There seems to be a miss-conception that shutters are best suited to traditional or period style homes – not true. Thanks to the advancement of production, most shutter companies now offer a painting service allowing customers to choose bespoke colours. This means there is likely to be a shutter to satisfy all tastes and styles. I have written the following piece ‘how to choose the right window shutter’ focusing on colour, materials and style. I hope you find it useful. All images are from Shutterly Fabulous.
Which colour to choose?
If you have a keen eye for interiors you would have noticed colour is back in a big way. As well as popular pastels including: powder blue, mint and rose, we are seeing rich jewels tones and on the opposite side of the colour spectrum, lively lemon.
Bright yellow is a daunting colour to decorate with but it’s great used as a colour pop, alongside neutrals and pastels, and will brighten up any room – see my swatch suggestion below. Cobalt blue shutters are great for a Mediterranean feel or go all out botanical with colour of the moment; forest green.
Wood effect shutters
If you love the look of wood, you have the option of a wood-effect shutter (as shown below) or solid wood panels. The shutters below look fantastic teamed with a pastel scheme. Yes, you could have chosen brightly coloured shutters for this look but the introduction of a rich walnut grain adds character and style.
Multiple wooden shutters in a small area can make a room feel a little ‘wood heavy’, to avoid this, be sure to add contrast with accessories. You can see how well this has worked below with the introduction of beautiful South American style textiles.
Choosing a shutter style can seem overwhelming but if you are clear about the function of the room, the task shouldn’t be too difficult. For example, an office space might suit half height shutters as they allow natural light to flood in at the top whilst retaining privacy at the bottom, a style also suited to Living rooms and bedrooms.
Wood panel shutters (below) offer less flexibility with the light and act more like a black out, perfect for a child’s bedroom or a room where you want total privacy.
Another misconception is that shutters shouldn’t go in the bathroom – wrong. They can look fantastic, especially if you are wanting to achieve a nautical feel. I would recommend Polyvinyl in high splash areas as it is completely waterproof. This doesn’t rule out solid wood, just make sure the shutters are away from any direct contact with water. Unlike roller blinds that have to be up or down, I think shutters are ideal for bathrooms as the slats can let in air and be positioned to keep the room private whilst still letting in light.
Shutters can add a new dimension to a room and so it’s worth remembering that most shutter companies will make custom-made sizes to fit awkward spaces.
**This is a collaborative post with Shutterly Fabulous. All thoughts and views are my own**
Pippa Jameson is an experienced Interior Stylist, Art Director, Consultant and TV Designer who has worked in London and abroad for the past 20 years. This site was started as a way for Pippa to share her industry knowledge of current interiors news and trends, whilst having a behind the scenes glimpse of a life in the day of a Stylist.