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All About Shutters: Louver Size Pros & Cons

All About Shutters: Louver Size Pros & Cons

Shutters are incredibly popular and stand the test of time. There’s never yet been a period where shutters weren’t popular, and their timelessness makes them a wonderful investment for homes. The clean lines, easy functionality, and curb appeal from the outside make shutters a wonderful choice for just about any home. Quality shutters even raise your home’s value!

There are multiple terms to learn if you’re considering adding shutters to your home. Understanding the differences in louver sizes and materials will help you make a more educated decision if you’re choosing shutters on your own as opposed to getting the help of a design professional like ourselves.

 

What does the shutter louver size mean?

Louvers are the wooden slats that go across your shutters. The width of each slat is the louver size. They tend to range from around 2″ wide up to a solid 4-1/2″ wide slat. Smaller slats exist, down to only a mere 1″ wide louver. The decision of louver sizes is based on privacy, light, and personal tastes. Functionality, room use, and materials also play a factor.

Large Shutter Louvres

The larger the slats, the larger the space between them when they’re tilted open. If you have a large window, you typically want larger louvers simply from a visual point of view. If your window’s frame is shallow, however, larger slats won’t have the room to open without hitting the window. It’s important to ensure they have proper clearance if large louvers are your preference. Large louvers visually are the more popular choice for shutters. They allow in plenty of natural light, and give you a clear view of the outside when tilted open through the large open spaces. If you have a beautiful view, louvers that are 4-1/2 inches apart offer 108% more outside visibility than 2-1/2 inch louvers. You can, of course, simply open your shutters for a full view instead if larger louvers aren’t your style.

Large louvers across large windows often more stability than more narrow options. If you go too narrow but wide, you run the risk of sagging. The material you choose also plays a role in the stability, so getting expert help from a custom shutter company is important if your window is particularly large to ensure longevity.

Small Shutter Louvres

Smaller louvers require more to cover the same space, much like blinds. Some people dislike this look and consider it “cluttered” or not nearly as clean as larger versions, especially on smaller windows. On wide windows, the thin slats may not have the stability to resist bowing over time. They’re also more difficult to clean as you have to get between many more small spaces. However smaller louvers have their benefits – they’ll work best on shallow window frames. They also allow in less natural light which in turn means more privacy even while tilted open.

Medium Shutter Louvres

If you’re not sold on large or small louvers and your window allows for them, mid-sized shutter louvers are a perfect option. They’re a good choice too if you choose a softer or more flexible material than hardwood and you’re covering a larger window but don’t like large louvers. Stability of louvers is important for longevity of your shutters.

 

Does the shutter louver size affect the style?

Small Shutter Louvers (2-1/2″ and smaller)

If you’re aiming for a traditional style, smaller louver sizes are the most common. When styling your home with matching blinds, it’s common to aim for a similar louver size to the blind’s slats for a consistent appearance.

Traditional style homes often use smaller louver sizes. If you’re also styling your home with matching blinds, it’s common to aim for a similar louver size to the blind’s slats for a consistent appearance.

Medium or Mid-Sized Shutter Louvers (3″ through 4″)

Mid-sized louvers can also lend to traditional design, but have a little more grand or elegant look to them. Many people claim they’re the perfect contemporary look. They’re a great option if you love the larger look but your window’s depth won’t allow you to go big. Mid-sized louvers can also lend to traditional design, but have a little more grand or elegant look to them. They’re a great option if you love the larger look but your window’s depth won’t allow you to go big.

Large Shutter Louvers (4-1/2″ and larger)

Modern shutters tend to lean towards the large louvers where practical. They provide a contemporary feel, or even elegance. If you have very large windows or a beautiful view, these are your go-to. Coastal design style is incredibly popular, and these lend perfectly to that choice.

 

 

Bonus question:
What do California shutters, Colonial shutters, or Plantation shutters mean?

While not official definitions, these terms are pretty common. Some people apply the term to any shutters, regardless of feature or louver size.

California shutters typically refers to small- to mid-sized louvers, however if used in a coastal style, this would refer to large louvers. Usually these shutters are painted white or a very light color or stain. This is the most modern nickname for any shutter style.

Plantation shutters usually refers to mid- to large-sized louvers, but may also refer to small louvers. People think of the old plantation homes in the South where shutters were often on the outside of windows instead of on the inside. However this term is used just as often in modern times to refer to beautiful interior shutters that offer plenty of benefits, no matter the style of the home.

Colonial style harkens back to the New England area, where shutters were common on homes since the pre-Revolutionary period. Now this phrase is often used in reference to a country or Americana style, but doesn’t refer really to any specific louver size.

In other words, these words aren’t industry words at all, and don’t have a specific meaning. They simply refer to an overall style of décor or architecture where shutters were commonly found.

 

 

That’s it for today! We’ll be writing about shutter material options and the amazing level of customization you can achieve with shutters through uses on specialty shapes, French doors, or even split options soon, so keep an eye out. As always, let us know if you live in the Greater LA area and want to add custom shutters to your home.

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