OhSo Shutters - Plantation Wooden Shutters, Brighton, Sussex, Surrey

Internal Shutters for homes across Sussex & Surrey

Internal Shutters for homes across Sussex & Surrey

Shutter Envy

So I find myself with a spare afternoon to once again sit in a soft armchair in my friends comfortable living room, sipping tea, dunking a biscotti and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the space, conducted by the sleek and stylish new internal louvre shutters, decorating the newly double glazed bow window and casting a glorious soft light across the interior. Now I wouldn’t call myself a jealous person but that particular moment, I felt decidedly envious of this calm and relaxing environment and wanted a piece of it for myself.

The First Shutters

Of course, historically shutters preceded glass windows. The first versions can probably be linked back to Greece and made out of marble, eventually after the notion spread out to Europe. In Medieval times, wooden versions in a lighter frame became popular due to being more portable and adaptable. In Tudor Britain, 500 years ago, they were made from solid wooden boards and were often decorated as a feature, and as glass was then a great luxury, the window panes were designed to cover only the upper half of the window frame and the shutter the lower half which could be removed to give access to light and air when needed. A bar would usually be placed across them when closed for extra security.

Shutter Evolution

With the colonisation of the Americas came the plantation design, with louvres for ventilation control and painted white to deflect the sun. They were commonly found in plantation houses in the South where the climate was hot and humid. The Victorians, on the other hand, preferred shutters that were more solid, but would fold back into a neat box at each side of the window when not in use and the French designed a combination shutter, inspired by Louis XIV who was rumoured to have enjoyed peeping through the Louvre slats to view the ladies of his court bathing in the garden.

Current Window Style

My friend’s living room definitely reflected the exotic, romantic style of the plantation houses, giving the space a unique character and elegance and as I sipped my coffee I revelled in the atmosphere. Not wanting to leave, my friend and I continued to chat over more coffee way into the afternoon, and as the sun moved, she demonstrated manipulating the light source with just a small shift of the tilt rod. I asked her about the rest of her home where she’d also had internal shutters installed. Taking me on a tour of the house, each room had slightly different designs, the darkest rooms with wider slats in order to maximise light. She explained that as the shutters were made with wood which is a natural insulator, keeping the shutters closed in the evenings helps retain heat and keeps her heating bills low. She also revelled in how easy they were to clean with just the wipe of a damp cloth rather than dust collecting on blinds or curtains. Now riddled with shutter envy I felt compelled to get measured up immediately! For more information on internal shutters contact Oh So Shutters today.