A window shutter is a solid and stable window covering usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails (top, center and bottom). Within this frame can be set louvers (both operable or fixed), solid panels, glass, fabric, and virtually any other item that can be mounted within a frame. Shutters may be installed for any number of reasons including to provide privacy, controlling the amount of sunlight that enters a room and to protect against weather. Depending on the application, and the construction of the window frame, shutters can be mounted to overlap the opening or fit within the opening. The term window shutter applies to many types of coverings including both interior and exterior shutters, used on the inside of a house or building, and exterior shutters, used on the outside of a structure. On some styles of buildings it is common to have decorative iron shutters to cover the doors as well as the windows.
To learn about various types of window shutters such as decorative iron shutters one of the best places you can go is to a Home Show or a Home and Garden show.
The goal of these shows is to is to bring together everything associated with having an "ideal home", such as the latest inventions for the modern house. These shows go back to the turn of 20 Century where these shows were divided into sections dedicated to "phases of home life" such as construction, food and cookery, furniture and decoration. Demonstrations and contests included an Arts and Crafts competition and a competition to design the "Ideal Home". These shows often drew celebrities and royalty, all eager to see what was new in the world of home design and decorating.
By the late 20th century these events had developed into a combination educational program and marketing program. One of the largest shows of this type is the Cleveland Home and Garden Show held at the huge IX Center.
Decorative iron shutters are often chosen by those looking to both update the look of their home but also to add elements of both style and safety. Iron shutters can be designed designed to allow plenty of light through, and can be easily removed from the inside should one wish to exit through them. In spite of this but they will not allow anyone to enter through them making them both functional for the owner and an added security tool to protect the home.