Did you know that plantation shutters have their roots in ancient times, and can be considered the ‘oldest’ form of window treatments? In a time where function was the highest priority, shutters were used to provide ventilation, privacy, and the ability to let the sunlight in. Back then, of course, there were no electric lights, a/c or fans, so shutters on windows allowed people to control all of these things.
Now, plantation shutters have made great advances, while still providing for these basic functions. Shutters can be completely customized to fit any window–whether it is arched, angled, or odd-sized. Shutters are heavy duty and last for many years, and also have the advantage of being easily cleaned. The smooth wooden vanes just need a dusting every now and then to keep their beautiful look. And for those windows that are out of reach–shutters can be outfitted with a hidden motor that will tilt the vanes via remote control!! (That’s right–I said remote control window treatments–how great!!) These remote control options are a wonderful idea for those 2-story family rooms and foyers!
Shutters add a classic look to any window and come in a variety of styles. The vanes can be approximately 2 inch, 3 inch, or 4 inches wide, and each size changes the look of the window. While shutters are a slightly higher price point than blinds, they are a design that will never go out of style, and will last for many years! In fact, our personal manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty from defects, so you never have to worry about them!
Often, people don’t think about adding a ‘hard’ treatment to a window that already has a decorative soft treatment, but in many cases this will add to the overall design of the window, and give it a complete look. Many people don’t think about window coverings as multiple layers, but the addition of plantation shutters can finish off the window as well as provide practicality to the space! As designers, we love to create spaces that are unique and customized, and plantation shutters help us to accomplish that! Take a look at several windows that have the finished look with both fabric treatments and plantation shutters:
Beautiful multi-layer fabric treatment with shutters on bottom for privacy
Two story living room with shutters and soft treatment
Goblet pleat panels with shutters
Decorative window in teenage girl's bedroom
Treatment in a bathroom gives privacy and beautiful look!
Master Bedroom with simple sheer panels and classic shutters
So if your windows are lacking a little ‘oomph,’ or you have panels already but feel like you’re missing something……call us about coming out to help you complete your look! Plantation shutters might just be what you need!