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.

Plantation Shutters

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!

Plantation shutters

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!

Plantation Shutters

What are “Plantation Shutters”?

We talk a lot about plantation shutters, but what exactly are “Plantation Shutters”?

The first thing to know is that “Plantation Shutters” doesn’t necessarily refer to one kind of shutters. Like many industry design terms, there are multiple ways to describe a “Plantation Shutter”. Plantation Shutters is usually indicative of Louver (slat) size, but frustratingly it has also been used to refer to Shutters in general. 

Traditional Shutters commonly refers to small louvered, small paneled shutters. These kinds of shutters are most common in the Northeast and upper midwestern United States. The size of these louvers usually fall between 1 1/4″ and 1 7/8′. However, shutters with louvers up to 2 1/2″ (which we carry) are also included in this description. These shutters are built in a style called “Cafe” style. This means they cover only the bottom 1/2 to 2/3 of a window, and have very narrow panels. 

The term Plantation Shutters on the other hand, is typically associated with shutters that are around 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. Shutters in this style are more common south of the Mason-Dixon line and in the Western United States like Arizona and California (both states big on shutter states). These types of shutters are also known as California style shutters. Plantation shutters (examples in our galleries) often have larger panels, one shutter can often cover an opening 36″ tall. At their longest, they can cover an opening up to 72″ tall.  

We sell more Plantation shutters because it’s more in demand and out machinery accommodates it best. We do, however, still do the traditional shutter if a customer requests it and is willing to pay for it. 

In addition to wanting small louvers, these customers also: 

  • have large projects (not a one off scenario),
  • need a special wood
  • have unique specifications (special panel thickness, louvers fixed at a certain angles) that other shutter companies don’t want to mess with.

Grey Shutters with Glaze Finish

While white shutters are a classic choice, we are seeing clients bring the special touches in their home to the windows with their Kirtz custom shutters.  A recent project, which used a grey shutter with a glazed finish is a nice example of just such a project.


The inspiration for the shutter color was taken from the center island in the kitchen and the cabinetry above the cooktop, which was finished in a grey paint and complimented with a black glaze.  The granite counter top and tile backsplash also incorporate tonal elements and gray throughout the space.Grey Painted Shutters with White Woodwork Grey Center Island with shutters


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Sliding Shutters For Sliding Doors: A not-so-standard installation

We  frequently get  questions from homeowners about how to add shutters to sliding doors.

The typical installation requires a 3 sided frame that surrounds the window casing  The frame header contains a track that allows the shutters to slide back and forth and the legs on each side of the casing support the header and prevent the shutter from sliding off the track.

It looks like this…

standard plantation slider

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