necessarily fit into any of the above categories, but don’t worry, we can make shutters for those, too! From hexagon windows, arches, circular windows, triangles, and anything else – put us to the test!
We love the challenge that comes with crafting the perfect set of shutters for every window in your home. We’re confident that we’ll be able to come up with a custom solution for every shape of window. Read more about our special shaped shutters here.
We’ll Help You Choose The Perfect Shutters For Your Windows
Our in-home consultants have year of experience speaking to homeowners about their shutters, and can explain the pros and cons of every single type of shutter style you could dream of. If you have an idea of what you want already, we’ll help you finalize the details. If you’re still unsure, leave it to us, after all- we’re the experts!
From curved bay shutters, to windows large and small – we’re looking forward to working our magic in your home!
Cafe style is a popular option for street-facing rooms, affording full-privacy while letting in buckets of natural light. This style is a popular option to pair with curtains, providing you with the style and practicality of the shutters, with the soft, flowing nature of the curtains.
This Traffic White shade creates a flawless and sleek look, allowing other colourful interior choices to shine. Our range of brighter shades give a real sense of space as they reflect light in your home. The hidden rod ensures a sleek finish for these classic 64mm slatted, cafe style shutters.By Shutter Type
For many homeowners, light control is a top priority when choosing a window covering. Shutters are a great option that offers a near-blackout effect that will allow the home to feel like a true refuge from the outside world.
What options are there for blackout plantation shutters and what style is best suited?
The opaque nature of solid shutters means that they lend themselves to being great options when exploring how to best darken a room. Covering the entire expanse of the window when closed, solid shutters will prevent the majority of light from entering the space. To find out more about solid shutters, and how they differ from our regular slatted style, read our blog: ‘Louvered or solid shutters, what is the difference?’
If you are looking for shutters to darken a room, Full height shutters are also a great solution. Our louvred shutter slats overlap to ensure most light is successfully blocked out.
What are the benefits of blackout shutters?
Blackout window treatments can contribute to a more restful environment at home. Our window treatments provide privacy and darkness when the shutters and slats are closed.
Which rooms are blackout shutters best suited to?
Blackout interior shutters are best installed in light-sensitive rooms such as the bedroom or kids’ rooms. Bedroom shutters will allow any early morning sunlight or streetlights to be significantly reduced to allow for a restful night’s sleep without any disruptions.
Does the colour of shutter make a difference?
While our made-to-measure shutters will block out most light from the outside, opting for a darker shade when selecting shutters will enhance the darkening effect within the room once the shutters are closed. Our colour matching service allows for a paint choice which blends nicely into your interior, no matter the style.
Can blackout window shutters be an option for all windows no matter the size?
Absolutely. All of our shutters are custom made, so it doesn’t matter how tricky the size or shape of the window is, we can create a design which will fit to it seamlessly.
Get a quick quote and book your free no-obligation appointment here, or contact us to find out how blackout shutters can make your home fabulous.
Poplar wood is a good option for large windows and doorways due to its lightweight and durable finish. On top of this, the hinges and mid-rail allow for an array of options on how much light, privacy and air you’d like in whichever room of the home you have in mind. This Too White shade creates an immaculate look to match your style and adds a touch of peaceful sophistication, especially given the eye-catching floor to ceiling fit of these full height shutters. You’ll also find that brighter shades such as this also gives a sense of more space in the room as the light is reflected to fill the room. The hidden rod ensures a sleek finish for these contemporary, 76mm slatted, full height shutters.By Shutter Type
Interior window shutters are a practical and stylish addition to the home that will provide light control, privacy, safety for kids and more. However, when going through the design process, differentiating between the various shutter slat sizes can feel confusing.
To help you find the right shutter louvre size for your window, we have put together an informative guide below.
What shutter slat sizes does Shutterly Fabulous offer?
To ensure there is variety, we offer four different slat sizes: 64mm, 76mm, 89mm and 114mm. The different sizes available allows for all tastes and practical requirements to be met.
Does the shutter slat size affect privacy and light?
The 64mm and 76mm slats are perfect for reducing the flow of light. Choosing one of the smaller sizes means that there will be more shutter slats within the panels, which in turn, will allow slightly less light into a room. However, if you’re looking to increase natural light, opt for larger slats (89mm or 114mm). The wider louvre design means that when the shutters are open more light will be able to enter the home.
