With their wide slats that give off coastal vibes, signature charm and appeal, plantation shutters are an absolute delight. Aside from their aesthetic value, they also offer one of the highest insulation ratings amongst window furnishings. This makes them incredibly functional and useful in all areas of a home as well.
They owe their performance to their slats, which when open, allow for increased airflow. When they’re closed, nothing can pass through them, effectively sealing the indoors from external elements. This means that internal temperature is effortlessly regulated, in turn helping you save on heating/ cooling costs.
Plantation shutters are without a doubt a fantastic alternative to those wanting something different to blinds and curtains. They also pair beautifully with sheer curtains, amplifying the effect in your space. Did you know they were named for their presence in houses on plantations? Despite this, it is thought that their origins go back further back in time. So they have been around for a while!
Here is a breakdown of plantation shutters, including their types, styles, benefits and installation.
Types of Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are found in a variety of materials, with timber, timber-look and aluminium being some of the most common. As you’ll soon find out, they each offer their own features and benefits. Which you opt for will depend on the final look and use you have in mind.
We know just how beautiful timber fixtures can be in a home. Wood is a material that has a natural, uncontested beauty about it, and different varieties offer different looks. The grain itself is an added feature that contributes to the overall look. While you can choose to paint your wood shutters it’d be a shame to cover up their authenticity, so most let them go au naturale.
Timber shutters can be pricier than other variations, and do require more maintenance as re-finishing and re-varnishing is necessary. Having said that though, they are well worth the effort. Plus, you won’t need to do this often if you look after them well. This includes keeping them away from moisture which is their worst enemy.
- Premium Timber-Look
If however, you want the beautiful effect of plantation shutters in areas like your bathroom and kitchen, this will suit. Premium timber-look also referred to as PVC shutters, offers the same glorious looks without the maintenance. Additionally, they can be fitted to areas that are exposed to water without any complications arising. They are also highly resistant to fire.
Seeing as how they have the same look and feel of wood, you will not be compromising on much. Timber-look shutters are also great if you have a deadline looming as they can be crafted quicker than timber versions. They can also pretty much last a lifetime as they’re built with robust materials and stand strong against warping/ peeling. The only thing with this material is that it doesn’t hold up well in larger spaces. So for particularly expansive window areas, timber may be the way to go.
Aluminium shutters offer long-term durability which is one of their distinct advantages. Contrary to what you might think they’re actually quite lightweight too. Additionally, they can be installed both internally and externally. Like timber-look shutters, these also require little to no maintenance unlike timber. However, while aluminium does not rust, it does corrode as does any metal that is exposed to oxygen. Rust is a type of corrosion, and the two are often used interchangeably which can cause some confusion. So you do need to keep an eye on them periodically.
The only issue with aluminium shutters is that they are not very good insulators. If that is a priority, then this may not be the best option.
Plantation Shutters Styles
Now the fun begins! Choosing the style of your plantation shutters is a great project and outlet for your creativity. There are so many options to choose from, and mixing them up will help create a totally unique look too. If you are looking for a little more guidance, our expert consultants have experience working with every shape and size of window, and will recommend the best fit for your home. Remember it is not about a one-size-fits-all solution, but indeed all about customisation.
Take a look at the below for some style inspiration:
- Bi-Fold Shutters:
Combining multiple panels in one smooth motion, this style is commonly used on
doorways or wide windows giving the area a stunning look.
- Sliding Door Shutters:
When we said they’d suit any type of door, we meant it. Give your home a makeover that’s ‘au naturale’.
- Bay Windows:
Ultimate control over light, sight, and privacy, by operating the top and bottom panel separately. Curl up with a good book and warm cuppa, in just the right environment with just the right light. Bliss.
- Tier-on-tier Shutters:
Bring a touch of Parisian chic into your humble abode with tier-on-tier plantation shutters, and feel like you’re a world away.
Benefits of Plantation Shutters
Window furnishings are exposed to things like sunlight, air, moisture and dust to name a few. And they should be, as after all they help protect your home from being exposed to the same. What this does mean though is that they do wear down after some time. In that respect, plantation shutters are incredibly durable and hardy. Take premium timber-look shutters for instance; they are humidity-resistant and do not warp or peel. They are also robust enough to stand strong in rooms that are exposed to the sun quite a bit. Overall, plantation shutters are undoubtedly tough.
- Low maintenance
Whenever you feel like your shutters are looking a little dusty and in need of a clean, the solution is simple. You can either vacuum them with the brush-head attachment, or simply wipe down with a cloth. The one thing you should not do, however, is use something rough like scourers against them. Abrasive cleaning materials are an absolute no. Remember to keep it gentle as they do not need much to begin with anyway. Super easy to clean, which is great news if you have kids or pets.
- Enhanced control over privacy and lighting
The plantation shutter slats are their defining feature and key to their functionality. When compared to other window furnishings, they really offer exemplary control over privacy and lighting. For one thing, the frame is set right up against the window covering any gaps. This means next to no light can come in through the sides. The same is true for air and privacy. When the slats are shut, they well and truly keep you comfortable and protected with complete peace of mind.
- Timeless design and style
The timelessness of plantation shutters means they not only remain relevant over the years, but also suit all types of homes. From mid-century modern to contemporary, colonial and traditional, the list goes on. You can effortlessly inject a dose of coastal chic regardless of location, amplifying the look and feel of your abode. Additionally, they are undoubtedly stately and tasteful, without going overboard. Your plantation shutters will be the gift that keeps on giving, and are definitely more of an investment than just window coverings.
Installing Plantation Shutters
You can opt to fit your plantation shutters either inside or outside the window frame. Some windows may have a moulding or some form of decorative trim, in which case an inside fit will suit. Since they can also be crafted to fit any size and shape of window from arches to circles, they are quite versatile. However, this does make them an extremely customised window furnishing which means installation is best left to the experts.
Our team has fitted countless plantation shutters over our 52 years of existence, so it is safe to say they know what they are doing. They will take every detail including the depth of recess space into account, to ensure a seamless result. Be sure to tap into their wealth of knowledge for your plantation shutters by reaching out to us. We will help you book an appointment for someone to come out and assess your space and support you with advice.