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A Guide to Plantation Shutters

Posted on 13th December 2013 by Gemini Blinds

Selecting the right window dressing could be the making of a room, having an impact on aesthetics, insulation, ambience, light filtration, privacy and more. With window blinds, the choice is wide and varied, and different styles are available to match your décor or practical needs.

Although not strictly a type of blind, plantation shutters provide an attractive alternative to curtains, as well as a number of practical benefits. Similar to wooden Venetian blinds, bringing all the advantages that this style offers, the slatted design of plantation shutters first became popular in the southern United States, where they got their name.

  • With their wide louvre layout, the shutters are perfect for restricting the amount of light and heat from the strong midday sun that enters a room – a feature that was particularly important in the days before air conditioning – but their attraction today is largely aesthetic.
  • Due to the control over the angle of the slats, light filtration can also be regulated depending on the position of the sun, or can be closed completely for those requiring a daytime nap!
  • Similarly, this slat control means that the desired level of privacy can be achieved with a simple adjustment.
  • The design also makes them incredibly easy to keep clean. A quick brush of a duster over each slat on a regular basis will suffice, with a damp cloth used to remove tougher stains.
  • Plantation shutters are, more often than not, made from solid, good quality timber, making them ideal for insulating rooms and retaining heat during the colder months.
  • The elegant style will match any décor, with a number of designs and colours available to choose from. They can also be altered to fit all shapes and sizes of window, from arched to bay.
  • As they are opened and closed using a hinged motion, similar to doors, plantation blinds will not suffer the same maintenance and repair issues as blinds that require a pull-string to operate. This also means there are no cords or cables hanging down from them that might pose a health risk to animals and small children.
  • When closed, plantation blinds provide an extra added layer of security to a room. With fabric blinds or curtains, an opportunistic intruder might break a window to gain entrance to your home, but a solid wooden shutter would deter this.
  • Away from windows, plantation blinds also make great room dividers. If you have a large room that you would like to separate into two different living spaces, a row of plantation shutters could provide a stylish solution.

Here at Gemini Blinds, our experts are on hand to provide advice and guidance on the best blinds or shutters for your needs, offering free home surveys to carry out measurements and provide quotations.

Get in touch today for more information.

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