Great Thinking

Welcome to the Great Thinking Blog post by The Window Outfitters, United States of America.



In the recent 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), it was reported that consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed landscapes for entertaining and relaxing. The survey also showed continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design.

As homeowners spend more of their leisure and vacation time at home, interest and emphasis in outdoor living has surged. According to the National Association of Realtors, outdoor living rooms and screened patios are one of the top hot home trends for 2014. Enclosed patios and porches are often screened with exterior shutters to create outdoor sanctuaries

This beautiful outdoor room can be enjoyed year round, with Aluminum Plantations Shutters as the perfect patio enclosure

Homeowners will continue stretching their living space beyond the obstructions of doors and windows. Instantly create an outdoor room with multifold shutters that fold back to enjoy your view, or close tight when the weather sets in turning your patio into completely secluded private retreat.

Offering easy maintenance, style and security they are a durable investment that can enhance a home’s resale value.

Weatherwell Elite Aluminum Shutters, serving as a patio enclosure in this Houston home, offer privacy and protection from the elements while adding beauty and value to the property.

One of the better known designers of outdoor spaces is Jamie Durie, often seen on HGTV. His clients, the owners of this Californian home wanted to create more space for entertaining, and taking the to the outdoors was an obvious choice in California’s temperate climate. Durie transformed the under-maintained yard by designing a large pergola with enough room for two dining tables, and an enchanted garden, which offered the perfect outlook.

This photo shows how a patio was enclosed to make a tearoom, designed for owners who wanted a relaxing space. A simple shoji screen separates the yard into two outdoor rooms. The same effect can be achieved by using our aluminum shutters.

What you are doing this summer? Will you be enjoying a vacation away from home or a staycation? If you’re staying home like most of us, remember that just by adding a patio enclosure you can enjoy your outdoor space in the heat of the summer and cold of the winter.

We at the Window Outfitters, wish you a happy summer staycation.



Shutters are a favorite among home decorators, interior designer and home renovators and there are many shutter companies out there, but not all shutter companies are the same. The Window Outfitters – TWO – is a shutter company with a difference, created out of a long love of window furnishings.

With generations of industry experience TWO has found a unique way to bring the manufacturer and consumer closer together to further our passion for functional products, beautiful design and innovative business.

What are you looking for in a shutter company?

TWO’S unique range of shutters can transform your home and change the way you live.

1. Shutters that are infinitely customizable

Customers want to create living environments that are unique to them. Highprofile shutters – brought to you by the shutter company TWO - are infinitely customizable. Whether it’s a yellow inspired burst of color or unusual shape, Highprofile shutters work perfectly.

“When my husband and I were building our house it wasn't something that even crossed my mind. Now I am glad it didn't because I have these beautiful coverings instead of whatever the builder would have spec'd. I absolutely love the color yellow (my front door is yellow) and I was able to do our living room and upstairs man cave (yes the man cave has flowers on the walls...there was an engagement shower that night) with yellow shutters to match! (makes me happy just to think about it). In all of the bedrooms we just did white but LOVE the pops of yellow around the house.” The Whislers,

2. Shutters created for sustainable living

Living sustainably is crucial in today’s world. Highprofile Elite – brought to you by the shutter company TWO - are shutters made from sustainably harvested hardwood. The timber is harvested on family-owned land, where landowners demand sustainable forestry and responsible conservation. This high quality hardwood used in Highprofile Elite timber shutters, comes from a responsible and sustainable approach to manufacturing.

3. Shutters for maintenance free living

One of the key products from the shutter company TWO is our range of Aluminum shutters. Durable, streamlined and elegant Weatherwell and Weatherwell Elite are uniquely engineered to weather the elements providing easy, maintenance free living.

A unique product range and innovative vision set TWO apart as a leading shutter company.

The TWO product range includes:

Consider the innovative vision and distinction of TWO as a shutter company:

Founded in 2007 we started our journey as timber shutters specialists and now supply a full range of window furnishings, shipping to 4 continents and growing.

We have partnerships with some of the worlds leading window-furnishing manufacturers and have access to products other shutter companies don't.

When finding the best, newest products in the world is not enough, our in-house R&D creates proprietary products to fill any gaps.

