Shutters are increasingly being seen as a staple of modern interior design on the UK as we realise what many continental Europeans have known for centuries - that there is an alternative to traditional curtains, blinds and doors which carries with it is own unique set of benefits.

When most people think of a shutter they are likely to imagine a typical square window shutter but one their most appealing features is the variety of shapes, styles and materials they can come in and therefore the number of different functions they can serve. Shutters can be installed not only to adorn a window space but can also be used to replace interior doors - especially cupboard and wardrobe doors - room dividers and conservatory blinds. The versatility of shutters means that they a are also available in both traditional styles, such as plantation shutters, as well as modern contemporary designs

The most common style of shutter is the full height shutter which covers the entire window or door space but there are many other styles with their own individual benefits such as Tier-on-Tier shutters and their individual panels covering the top and bottom of the window space. But even for the trickiest spaces, most shutter providers will make bespoke shutters to fit your requirements.

Again a typical shutter may be straightforward wooden shutter but they can be purchased in many different material/colour combinations to not only suit the aesthetic and decor of any room but to affect the longevity of the shutters and the level of maintenance they may require. Shutters can be produced in many varieties of wood, each with their own individual qualities, from premium quality cedarwood and its distinctive finish to more affordable coloured MDF, but can also be made from metals and plastics.

The most distinctive advantages that shutters provide over and above blinds, doors and particularly curtains are that they offer the ability to control the levels of light, noise, heat and privacy in a room.

Solid shutters can provide a blackout to any unwanted light, noise and prying eyes entering a room while louvred shutters, particularly where the panels can be independently controlled (such as Tier-on-Tier or Full Height shutters) offer the most flexibility and control. People looking to maximise the levels of light entering a room whilst maintaining privacy, on for example a street facing town house window, can opt for Cafe style shutters which only cover the lower half of a space, but again bespoke shutter solutions can cater for any scenario and balance of needs.

Shutters in general are ideal for regulating the temperature of a room as they tend to keep a room cool in hot temperatures and warm in cold temperatures and, as above, the use of independently controlled louvred panels gives the homeowner greater control over these elements.

What's more where window spaces are in hard to reach places, shutters can be installed which are remote controlled so that panels and louvred slats can be open or closed without a struggle.

In addition shutters are generally easier to maintain and keep clean which is ideal for people with busy lives and particularly those who suffer from dust or pet allergies.

Essentially whatever the requirements of a window space or the persons taste in interior design there should always be a shutter solution to satisfy it whether it be a bespoke round louvred wooden shutter or a tier-on-tier metal shutter.