Plantation shutters, also called plantation blinds are window treatments with wide horizontal slats called louvers that are mounted in a frame. The slats are usually 3 ½ to 4 ½ inches wide and much stronger and more durable than vertical vinyl blinds which are very flexible and tend to break fairly easily. The larger the slats, the more light they will let in when they are open and make it easier to look outside without having to pull the slats all the way to the top.
Plantation Shutters became popular with 18th century southern plantations, but are not limited to southern style houses. They look more like a built in feature than the standard vinyl blinds and come in an array of colors or natural wood to match your interior and exterior color schemes. They add also add an elegant artichitercutral detail to any room.
They can be made out of wood, composite,or vinyl. Wood is the most common and strongest material, but also the most expensive of the three. Composite and vinyl can be a more affordable option. They are both more resistant to humidity unlike wood but usually made out of lighter materials. Here are some of the different materials used in Plantation Shutters and their positives and negatives:
They look great in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms but can be used in any room of your house both inside and out depending on your taste. One good rule of thumb is to use them in every window of the room you want to add them too. Also, if you are adding them to a room in the front of your house, you might want to consider adding the other rooms in the front to make the windows look more uniform and balanced from the outside.
Besides window fixtures, you could also use plantation shutters as doors and room dividers. That way you could block out light and sound, but still have to option to open the shutters if you want to see through them.
Overall, Plantation Shutters are a great choice to consider when furnishing your home. They will save you money on energy bills, block out light and noise, are easy to clean, and very pet friendly. You can also add them into your mortgage cost and they can increase your home value.
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Plantation shutters and plantation blinds are the modern window treatments of choice in Wellington.