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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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No to Plantation Shutters? Try Wood Blinds!

Wood Blinds: If plantation shutters don’t work for you. 

Plantation shutters are a great choice for most styles of home. They blend in easily and have a timeless look to them. But not every style or budget has room for plantation shutters. Luckily, if plantation shutters don’t work you don’t have to resort to drapes or bare windows to get by. In fact, in addition to fabulous Kirtz® plantation shutters we also have options for a full range of beautiful, real wood blinds. These blinds can naturally complement to many styles and budgets. 

It’s the American way to have options right? Out woods blinds make it possible for you to have a variety of styles. You can choose to have your real wood blinds painted, stained, or crafted with one of our specialty finishes. There are a rainbow of colors and design opportunities abound so making wood blinds should be just an unique an experience as custom ordering our plantation shutters. 

The best part about wood blinds is that they last. Unlike plastic blinds, wood slats won’t bend in the middle if someone decides to tug on them. Wood blinds will outlast any department store blinds by a large margin. The slats are also completely adjustable, making it possible for to keep the blinds closed for ultimate privacy, slightly open to let just enough light in, or totally open to see everything outside. 

Depending on what color you choose, wood blinds can add warmth to the room you hang them up in or add subtle, quaint charm. So, if plantation shutters just aren’t your thing, consider instead installing wood blinds. We’d be happy to help you decide what design will look and function best for your home project. When your ready to get started, give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455 today!

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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 pt.2

What common colors for plantation shutters are best for your house?

In our last blog, we talked about why you should take the time to pick a good color for your shutters. One that doesn’t clash with the rest of the house’s color palette. Plantation shutters are made in several common colors, but you can have your custom made shutters painted any color if the need arises. Here are a few common colors to help you pick out the perfect plantation shutters for your home. 

Black Shutters: Timeless and sleek. Virtually any home can accept Black shutters without causing and clashing problems. If your not sure what color would work best with your home, It’s best to go with black. Be it stone, brick, or paneling, red, white, or whatever color. Black shutters will go with almost any home!

Navy Shutters: If you don’t want pure black plantations shutters. Navy blue is almost just as ubiquitous as black shutters while also adding a unique personality to your home. If you really want your shutters to pop, consider placing some navy blue plantation shutters on your house if the exterior is fairly bright. White, cream, off-white, yellow, grey, red, and natural cedar all work well with Navy Blue. 

Gray Shutters: Modernist, clean, and inconspicuous. Grey Shutters go well with most colors without popping and overtaking parts of the home’s palette. If you want a good, clean look on your home with understated colors, then Grey shutters are for you!

White Shutters: Second in popularity to black shutters, white shutters offer a clean look that is timeless and works well with many color types. White shutters, especially when the trim of the window is also white, makes your windows look larger. If you want a color that will pop and give your house a bold accent, white shutters are the way to go. 

Those are some of the most common colors for plantation shutters. As said before, you can have you custom made shutters painted any color to help match your home the best. Call us today at 800-416-6455!

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Double Plantation Shutters? Yes, Please!

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If your looking for some new plantation shutters this fall, you may want to consider some double, or split, plantation shutters for your kitchen or bathroom. These versatile shutters can add some real character to your kitchen or bathroom. For your bathroom, you can open up just the top shutters to let in natural light from the sun and keep the bottom shutters closed for privacy. The same can be done in the kitchen to let in natural light without the glare from the sun. Plantation shutters are known for their ability to let you control how much light comes into your room and making them double plantation shutters can give you even more control. Adding to an already versatile addition to your home. Because you can open these plantation shutters independently, cleaning is also easier with these kinds of shutters. 

Double plantation shutters can also help reduce your energy bill by allowing you to control how much air comes in. Normally you would have to open the whole shutter to get any kind of light in, or open the blinds letting in drafts and heat. But with double shutters you can open one part of the shutter to let in just a little bit of light while keeping the amount of air coming in to a minimum. Lowering your energy bill and saving you money. 

Double plantation shutters helped to add a nice, cafe style appeal to you kitchen, get one made from sturdy wood and it will last for decades. And remember, every shutter you order from Kirtz are guaranteed for the life of the shutter. 

Whether you’re looking for double or single shutters. Shutters for arched windows, square windows, even round windows, Kirtz shutters will deliver you quality shutters that you can depend on. Give us a call today at 800-416-6455!