Interior window shutters can provide privacy, block sun or street light and may help to reduce heat and cold loss. Window shutters may be made of wood, recycled wood fibers or vinyl, with vinyl being the least expensive. Wood window shutters may be stained or painted to the desired color while vinyl window shutters are typically only available in white or off-white. Window shutters can be installed to allow for easy removal for thorough cleaning by lifting the shutters off the mounts securing them to the wall or window frame. A vacuum cleaner or dust cloth can be used to clean the shutters on or off the window, but the vinyl shutters have an added advantage since they can be removed from the window and immersed in water.
Styles of Interior Window Shutters
Traditional Shutters. The louvers on traditional window shutters can be between 1 and 2 inches deep.
Plantation Shutters. The louvers on plantation window shutters can be from 2 to 4 1/2 inches deep.
Panel Shutters. Panel window shutter have no louvers and instead have a solid panel. The panel may have a cut-out, like heart or star.
Ideas for Decorating Interior Windows with Shutters
Interior window shutters are most often used without drapes; however narrow panels of drapes could be used to frame the window while the shutters provide the needed light and privacy control. Or for added protection against heat or cold penetrating the window, use both the shutters and drapes that can be pulled during temperature extremes.
On a tall window, two or three tiers of window shutters can be used with the shutters and louvers on the lower tier(s) closed for privacy and the upper tier(s) shutters or louvers opened for light.
Window shutters may be used to cover only the lower portion of the window. The top portion of the window may be left uncovered or may be covered by a valance or crisscross tie-back curtains.
Traditional and narrow panel window shutters can be installed inside or outside the window frame while plantation shutters are typically install outside the window frame to allow full movement of the louvers.
Plantation window shutters are seen in southern locals where the large open louvers permit the greatest air flow.
Customizable to any window size or shape, a window shutter can also be used to cover a half-crescent window.
Panel window shutters can be designed to match cabinet doors, like a raised, flat or bead board panel. The panel can also be removed so the shutter creates a frame onto which fabric or decorative glass can be secured. Snug fitting panel shutters built with a vapor barrier “will decrease both heat loss and summer heat gain,” according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Traditional and Plantation Shutters
U.S. Department of Energy