Click here to find out more about the shutter company TWO.

Click here to view our shutter inspiration gallery to see how you can transform your home or commercial space. 



As family and personal schedules become more and more hectic, products that minimize maintenance around the home are highly prized. Aluminum may be a less familiar choice for shutters, but they are an innovative and excellent selection for home interiors and exteriors. Highly durable, aluminum shutters are also low-maintenance and extremely straightforward to clean. Low maintenance provides for great living, but importantly, aluminum adds a unique design feature to living spaces.

“…aluminum adds much more textural quality and visual interest.

…aluminum will give it a fresh, unique, almost contemporary appeal.

Shawn Gauthier, “A Periodic Table of Design Elements”,

Aluminum shutters can make an impact:

The benefits of aluminum shutters for everyday living are:

  • Low maintenance aluminum surface
  • Excellent durability in inclement weather
  • Easy to operate for ventilation and airflow
  • Streamlined, elegant appearance.

In addition, aluminum shutters are perfect for extending the luxurious look of shutters into wet areas and any other high use rooms in the home, such as:

  • Kitchens
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Playrooms
  • High-use areas

Consider the benefits and design feature of Weatherwell aluminum shutters in these rooms:


Aluminum shutters resist warping, fading, cracking and peeling and are an ideal product in high-use areas, giving the perfect combination of style and durability.


You can put aside consumer fears of warpage from extended contact with water. Aluminum shutters give durability in any bathroom whilst complimenting the rest of homes’ style.


Kids can play rough so aluminum shutters are a great choice for playrooms, which need to stand up to significant wear and tear. Aluminum shutters give the ultimate strength and longevity so you don’t have to worry about breakage.

Simple steps for cleaning and maintaining aluminum shutters:

  • A damp cloth is all that is required for easy cleaning.
  • Featuring stainless steel hardware, aluminum shutters can be cleaned with a nonabrasive cloth or sponge and warm soapy water.
  • Open the louvers with the tilt rod or the middle louver to wipe blades over.
  • No other maintenance is required.

Here are 3 other benefits of Weatherwell aluminum shutters:

  • Their streamlined appearance adds to the alfresco space.
  • Flexible blade control enables excellent airflow and ventilation to enjoy cooling breezes.
  • Provision of low-maintenance weather protection, style and security. 

Evolution of aluminum in home interiors:

For years, aluminum shutters have been the favorite of commercial and high-end architects around the world. Now, aluminum shutters are being increasingly featured in a domestic context in many residential homes. Aside from the significant benefit of ease of maintenance, aluminum shutters can be used in homes in a number of ingenious ways. In addition to their low maintenance appeal, aluminum shutters provide excellent flexibility for creating and modifying interior home spaces. 

You can use Weatherwell aluminum shutters to:

  • Enclose a balcony
  • Create an outdoor room
  • Add security screens for weather or protection
  • Give strength in high traffic areas with kids or pets

To find out more about Weatherwell Aluminum shutters click here: Weatherwell

To see our design gallery of Aluminum shutters click here: Aluminum Gallery 



House shutters have long been admired for their sophisticated street appeal, as they create stylish impact for home facades and exterior windows. House shutters, including aluminum and timber shutters, can be used for both dramatic and soothing effect within the home, particularly when they are chosen as part of a color theme or an integrated interior color palette. 

Consider the relaxing effect of blues:

“From the radiant aquamarine tones of Caribbean waters to the deep indigo colors of the Pacific, coastal-inspired shades of blue are versatile, calming and elegant. Consider creating a luxurious, serene space with a pale blue shade or fashioning a sharp and cool sanctuary by pairing bright turquoise with crisp white. 

Strong blue accents and exquisite artwork join forces with the deep blue of the sky overhead to take center stage…”

M Sierra, Blue Crush: Tranquil Palettes Inspired by the Sea


House shutters can transform a bathroom from a functional space into a soothing haven. Blue shutters are used to accent a neutral color palette and contrast against the cool tone of bathroom tiling.


Many homes incorporate informal eating areas, yet the casual eating space is often more practical and everyday than a space for calm dining. Light blue house shutters give a casual dining area a peaceful and inviting feel, by combining chic and casual.


