One of the most sought after custom window covering is the plantation shutter. Plantation shutters have a long history in America, and their classic style has withstood the test of time so that they are still one of the most popular options for homeowners that are looking to create a customized look for their home. Part of the reason that so many homeowners lust after them is that they are easy to maintain, they can be functional as well as decorative and they are less costly than adding traditional curtains or drapes to a room. Custom window shutters are also a great investment for a home because they can add value to it. Unlike other types of window coverings, the shutters will typically stay in a home when it is sold and passes to new owners, and that makes it a great marketing tool for new potential owners.
Even though the name plantation shutters immediately calls up images of large sprawling southern plantations, the shutters themselves have actually been around a lot longer than that. Since shutters are made out of wooden slats that can be adjusted in order to allow in more light, air, or even control the privacy in a room, they were wonderful options for windows as far back as 500 years ago. Before windows commonly has glass panes, they needed a way to keep out bugs and help control the temperature in a room, and shutters became the solution to that problem. Shutters were designed in order to help its inhabitants control the amount of light in a room, the air flow or ventilations, and to give protection from the elements (rain and snow) as well as privacy. Modern plantation shutters still accomplish all of these things as well, but they are primarily used as a decorative function for the outside of the home.
As plantation shutters began to increase in popularity, they started to be seen in other parts of the country than the south. In areas like sunny California, homeowners began using these same style of shutters in the inside of their windows instead of the outside. They were able to control the amount of sunny California sunshine made its way into the home without going outside to adjust their custom window shutters, and from there a new name sprang up: the California Shutters. While they are essentially the same in form and function and style, the change in how they were hung in a home merited a new name for them.
Plantation shutters are great options for customizing your windows. You can change up the width of the slats to fit your needs and they are easy to have custom built if you have abnormally sized or shaped windows. It can also be a nice reprieve from making design choices for your home when you decide on shutters. The same style can be used on all of windows if you desire, which makes purchasing new window treatments that must easier. If you have shutters in a room and want to soften the look, then you can also add curtains or drapes to them as well.