Shutter Styles

Shutter Design & Installation for Any Window Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Westlake

Shutters originated as an exclusively utilitarian exterior architectural detail. Originally shutters were strictly “functional” – and they were regarded nothing more than sturdy wood fixtures used to defend windows from the severe elements.

As new and improved methods of window glass production became available, shutters were no longer needed to protect windows. Shutters eventually evolved into strictly a design element – a stationary “frame” to add character to windows and the exterior of homes.

Today, shutters have experienced a resurgence in popularity as an interior window treatment, because they combine their original functionality and durability with exquisite design appeal.

Four of the most popular interior shutter styles you may want to consider adding to your home include:

Café Style Shutters

Café shutters refer to shutters that only cover half of the window – usually the lower half. Café shutters offer privacy while still allowing in a great deal of natural light. The living space of a room is sheltered from view – and protected from sunlight – while the upper area of the window is still open. Café shutters are great for kitchens and dining areas where more natural light is desired. And, they are perfect for rooms with taller windows that afford views of trees or mountains – as you still have a “view above” while maintain “privacy below”!

Door Shutters Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Westlake

Full width shutters for glass paneled doors are durable enough to stand up to pets and kids, provide excellent variable shade & light adjustment, and add design sophistication to any room. Depending upon the finish you select, door wall shutters can be modern (think black or red!), casual or beach-y (how about white?), or traditional (try mahogany or cherry). Many clients who have had outdated drawstring draperies – or ugly and messy vinyl vertical blinds – over their door walls are now replacing them with door-wall shutters.


Arched Top Shutters Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas

Arched Top Shutters are the perfect window treatment for classic arch top windows. Depending upon the finish you select, shutters can impart a casual beach or cottage vibe, or give your home a more traditional European ambiance. A white finish, for example can be very “Cape Cod” while an oak finish can convey a more rustic feel. A darker finish – such as mahogany or cherry – will add classic sophistication to a library or dining area.


Clerestory Shutters Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Westlake

Windows located high above eye level are known as “clerestory windows”. Utilizing shutters is an ideal option for these difficult to dress windows. Clerestory windows add height and light to a room, but can often let in too much direct sunlight that shines down a room making it hot and bright. And, traditional shades can look odd at such a high elevation if left partially open – but block too much light if fully closed! Clerestory shutters, however, can be adjusted to allow just the right amount of light in, while looking uniform and natural – even high above eye level.

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