If privacy is a significant factor, both shutters provide this, but the smaller slats will offer a bit more coverage on the window due to there being extra slats on the panels.
What works best in contemporary and period homes?
Wider shutter louvres make a statement and will enhance a modern home. Providing a streamlined look that will complement other aspects of the room, shutters with a larger slat size will lend itself nicely to a contemporary space. If you live in a period home that holds a lot of character and traditional architecture, opt for the smaller slats that will contribute to the feel of the room.
What shutter slat size works with large and small windows?
If you are looking to dress a small window, opt for shutters with a smaller slat size for a clean and balanced finish. When dressing larger windows, wider louvres will work best. Covering a large amount of space, bigger shutter slat sizes will achieve a proportional clean-cut look.
If you are unsure about what will work best in your home, our shutter experts will be able to give you professional advice and assistance with your choice. Book your free appointment here.
Will the louvre size restrict my shutter style choice?
To see how the different sizes will look in your home, we are offering a free no-obligation appointment with a specialist who will be able to seamlessly guide you through the different options and offer their knowledge on what will look best in your space. Book your free appointment here.
Sometimes the smallest decorating changes can make the biggest difference. Window dressing treatments are no exception, from curtains and blinds, to film and shutters – the possibilities are endless.
Here at Shutterly Fabulous we offer a wide range of shutters to suit every window and every room; whether you’re wanting to make your bedroom a cosy tranquil space or provide a practical window bathroom solution – there is a shutter style to suit. What’s more, with our colour-matching service, you can add your favourite shade, whilst complementing the rest of the room scheme.
Window dressing Kitchen
The kitchen is often deemed the heart of the home, with homeowners spending more active time here than in any other room. Whether it be entertaining friends, preparing meals, or simply having some down-time, the kitchen is without a doubt an active space.
As a result, the design of our kitchen is really important, from the smaller design details, such as surface finishes, through to the lighting in the space, creating the right ambience in this room is essential. Not only should practicality be a main consideration but ensuring that this busy hub is designed not only for today but also for years to come, is imperative.
Incorporating kitchen shutters into your space is the perfect solution for dressing kitchen windows. They work particularly well in a kitchen environment as they allow the light to stream in whilst helping to hide unsightly views such as outdoor bins. Additionally, issues such as water damage and maintenance aren’t a problem for shutters as they can be simply wiped clean if any spills or splashes occur – a common incident in a busy family kitchen and one not solved with curtains and blinds!
Wanting to add some extra light to your kitchen/dining space? Patio doors are a great addition, however, as they reflect ample natural light around the room, this also means that privacy is often spared and as such, these large expanses of glass can be tricky to dress and style. Shutters are a simple, practical solution to window dressing patio doors, not only providing the privacy you may require, but also controlling the light and temperature – perfect for all year round! Read our blog: Choosing plantation shutters for patio doors.
Window dressing bathroom
Bathrooms are the ideal place for relaxing and unwinding from a long stressful week. Bathroom shutters are the perfect solution for any bathroom needing a quick fix, turning it from a standard bathroom into a serene and peaceful setting.
The bathroom can be a notoriously tricky space to decorate due to the amount of moisture in the air, so more should be considered when updating it. Shutters are a handy solution for your windows, providing not only style to your space but also the perfect amount of privacy. Perfect for use in high-moisture areas of the home, the Shutterly Fabulous vinyl range won’t warp or get water damaged over time, unlike curtains and blinds. Made from lightweight aluminium and coated in vinyl, these shutters are 100% water resistant, meaning that they’re suitable for use in wet rooms.
Café Style shutters are a great option as they provide that much needed privacy, whilst still allowing the natural daylight to flood the room. Why not think about incorporating cool blue and grey accessories into a scheme, to create an on-trend look in your bathroom. Alternatively, Tier-on-tier shutters can offer great flexibility, as each panel can be adjusted independently.
Window dressing living Room
The living room is another important space in your home, seamlessly transitioning from hosting space to a wind down zone. If your living room is in need of a new lease of life, sometimes it can take just one simple step to transform your dream haven of tranquillity and style.
If you have a living room that needs a little something, shutters can often be just the finishing touch you’re looking for and can be easily complemented by curtains and blinds. Read our blog: Pairing shutters with curtains.