“Pale blue hues can create very relaxing moods, especially when white acts as an anchor…. Every time you use color, incorporate a lighter shade of that color as well to balance out the color scheme.” M Sierra, Blue Crush: Tranquil Palettes Inspired by the Sea

Blue house shutters can provide the contrast to a white palette to make a bedroom a relaxed and tranquil haven, perfect for those rare extra minutes or on leisurely weekends.


Blue has inherent and natural associations with the ocean and water. A nautical theme for the living room, featuring blue house shutters, creates a calm, purposeful living space separate from other rooms in the home.


Solid blue panels take a den from stern to serene.

House shutters continue to rise in popularity. Long coveted for exteriors there is a growing recognition that the streamlined elegance of house shutters can transform interior spaces and create atmosphere. Highprofile shutters, available in luxurious natural timber stains and popular whites provide the right mix of light, contrast and airflow. Highprofile shutters can also be custom ordered for size and color – which can take a home to a whole new level of style.

Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue”.  Raoul Dufy

Blues are fantastic for creating a mood in a home and blue house shutters are a perfect way to provide contrast to neutral interiors. Calm, relaxed, tranquil, serene or peaceful. What mood are you looking to create in your home?

Click here to see our Highprofile image gallery: Highprofile Gallery

Click here for more information or to download a brochure: Highprofile Shutters



The desire to personalize items to be ‘ours’ is inherently part of human nature. From simple ringtones through to home design, customization is sought after to reflect our personality, taste and interests. Custom-built and designed homes are highly coveted.

“Many people have very specific ideas about what their dream home should be”

Marcus Pickett, The Obstacles that Must be Overcome to Build a Home.

In undertaking a new custom home build: “it is not uncommon for homeowners to feel fearful, uncertain, and overwhelmed when they begin a homebuilding or remodeling project.” Susan Lang, Designing your dream home.

This is because there are many implications from each and every decision that is made and a flow-through from the initial selection to completion. A unique window shape or style requires different treatment and installation. That choice then requires custom window furnishings – whether by shape, size or colour.

Highprofile custom shutters give wonderful flexibility, because they can be infinitely customized to consumer requests:

Consider these extensive options for timber shutters.

Custom shutter options:

  • High-gloss
  • Color selections
  • Multi-colored panels
  • Super tall heights
  • Extra wide panels
  • Unique shapes
  • Leather wraps
  • Fabric covered

With so many options, one of the key elements to successful custom home building, and subsequent custom interior décor, is the use of planning and lists. 

“Using detailed and easy-to-use forms and checklists, you’ll inventory and analyze each room and area to be included in your new or remodeled home. These detailed forms will help you design the home that fits your family and your lifestyle… The more forethought and preparation you dedicate to this, the more satisfied you will be with the finished product. Ultimately, it is your level of satisfaction that determines whether you have the home of your dreams.” Susan Lang, Designing your dream home.

Here are some examples of unique design and décor features using custom shutters:

1. Custom colored shutters

Custom designed kitchen with neutral palette featuring green custom shutters

2. Custom shaped shutters

Child’s loft bedroom with diamond-shaped custom shutters

3. Custom-opening using shutters

Hinged custom shutters as feature wall. 

Custom homes stand out from the crowd. They are each one-of-a-kind and are typically upscale with luxury upgrades and unique architectural design. These homes can be more stylized than many production homes.

Home buyers choose their ideal location and environment, so custom homes often incorporate elements of the landscape into the design and can be built to fit each sites’ outstanding feature; whether that is a view of the ocean, a natural stream, or the distinct colors and plants of a desert landscape.”

National Association of Home Builders, Types of Home Construction: Custom Homes    

Custom design should also be extended into decor, to ensure the synergy between the exterior and interior. Color palettes, wallpapers, custom shutters and themes can transform a simple room into a unique, personalized space.

Remember, Highprofile shutters can be customized in colors, shapes, heights and widths to ensure you create the living environment you want.

Click here to find out more or to download a brochure: Highprofile




Plantation blinds, or plantation shutters, have a long history with origins considered to date back to ancient Greece. It is understood these first shutters were constructed from a natural stone like marble with fixed louvers.

