Plantation Shutters 101: Expert Guide To Everything You Need To Know

Plantation Shutters 101: Expert Guide To Everything You Need To Know


Posted by Decor Blinds & Curtains on 21 Oct 2019

When it comes to choosing window coverings for your home, plantation shutters undoubtedly have a lot to offer- they’re sturdy, stylish, practical and cost-effective. Taking all of this into account, it’s easy to see why plantation shutters in Perth have become an increasingly attractive option for people all over the city.

Despite the fact that they’re a popular option for modern homes, shutters actually date back to ancient Greece where they were originally made of marble and fixed in place. Over time, the concept became widespread and timber replaced marble in shutters used across the Mediterranean.

When the American south was settled by Europeans, shutters became a popular way of regulating the temperature and airflow in the frequently hot, humid and stifling conditions. They were used extensively in the grand mansions of the cotton plantations, hence the name ‘plantation shutters’.

Due to their enduring style, practicality and popularity, plantation shutters have never really gone out of style. In fact, there are more choices available today than at any time in the past.

To help you navigate these choices and make the best possible decision for your next renovation, home building or interior design project, we’ve put together an expert guide on everything you need to know about plantation shutters in Perth.

 What Are They?

Traditionally, plantation shutters are moveable, slatted window coverings made from wood. While sometimes referred to as louvres, there is a technical difference between the two: louvres are not movable, while the blades on shutters can be adjusted to alter the light and airflow coming into a room.

Nowadays, plantation shutters are made from a variety of different materials. Timber is still popular, but you can also find them made in PVC, aluminium and other materials.

While traditionally used as an exterior window covering, modern plantation shutter use has evolved to include a variety of different settings. People now often use them in their interiors and also even as doors (when accompanied with the appropriate hinging methods).

Why Choose Them?

With so many other window treatments on offer, you’d be forgiven for wondering why you’d choose plantation shutters. Well, there are a number of excellent reasons to do so.

Style: because of their clean lines and elegant simplicity, plantation shutters possess a versatile stylishness that can be adapted to a range of different home design an interior decorating styles. Some harken back to the age of grand old mansions, some are perfectly suited to modern minimalist design, while other types are perfectly suited to the Hamptons home style that has become popular in recent years.

Practicality: unlike cumbersome and complicated curtains or roller blinds, plantation shutters offer a simple and effective level of practicality. They can be quickly and easily adjusted to alter the amount of natural light and fresh air entering your home. They’re also durable and relatively easy to clean.

Which Material Should You Choose?

While timber is that traditional choice for plantation shutters, as we mentioned earlier, aluminium and PVC plantation shutters are also widely available today. While timber shutters provide natural insulation, both PVC and aluminium plantation shutters can be used to prevent heat from entering a room.

In addition to this, each material also has different advantages in different circumstances:

  • Timber has a warm and natural look that is preferred by a lot of people, especially when used in an interior setting.
  • PVC plantation shutters are often a cheaper - but no less aesthetically pleasing - option and also require less maintenance.
  • Aluminium shutters are a good choice for home interiors and exteriors. In addition to being durable and easy to clean, some brands are also designed to provide greater home security.

Experience The Decor Difference

As one of the most trusted and experienced retailers of shutters in Perth, we can supply and install the right plantation shutters for your home. Our dedicated staff can also help you assess your options and make the right choices.

Get in touch today to find out more!

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