Plantation shutters are a great way to transform the look and feel of your rooms, controlling everything from where natural light falls in your spaces to your privacy. Their popularity is thanks to the beautiful range of designs on offer, looking classic and elegant in every property style. But how do you choose the right shutter designs for your windows? Here are some elements to consider.

The Room’s Function

When looking for shutters, it’s not all about how they look. Their design should be chosen for the use of the room, whether it’s somewhere you sleep, work or relax.

For example, blackout shutters are perfect for those spaces where you want total darkness to ensure a peaceful environment that won’t be disturbed by morning light coming in, including bedrooms and nurseries. Or if you’re designing your new home office, you may decide to opt for café style shutters the get the right balance between privacy and light. You could even choose waterproof uPVC shutters for bathrooms.

Whatever you require, an expert shutter supplier should be able to tailor your order to the needs of your home or business.

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The Window Size & Shape

The shape and design of your windows may also determine which style of shutters are right for each room, ensuring the aesthetics are balanced.

For example, if you have an odd-shaped window, full height shutters can provide you with the flexibility required in the space. You could select narrow width slats to help fit the size of the window, especially if it’s a bay area, where you’ll want to choose three shutter panels to create symmetry. This will also allow you to control the sunlight coming in from different angles of the window.

When you work with a shutters company, make sure they offer bespoke designs to fit your spaces perfectly.

Their Appearance

While functionality is one of the most important factors when selecting shutters, this doesn’t mean you can’t tailor the look to your tastes. When you find the right shutter design for your spaces, you can often add custom details to create the look you want.

For example, you may want to add a mid-rail to your shutters if they are full height to create a classic look which also allows you to open and shut the upper and lower slats of the shutters separately to each other. Or alternatively, you could opt for tier-on-tier shutters which would also allow you to fully open the upper and lower panels separately away from the glazing, giving you the ultimate control over light and privacy.

Speak to your supplier about how to customise the look of your plantation shutters, including colours, finishes, slat widths and materials on offer.

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At Hamiltons, we supply and fit a range of beautiful window shutters at properties across Surrey and South London, covering Chelsea, Chertsey, Chessington and beyond. For a free, no-obligation chat about your project, call now on 020 8390 4855.