It’s not so long ago that shutters were associated with two things: spaghetti westerns and holiday villas in Spain. Neither seemed to have any links with the UK – received wisdom had it that we were too wet and cold a country to entertain anything so exotic as the sun-blocking shutter.

Today, though, is a different story. Window shutters are increasingly popular among householders living in properties of all shapes, sizes and styles. From the traditional Georgian townhouse to the ultra-modern eco-home, plantation shutters have become headline news.

They’re suitable for all rooms, from big bay windows to smaller apertures in the bathroom. Unlike curtains or blinds, once shutters are closed at night a sense of peace seems to descend across the room. The outside world has been firmly excluded and all extraneous noise has gone. It’s now time to relax….

During the day, shutters act as a natural dimmer switch, allowing you to fine-tune how much light enters the room through the slats, helping to reduce glare. Additionally, shutters help to maintain even temperatures right throughout the year, locking in heat during the winter and allowing a cooling effect in the summer.

How do I choose the right shutters?

Our modern faux wood shutters are a great option for any home, with styles and finishes to suit any window, taste or budget. Because our shutters are made in the UK we can offer a short lead time of just six weeks, beating many other companies who buy shutters from abroad.

What else makes our shutters different? Well, for a start they’re reinforced with an aluminium core, making them extremely strong and not susceptible to warping. They’re also completely waterproof, meaning that they can be installed in bathrooms and wet rooms, plus they have a fire-resistance limit of more than three hours.

White shutters in a back bedroom overlooking the back garden.

Plantation Shutter Styles – Which One is Best for Your Home?

As mentioned, we sell a variety of shutter styles, frames and hardware, all in a huge range of colours. So let’s have closer look at our options:

Café Style Panels

These panel shutters are designed to cover only the lower section of the window. This style offers both privacy and a flood of natural light to enter through the exposed glass. This style is an excellent choice for rooms that require privacy over maximum light reduction, for example living rooms and kitchens, and for any other rooms that might face the road.


Our tier shutters are designed for maximum flexibility in any room. The top and bottom panels operate independently of each other, making these shutters an extremely popular choice for road-facing windows, bay windows or living room windows where flexibility is needed.

Full Height  

Our full height shutters are the most popular choice among our customers. As the name suggests, full height shutters are designed to cover the full window height, and there are options for the top third or top half to operate independently of the rest, allowing privacy and light to be fully controlled.

Tracked Shutters

These work in a similar way to bi-fold doors, in that they slide open and concertina back for easy access. They are particularly useful for patio doors.

White shutters in a back bedroom overlooking the front garden.

Will Shutters Fit My Windows? What are the Frame Options?

As far as frame types go, we have three options:

  • L FRAME Allows the shutters to be fitted in the recess of the window. Available in standard 46mm or large 65mm.
  • Z FRAME The shutters are fitted on the edge of the recess with a decorative trim surrounding the edge.
  • F FRAME The shutters are fitted on the outside of the recess

How do the Shutters Tilt?

Now to tilt options. Choose from Centre Tilt Rod, Offset Tilt Rod or our most popular choice, Hidden Tilt Rod. Centre and offset tilt rods. The centre tilt is placed in the centre of the shutter panels, adding detail, while the offset can be placed on either side of the panel for a less prominent effect. The hidden tilt mechanism is located within the side stile of the panel, and tilting the louvre blades is done by moving one louvre by hand, which will tilt all the louvres within that section simultaneously.

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Do Shutters Come in Different Colours?

Finally, as far as colour options go, we currently have two ranges for our shutters, including

  • The De Montford range: painted in standard snow-white, and
  • The Eleanor range: available in six colours as standard. This range can also be colour matched to any paint chart/RAL colour at an additional cost.

Whatever your style of house and personal taste, we can find shutters in the right finish and colour. They’d be a perfect match for a set of heritage windows, or a set of bifold doors for example, adding a whole new layer of grace and charm to your property.

Find the Best Shutters For Your Home with Emerald

For more information about the style of shutters we offer, and everything else we do, give us a call at 01793 700 142 or 0800 612 4154. or email our friendly team with any questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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