Plantation shutters are popular because they are versatile, less expensive than custom drapery, and can increase the overall value of your home. They are the only window treatment option that can be financed into the purchase of your home. This is due to the fact that they are highly desirable and usually stay with the home when it's sold.
Traditional shutters differ from plantation shutters in that they have smaller, narrower louvers and they do not let in as much light or ventilate as well as the plantation style. The Spanish introduced shutters to the Americas. Large plantation homes in the South often used the wider louvered style shutters, which is how they got their name.
This style is great for every room in your home. They are great in bedrooms because they provide excellent privacy when needed. Everywhere else in the house they allow for plenty of natural light that you can adjust any way you’d prefer. When shopping for interior shutters, it's important to know if you are buying custom shutters truly built for your windows or if the company will take stock panels and cut them to fit.
For bathrooms, shutters that have a divider rail are perfect. With this feature you can close the bottom louvers while leaving the top ones open. This gives you the benefit of natural light while protecting your privacy. You can’t do that with blinds or regular curtains.
You can get half shutters (sometimes this is all you need so getting full ones may seem wasteful) but often this isn’t the best choice. Half shutters cost almost as much as full-length shutters and you won't get as much insulation or sunlight control. Full window shutters let in lots of light and view while protecting your furniture and rugs from sun damage. So weigh the advantages and disadvantages before deciding whether you will choose full or half shutters.
You can add to the look of your shuttered windows by using drapes, valances, or curtains. These additions will soften their appearance, which is nice in bedrooms and family areas. The shutters will still give you all the sun control and privacy you need and leave you free to add whatever decorative treatments you like.
Canada Custom Shutters will give you a free in-home consultation and answer any questions you might have about shutters for your home. Call us at 1-905-953-0801 . We service most of Ontario including Toronto, Missisauga, Niagara, Oakville, Ottawa, Collingwood, Lake Rosso, Huronia's, Ajax, Ballentrea, Thornhill, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Siesta Key. As well as areas in Quebec and British Columbia.