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Our café-style shutters give you the best of both worlds. They only cover the lower portion of your window, so your room gets plenty of light while you keep prying eyes out. It’s a great shutter for street-level windows and the perfect choice for anyone not yet ready to give up their curtains.
The classic design of our café-style shutters most often follows the existing lines of your window. On Victorian sashes, they’re best fitted to the natural framing halfway up, but as ever we’ll work with you to decide what’s right for your space.
Café style, as a description for shutters, is thought to have originated from similar louvered shutters that are popular in French restaurants and (unsurprisingly) - cafés! A variant of the shutters we know and love today, these panels would be installed to cover just the lower portion of the window, giving diners privacy and creating a more intimate feel inside the restaurant.
The moniker stuck and today along with tier on tier and full height, ‘café style shutters’ has become the ubiquitous term for a plantation shutter design that covers just the lower portion of the window.
Now – while this café style design covers the lower section of the window, it would be wrong to think that you have to opt for coverage on just the lower half. The beauty with custom made shutters is that you can select exactly where on the window you want the panels to stop. Our team of Shutter Consultants are highly experienced in shutter design and can talk you through which shutter style is best suited to your window, interior design and, importantly, fit with ideas of how you want to use your window and shutters.
Considering this, we will look at your windows and, if you’re thinking that café style shutters would be the best design for you, we will talk you through your options. We will often point out design details of your windows that you wish to accentuate or perhaps hide. With café style, our customers will typically choose to finish the tops of their panels in line with a transom (horizontal piece of wood, aluminium or uPVC window framing).
With Victorian windows this transom is usually located around the halfway point on the window. Café style is a popular and practical choice for homes with Victorian windows as they give privacy while allowing daylight to enter the room, flowing between the slats. Close the slats at night to make the room feel cosier and tilt the slats at a slight angle in the daytime. Light flows but nosey parkers have a hard time peering into the room due to the way the slats overlap.
With many homes with Victorian style bay windows being close the pavement with little or no garden between the window and the pavement, café style shutters are a brilliant way to help you feel less exposed.
For newer build properties, many homes feature uPVC windows with a fanlight window at the top. This sees the window transom located approximately two thirds of the way up the window. Again, due to the fact that our plantation shutters are all custom made, you can specify exactly where you want the shutter panels to finish. In this case, many of our customers with uPVC replacement windows opt to have the shutters finish just above the transom. That way, they are hiding a part of the window that isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing part of the window. The top rail of the café shutter (the solid section at the top of the shutter panel) will cover the unsightly uPVC. We're sure you’ll agree that the shutters look significantly better than the plastic window framing!
Depending upon your room layout and space confines, we can hinge all designs to open away from the window. Therefore, if you do decide that you want to have the glazed area fully uncovered, that is no problem.
Lastly – two other important factors to consider is 1) How you’ll use the room and window 2) Does this mean that you need to have coverage on the upper section of the window?
Putting this another way – if you are only having shutters on the window (and no curtains you can close or blind you can lower) are café style shutters a practical solution? How would you feel about café style windows shutters in the bedroom in the summer with light pouring in at 5am? If you are set on shutters, don’t want any other window treatment mixed with the shutters, but want coverage on the whole window then tier on tier on full height would be a better solution for you.
Whichever design you opt for, Shutterly Fabulous can offer you unrivalled design advice. Contact us to take the next step to a Shutterly Fabulous home.