How To Personalise Your Shutters
Updated: Dec 22, 2022
At Feather & Grey Interiors, all our window stylings are made completely bespoke for you. We take pride in showcasing all the available options to our customers; from hidden hinges to our broad colour range, stylish fabrics and various mechanisms that make your finished product completely unique to you and your home.
Why Choose Window Shutters?
There are many reasons as to why our customers choose to have shutters installed in their home:
Light control: Shutter louvres give you flexibility in how much light you allow into your room, meaning you don’t need to worry about awkward angles of sunlight nor needing to completely shut all the light out to ensure there’s no glare.
Privacy: Opening and closing louvres and panels allows you to choose your level of privacy, so you don’t need to worry about nosey neighbours or passers-by! Angling your louvres in a certain way means light can still shine through, but you retain your privacy.
Style: Shutters are stylish and versatile and a timeless addition for all homes. Shutters can suit both super modern decor as well as traditional homes and country cottages, so whatever style home you have, we can find the right options for you.
Create value: It’s no secret that increasing the kerb appeal of your shutters can help add value to your home. Installing window shutters is a sure-fire way of making your home look beautiful from the outside and can appeal to lots of prospective buyers.
Insulation: Shutters give your home an extra layer of insulation by helping to block out unwanted drafts. Recent research has suggested, when closed, shutters can reduce heat loss through a window by up to 50%. With energy costs set to increase this year, investing in shutters could be one way of helping reduce those bills!
For more on whether shutters are worth the cost, visit our blog ‘Are Shutters Worth The Cost?’ to see whether shutters are the right choice of window styling for your home.
Once you’ve decided that you would like shutters in your home, the next step is to understand how to create a solution that suits both you and your interior.
Personalising your shutters couldn’t be easier and throughout your design consultation you will be taken through all the different options available to you, to ensure the final finish matches your interior design, personal preferences and practical requirements.
Our experts are here to advise and guide you through the process. If you would like an overview of the different options for you before you get to that stage, here are ways you can personalise your shutters:
Choosing the right style of shutters can depend on a number of things, mainly the design/shape of your window, your practical needs as well as your aesthetic preferences. Our shutter styles include:
Full height - Full height shutters cover the entirety of the window. The operation of the louvres can be split or a mid-rail added meaning the louvres can be operated separately from each other for versatility of privacy and light.
Tier on tier - Tier on tier shutters have independent panels top and bottom that are able to operate separately, giving you flexibility on privacy and light. These are particularly great for kerb-facing windows and bedrooms.
Cafe-style - Cafe height shutters typically cover the bottom section of your windows, allowing for maximum light, whilst at the same time giving you privacy on the bottom. The height of the shutter is completely up to you and we can create the perfect height for you and in line any particular style of your windows.
Tracked - Tracked shutters are great for large windows such as patio or bifold doors, sliding on a track and allowing quick and easy access through your doors.
Shaped - Shaped shutters are perfect for ornate windows and doors. These include circles, arches, triangles, ovals and many more. We are able to dress almost any shaped window with shutters.
Solid panel - Solid panel shutters are a solid wooden panel covering the entirety of the window. Typically used in bedrooms where maximum light restriction is needed and a great choice for period properties.
Choosing your louvre size is a personal choice and will usually depend on the size of your windows and the overall look you wish to achieve.
Our options are 49mm, 63mm, 76mm, 89mm and 114mm with our most popular being the 76mm given it’s the perfect size of most windows. 63mm louvres also look beautiful, particularly for smaller, usually terraced properties with 89mm louvres looking particularly effective on larger windows.
At your design consultation, our expert will come with samples of all size louvres for you to put against your window and choose which size works best for you.
Hinges are an aesthetically important feature and the colour you choose can really impact the overall look of your shutters, creating something truly impressive. We have a selection of colours for you to choose from; from brass, which gives a distinct and spectacular finish, to silver, which is equally as impressive to colour match for a more subtle finish, the choice is yours!
If you would like a super clean finish, we also offer a hidden hinge option whereby the hinges are built into your shutters so they’re not visible from the outside. This creates a seamless and clean finish and is an extremely popular option for many of our customers.
How you choose to operate your shutters can also have an impact on how your shutters look, so it’s another important element to consider. Again, it’s personal preference combined with practicality and there is no ‘best way’ for your shutters to operate.
We provide a range of different options for you to choose from and our experts will discuss each one with you so you’re well-equipped to make an informed decision about which mechanism is best for you.
The options we provide for plantation shutters are:
Tilt rod: This is a small, narrow bar that can be positioned as ‘off-centre’ or directly down the middle of your shutters, used as a way to operate the louvres in which the tilt rod covers. Aesthetically, this option will give your shutters a more dynamic look and look great in all types of properties, particularly traditional, country style homes.
If you choose to have a mid-rail for your shutters, there will be a tilt rod above and below to ensure individual operation of the louvres, which is a great option to increase flexibility for light control and privacy.
Clearview: Our Clearview option tends to be our most popular due to it’s discreet nature and perfect for our customers who don’t wish to have a visible tilt rod and less traditional look to their shutters. This option means there is a small rod positioned behind the shutters to the side of the louvres to allow for seamless operation. This rod isn’t visible from the inside of your home. Given its colour matched and is positioned to the side of the shutters, its visibility from the outside is discreet.
If you’re looking for a completely seamless finish, perfect for modern interiors, partner our Clearview option with hidden hinges. A stunning option if you don’t want tilt rods or hinges visible from the inside of your home.
Hidden mechanism: If you’re looking for a seamless and sleek finish, we offer a hidden mechanism option which means the operation is built directly into the shutter itself and there is no visible rod mechanism from neither the inside nor outside of our home. The louvres can still be moved the same way as the Clearview option in absence of a tilt rod. If your shutters have a mid-rail, split or you’ve chosen tier on tier, these will still be operated separately to maintain flexibility.
Choosing the right colour for your shutters can be the most exciting, yet most daunting decision! Given our wooden shutters are specifically designed with longevity in mind, most of our customers want a colour that will be versatile enough to potentially suit a few decor changes over the years.
Most of our customers choose our off-white colour for their shutters, which is versatile and stylish, suiting almost any decor. From stunning neutral tones to eclectic colour palettes, bold statement wallpaper and traditional country style decor, it’s a stunning option with a truly beautiful finish. If you’re looking to redecorate or renovate in the next couple years, but don’t want to replace your window stylings, then this is a great option.
However, there are occasions when you might want something a little different to the norm! We offer a wide range of painted finishes; from calming pastels, a selection of neutrals as well as wood stains to suit any interior design - there is plenty to choose from! Our experts will come with all our colour finishes as samples so you will be able to hold up each one to your window to help bring your vision to life. When there are a few different finishes that might be an option for you, there is no better way than to see this in reality.
If you are looking for a completely bespoke option for you, then we also offer a colour-match service. We are able to colour-match to almost any paint colour from the UK’s leading paint brands, so can create something truly spectacular and personal to you.
There are plenty of ways to personalise your shutters and create something completely bespoke to you and your home. Our shutter experts will discuss all these options with you in your design consultations, complete with samples to bring your visions to life.
Give us a call today or complete our contact form and we will be in touch to arrange a design consultation with you.