Find the perfect shutters for your home

Sure, windows are important features of any home – but nothing draws attention to your panes more than clever and cute shutters. There are myriad styles of window shutters for your interior, ranging from basic to ornate. Think about which would best fit the age and look of your home.

Simple yet Stylish

Plantation shutters are interior blinds, usually comprised of slats of wood attached to a sturdy frame. They take their name from the fact that in warm climates, these shutters were often used in place of glass windows, because the slats could be opened to let air in or closed to block sunlight out. Plantation shutters usually fill the entire window, but "cafe style" shutters only cover about half of the window, allowing in light but giving the people inside the house some privacy.

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Colonial shutters are attached to each side of the window, are hinged and meet and latch in the middle of the window. They work well with smaller windows, but aren't as easy to fit over large picture windows. Accordion shutters are made of several interconnected vertical pieces and are pulled from one side of the window to latch at the other side.

On the Outside

Exterior shutters add a nice decorating touch as well, and there are just as many options to choose from. They come in two basic types: fixed and operable. Fixed are, obviously, connected to your home, and they're used mainly for decoration. Operable shutters can actually serve to protect your glass during rough weather or provide extra shade during hot afternoons. They're very effective when combined with storm windows.

Louver-style shutters give a more traditional, American feel to your home. Board-and-batten shutters offer a more rustic look, with several pieces of wood connected at the top or bottom (or both) by another piece of wood. Raised panel shutters are solid pieces of material with patterns cut into them.

Hurricane shutters, of course, are meant to be mostly functional rather than fashionable – they help protect glass during storms. But nowadays, they are making stronger shutters more attractive, so just because you opt for practicality doesn't mean you can't have some fun with design.

Match Your Material

There are several popular materials for shutters. Wood shutters are the most common because they are the most traditional, but they do require regular, albeit minimal, maintenance. Wood shutters are a nice option if you like to redecorate every few years, as they're easy to paint or varnish. Vinyl shutters are the cheapest option and don't need a lot of attention once they're installed. They're lightweight and fairly sturdy. Composite shutters are yet another option, and they're made from PVC and fiberglass.