Plantation shutters are built-in window treatments that are affixed to the window casement, thus they become a distinctive architectural feature within the home. The shutter is made with horizontal slats that are mounted on a solid frame and have the ability to tilt.
Shutters can either be installed inside or outside of the window box. Inside mounts are most often chosen to create an interior design statement or to highlight the architecture of the window and home.
Outside mounted shutters are typically chosen when the main purpose is light or air control within the room, and to add additional privacy. Plantation shutters cannot be raised and lowered like shades and blinds.
Rather, the slats they are made with can be tilted open (in the horizontal position) enabling light and air to flow through freely, partially tilted up or down to modify the amount of light or air entering the room, or fully closed to block out light and air flow, creating a more private setting.
Plantation shutters are custom made to perfectly fit to each window and can even be made for arched, circular or diamond shape windows. The shutters are most often made out of solid hardwood; however they can be made of aluminum, vinyl or a composite wood. Plantation shutters offer an excellent means of controlling light within a room, while creating privacy and insulation from the outdoors.
Plantation shutters are an extremely beautiful option when considering the different window covering options. Shutters are an excellent way to manage the light coming into a home, insulate a room from both heat and noise, control the flow of air into a room, and create privacy. Plantation shutters can be configured to fit almost any window type or size, and can compliment almost every design style. In order to maintain the view outside a wider slat may be chosen. Plantation shutters that are made of solid wood can be custom painted or stained to create the desired aesthetic within a room. Alternately those composed of aluminum can be powder coated in any color for a more industrial look. Shutters can also be mounted in glass doorways and stacked to the side to allow access to the doorway or mounted to the door itself to maintain an unobstructed entry or exit at all times while providing light control and privacy.
Shutters typically have a very long lifespan and never go out of style, thus they add value to your home. They are a strong and elegant option when choosing among window treatment options. The tilt of the slats allows you access to the outdoor view while controlling the amount of light coming into a room. However, it is important to note that some of the view will be obstructed unless the shutters can be stacked to the side of the window or are able to be opened on hinges. The shutters can be made with one panel or several depending on the size of the window and desired aesthetic. Two panel shutters that are hinged on the left and right side of the window, open into the room, like a double door.
For greater control of the shutters they can be constructed as single or double tier. Single tier shutters have one panel from top to bottom, while double tier shutters have a set of shutters on the top of the window and a set on the bottom allowing them to be fully opened independently of one another. Further, the tilt bar that controls the angle of the slats and allows for light and air control can be one continuous bar or split in two to allow even greater control within an opening. Plantation shutters are low maintenance, and requiring simple dusting and/or wiping to keep them clean which is advantageous for people with allergies or pets. An additional advantage of installing these beautiful treatments is a reduction in energy bills by minimizing the amount of cooled or heated air entering the room.