Plantation shutters have been around for centuries, dating back to the 17th century and beyond. They served not as decor but as a necessary part of the home’s structure back then. They did not have glass windows, only openings, so of course they needed a solid structure to shut at night and during inclement weather. Shutters had a decorative appeal, obviously, so they have survived as the choice of window treatments for many people over the centuries.
Nowadays plantation shutters are a choice for many homes for decorative purposes. They offer a means of shutting the window off from the outside, but do so in a very decorative way. Shutters come in a variety of materials and colors to offer just the look you need for your windows. They look good alone, and serve great purposes, better than blinds, curtains, drapes, or shades. They offer a complete barrier as good as a wall between the window and the interior of the room, unlike what the others can do.
This type of shutters can be used with other window treatments to achieve different decorative looks. Pair them with a valance or a scarf for a nice splash of color. Add a curtain or drape if you want the look of a nice framed window on the inside. They work great with sheers, which can offer splashes of color over the window when the shutters are open and offers a bit of privacy, while allowing the light to shine through into the room.
These shutters work very well for those who need absolute room darkening during the day. Perhaps for someone who works nights and needs to sleep days. The shutters completely block out the light making it appear as if it were night.
Plantation shutters give a room a classy and rich look. They can be fixed so only the slats are opened to allow in a little bit of light. They can be angled up or down for complete privacy, yet allowing light through. Or they can be opened for full view of the outdoors.
Decorating windows with plantation shutters is gaining in popularity once again. They offer a permanent solution to window treatment without the need to install any other type of window covering. Cleaning is easy with the swipe of the vacuum hose and or a damp cloth and makes them a desired window treatment for apartments or homes with no laundry rooms.