Select Shutter Type
Panel Shutters were traditionally used on the bottom story to prevent interior viewing and protection against attack. When closing a house for the season, “horns” or bottom style extensions were used to allow fresh air to enter the house. Horizontal cross rails were located to mimic sash overlaps and window transoms. Panel style was indicative of social status with more detailed designs going to the wealthy.
Tip: Select cross rail locations to match window sash cross rails. Use panel styles appropriate to architecture or make your own social statement. Note that Vixen Hill shutters offer two panel styles in the same shutter … turn them around if you change your mind.
Louvered Shutters were traditionally used on upper-story windows to provide ventilation when the house was “shuttered” or closed for the season. Louver width is generally a function of sun angle so the further south, the wider the louver blade. Bahamas shutters are hinged at the top to allow adjustment to varying sun angles.
Tip: Use louvered shutters on all upper levels with narrow louvers in the north and wider blades to the south. Use medium blade Bahamas style in the islands.
Combination shutters mix panels and louvers in the same shutter leaf. These shutters are most often used to flank entry doors, sort of French screen doors. They were used primarily in cities where there was a desire for light and air movement but also privacy from pedestrians. These shutters are often also used for interior closet and decorative French doors.
Tip: Use Combination shutters to flank your front door or use them inside your house. They are thicker and more durable than commercially available closet doors.
Board & Batten Shutters were traditionally used on both upper and lower floors. They were the “poor man’s” or cottage shutter with little ornamental detail. Gaps between boards allowed for air movement and some light. Ornamental detail was generally limited to iconic cutouts. Wide shutters were reinforcing using diagonal braces.
Tip: Use Board and Batten shutters on casual structures such as sheds, barns and seaside cottages. Brace extra wide shutters with a cross brace and select an architectural cutout appropriate to your setting.
Select Panel Type
Traditional panels have a flat outer section, then a smooth curve that slopes up, to flatten out to the main panel 1 7/8 from the stile or rail. On the reverse side, they have the simple panel profile.
Simple Raised have an angular rise 1 1/4" inward, and then level off to the flat of the raise. On the reverse side, they have the traditional panel profile.
Flat panels are as simple as possible, present a clean, flat surface. If trim is not selected, the flat panel will be flat on both sides, 5/16" thick. Flat panels with trim have the simple raised profile on the reverse, and a maximum thickness of 9/16"
Select Trim Type
Ogee Trim is a traditional ogee curve design, 7/8" wide. Trim is applied only to the front side of the panael.
Quarter round trim presents a simple quarter circle profile. This quarter circle is 3/8" wide. Trim is applied on the front side only
Select Louver Type
Select Paint Color
SW Color Number
Extended Sub Colors
If you select factory standards, you'll be using our baseline configuration for most options. Panels will be traditional raised with traditional trim. Louvers will be 1 3/8". Board and batten shutters will be standard duty. Specialty options like cutouts, tilt rods and vertical center stiles will not be included, and stiles will be rectangular with no beading or rabbetting.
Tip: Use our factory standards only if you want the most simple approach possible. You will not be able to choose special options when using our standards. If you need any special options, selected customizd instead.
Customizing requires you to select from all the possibile options on your shutters. If you need anything beyond our standards, select customized instead of standard.
Tip: Customizing requires deciding on each possibility individually, and will be more involved then choosing our standard. If you want a simple setup, choose standards instead.
Outer Stile Beading is a single 3/8" bead on the outer edge of both stiles. Beading is done only on the front of the shutter, the reverse side is flat.
Overlap rabbeting is a 3/8" wide rabbet which will overlap and prevent bleed through. Rabbeted shutters will be 3/16" wider per leaf, to maintain the same pair width.
Beading and Rabbeting is a 3/8" wide rabbet with a 3/8" wide bead. Individual shutters will be 3/16" wider then unrabbeted, to maintain pair width. In the open position, rabbeting will be on the reverse side on one side.
Inner Stile Beading runs down the inner edge of both stiles on a shutter. It is a 3/8" bead, visible on the front side of the shutter only.
A vertical center stile is a third stile running through the middle, dividing louvers or panels into multiple sections. Most commonly used on wide windows with hinging done at the top. This option will increase the minimum shutter width considerably.
Solid Archtops have a solid piece creating an arch on the top. Lovers and panels stop at the beginning of the arched section and do not extend into the arch.
Full Archtops have the top rail replaced with a curved piece. Panels or louvers continue into this top section, following the curve of the arch.
Plate Mount Shutter Dogs have a short standoff from a plate which screws into the side of the home. They are appropriate for flat wood exteriors, or other scenarios where small screws are preferable to a full sized lag.
Tip: Be careful about installation on siding. Significant angles may cause difficulty in operation and installation, so make sure the home provide a reasonably vertical surface.
Lag Mount Shutter Dogs are the most commonly used. Lag screws can be driven into brick or masonry. They can also be used on wooden structures if installed into a stud.
Long Arm Shutter Dogs are uncommon, and typically used only when there is a sill underneath the window to mount to, and no other way to secure the holdbacks.
Tip: Sill mounts can be difficult to install and use, and should only be used if other methods cannot be.
Universal hinges can be used in nearly any mounting situation. They include a 3/4" offset L-hinge, and a lag mount pintel. A lag mount can be used into nearly any home, driving into masonry, brick, or a wall stud.
Tip: Since they include L-hinges, universals are inappropriate for archtops without a midrail.
Note: If you require other pintels or hinges, do not select this option. Instead, order the hinges and pintels seperately from our hardware page
Slide Boltsare often the most distinctly visible of all shutter hardware. Fully exposed in the open position, on functional shutters they are used to lock the shutters closed.
Screw Eye Ring Pulls mount to the shutter with a single eyeletted screw. They are used to hold the shutters while closing them. Screw eye mounts are less visible then plate mounts, and lower cost.
Plate Mount Ring Pulls mount to the shutter with 4 screws on a black iron plate. They are used to hold the shutters while closing them. Plate mounts are more visible then screw eye mounts.