Decorate with House Shutters

House shutters don't just dress up your windows; they are a permanent architectural improvement that adds timeless beauty and elegance to your home.


Especially with today’s architecture and moldings, shutters are not only used as a decorative window treatment, but they become a permanent fixture of your home.

This is a architectural feature that is visible not only on the inside, but on the outside as well, adding value to your home.

Even the tax authorities agree with this, as it is the only window treatment considered a capital improvement. Here you can read about the tax benefits of shutters.

House shutters are a very efficient window treatment. The louvers can be rotated to allow partial light in and the panels can be completely opened for full view. But when closed you can achieve complete darkness plus full privacy and insulation.


Historically, the shutter was not only used as a window treatment, but it served as the window itself. Before the invention of glass they were actually used as windows instead of glass to protect the house from unwanted elements like heat, wind, rain, snow, or pests and burglars.


What makes a shutter a shutter?

First the shutter panel is constructed of four main parts; the louvers, the stile, the rails, and the tilt bar. Each part has its specific role in the operation of the shutter.

The panel is inserted into a matching frame connected with hinges. The fact that the frame (which becomes like part of the window) and the panel are made of the same materials (for ex. wood) is what gives it this architectural look.

bi-fold shutters

The amount of panels used depends on the size of the window. An even number of panels are used and they are divided evenly into two parts and open up in the center. Each group of panels are hinged one to another and fold in a fan style when opened.

Where this hinged style is not practical, a sliding panel (which looks like a sliding door) is used.

House shutters come in various versions. Here is a description of the more popular ones:

Cottage Shutters also known as colonial shutters or traditional shutters, originate from the colonial times in the northeastern states. The louvers have a specific shape and are made of wood.

Plantation Shutters where originally used in mansions on southern plantations. Now with Hunter Douglas Plantation Shutters you have the opportunity to bring in plantation shutters to any home.

Victorian Shutters

Read more about which shutters, whether indoor or outdoor, were used in Victorian Era homes.

Cafe Shutters are these half-height shutters that only cover the lower half of the window. They originate from French cafes where it solved a privacy/light control dilemma.

Specialty Shaped Shutters

Windows today come in many different shapes and it is hard to cover these windows properly, but shutters have specialized themselves with the characteristic of fitting into just about any shape window.

Exterior House Shutters

Outdoor window shutters are used for decoration and for storm protection. In places where hurricanes are common, good quality outdoor window shutters are necessary for protection.

What materials are shutters made from?

  • Wood is the ideal material to make shutters from. It imparts a warmth to the room and gives you the feeling that this is the real thing.
  • Faux wood a combination of wood and sythentic material gives the look of wood with the practicality of synthetic.
  • Vinyl is the most practical type of shutters. It's washable and will not warp or fade. It's mostly used in places where it gets a lot of moisture like the bathroom or a lot of wear and tear like the children's room.
  • Fabric also known as soft shutters use wooden frames with fabric louvers which softens the shutters and allows light control that only fabrics can provide.
  • Aluminum is used for outdoor shutters which provide protections against hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions.

Whatever your needs are you will always find that shutters are the perfect solution for your windows. Visit our window treatment store if you are looking for shutters in the New York, New Jersey, Long Island Metro Area.

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  • Ideas that allow you to get the most use out of your window
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