There is a selection of shutters that can work within your living room, from tier-on-tier, café style or Full height shutters, all providing you with much needed light and privacy. Considering injecting a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral room, or, opt for neutral shutters for a versatile base to complement any living room style.
A bay window is a much sought-after architectural feature in a home and is found in a lot of living rooms these days. It will seamlessly open up a room, making it feel larger and lighter, but it can also be challenging to dress with curtains and blinds. A simple and effective solution for your bay window is Bay window shutters, providing you with both privacy and an elegant aesthetic, bay window shutters will give your home that much-needed update inside and out.
Window dressing bedroom
The bedroom is the place we spend the most of our time – the hideaway we come to in order to relax and unwind, shutting away the stresses of the rest of the world, and yet, with so much emphasis on the look of our living rooms and kitchens nowadays, we’re all probably a bit guilty of neglecting to give ourselves the bedrooms we deserve.
Your bedroom should be a refuge – a place to escape to after a busy day and a space that fills you with feelings of peace and serenity. One of the easiest ways to update your bedroom and make a real impact on your mood, is to incorporate colours and textures that elicit a calming response from the brain. Colourful Bedroom shutters are a great window dressing idea and can work with natural light to inject colour in an effective and controlled manner. Bedroom shuttersenable you to balance the light and privacy in the bedroom, where comfort and well-being are a must.
Solid shutters are a great option, whether you’re looking to insulate your room, add privacy or block out the light at night, the opaque nature of this style will act as an additional protective layer from the outside world.
It’s also worth considering plantation shutters when redesigning your child’s room. Benefits include privacy, heat insulation, light control, but most importantly, unlike curtains or blinds, there are no chords hanging down which instantly eliminates hazards.
Why not make every room in your home Fabulous! Speak to one of our shutter experts to discuss ideas or book an appointment here.
More and more people are now opting for shutters on sliding doors within their homes. Open plan extensions with doors that span the entire wall is an interior goal for a lot of homeowners – ourselves included! These vast and impressive doors do not lend themselves to blinds or curtains, which is where shutters for doors come in.
We’re here to tell you that there isn’t a door or window we can’t put shutters on, or one we can’t make look fabulous.
Full height solid shutters
Whether your doors open out to a patio, garden, balcony or another room – shutters are the perfect addition.
Sliding doors are usually made up of large panels of glass. This glass lets in light, heat and prying eyes! This is where shutters come in. Shutters on sliding doors offer complete privacy. The slats allow you full control over the light levels and the solid hardwood material keeps in the heat.
Shutters are so perfectly suited for sliding doors, we have 3 options available: Full height shutters, bi fold track shutters and bypass track shutters.Book an appointment
Sliding doors with shutters on a track
Shutters on sliding doors are an ideal match. Our made-to-measure shutters can be designed to hang on a track system, which means the shutters can bi-fold to the side(s) or they can bypass to the side(s). Our shutter specialists will create a bespoke design to best suit your sliding doors.
This track design offers a seamless transition in a wide variety of interior doors spaces and room dividers. Tracked shutters are perfectly suited for wide sliding doors and large windows where you don’t want a bottom frame piece.
Bi-fold tracked shutters neatly stacked to the side.
Bi-folding shutters for sliding doors
These shutters are concertina-style, which means you can push them back to the side of your sliding door and have them neatly stacked in front of each other. This allows your open-door space to be free from obstructions with the freedom to fold the panels back over the open door, so you can benefit from cool air, extra shade and added level of control. This flexibility of design is ideal if you have young children or pets that you want to benefit from the outdoor conditions without them running in or out.
Our shutter experts can discuss with you what you need from your shutters and create a design that is best suited to your exact needs.
Bypass shutters for sliding doors
These shutters are also on a track, but instead of folding, the panels slide in front and behind of each other. These are a great option if you always want an element of door coverage. If you have a single sliding door, then this design is perfect as it will fall in line with your current door design seamlessly.
Bypass tracked shutters
Full height shutters for sliding doors
Our popular full-height shutters are also perfectly suited for your sliding doors. Like our shutters for windows, the panels would be held in a 3 or 4-sided frame.
The best thing about full height shutters for sliding doors is that they are crafted to fit your exact specifications and space, so can even fit unusual areas like doorway arches and gable windows.
