Plantation shutters are an attractive, window treatment. While the expense may make some people consider other alternatives, there are numerous compelling reasons to opt for plantation shutters over drapes or mini-blinds. Shutters have a clean look to them and are quite appealing.
While good looks may have you ready to make the plunge, you may need a few more reasons to help you make a decision. Here are nine compelling reasons to consider.
No doubt, interior shutters are attractive. They come in a variety of sizes and finishes as well as mounting options. They fit in with just about any décor and offer a clean, cohesive look throughout the home. If the look of shutters feels too stark, you can also add fabric window treatments to soften the look.
Interior shutters can be adjusted to let the light flow in, yet keep prying eyes out much like mini-blinds. This allows you to have privacy as well as light. If you angle them in such a manner, you can even see out, but others won’t be able to see in.
Want to let the fresh air inside yet maintain your privacy? Not only can you adjust the plantation shutters for maximum privacy and control the light coming in, you can open up the windows, let the air flow in, and then adjust the shutters for maximum ventilation - all without compromising your privacy. In addition, shutters are easy to adjust. Simply grasp the crossbar and adjust the shutters.
Custom interior shutters are durable and built to last. Because you won’t need to replace your shutters every few years, your initial investment will pay off such as drapes.
Interior shutters are virtually maintenance-free. Use a damp cloth from time to time and wipe off the dirt, dust, and grime. In addition, you don’t need to take them down in order to clean them as you would with other types of window coverings.
Shutters are excellent insulators as well as perfect for deflecting sunlight. Your energy bills will be lower when you have shutters installed. In the winter, the shutters provide an added layer of insulation. During the summer, you can adjust the shutters to deflect the sunshine so the rooms don’t heat up.
Plantation shutters do not have dangling cords or strings that children can get tangled up in, making them a safer alternative to mini-blinds and drapes.
You can leave the shutters in the up or semi-closed position to direct the sunlight away from furniture and carpets. The UV rays of the sun cause materials to fade over time, which significantly affects their attractiveness and useful lifespan. In addition to fading, fabrics can degrade. By keeping your furniture shaded, it will last longer and remain attractive and durable for years to come.
In addition to covering windows, shutters can also be installed over cutouts and niches in your home. Shutters can be as cabinet doors for an attractive new storage solution. Not only does this cover the hole in your wall and the clutter that’s sure to accumulate there. Another idea is to use plantation shutters to bulk up half-walls and pass-throughs that you may not like. Adding shutters in this manner can provide added privacy and divide the space better, yet still allow light to go through and provide an airy feel to the room. In the case of a pass-through (such as between a kitchen and dining room), you can open the shutter doors when you need to pass something through and then close them again for privacy.