When it comes to choosing the right blinds for the right room in your home, there are many different factors to consider. Style, function, lifespan, brands and prices are all going to come into play when you are looking at new lighting solutions. Because they fit nicely into many of these categories, plantation shutters have been and remain a very popular option. They are durable, long-lasting and come in a wide range of styles that add presence and function to the interior spaces of your home. While plantation shutters serve several troles, they are primarily responsible for controlling the natural light that enters your home’s interior. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some tips for creating the perfect lighting scheme with plantation shutters.
There are four main features of plantation blinds, including stiles, rails, a tilt rod and the louvers. The louvers are the main slats of the blinds that can be adjusted using the tilt rod to control light and airflow. Stiles run down the center of the blind, anchoring the louvers to the structure. Rails are the support structures at the top and bottom that form the frame of the blind. While the louvers are going to be your main tool for adjusting light, also think about the size of these other parts. Chunkier or thicker stiles and rails are immoble, and will block more light than thinner features. If you are planning to use your plantation shutters in an area that will benefit from more natural light, consider going with a lighter overall frame. If keeping light out is more of a priority, such as in a den or an office, then choosing a blind with heftier framing may be a better option.
In addition to their great appearance, one of the reasons that plantation blinds are so popular is the amount of control they give you over lighting. Rather than choosing between open or shut, these blinds offer the complete range of natural light and easy adjustment through the tilt rod. Common areas of your home can have their louvers left completely open for maximum light while other areas can be set closer to the middle, offering a warmer ambience. This also means that you can leave louvers in position for the right amount of light at the right time of day. Simply spend some time in your kitchen or dining room around your normal eating time, and set all of the louvers to your desired level of light. In your bedroom, blinds can be set to allow in a calming amount of light during sunset, preparing you for sleep.