Full height shutters
Shutters for doors are available in all our quality hardwood ranges, across all our luxurious paints and are even available in each of our sumptuous stains.
Whether slatted, solid, bi-fold or bypass, we can guarantee we have the best shutters for your sliding doors. During our free design consultation, our shutter specialists will talk through all the options available. They will then measure your windows and create your bespoke design, while you continue to rest in the knowledge that your sliding doors are about to look thoroughly fabulous!
If you’re still in any doubt, visit our Instagram for inspiration and our many customer images.
Bifold track shutters on a patio door
If you’d like to find out more about how shutters can be designed for your sliding door, click here to book a free home visit with one of our shutter specialists. They’ll talk you through styles, colours, materials and will provide you with a quote. They will then return a few months later to expertly install your beautiful new shutters.
Sit back, relax, and leave it to the experts.
An introduction to plantation shutters
Originating on the large farm and plantation houses of the American South (hence the name), plantation shutters have rapidly grown in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic over the past 20 years. Manufactured from a range of different materials (ours are handmade using high quality hardwood), they are attached directly onto a window or door frame to become part of the fixtures and fittings of your home.
The key element of a plantation shutter is its slats – evenly spaced elements that can be opened or closed as required. Chances are that when walking down any suburban British street over the past few years, you’ve started seeing a lot more plantation shutters springing up.
We’ve put together this article to tackle a question we sometimes get from curious shutter newbies – are plantation shutters out of style? We’ll explain that, far from it, plantation shutters are as in vogue as ever and are in fact a timeless addition to any home, complementing any interior style.
Where do shutters originate from?
A big clue is in the name. Plantation shutters were first designed to be used on the large plantation and farm houses of the deep American South. Owing to the subtropical climate in the region, with its swelteringly hot summers, traditional curtains were seen as too heavy and stifling. Landowners required a window dressing that allowed for privacy, light control and for cooling fresh air to enter rooms. It led to the iconic slatted design being developed, the white finish that was used to reflect heat remaining the most popular choice even today.
Large slats meant fewer slats and more unobstructed light entering rooms, however come sundown they could be closed completely to allow for a dark and peaceful night’s sleep. Large slats are the defining feature of plantation shutters and are resolutely popular today, looking particularly striking on large windows adorning Victorian and Georgian buildings.
Have shutters gone out of style?
If they had gone out of style, we’d be out of business by now! Not only are we still going strong after 17 years, but we’ve actually just expanded our reach to serve the whole of the UK. Just take a look at our glowing collection of customer reviews that grows by the day.
The number of shutters you see on British streets has grown rapidly over the past few years and this growth shows no sign of abating. By being available in neutral colours such as white and grey, they complement any interior style, meaning they outlast changing trends. And by becoming part of the fixtures and fittings of a home they’re much the same as a new kitchen or extension and are therefore less ‘throwaway’ than blinds or curtains.
Shutters are being reinstated in Georgian and Victorian properties to return them to their original lustre. Indeed, many of our customers request solid shutters, i.e.: solid panels of wood and no slats, to help do just that. We’re seeing an emerging demand to have shutters installed in new builds as they bring an element of architectural detail without the cost of full scale structural renovation, such as installing a fireplace.
Rest assured, shutters are about as timeless as you can get when it comes to home improvements and show no sign of going out of fashion any time soon!
Do plantation shutters suit particular homes?
As well as being timeless, plantation shutters are also incredibly versatile. They suit all types and era of home – flats, houses, Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian, new build. We’ve installed shutters on French doors, in conservatories and even on house boats. Our highly experienced shutter specialists will visit you at home and custom-design shutters to the precise spec for you, taking into account your interior style, age of the building, type of windows and your personal preference. We offer shutters in a huge range of colours and styles, including custom options. There’s no window (or door) that we can’t make look Fabulous with shutters.
Ready to find out more about the ultimate timeless purchase for your home? Click here to book a free home visit with a shutter specialist in your area. They’ll talk you through styles, colours, measure your windows and give you a quote. They’ll return a couple of months later to personally install your shutters and make your home look that little bit more Fabulous. Or if you’d prefer a quick quote, give the team a call with some rough window measurements to hand – we’re open six days a week. Now, how’s that for style?