Window shutters – a thing of beauty. They can transform not only the internal finish of our homes, but they can make the exterior eye catching to passers-by. Shutters have an extensive history, with traces back to the medieval times and are synonymous with a traditional English home. In this months blog, we look into the history of shutters, where they started and how they have evolved over time to once again become popular to many home owners across the UK.Back to the beginning of window shuttersWe saw shutters become popular in ancient Greece, although the material was very different! Marble was favoured in Greece due to its incredible strength however the material was also very difficult to work with which naturally did not make them as popular as they could have been.The Mediterranean made wooden shutters incredibly popular, due to the ease of working with the material, and that both light and air control were possible with wooden shutters. The mediterranean shutters originally created has much resemblance of the styles we see in today.Wooden shutters were not often used in conjunction with windows, but instead of in many cases. In the Tudor period, thick boards of wood were used in shutter style to cover window spaces were excess light and cold winds could get into the home. Eventually, when glass was introduced, it was so expensive that for many people it was unobtainable to begin with.During the 16th Century, shutters were finally introduced as a decoration rather than for a practical use. Ornamental designs on shutters were seen and during the victorian times, shutters were introduced as being both an internal and external option owing to houses becoming thinner in construction (thanks to brickwork!)How have shutters changed today?Luckily for us, todays shutters market is huge and constantly expanding. We have so many choices when it comes to finding the perfect shutter type for our home and with the support of The Oxford Shutter Company, their advice will mean your choice of shutter will look stunning from both the outside and inside.Skylight shutters – shutters are perfectly suited to skylights and can often be the perfect option when you need to control the light in your room but cant quite make other options work.Tier on tier shutters – elegant and practical, tier on tier shutters are similar to full height shutters, but give you more flexibility on how you open them. For example, for a flow of air and less light, you can just open the top section.Bay window shutters – for a cleaner look than curtains could ever provide, shutters for your bay windows are a great addition to any room, particularly if you are trying to gain as much space as possible. Endless choices provide a multitude of ways to dress your windows that make them look as good as the rest of the room.Café style shutters – minimalistic and stylish in design, cafe style shutters are designed to only go part way up your window. This provides privacy and protection whilst still letting in the perfect amount of light. These shutter styles are perfect for a bathroom or kitchen, but you can have them anywhere you prefer.Choosing shutters for your home will not only create a beautifully finished and clean look, but you are also getting the benefit of light and air control. This could save on your heating and electric bills as well as promoting a healthy flow of air throughout your home.Another benefit that installing shutters provide, is the protection of your home. No matter where you live, unless you are far away from anyone else, you will no doubt have an amount of pedestrian traffic past your window. This can be difficult to deal with as you don’t want everyone who walks past to being staring into your home, but you also don’t want to keep your curtains drawn all day. Shutters can offer the perfect solution for privacy without constant darkness.You may also be interested inChoosing a trusted window shutter company Window Shutters – a guide to saving energy and money in 2021 Choosing the right window shutters for your home The Oxford Shutter Company – your local shutter expertsThe Oxford Shutter Company have been sharing their knowledge and expertise on the choice and range of shutter styles available on the market today for over 20 years. As a family run business, they understand the key to creating a beautiful family home that is both practical and stylish. Whether you a professional in a fast paced role, a family with multiple animals or a landlord looking to spruce up your current property folder, The Oxford Shutter Company can help you match the perfect shutter style to your home. Not only do we create beautiful shutters, but our team of carpenters will install your shutters and provide you with the perfect after care to keep your shutters in style and in use. Contact The Oxford Shutter Company today to book your free no obligation quote today.