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Traditional versus Plantation Window Shutters

When it comes to window coverings, we can choose from:

  • Hard window coverings such as blinds, shades, window shutters;

  • Soft window coverings, such as curtains, drapes, swags, valances, Roman blinds;

  • Combination of both.

More interior designers and homeowners are deciding to go for window shutters as a preferred window covering. There are many reasons for that. Window shutters are:

  • incredibly long-lasting;

  • one of the most effective ways to reduce the levels of noise that enters your home;

  • energy-efficient;

  • require low maintenance;

  • add value to any property;

  • offer privacy and protection from the sun’s heat and damaging UV rays.

  • window shutters complement a variety of home decor styles, and so much more.

Many people wonder how modern plantation shutters compare to traditional shutters. Read on below to know the difference.

Ultimately, traditional and plantation shutters are design terms and refer to two very distinct shutter styles. Both types operate on the same basic principle: contain adjustable louvers encased in window-mounted frames, which homeowners manipulate to control the amount of light and air that enter a room.

Traditional Window Shutters from the North

Traditional style window shutters, also known as “Colonial” shutters, originated in the New England states as an insulating window covering. Popular in early American homes. Usually made from as old-aged as possible real wood, to bring a rustic appeal. Traditional louvres are sometimes stained for a more unique finish, but most come in the natural shade of the wood. They tend to have shorter, narrower louvres, typically 1 1/4 inches, unlike the wider elliptical louvres of plantation shutters. Traditional shutters are designed to suit mainly the colonial period and country homes.

Plantation Shutters from the South

Plantation style window shutters come from just as they sound they do: the plantations of the south. To find out more about the origin of these shutters, please read our other blog article here, where we talk about plantation shutters' history.

These style shutters are considered the more popular and modern choice, which comes with a wide range of customisable options. Horizontal louvres sizes ranging in width from 1 7/8 to 5 ½ inches. The most common louvre widths are 2 ½, 3 or 3 ½ inches. Wider louvers are used in homes with larger windows, allowing for maximum light and more expansive views.

Plantation shutters come in a variety of colours and materials, including wood, engineered wood, PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), foamed synthetics, MDF (Medium Density Fiber). This gives homeowners and decorators a wide variety of decor options and price points.

Hopefully, we have managed to shed some light on both styles of shutters. The style you choose depends on your personal preference and home decor. Feel free to get in touch if you are looking for shutters for your home. Comments and feedback are most welcome, links to our social profiles can be found below.



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