Influential Angles: Rear Tilt vs Front Tilt Shutters

Considerations of tilt, in window covering design.

From complementary design features to sophisticated qualities with light control and privacy in mind, shutters can offer you that fresh, dream-home look that will allow you the control to enjoy that beautiful California sunshine at just the right angle and adjustment for the perfect atmosphere. When it comes to shutters, you receive the ultimate in child and pet safety, with the convenience of easy clean materials and a polished appearance. There is a decision you must make when outfitting your home. Which tilt option will give you the finished look specific to your home’s style? We have devised the small chart below to inspire your thinking as you contemplate which shutters will suit you the best.

Options Available

Front Tilt

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Rear Tilt

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Design Style

Traditional, classic look with a centered tilt bar.

Contemporary, clean look, the tilt bar is hidden from view.


Use the tilt bar, or the louvers, to adjust the shutters.

Touch the louvers to adjust the shutters.


Tilt bar may offer distraction if you have windows with grids.

Unobstructed view.


Easy clean, without parts to hold dirt, no cords to collect dust.

Easy clean with continuous movement, no parts or cords to collect dust.

Which style of tilt suits your home? Do you prefer the classic look of shutters, with the tilt bar connecting the louvers? Or does the contemporary look of rear tilt, in all its simplicity, sound more like your style? We can help guide you to the shutters that will complete the look of your home. Grids and window panes are features of windows that may make you choose rear tilt over front tilt. The window panes and shutters, in combination, may provide too much distraction for your eye to enjoy a finished look.

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The professionals of California Window Fashions are experts; we can identify even the smallest details that will affect your experience, and we want you to be happy with your shutters for years to come. Regardless of which style you choose, Hunter Douglas has created these shutters with impeccable design and long-lasting characteristics.

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Levels of privacy at your fingertips, as well as a custom fit – allowing for the least amount of light gaps for premium light control at the touch of either the tilt bar or louvers. This is the experience of shutters. You can also set your mind at ease with the high levels of child and pet safety. Shutters do not have the same functioning parts like blinds or shades.

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The heavy magnet that holds them in place at the window casement makes them very difficult for little ones to open. Shutters are designed to not close inward – it would be difficult to hyperextend them. This is a child-safe product that would be perfect for your upstairs windows.

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Let us show you how the look of shutters can add a heightened level of design quality to your space. We can guide your choice when it comes to deciding on front tilt VS rear tilt. Our experienced professionals will help you discover all the benefits your home will receive with shutters. Contact California Window Fashions for a free, in-home consultation.