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Plantation Shutter Buying Guide

Plantation shutters, also referred to as interior shutters or just shutters, provide sophistication and elegance to your home. They offer stylish curbside appeal and are a great investment as they increase your home’s resale value if you ever decide to move. There are many options when it comes to shutters, offering a style that suits any taste. 

Benefits of Plantation Shutters

Besides offering great style, curbside appeal and an increase in your home value, there are a few other great benefits. They can also help to reduce outside noises and provide great insulation, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

Sizes and Panel Configurations

Interior shutters are fitted to the size of your window or door light, so it is important to measure carefully. The frame of the window is then mounted onto your window or door. Depending on the size of the window, your shutters will have one or more panels. The larger the window, the more panels there will be. A single panel will have hinges on just one side, opening left or right. Windows with two shutter panels generally open french-door style with one door swinging open in each direction. If you have more than two panels, several of the panels will be hinged together.

Material and Color

Shutters can be made of wood, faux wood and other vinyl options. Wood shutters are the priciest and offer several finishes from dark to light. Faux wood shutters are made of a vinyl material but look like wood, offering different finishes as well. Other vinyl options include various colors of whites, tans and even grey and black. Wood shutters offer warmth to your room while different shades of white offer a very traditional look. Greys and blacks can be both traditional or even modern, depending on some of the other options you choose. You should also note that wood shutters can also be affected by heat and moisture so they are not recommended for areas like kitchens or bathrooms. 

Slat Size

The slat, or louver, width also comes in various sizes. Thinner slats provide a charming cottage feel while wider slats offer a clearer view outside when open. Wider slats can also be more insulating to summer heat as there is less sunlight coming into your home.  

Frames, Mounts and Hardware

There are a variety of frames and mounts to choose from. These just depend on your own personal style preferences. Simple frames offer a clean, minimalist look while more decorative frames provide a more traditional look. The hardware, such as the hinges, also come in different options. You can choose something that blends in well with the color of your shutters or you can choose something that matches the rest of the hardware in your home. 

Tilt Rods and Hidden Tilts

There are two options when it comes to tilting the slats. Tilt rods are a matching rod on the interior facing part of the shutters. This rod helps you easily tilt your slats up or down. Tilt rods offer ease of use and a more traditional look. Hidden tilts remove the rods and a mechanism is placed on the back side of the slats on either end, connecting them. To tilt your slats up or down, you simply need to move one slat and the rest will move with it. Hidden tilts offers a cleaner look. 

Split Tilts

This additional feature allows you to control the top and bottom half of the slats separately. For example, you can keep the lower half closed for privacy and leave the top half of the slats open to let in filtered sunlight. 

Do I Need Curtains with Plantation Shutters?

Adding curtains or drapes to your windows with shutters is totally up to you! Plantation shutters look stunning all on their own, but if you want to add a soft luxurious touch, add curtains or even just a valance. If you want additional light filtering or blocking, such as in a bedroom, add room darkening or blackout curtains. Choosing to add curtains or drapes depends on your style and the look you are wanting to achieve. 

Call in the Pros

Because interior shutters require exact measurements and can often be heavy fixtures, especially on larger windows, installation can be a bit tricky. Call in the pros, such as Elevated Views. Our experts will be able to guide you through the entire process from measuring to installation. 


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