“Technically a shutter is either a solid or slated window cover. It is believe that the first shutters originated from Greece and that they were originally designed for light control, ventilation and protection from the elements in a tropical environment.” Life of an Architect, Bob Borson

With the benefits of light and ventilation, the concept spread through the Mediterranean. However, wood replaced marble in construction and allowed for the flexibility of movement of the louver blades.

In time shutters were brought to the Americas by the Spanish, where in the South, they gained the name plantation shutters as they were used in many grand homes and mansions of the cotton plantations.

Plantation shutters have several key benefits:

  • Flexible louvers allowing airflow and ventilation
  • Easy operation to open up for light and shade
  • Quality timber construction

Yet one of the key benefits of plantation shutters, links back to their growth in America, which is the beauty and elegance of plantation shutters as they grace a grand home façade and frontage.

Shutters, like the Highprofile Elite shutters displayed here, are more like a piece of fine furniture, than a mere window covering. 

The function and benefits of shutters match their beauty:

“Shutters are the most versatile of window treatments and can be seen up and down residential streets as more and more people install them in their homes. Equally suited to both traditional and modern homes, they can be customized to blend in with the room decor or make a bold statement and stand out.

Shutters become a part of the window frame, and will therefore exclude more of the light than curtains or other types of blinds, as well as providing extra home security.”           Using Plantation Shutters in Your Home, Urban Social Design 

Plantation shutters continue to evolve. The unique mix of beauty and function ensures that product innovation continues. The elegant, streamlined appearance of shutters has now evolved into shutters made of metal construction.

“Yesterday I also prepared my next walking tour in the High Line/Chelsea area. I got my first glimpse of Shigeru Ban's Metal Shutter Houses with both the shutters and inside glass wall open. The scale is impressive next to the more traditional (in the modern sense) single-story floors.” A Daily Dose of Architecture, John Hill

Metal shutters are eye-catching and create aesthetic impact; just as the plantation shutters did in the mansions of the South. Weatherwell and Weatherwell Elite are high-quality Aluminum shutters, which heighten the security and durability of shutter inclusions in commercial, but also residential environments.

Plantation shutters will continue to be incorporated in architecture around the world. With a history of aesthetic impact, innovation in this category continues, particularly in the residential space where shapes, colors and blade sizes are adapted to create the elegant grandeur of the past and the wow factor of contemporary interiors.

Click here to download a brochure on plantation shutters: Highprofile and Weatherwell




Sunlight is an important consideration in the design of any home. Understanding the sun’s orientation through the day, the way the light hits the house and seasonal changes, all impact on home living.

These impacts include:

  • Lighting and natural light
  • The cost and impact of heating
  • The need for cooling
  • Protecting interiors from direct sunlight

“Sun-blocking screens help you stay cool, play with light and create a stunning modern exterior… since the location is on the exterior, it blocks the heat from the sun's rays before they even hit the glass and enter the interior space, keeping your home cooler. Jen Dalley, Architect

Exterior window shutters are very effective at screening from the sun and are increasingly being incorporated into homes, as people plan home design with the impact of the sun and lighting in mind.

"A passive designed house lets the winter sun in to warm and light your home but blocks out the high summer sun, reducing your need for air conditioning. Passive design involves a number of elements including orientation, internal layout, window type and placement, and the use of heavy construction materials that have the ability to store warmth from the sun." Smarter Homes Smarter Living - How to save money by building a smarter home. 

Exterior window shutters provide the right mix of light and temperature control and have the added benefit of moveable louvers to control airflow. This also provides greater flexibility in providing shade. Incorporating exterior window shutters helps to:

  • Lower home air-conditioning costs
  • Allow for airflow and ventilation
  • Protect exteriors

One of the concerns with exterior screening is that as these structures take the full impact of the sun, there can fading and cracking, which requires maintenance. However, aluminum overcomes this. Weatherwell aluminum exterior window shutters combine strength, flexibility and the inherent ability to weather the impact of the sun. They require no maintenance, making Weatherwell aluminum exterior shutters an increasingly popular choice.

