Indoor shutters, also known as plantation shutters, are an increasingly popular window treatment option for homeowners seeking increased privacy and security.
These window treatments are mounted on your window frame and have horizontal slats which can open and close with the help of a rod that is either mounted to the center or side of the louvers.
Unlike traditional shutters that are commonly used on the outside of buildings, plantation shutters are designed to be used indoors. They are typically hinged so that they can be opened or closed as needed and can be adjusted to allow varying amounts of light to enter the room.
We were approached by a client located in Wood River, IL, who had originally done the shutters for other rooms of his house himself.
Due to the size of this particular window in the kitchen, he felt that he should have it professionally done – and this was the right choice.
What are plantation shutters?
This type of shutter existed as far back as the 12th century. In Greece, they used marble louvers mounted in stone to keep the Mediterranean sun and heat out.
However, they have developed quite a lot since then, and the term “plantation shutter” originally came from the South, where these types of sophisticated window treatments were very commonly used to keep plantation homes cool in the summer.
For much the same reason, people on the West Coast may also refer to these as “California shutters”-
These days, “plantation shutter” normally refers to a window treatment with wide louvers and a front-mounted tilt bar.
These are now among the most popular types of indoor shutters for homes across the United States.
Benefits of installing plantation shutters
Plantation shutters are known for their elegant and classic appearance, and are often used in homes with a traditional or colonial style. They are also popular in modern homes, as they can provide a sleek and sophisticated look when paired with contemporary decor.
When properly installed, plantation shutters have many benefits:
- Increased privacy. Plantation shutters offer more privacy than other window treatments, such as blinds or curtains. You can close the shutters completely to block out prying eyes or adjust the slats while still maintaining your privacy.
- Light control. This type of shutter allows you to control the amount of light that enters a room. You can adjust the slats to let in as much or as little light as you like.
- Energy efficiency. Plantation shutters can help to reduce your energy bills by providing insulation for your windows. They help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which can lead to lower energy costs.
- Aesthetic appeal. These window treatments add a classic, timeless look to any room. They come in a range of styles and finishes, so you can choose the one that best complements your decor.
- Durability. Plantation shutters are much sturdier than window blinds or shades. Plantation shutters are built to last, and are often made from high-quality materials such as wood, PVC or composite wood. They can withstand wear and tear, and are less likely to break, warp, sag, or fade from sunshine than other window treatments.
- Easy maintenance. These shutters are easy to keep looking brand-new. To clean them, just a light dusting or a quick wipe with a damp cloth from time to time should be enough to keep them pristine.
- Added value to a home. Plantation shutters can add value to your home. They are a popular and desirable feature among buyers, so installing them can increase your home’s resale value.
Customer’s choice: Palm Beach Plantation Shutters
To complement the shutters already located throughout his Wood River, IL, home, our customer chose our Palm Beach Plantation Shutters.
The UV-resistant Polysatin™ material is extremely durable and can withstand extreme temperatures and humidity. This ensures that it will stand up to warping, cracking, fading, chipping and peeling, even if exposed to intense sunlight and moisture.
The Palm Beach Plantation Shutters are built to last; their interior aluminum bracing and resin blocks add superior strength.
The end result is a quality installation with a classy touch for the client’s kitchen – exactly what he was looking for!
Choose BlindQuest for high-quality window treatment solutions
As the leading provider of high-quality window coverings and treatment solutions in Madison County, Illinois, BlindQuest has been helping customers since 2002.
Whether you’re looking to improve the safety, aesthetics or privacy of your property, we’re always here to help our customers find the perfect solution for their window treatment needs.
If you’re looking for blinds, shades and shutters to accent your home or business, you’ve come to the right place!
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