There’s just something about the classic look and feel of the plantation shutter. Since they started showing up on stately, southern plantation homes, they’ve been a favorite. And while plantation shutters hit the scene hundreds of years ago for simple reasons – keeping the winter chill out, and privacy – they are chosen today for aesthetic reasons. Let us help you choose the perfect plantation blind color and style for your house.
Plantation shutters, sometimes called plantation blinds, are interior shutters with wide louvers, usually 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 inches wide. They’re the most popular type of shutter, but particularly in the warmer Southern and Western states.
The larger louvers give the shutters an elegant look, which works well in dining rooms and bedrooms. But these versatile window treatments also translate to casual rooms like dens and kitchens. The most popular color for plantation shutters is white, but stained shutters are also an option.
Plantation blinds come in three types of material: vinyl, composite, and wood. Here’s a breakdown of each, to help you determine which is best for your home.
Vinyl Plantation Shutters
Vinyl shutters are the least expensive of the plantation blinds, but the low-end ones can have structural issues, if the shutters are large.
Vinyl shutters contain no wood, but they can have PVC or aluminum supports for stability. They’re also weather resistant and good in high-moisture areas. Vinyl plantation shutters come in the following types:
Hollow vinyl – These shutters have hollow vinyl frames. They have the benefits of vinyl but have size limitations because the hollow frame can’t support the weight of larger frames. While these are the least expensive of the options, they can wear down and sag over time.
Structured hollow vinyl – This includes a vinyl skeleton within the shutters to support the shutter’s weight, reducing the amount of sag in the vinyl. Still considered hollow, these have better structural integrity.
Solid vinyl – Solid vinyl is a vinyl frame that has been filled with blown PVC. These are more stable than hollow shutters, and still on the low-end price-wise.
Solid vinyl with an aluminum insert – These offer the support of metal with a lighter profile.
Vinyl-clad wood – These shutters have a hard wood frame wrapped in vinyl. They offer the strength and durability of wood with the benefits of a vinyl coating, which increases their moisture resistance.
Wood Plantation Shutters
The ultimate shutter is a true wood shutter, specifically basswood. It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio, making it very light and strong.
Find your perfect light, and stop by our store on Long Island to see our beautiful and durable plantation shutters. Long Island Window Treatments is located in Syosset, New York offering a variety of window treatments. Make sure to Contact Us for further enquiries.