One of the other key benefits of exterior window shutters is security. Exterior window shutters protect windows and entrances, yet retain a streamlined elegant appearance. Weatherwell aluminum exterior shutters are available in a number of security options, including:

  • flush bolt
  • lockable handle
  • security bolts

Exterior window shutters offer dual protection – protection for the home and protection from the sun. The benefits are safety and the reduction in costs for running a home. Exterior window shutters provide shade, particularly on outdoor pergolas and living areas, which is crucial in creating outdoor living environments.

 “In a sun-drenched climate, shade is essential for reducing the effects of heat on the home. Incorporating shade is a simple and cost-effective way to help keep your house cool year round.” Planning Services Special Project Unit, City of Townsville

In addition, Exterior window shutters can be installed for different opening types providing wonderful flexibility with openings, doors and window structures, such as:

  • multifold
  • hinged
  • sliding
  • fixed

Click here to download a brochure or to find out more: Weatherwell Aluminum Shutters



Today there is an increasing desire to consider sustainability in both housing and home product choices. The Center for Sustainable Economy encourages us to: “choose sustainable building materials, furnishings, and cleaning products”. However, choosing such sustainable products can be difficult to navigate.

Timber shutters have long been admired as a desirable choice for interior and exterior window treatments. What may not be known, is that Highprofile Elite timber shutters are made from sustainably harvested hardwood. The timber is harvested on family-owned land, where landowners demand sustainable forestry and responsible conservation. 

This high quality hardwood used in Highprofile Elite timber shutters, comes from a responsible and sustainable approach to manufacturing.

There are several benefits from using sustainable products within home design and interior selections, including:

"Improved resource efficiency

Improved indoor air quality

Reduced life cycle impact", Aug 2012

Premium natural products, like hardwood timber shutters, also have lower maintenance costs.

“In our homes, hardwood products are some of the healthiest and cost-effective ones we could choose. They do not collect dust or allergens - which can be trapped in other materials - and environmentally friendly paints and stains can be used to complement any design scheme.” American Hardwood Information Center, 2013

In the construction of Highprofile Elite timber shutters, louver and rail tenons are formed from the profile itself. There are no plastic pieces incorporated into Highprofile Elite timber shutters, in line with the natural beauty of the product. This means less wear and tear or replacement costs from synthetic inclusions.

Highprofile hardwood timber shutters are premium timber shutters with style and durability for long-lasting impact.

“Hardwood products can be treasured for generations, much longer than synthetic counterparts. In fact, museum quality pieces of American Hardwood furniture have been around for centuries! 

And, the classic style of American Hardwoods lends distinction to homes large or small, adding value to the home when it comes time to resell.” AHIC, 2013

In conjunction with this emerging mindset of sustainable choices, is the increasing interest in connecting home interiors to the beauty of exterior environment. As lot sizes shrink and living space is compacted, the need to maximise green views through window sizes and balconies is on the rise.

Picture windows — large fixed windows typically without glazing bars — are a great way to bring in light and/or highlight a special view” 

Killy Scheer,

One of the advantages of Highprofile Elite timber shutters, is that they are engineered so you can go to extreme heights, because no mid rail is ever required. The largest single panel expanse is up to 134" tall, which gives great flexibility.

Consider the benefits of Highprofile hardwood timber shutters:

  • Timber harvested with sustainable forestry and responsible conservation
  • Largest single panel expanse, up to 134" tall with no mid rail required
  • Superior construction. Louver and rail tenons are formed from the profile itself. 
  • Unique double clear view tilt rod provides tight closure and light block.

Click here to download a brochure or for more information: Highprofile Elite



When we call to mind the image of a window it is usually of a rectangular shape. Traditional windows and window frames, such as these featuring wooden shutters, are the most prevalent style in homes today.

“For the most part, windows and doors are rectangular openings, either inserted into walls by themselves or as part of a larger system (e.g. a curtain wall) that are also rectangular. This shape is rooted in traditional architecture and construction, but it is certainly not the only way to articulate openings.”

John Hill, Architect, NY

However there is a growing shift to unique shaped windows, which are being incorporated into new home designs. These shapes include circles, diamonds, L-shapes and elliptical frames, as well as floor-to-ceiling expanses in square formation. 

