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Plantation Shutters in Your Home: More Than a Versatile Window Treatment

The addition of plantation shutters in your home adds an appeal that is unmatched by other types of window treatments.  Shutters become a permanent architectural feature that not only allows you to showcase your personal style, they add value to your house.


Shutters are unique in that they act as little doors to your windows.  With the use of hinges on the side of the window molding they can swing open and closed, instantly changing the ambience in a room.  Plus they have louvers like blinds do, so you can play with the natural lighting in the room and still have an element of privacy by adjusting the slats. Fully closed, shutters offer almost complete darkness making them ideal for a bedroom or nursery.

There are many elements of shutters to love, such as no unsightly strings or cords bundled up on the floor and they can’t hang lopsided when open the way that some other blinds will.  Their presence adds a clean elegance to any space in your home.

Plantation shutters also offer you versatility in decorating.  Alone they are a beautiful addition to the house and complement any décor.  Or you can dress them up by adding window treatments above or around the window to further showcase your sense of style.  If you are concerned about the stark nature of shutters soften them up with silk drapings.

Traditional wood shutters do need to be made from high quality woods such as poplar or basswood but these can be pricey, plus they can suffer from water damage.  Faux wood blinds give you the same great look and options without the big price tag.  Plus they are easier to clean and the slats will not warp like they can with natural wood shutters.

After hard wood floors, shutters are the most sought after feature for people who are looking to buy a home.  If you have invested in plantation shutters then you have made an investment in your home’s value.  Shutters are one of the easiest and cost effective ways to bring up the asking price on a house.

Don’t concern yourself with the possible limitations of installing a permanent window dressing in your house.  Plantation shutters never go out of style and they will not fade or lose their appeal the way that draperies and curtains will.  You can even change the entire look of the window and the room by easily changing out the drapings seasonally.  Dress up the top of your shutters with a bright floral valence in the spring and summer, and then change it to darker, festive colors in the fall and winter.  No other window covering makes alternating styles so easy.

Make no mistake, if you are considering installing shutters in your home you are looking at a major investment.  Yet it is well worth it if you want your home to stand out against others and give you flexibility with different lighting and styling options.