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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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Plantation Shutters and your home

Plantation shutters are a great option for your home.

Plantation shutters are one of the most popular choices for window treatments in the United States. They can be versatile and less expensive than custom draperies. These shutters will also increase the value of your home with Kirtz lifetime guarantee, making them a window treatment that can be financed into the purchase of your home. Plantation shutters are classic and highly desirable because they stay with the home when it’s sold.

Which rooms are great for plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters are excellent for letting light in when you want to illuminate a room but also great for privacy. When you close a plantation shutter your completely blocking the window, something that conventional blinds and draperies do poorly. For these reasons kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dens and studies all make ideal places to put your custom kirtz shutters. When your shopping for custom interior shutters it’s important to know if they’re truly custom built, like Kirtz, or if they come from a stock panel and cut them to fit. The prices can be similar so make sure that your getting the best from Kirtz.

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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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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.