Shutters are a clean-lined, practical and low-maintenance way to dress your windows, offering not only privacy and shade, but draught and sound-proofing too.
Traditional wooden window shutters actually out-date the use of glass in windows, dating back to Tudor England. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a look that only works in period properties. Brilliantly functional and simple in their design, shutters also work perfectly in more modern or architectural properties, with plenty of styles to choose from.
There are full-height louvred designs, cafe-style shutters (which protect only the bottom portion of the window), tier-on-tier shutters (where panels are stacked giving you added versatility) or solid shutters, which fully block out sunlight and are ideal for bedrooms.
Our edit of the brands to know includes firms offering affordable and stylish off-the-shelf options, ones allowing you to get creative with colour and even places to find restored vintage shutters…
7 of the best window shutter brands
Fan of the traditional look or in search of something different? These are the experts…
If you want more than just a neutral or natural finish, Hillarys has over 2,000 shades to choose from. Make a statement with ombré hues in an all-white room, or pick a tone to match a coloured wall. Solid shutters (pictured), from £479 per square metre, plus £75 per panel to colour match, hillarys.co.uk
If you can’t decide which style of shutter is right for your home, California Shutters can advise between full-height, cafe-style (which cover only the bottom half of the window) or tier-on-tier (a versatile stacked option). From £210 per square metre for full-height shutters, californiashutters.co.uk
Established in 1982, Plantation Shutters was one of the first UK brands to make traditional interior louvred wooden shutters. They now produce aluminium security shutters as well as regular hardwood and MDF versions. Quotes available on request, plantation-shutters.co.uk
This brand is perfect for more architecturally unique homes. If your window is an arch, circle or sunburst, it can make a hardwood shutter to fit. They also provides special hinges for easy opening in awkward spaces. From £290 per square metre, shutterlyfabulous.com
The Shutter Shop
This family business has been selling window shutters in a vast range of styles and materials for more than 30 years. Its solid shutter panels were used to create a bespoke look in the home of Daniel Hill, founder of brassware company Studio Ore. ‘Solid Shaker’ shutters, from £448.80 for four panels, shuttershop.co.uk
This is the place to go for an unbeatable range of reclaimed French louvred shutters, as well as vintage Georgian and Victorian options in both pine and oak. As well as offering a truly traditional finish, they are also a sustainable choice. From £45 each, englishsalvage.co.uk
For a budget friendly solution to window dressings, this brand is a great option. Along with shutters, they stock Roman, Venetian, roller and black-out blinds, as well as made-to-measure curtains. ‘San Jose Premium Jet’ shutter blinds (pictured), from £97.77, blinds-2go.co.uk
The Shutter Store
Low maintenance and durable, waterproof PVC shutters are ideal for bathrooms. Unlike wooden versions, they don’t react to changes in temperature or humidity. The Shutter Store has a great selection at affordable prices. From £218 per square metre, shutters.co.uk