Louvered vs Raised Panel Shutters
The benefits of window and door shutters are well known, but when it comes to deciding which ones to choose for your home, the plot starts to thicken. Natural wood or synthetic? Full height, café style or tier on tier? Louvered or raised panel? Answers to the first two questions are provided here; if you would like to know specifically about choosing between louvered and solid panel shutters, read on.
First of all, a quick distinction:
- Louvered or louvre window shutters are comprised of horizontal slats (louvres), which are angled in such a way that they admit light and air, but keep out rain, noise and direct sunlight.
- As the name suggests, raised panel window shutters feature a solid base with central raised panel, rather like you might see on a door.
Two other popular panel styles include:
- Shaker / inset – these are essentially the inverse of raised panel shutters, with recessed central panels.
- Combination – these include a combination of solid and louvered styles, often with a solid panel at the bottom and a louvered panel at the top.
Louvered or Raised Panel Shutters?
Whether you choose louvered or raised panel shutters depends on several different factors, the first of which is the architectural style of your home. Generally speaking, raised panel shutters are seen in colonial, saltbox-style and Georgian homes, while louvered shutters can work well with more or less all architectural styles.
That said, there is a lot of variation and many colonial homes feature louvered panels on the top floor(s) and solid on the bottom floor, for added privacy at street level. From a purely aesthetic perspective, you may also wish to consider other factors such as the size of the rooms and the brickwork on the exterior of the building.
Louvered window shutters tend to look less imposing than solid ones, so are often the better choice for smaller rooms. On the other hand, if the external brickwork is fairly intricate or the interior of your home features lots of decorative detailing, louvres can look fussy. In order to better envisage each style on your home, arrange a visit from a specialist, who will be able to advise you further.
Your decision should also be based on practical considerations. If you want window shutters that offer good ventilation and control of light and noise, louvre shutters are probably the best choice. However, they can be fiddly to clean, and if you’re more concerned about insulation and privacy, you should choose solid or raised panel shutters instead.
As I mentioned previously, it is not uncommon to see a combination of solid and louvered shutters, and this can be a good way to go if you have different requirements for different rooms. Combination shutters are also a great option if you want to get the best of both worlds.
If you’re still undecided as to whether to choose louvered or raised panel window shutters, Shutter Design can help. We offer free, no obligation visits and consultations, with expert advice to help you make the best choice for your home. View our range of high quality, made-to-measure shutters here, or call us on 01423 359230 to discuss your ideas in detail.