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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 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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Plantation Shutters for your Sunroom

Sunrooms can be a great addition to any home, but in certain parts of the country they can be unbearable during the summer and winter months. Here’s how adding plantation shutters can help solve this problem. 

So how do Plantation Shutters help keep your Sunroom bearable?

Here are just some of the ways Plantation Shutters can help your Sunroom:

  • Shutters add greater energy efficency, saving you money
  • They allow greater control of intense sunlight that can fade furnishings
  • And they add beauty and charm to your sunroom

In order to maximize the original purpose of the room (openness to the outside) there are a few design tips to keep in mind.

  • Large Louvers will help to maintain the openness of the sunroom. 
  • Hidden tilt will let you obstruct the least amount of your view while getting the most out of your sunroom. 
  • Be sure to order the largest panel as you can reasonably fit in your windows. This will minimize the presence of stiles taking up more space than needed. Remember, Kirtz custom built shutters up to 38″ wide are all under warranty. We can make larger shutters if needed, consult a sales rep to learn more. 

Kirtz shutters offers extensive customization for your needs.  

Typically, the standard plantation shutters will be set in a frame, and then the shutters will be hinged to the frame. 

Another option for those with certain sunroom configurations is to put your shutters on a sliding track. The benefits of this is that one shutter panel will slide over another, allowing you to fully open up 1/2 of the window without swinging the shutter into the room. Doing this can make it much easier to place furniture in your sunroom. However, it’s important to determine beforehand if this application will work for your sunroom. The reason for this is that a slider shutter frame is deeper than other shutter frames. Typically slider shutter frames go 5 1/2 ” deep, compared to 2-21/2″ deep for other shutter styles. 

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Why Use Maple For A Plantation Shutter?

The Finest Maple Plantation Shutters 

At Kirtz we like doing things differently because we want to being something new and above average to the table. That’s why our Plantation shutters use maple

Kirtz’s founder was a woodworker until events in his life took him into a new direction. When he set this business up, he let his experience with woodworking dictate the wood he would use to make his plantation shutter – Maple. He chose maple for one simple reason, STRENGTH. 

Compared to other woods used to make plantation shutters, such as poplar or basswood, maple is twice as dense. Why does this matter? Plantation shutters are held together with fasteners and staples that attach the louvers to the tilt rod. Over time, these fasteners get stressed with use. In softer woods, this means they can loosen over time. Resulting in a weak, or even busted, shutter. Kirtz’s shutters are guaranteed to never have this problem. And if it does, it’s covered in the warranty. 

Maple’s density also means it’s much harder to dent than softer woods. Ever bumped into a piece of pine furniture and noticed how easily it dented? It’s the same with poplar and basswood. But it’s much harder to do with maple. In addition, maple is an incredibly flexible material for design. 

Because we use maple, Kirtz plantation shutters don’t need a midrail (also called a divider rail) until after 96″ in height, much higher than the industry standard 72″. Giving you much more flexibility when designing with maple over other, softer woods. Kirtz’s plantation shutters are also warrantied up to 38″ in width giving you flexibility in design for the best window fit. 

Often customer’s are confused by the range of options when it comes to ordering plantation shutters. Our advice is this: 

Plantation Shutters are NOT all created equal. Done right, they will provide beauty and protection for many, many years. We all want to make sure we spend our money wisely, especially with an investment as large as plantation shutters. 

Choose the shutters that will provide the best lifetime experience. And choose a company that you can trust to provide great customer service, both before and after you’ve got your plantation shutters. 

Give us a call today at 800-416-6455!