Plantation shutters can create a window that not only provides ample light but tastefully fits into the rest of the space. They offer privacy and an insulation factor without removing all natural light. There are many options when seeking plantation shutters and many of them will depend on not only the room they are going into but the look you are hoping for as well.
We have come up with some helpful tips for creating beautiful looking windows with the humble plantation shutter.
Tip 1: Choose the right material. As with any window treatment, there are a variety of materials that the shutters can be created with. A common choice is to install cedar plantation shutters. Others may opt for faux wood ones, as they may be less costly and a better fit for lower budgets.
Tip 2: Consider the size of the space. Another thing to think about is the size of the space. The slats or louvers come in different sizes. The smaller ones tend to work in any space, whereas the larger sizes are typically used in rooms of more substantial size, or with vaulted ceilings. This doesn’t mean you must adhere to this, just that it is how the majority determine what size looks best.
Tip 3: Is privacy a factor? The amount of privacy is another important deciding factor. Some plantation shutters are what is known as double hung. This means that the top and bottom louvers can be open and closed independently of each other. This is the typical style chosen for bathrooms as it allows the bottom ones to be closed giving you your privacy while keeping the upper ones open to get the natural light. Another option to consider is the half shutter so that the top part of the window has no dressing to it at all. A catch to this though is that half shutters are of comparable cost to full shutters.
When looking at cedar plantation shutters or any other material shutter it is also important to keep in mind the space beside the windows as if there are pipes or other items in the way it may change the way you want them to be dressed. Some shutters allow for a bi-fold opening to both sides of the window or to just one side. The ones that go to a single side are the ones you need to keep this in mind for the most. Unless you never plan on throwing open the shutters you want to make sure nothing is impeding doing so.
You shouldn’t feel though that just because you have the shutters you can’t have any other type of window hangings. Many people will install valances or even fabric curtains over the shutters, and this can change the entire feel of the windows and the room they are in.
A key tip to keep in mind as well is that plantation shutters are a custom-made product, which means that you should ensure the company that is creating them has the experience and expertise to give you the perfect window dressing. Our team at Complete Blinds have been providing excellent service to Sydney since 2004. Give us a call today or stop by our showrooms to see our cedar plantation shutters and find the perfect style for your perfect window.