Unique shape windows are aesthetically eye-catching and often incorporated to:

  • Allow for more view to be taken in than a traditional window
  • Match ornate design features in roof lines and other structures
  •  Make use of limited space in dark areas
  • Add contemporary or modern style to house design
  • Become a highlight feature in a room or space

Yet unusual window shapes don’t have to inhibit the choice of window treatment. The Highprofile range of wooden shutters can be infinitely customized. Featured here in a diamond shape, wooden shutters make a striking impact and further dramatize the window's distinctive shape.

"Mimicking or echoing, yet distinctly differing from existing materials, colors, shapes and styles forms is also an elegant way to create a harmonious and elegant new style."

The Cool Hunter, Architecture 25 Aug 2013

Highprofile wooden shutters can be created for circular shapes, triangular windows and trapezoids – the options are endless. These irregular window shapes can be used to obtain a different and distinctive style.

Wooden shutters can also be used for a large expanse, which feature in homes to harness natural light and to maximize beautiful unobstructed views. Wooden shutters with louvers give the ultimate flexibility, so that views can be enjoyed to created that seamless blend of bringing the outside in.

There are several types of unique shaped window structures, including:

  1. Fixed shape – glass structure that cannot be opened
  2. Operable – glass structure that can be opened for airflow

Wooden shutters can be used effectively for both options. They do not detract or mask the impact of fixed-shape windows, rather they effectively highlight the window shape.

"A splash of color or dark tone for contrast can even further accentuate the room and blend with accessory design colors incorporated in the living space."

Wooden shutters are a timeless classic in traditional homes, but equally suit contemporary interiors and styles. Hinged options give wonderful flexibility for airflow and unobstructed views. The ability to easily custom order Highprofile wooden shutters further enables shutters to be used for unique window shapes and sizes. Wooden shutters streamline the home, complementing both traditional windows and contemporary decor and distinct shapes and sizes. 

Click here to download a brochure or to find out more about wooden shutters: Highprofile



Pick up any home magazine and you will find an article on the theme of colors; brightening your home with splashes of color, designer color palettes and color transformations. The reason? Colors are directly connected to our moods and the way we feel.

According to the EPA we spend about 70% of our time at home, so adding color to our living interiors is a perfect way to help us feel calm, happy or vibrant. Multi-colored options mean that wood shutters are a perfect way to transform a home interior and our mood. Wood shutters enliven living spaces and brighten kitchens and bathrooms. 

“Whether it's on a pair of pillows, the back of a bookshelf, the floor or the ceiling, a splash of unexpected color transforms any space from boring to breathtaking.”

Jen Derose, HouseBeautiful

The rich, classic appeal of wood shutters has long been recognised, yet they are a contemporary way to introduce color into a home palette. 

Flat, uninspired living areas are one of the greatest frustrations of homeowners. Long admired for their streamlined appearance and high-value appeal, wood shutters can be a design anchor to transform living spaces.  

“My Living room is screaming for a make over..even the fishes are dying of boredom. What should I do here?” 

post in Design Dilemma,

Wood shutters are a wonderful starting point. While made of premium grade lumber, Highprofile wood shutters are painted with a high build polyurethane paint – so there is no limit to the quality of the shutter or your imagination. What a great way to bring pizzazz into the living room or fun into a child’s bedroom. 

What mood can you achieve with wood shutters?

With color so closely tied with how we feel, color choices can help to create the synergy between a room’s function and décor. Wood shutters selected for a color theme can blend with neutral wall and floor palettes so color doesn’t overpower the space and help to create a unique ambience.

“Scientists and researchers have long known colors affect us mentally and physically…. blue rooms reduce blood pressure and enhance relaxation… even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, he can't… the heart muscles can't race fast enough. It's a tranquillising color.”

Olivia Richardson, body+soul Magazine 2013

Consider blue wood shutters for libraries, lounges and living.  Blues are wonderful for creating relaxed, calm environments. 

Think pink, for wood shutters in bedrooms and dressing rooms. 

Of course, white is still the most popular choice for wood shutters and there will always be a call for classic plantation shutters.

Highprofile shutters have a flawless finish and one of the most pristine coatings available on the market. You can mix and match with a combination of white and other colored wood shutters to create the living space – and the mood – for your home. From dramatic blacks through to vibrant yellows, living interiors can be transformed with wood shutters. 

Click here for more information or to download a brochure: Highprofile

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