The Value of Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are window treatments that have been around for hundred’s years. They originated in Europe when the people wanted a means to cover the windows in their homes. Windows back then were just holes in the walls because they did not use glass. The shutters acted as doors to shut out the outside world at night and during inclement weather. They came over from Europe to the United States during the 1800’s. The huge plantations of the south used such shutters instead of curtains. These became a popular means of window dressing and have been around ever since.
Where did Plantations Shutters originate?
Going back to the original purpose of plantation shutters, they were literally doors on the windows. The original shutters did not have moveable slates, but were rather just solid boards. The louvered slats came along later and as a means of seeing outside without people knowing it. Now the slats are used to control the amount of light pouring into the room. They provide privacy and also allow light in, if adjusted a certain way. The slats come in different sizes, with the shutters being opened my maneuvering the slats and also by swinging the shutters open like a door.
A great way to block out the harsh elements
Shutters originally provided insulation, by blocking the harsh elements from outside. Today they continue to offer these features even though they are often chosen as a means of decor rather than insulation. But if you consider that the insulation value alone for helping to keep cool air in the room during the spring and summer months and warm air in and cold air out during the fall and winter months, the value of the plantation shutters as window treatments goes way up. These are permanent fixtures on the home, just like a door. It takes the same amount of work to remove a door as it would to remove a plantation shutter.
Add value to your home with Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters add value to the home because they are a permanent structure, add to the insulation of the room, adding to the decor, and are a popular choice for many. These are easily adaptable to most decors because the shutters come in a range of materials and colors. They can even be painted to match the colors of the room, and repainted as often as needed, as often as the walls are repainted. Some can be covered in material for a different look. Or apply appliqués to the front, for a whimsical look.