Plantation Shutters – Timeless and Elegant Window Treatments

Plantation shutters offer a classic yet versatile look that enhances any decor style while providing exceptional functionality. This window treatment is beautiful and offers superior light control, privacy, and insulation compared to traditional curtains and blinds. Their sturdy construction and elegant appearance make them a popular choice for both window and door applications in homes and offices.

What Are Plantation Shutters? 

Plantation shutters are window shutters composed of broad slats of wood or composite material mounted in a solid frame. The design is both durable and timeless, making it suitable for a range of interior styles from classic to contemporary. The slats, often referred to as louvres, can be adjusted to control the amount of light entering a room, enhance airflow, and ensure privacy.

These shutters are available in various materials, including wood, fauxwood, and aluminium, and can handle high-humidity areas like kitchens and living rooms. Due to their durability and appeal, plantation shutters can increase a property’s value beyond its aesthetic appeal. They can also be custom-fitted to any window shape and size and are available with motorised options to provide convenience and enhanced functionality for modern living spaces. 

The history of plantation shutters

The name plantation shutters originated from the cotton plantations in the south of America, but the first versions actually date back centuries. It’s thought these shutters were most likely originally made from marble in Greece, and later from wood elsewhere in Europe.

At this point the introduction of a movable louvre was added due to shutters being lighter in weight. The shutters later became wildly popular in the Americas after the colonisation by Europeans who brought over the style with them. Their appeal then spread to the rest of the world including Australia where they are a firm favourite.

How Plantation Shutters Add to Your Home’s Decor

“Plantation shutters are simply a great way to turn an ordinary window space into a signature feature,” says interiors expert, and 2018 The Block winner, Sara Vale from Vale Group. “It’s one of those really interesting features which can look either old world, or else very modern depending on the application”.

They’re often favourites in period homes thanks to their traditional elegance. They also suit coastal homes really well due to their clean, straight lines and signature colours of white, blue and grey.

For outdoors, aluminum shutters are great as the metal is light weight and durable. They can be powder coated to any colour and it’s quite easy to customise as no outdoor area is ever the same.

Practical Advantages

The popularity of these shutters endures today thanks largely to their practicality. Plantation shutters are durable and low-maintenance allowing for air movement, light control, security and privacy. Easy to clean, they can be angled to keep light off furniture, minimizing fading. Their insulating properties also make them a good investment, as they can help to keep heat out in summer and in during the winter.

Different Types of Internal Plantation Shutters

  • Fauxwood Shutters: They the appearance of real timber, but with superior moisture tolerance, especially when compared with most traditional alternatives. This makes them easy to clean, and suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms. These shutters come in a variety of painted colours.
  • Hardwood Shutters: Made using a quality timber for durability and longevity. Hardwood Shutters come in classic white as well as stained timber colours and are popular for their affordability.
  • Basswood Shutters: An increasingly popular timber shutter option due to being made from a lightweight hardwood. They are crafted from the finest Basswood timber, available in a variety of painted and stained colours, and are a highly durable option for any window shutter.
  • Aluminum Shutters: The ultimate in heavy weight shutters. Not only are they the toughest shutters on the market, but they are perfect for large windows and are waterproof, making them easy to maintain.

Different Types of External Plantation Shutters 

  • Aluminum Outdoor ShuttersProvide understated style and sophistication as well as practicality. Strong and hardy, they also have a high UV powder-coated finish.

If you’re still deciding whether to choose plantation shutters for your property or don’t know how plantation shutters work, contact our team at Wynstan today. Our expert team will assist you in finding the best window treatment solutions for your home!

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