When designing or decorating your home, you may have covered all of your bases with respect to the major details like furniture, accent rugs, and light fixtures. After expending such effort on the big stuff, you may feel that there’s little need to develop the interior further (or maybe you forgot all about in-home details). However, you can greatly develop the style of your home’s interior by focusing on the finer details like your windows. Accenting your windows with interior shutters not only serves a functional purpose, but can allude to several classic and comforting styles to compliment your design preferences. This blog post–assembled by the experts at Colorado Shade and Shutter–will focus on plantation style shutters, and what considerations to make when selecting and installing them in your home.
When selecting your plantation shutters, you should think about what colors will be the best match for the interior of the room in which they’ll be installed. Your options are plentiful–creamy off-white for an airy, beachy vibe, or dark and rich oak wood to lend a more rustic or classical appearance. Base your color choice on the baseboards and door-frame color in the room of your choice, also considering any accent walls or rugs and how they will go together.
Other than looking lovely, plantation shutters also serve a couple of functional purposes. Namely, they serve to selectively allow more or less light (and heat) into a room. Plantation style shutters have wider louvres than traditional shutters, therefore allowing more light passage. Consider the rooms in your home which could greatly benefit from more privacy, or alternatively, more openness and light. Drawing the shades can also keep warmer rooms cool and cut your energy bill down a bit!
If you plan on installing your plantation shutters in a high-humidity room, such as a bathroom or kitchen, consider passing on real-wood. Instead, opt for faux wood or coated shutters, as these will be more resistant to retaining moisture from the air. An additional benefit of these faux materials is their resistance to discoloration in the presence of high heat and light, as well as a tendency to resist warping. Ultimately, your shutters will stay in better shape and last longer in spite of the warm, moist environment.
If you’re not super excited about DIY home projects, don’t fret. You may simply ask to speak with an installation coordinator and consult your shade and shutter associates for tips on how to ensure your shutters are handled carefully during the installation process. Installing shutters around your windows may require the use of power tools and a series of supports and fixatives. Enlisting assistance from professionals when installing your plantation shutters can protect your walls and windows against potential damage, as well as ensure that your shutters are properly affixed and can open and close completely.
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