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40 Stylish Modern Window Shutter Ideas
Every year we wait with bated breath for the first rays of spring sunshine to peep through the clouds, then the next moment we’re frantically fanning ourselves in an attempt to keep cool in the increasingly stifling summertime. But while we can’t control our fickle climate, we can invest in window treatments that give us some shade and protects our interiors too.
Chic, sophisticated and stylish, shutters give you everything you’d wish for in a window treatment idea. They’re practical – providing light, privacy and reduced noise without compromising on security (you can add locks for extra confidence) – as well as low-maintenance, requiring nothing more than a wipe-down to keep them looking their best. More adaptable than curtains and more versatile than blinds, shutters come in a whole host of modern materials and super-chic colors, that not only make a feature of your windows, but provide flexible shade and privacy when you need it. From MDF versions with special coatings (great for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms) to hardwood designs that ooze sophistication, there are plenty of great options to choose from. Design-wise too, there are lots of different looks you can go for.
a beautiful and delicate bedroom with blue walls, a taupe upholstered bed with neutral bedding, a windowsill bench with neutral pillows and grey shutters that match the bed
a monochromatic kitchen with white shaker style cabinets and black countertops, black shutters that match and add color and vintage fixtures
a neutral coastal living room with multiple windows done with solid shutters, a white sofa with white and printed pillows, a reclaimed wood table
a neutral farmhouse bathroom with planked walls and a ceiling, shutters that match the neutral walls and a navy bathtub
a neutral vintage-inspired attic bathroom with shutters covering the window for privacy, a creamy clawfoot bathtub, an elegant metal chair
a Nordic living room with shutters covering the bay window, a grey sofa with monochromatic pillows, a black chair and a striped rug
Types Of Window Shutters
Taking their name from the sprawling 19th-century mansions in America’s deep south, the most versatile are plantation-style shutters. These feature louvres that open and close to minimize heat from the sun. They provide ventilation and privacy when needed and come in an impressive array of colors and materials. You can now choose the width of your louvres too. Larger louvres allow in more light when the shutter is open, so it’s worth bearing this in mind when you’re making your decision. The traditional method of opening and closing louvres is with a rod on the outside of the shutter, but many companies now offer designs that feature hidden mechanisms or even remote-controlled shutters (good for hard-to-reach windows) for a contemporary finish.
Solid shutters were originally installed in pre-Edwardian houses and were only used a couple of times a year when the owners decamped for the season. They weren’t designed to be opened and shut daily like our present designs, which is why so few remain today. As well as traditional wood, they now come in a number of materials, so try non-reflective acrylic, glass or even a fabric of your choice.
You can also source antique shutters at salvage companies. Shutters can be cut down, just make sure they still work proportionally. Or you can add an extra leaf to make them fit, but measure up carefully to find a pair as near perfect as possible. That’s all the basic information on modern and trendy indoor shutters, take a look at more ideas and get inspired to get some for your home!
a pretty living room with botanical wallpaper, bright green shutters that add color and interest to the room, a white sofa and printed pillows, some cool green decor
a relaxing and soothing bedroom with taupe walls, a pink upholstered bed with pastel bedding, a pendant lamp and blush solid shutters that match the color of the bed
a seaside bathroom with all neutral everything, a blue clawfoot bathtub and matching cafe style shutters that echo with it