Mr and Mrs Y in Maidenhead wanted us to supply plantation shutters to their new sash windows. Although this couple knew the ‘look’ they wanted to achieve, we offered guidance through the multiple options available to them. With a world of choices to make, including what material is best to use (We recommended MDF shutters rather than real wood or composite (PVC) shutters). The durability of MDF was a huge deciding factor especially as there was no compromise on the finish when compared to real wood or composite options. Ensuring scale when selecting louvre size is very important. We were able to gain maximum light with bigger louvres, whilst at the same time avoiding going too large on louvre size and spoiling the look of these traditionally styled windows, so we settled on a 76mm louvre. In a Pure White finish this offered a clean look which suited the window and allowed for maximum light. A massive positive with shutters is the ability to keep low level privacy and high-level light and views. By adding a mid-bar at roughly half height in the window, we not only following the design of the window frames behind, it also allowed for the independent filtering of the top and bottom half of the shutter for maximum flexibility. The final touch came by choosing hidden tilt rods, removing another element that would block light and detract from a clean finish. We were able to set the shutters deep within the sash reveals, leaving the decorative architrave fully visible.