The hottest trend I have seen emerge in aluminium shutters is the wood grain look, and I am right on board. Similar to the design movement we are seeing in the interior of houses in which colour is the hero instead of whites, the outdoor aluminium shutter is also being seen in forms other than the traditional white plantation iteration. Architects and designers are using the softer appearance of organic materials like wood and stone in their outdoor rooms, on the floors, walls, and in furniture.
Walnut is still the most popular colour, probably due to its warmth and ability to complement many other palettes. However the lighter and honey coloured timbers that are making an appearance on the inside of the home, a hot trend in 2014, are also spilling into our outdoor rooms. The lighter appearance of knotty pine aluminium shutters are a stylish and striking finish for asian inspired rooms, coastal styles, and retro designs. I personally like the interesting texture the knots make to larger panels, which allows me to make the aluminium shutter more of a feature in the room, rather that an element that blends into insignificance.
Weatherwell Elite have the best wood grain colours I have seen on the market. Firstly, unlike other aluminium shutters, their timber coloured powder coats have an actual texture and feel like real timber. Secondly their timber grain colours are true powder coats and not liquid bakes, which most other aluminium shutters use. A liquid bake doesn't have the longevity that a true powder coat has, and when I am putting any material into my clients outdoor area it is crucial that it lasts. Weatherwell Elite has a 10 year warranty which is the most generous I have seen.