Named after the popular design of shutters
found on American plantations they deliver a classical and elegant
look to the decor of you’re home. Plantation shutters were originally
designed as an external window covering for the hot climate. Now they
are used inside the home because they can offer versatility in light,
ventilation and privacy and offer an elegant alternative to curtains
Please Note: Plantation
shutters are also sometimes known as 'Colonial Shutters' – but
generally speaking these days Colonial Shutters is the term used to
refer to shutters externally – rather than internally.
Plantation shutters are made by hinging
a number of panels together to enable them to fold back. Control of
the louvers (oval shaped slats) between each panel can be done by an
elongated rod, connecting each louver, allowing for unison adjustment
of each set of louvers. Modern Louvers come in a variety of sizes – with
the following being typical: 32mm, 48mm, 66 mm and 89 mm.
Plantation shutters can come in a variety
of styles such as café style (A single shutter
set will cover only a portion of the window opening), full
height (A single shutter set will cover the entire height)
and tier on tier (Two shutter sets will cover the
entire height of the window opening).
They can be customized to suit your tastes
with different colours and stains for an individual look. However when
choosing a stain for your shutters keep in mind that over time the
stain will darken slightly. Plantation shutters were originally made
in wood but now there are a number of alternatives to suit your budget.
These include various woods such as Poplar and Cedar.
Poplar is known for its versatility and
durability and is economically priced, while shutters made of Cedar
often cost a little more than those made of Poplar. However in our
opinion Cedar is a high quality wood that is unparralled in beauty
and durability and is well worth its price tag.
Those on a budget should consider plantation
shutters made from MDF. It may be cost effective but
it boasts a shutter that has a robust clean appearance.