Plantation shutters are an interior design statement, and can completely transform the look of your home from ordinary to extraordinary. However, there are a few things you need to consider before making your final decision.
Style, Doors & Divider Rails
The style of your shutter completely depends on what you’d like it to do.
The most popular style is undoubtedly the full height shutter. It gives a classic look, with full privacy when required and an easy to use system. If you’re looking to use one section of the door separately, tier-on-tier style allows you to do so, meaning you can let a lot of light into the room using the top or bottom of your shutters.
Cafe style has a similar effect but in a more permanent state. The height of the shutter is up to you, but the rest of the window remains bare. The purpose of this style is to have a constant stream of light coming over the top half of the room, whilst the bottom half can continue to protect your privacy.
The number of doors or panels you choose to go for may be influenced by our surveyors advice. The size of the window will dictate the maximum number of doors you can have, and the location of window frames will also play a part in where you decide to split your shutter. A divider rail can be used to separate the louvre control in one full height door. This works in a similar way to the tier-on-tier, apart from it’s only the louvres that are controlled separately, not the whole door.
Tilt Rods, Louvre Size & Colour
Another thing to consider is the louvre size you’d like. The sizes are available in 47mm, 64mm, 89mm & 114mm. They will contribute to the amount of light you’d like to let in when they are tilted open. The wider the slat width, the more light will come through. Bigger slat widths tend to look better on larger windows, but they all look stunning with all of the styles mentioned above.
The tilt rods are the control bars that sit in the middle of each panel, used to tilt the slats. This can be on show, or you can choose a hidden tilt rod which is situated behind the louvres, so you would control them by manually moving one of the louvres.
When choosing the colour, there are various shades of white and cream as well wooden shades. We usually advise to choose something that will go with any decor, as they are an investment in your home, much like new flooring.
Hopefully, we’ve given you all the information you need to decide whether plantation shutters are the product for you. For a free home measure or more information, please contact us on 01782 271313. Visit our dedicated shutter site.