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How to choose and install the perfect shutters for your period property

Choosing the right shutters for your period property not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also preserves the architectural integrity of the building. Shutters can offer privacy, regulate natural light and improve energy efficiency. Here’s our Gilroy Interiors guide on how to select and install the ideal shutters for your period home.

Understanding your property’s style

  • Identify the architectural style of your property—be it Victorian, Georgian, or Edwardian. Each era has distinct window styles that shutters need to complement.
  • Check if there are any local regulations or heritage guidelines that might affect your choices, especially in conservation areas.

Choosing the right shutters

  • Opt for materials that align with the period of your home. Wood is a traditional choice that suits most historic properties and can be customised with paint or stains.
  • Choose from solid panel shutters for complete privacy and protection or louvered shutters which allow for light and air control. Ensure the style matches the period and character of your home.
  • Select colours that complement the existing exterior of your property. Traditional hues such as whites, greys, and natural wood tones often work best with period homes.

Measuring for shutters

  • Measure the height and width of each window frame where shutters will be installed. Consider any irregularities in window size typical of older homes.
  • It can be beneficial to hire a professional to ensure measurements are precise, particularly if the windows are not standard sizes.

Installation tips

  • Assess whether you are skilled enough for a DIY installation or if professional help is needed. Period properties often require more careful handling to avoid damaging historic materials.
  • Ensure you have the right tools on hand, such as drills, screws and levels. High-quality fittings will help preserve the look and integrity of both the shutters and the windows.
  • Once installed, seal any gaps and finish the shutters with appropriate paints or stains to protect them from the elements and maintain their appearance.

Maintenance and care

  • Wood shutters should be checked annually for signs of wear such as chipping paint or wood rot, especially in a UK climate prone to damp.
  • Clean shutters gently with a soft cloth and suitable cleaners to avoid damaging the material or finish.

Selecting and installing the right shutters is a significant but rewarding investment that can enhance the authenticity and value of your period property. With careful consideration and proper installation, your shutters will protect and beautify your home for many years to come.

Contact our experienced team to discuss shutters for your home.