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Choosing the Right Shutters

Updated: Jun 11

Selecting the perfect shutters for your residence goes beyond just enhancing its visual charm—it also elevates its practicality. Pavone + Co offers a comprehensive guide delving into shutter choices.  Whether your aim is to heighten privacy, manage sunlight exposure, or assist in your home's energy conservation, the appropriate shutters can truly transform your space.

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Key Takeaways:


  • Versatility and Style: Shutters come in a range of materials and styles to suit any home decor.

  • Functionality: Proper selection can enhance privacy, light control, and insulation.

  • Value Addition: Quality shutters can increase your property's market value.

  • Customisation: Tailored options are available to perfectly match your windows and design preferences.

  • Maintenance: Consider the ease of cleaning and maintenance when choosing shutter types.


Understanding Shutter Types


Shutters are more than just a decorative feature; they serve practical purposes such as light control, privacy, and energy conservation. Here’s a closer look at the types of shutters available:


1. Plantation Shutters


Often made from wood or faux wood or vinyl PVC, plantation shutters offer a timeless look with wide louvres that can be adjusted for light and privacy. They are ideal for a wide range of interiors, from classic to contemporary.


2. External Shutters

Perfect for enhancing security, insulation, and external shading, external shutters are constructed from durable materials like aluminium. These shutters are similar to internal plantation shutters and operate similarly.  They are highly effective against external elements.


3. Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds, though technically not shutters, often fulfil a similar role. Made from slats of wood, metal, or plastic, they allow you to adjust lighting and visibility levels with ease.


4. Custom Shutters

For those with unique window shapes or specific design mandates, custom shutters offer a solution that ensures no style or function is compromised.


Factors to Consider

When selecting shutters, consider the following aspects to ensure you choose the best fit for your home:


  •  Material: The durability and aesthetic appeal of materials like wood, aluminium, or vinyl can impact your choice depending on the climate and interior design.

  •  Purpose: Whether you need better insulation, increased privacy, or enhanced aesthetics can guide your material and style choice.

  •  Design Compatibility: Ensure the shutters complement your existing decor for a cohesive look.

  • Budget: Determine your budget beforehand as shutter prices can vary widely based on material and customisation.


Installation and Maintenance


Proper installation is crucial for the functionality of shutters. Pavone + Co. offers professional installation services to ensure your shutters are perfectly aligned and functional. Our blog covers various tips and insights on shutter installation and maintenance, helping you keep them in pristine condition for years to come. Maintenance varies by material but generally involves regular cleaning and minor adjustments.


When it comes to choosing shutters, the decision often revolves around striking a balance between functionality and aesthetic charm. Below, we delve deeper into each type of shutter and what makes them stand out, helping you navigate the options with greater confidence.


Detailed Look at Shutter Types


  • Plantation Shutters: Plantation shutters are renowned for their elegance and practicality. They consist of wide louvres or slats, which can be adjusted to control light and air flow. These shutters are particularly beneficial for maintaining privacy while allowing natural light to brighten the room. Their robust design also provides an extra layer of insulation, which can help in reducing energy bills by keeping the interior temperature more consistent.

  • External Shutters: For those seeking enhanced security, superb light control, and reliable maintenance and ultimate in flexibility, external shutters are the go-to option. Made from high-quality metals like aluminium, these shutters can give you total enclosure cover providing a strong barrier against external elements.

  • Venetian Blinds: While Venetian blinds offer similar functionalities as shutters, they provide a distinct look and feel. These blinds are perfect for adjusting light and ensuring privacy without fully blocking your view.

  • Custom Shutters: Tailor-made solutions are available for those who have unique window shapes or specific design themes in their homes. Custom shutters can be crafted to fit any dimensions and painted or stained in a variety of colours.



Materials and Features


  • Wood: Wood shutters provide a classic and warm appearance that complements traditional and contemporary homes alike.  Not as readily available/

  • Composite: Composite shutters which is the most popular choice is made from a blend of wood and synthetic materials, offering the aesthetics of wood with enhanced durability. These are particularly suitable for all areas as they are resistant to warping and cracking.

  • Aluminium: Aluminium shutters are ideal for exterior applications. They offer high durability and resistance to weather conditions, making them perfect for outdoor spaces like patios and balconies, as well as high-security areas.

  • Vinyl: Vinyl shutters are an option that resists moisture and humidity, making them suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, and other wet areas. They come in a range of colours and styles.


Design and Aesthetic Considerations


The design of the shutter should harmonise with your home’s architectural style, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal. When considering our services, plantation shutters are a perfect match for classic or modern homes. 


The future of shutters seems to be leaning towards a harmonious fusion of aesthetics and functionality. With advancements in materials and technology, we might witness the emergence of shutters that not only enhance the visual appeal of homes but also offer improved durability, energy efficiency, and even smart features. Imagine shutters equipped with sensors that adjust automatically based on weather conditions or ones that integrate seamlessly with home automation systems.


Functionality and Performance


The primary function of shutters goes beyond aesthetics. Here are key functionalities to consider:


  • Privacy: Adjustable louvres offer control over the visibility into and out of your home.

  • Light Control: Shutters can be opened or closed to adjust the amount of light entering a room.

  • Insulation: Quality shutters can significantly improve your home's insulation, helping in maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature and reducing energy costs.

  • Sound Reduction: Especially in bustling or noisy environments, shutters can be effective for noise reduction, minimising disturbances from the outside.  


Choosing the Right Provider


When selecting a provider for your shutters, it’s crucial to choose a company with expertise and a strong reputation. Pavone + Co. offers extensive experience in both crafting and fitting high-quality shutters tailored to meet your specific needs. Our commitment to quality ensures that every installation is handled with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail.




Selecting the right shutters involves understanding both your practical needs and aesthetic preferences. At Pavone + Co., we are committed to assisting you in finding the perfect shutters that align with your home’s design and functional requirements. Contact us today to discuss your needs and how we can help.




Q1. What are the best shutters for insulation?


Plantation shutters provide excellent insulation.


Q2. Can shutters increase my property’s value?


Yes, high-quality shutters can add to the aesthetic and functional value of your home, potentially increasing its market value.


Q3. Are shutters suitable for all windows?


Yes, with custom options available, shutters can be tailored to fit any window size and shape.


Q4. How do I maintain my shutters?


Regular dusting and occasional deep cleaning should keep your shutters looking new. Specific care guidelines vary by material.


Q5. Where can I view different shutter styles?


Visit our product gallery for a comprehensive look at various options.


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