Since plantation shutters are a custom product, there are many variables in their design. The Category discusses some of the options, and what makes for a great finished product.

Defining Plantation Shutters

Defining Plantation Shutters

We’ve discussed this in our blog before but it has to be talked about every few years as new people come to the conversation. So what is a Plantation Shutter? In every industry you can describe something a number of different ways, and there’s rarely a standard way to do it. It may be easy for someone with a passing familiarity of shutters to mix up what we would call a Traditional Shutter and a Plantation Shutter. A Traditional Shutter refers to a shutter that has smaller panels and a small louver to move them, you’ll find them mostly in the North Eastern and upper Mid-Western parts of the United States. In many cases the shutters will be built in what’s called cafe style, only covering the bottom half or so of the window and are quite narrow.

The shutters we’ve come to call Plantation Shutters are most common in the South and Western parts of the United States. States like California where you have amazing mountain and ocean views are excellent for Plantation Shutters as they allow you to preserve the view. Plantation Shutters will typically have larger panels than it’s traditional cousin, having a single shutter panel covering a window up to five feet tall is not uncommon.

It takes all Kinds

At Kirtz we sell more Plantation Shutters than any other kind and we’ve made a name for ourselves doing it. But just because Plantation Shutters are more popular doesn’t mean we exclude a style of shutter. We will sometimes make a Traditional Shutter if a customer has a need. Because of our equipment setup we do ask that if a customer would like a Traditional Shutter we ask they they have a larger project or a project that require very specific shutter dimensions. We pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate the needs of all our clients.

 

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Should you stain or paint plantation shutter?

What kind of finish should your plantation shutters have?

Plantation shutters are a fantastic investment, especially if you get them custom made. They have a timeless look and will last for years, decades even. But there are quite a few decisions that need to be made to make sure your plantation shutters won’t go out of style. Kirtz can help and will walk you through step by step with the many decisions to make sure your plantation shutters look the best they can. One of those decisions is whether to paint or stain your shutters. Here are some tips to consider: 

Overall look: Ultimately you want your shutters to match the look of your home. Usually this means matching the shutters to the trim of the home creating a clean, unified look. The trim to most homes is some shade of white so it’s reasonable to expect something like that. However, using a stain can add a certain, refined look to your home so it’s always worth considering both options. 

The Process: Depending on the wood used, it might look better to stain or to paint. In addition, if you choose to paint but decide a stain would look better it’s not as simple as just removing the paint. Often times the wood itself must be swapped out. If you’re not sure, maybe start with a stain and go from there. 

Options: When it comes down to it, if what you want are options, paint will give you far more options than staining. Staining has a very defined look and isn’t able to change colors very easily. Paint can come in almost every color under the sun. If you’re looking to find the perfect color match, paint is probably your best bet. 

If you’re ready to start creating your very own custom plantation shutters, give Kirtz a call today at 800-416-6455!

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Plantation shutters AND blinds?

Blinds, Plantation Shutters, Or Both?

Windows are critical to any home, providing natural light and making a house feel like home. So when you’re trying to decide what to cover your windows with it can be a big decision. Most homeowners want to give their windows a little extra “pop” when they pick a covering, but they aren’t sure what they want that pop to be. Plantation shutters are a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and ageless option for those dramatic windows. 

If you’ve got simpler windows though, you might be more cautious about plantation shutters. You may be concerned that putting up blinds might clash with the shutters. Here’s the deal when it comes to mixing faux wood blinds with real plantation shutters. 

According to many design experts, mixing faux wood blinds and plantation shutters is actually a popular choice for many homes. In most cases, the front of the home will have the most unique windows worth a beautiful set of plantation shutters while other windows in the home can do just fine with a set of faux wood blinds. 

Of course, if you live or work in a building or home and you’d like to mix things up a bit and have both blinds and shutters. Kirtz Shutters can offer what you need to get started. Yes, that’s right we do blinds in addition to shutters! Mixing these two covers works best when they’re colors and styles are as close as possible, so ordering them from the same manufacturer is a fantastic choice. With enough attention and care, you might even be able to pull off having blinds and shutters in the same room! 

If you’d like to consult about your custom project, or you’re simply looking for a premium quality, beautiful custom plantation shutters, call us today at 1-800-416-6455 to find out how Kirtz® can help.

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Decisions to make when getting plantation shutters

Decisions to make while looking for plantation shutters

So you’ve decided to get some plantation shutters, great! Plantation shutters are a great investment for any home. There are a few important decisions to make when selecting shutters. Kirtz shutters is here to help walk you through some important decisions you need to make before you make a decision about your plantation shutters. 

Rails: Plantation shutters aren’t all made the same. There are a few main kinds you can pick from. Full Shutter open as one panel and cover the whole of the window. Cafe Shutters only cover half the window and provide a clear view outside at the eye level while providing shade for anything underneath it, like a sofa. Double Hung shutters can be opened at the top and bottom, providing the benefits of a cafe shutter with the ones of a panel shutter. Divider Rails allow you to operate the top louvers and bottom louvers independently of each other. You can also customize exactly where you want those dividers to be. 

Mounting Options: Shutters can be mounted outside or inside a window. To see which one you need, check to see if your window has decorative molding. If it does, we recommend mounting your shutter on the inside of your windows. If you don’t, mounting on the outside is recommended. 

Louver Size: The larger your louver size, the clearer you’ll be able to see outside when they’re open. Smaller louvers can give a more proportional look to smaller windows. 

Tilt Options: Do you want the tilt bar to be visible or hidden? This doesn’t change the function of the shutter, it’s all about aesthetic. Pick the option that matches your home. 

If you need plantation shutters and want them done right, give Kirtz shutters a call today at 800-416-6455!

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Choosing the right Color for your plantation shutters

What color should your plantation shutters be to complement your home?

Shutters can be a great investment for your home. Well made shutters can last a lifetime providing quality light control and adding a nice decor element to your home. But whenever your picking out a set of plantation shutters you will want to keep in mind the color. The color of your shutters can have a massive impact on the exterior look of your home. Picking the wrong color can mean your shutters clash with the rest of the house, leaving it looking patched together and ugly. You wouldn’t want to invest so much time and money into picking out some shutters just to have them look ugly on your home would you? Kirtz has some tips on picking out the right color for any style of home. 

It’s important to keep in mind the color palette of your home when picking out shutters for it. Most exteriors are designed around 3 main colors. The Base, The Trim, and The Accent. 

The Base color refers to the main dominating color of the house. This color will cover most of the exterior of the house and is usually the color most people will think of when thinking of the house. Ex. The “Blue” house. 

The Trim is the series of lines running at the base and sometimes in the middle of the house. The Trim is usually colored a white or cream though some homes will use a darker color. Others still will use another more adventurous color on the trim of their homes. 

The Accent is the one to pay attention too though. The accent is the color of Doors, windows, and yes, shutters. The accent is the place to get creative with a home’s color palette as these are the easiest parts of a home to replace. 

Join us next week as we talk about what specific colors work best for plantation shutters. And if you’d like to order a set, call us today at 800-416-6455!