News // January 25, 2024

Written by Spyropoulos Alicia

The Art of Selecting Plantation Shutters for Your Home

Plantation shutters are a timeless window furnishing that have brought privacy and light control to homes for centuries, with early examples seen in the 13th century, and remain a popular choice today. Shutters are practical and stylish, and work to elevate your home with elegance and comfort, enhancing the beauty and functionality of any space. 

While the choice to uplift your property with custom plantation shutters is an easy one, deciding what shutters to select can be difficult. To help you in selecting the right shutter material, colour, style, and operation options, see this guide. 

Benefits of plantation shutters

Window shutters are known for their aesthetic appeal, adding sophistication to any room that enhances the overall look of your home. They also provide great control over natural light to set the tone in any space, enhance privacy, offer airflow through the home, and increase energy efficiency. 

Natural light alone has been shown to improve mood, improve health, increase productivity, and promote better quality sleep. 

Quality shutters are durable and made to last with little maintenance, are versatile and customisable to suit a range of home interiors, and ultimately increase the value of your home. 

Plantation Shutters for Your Home

A Guide To Shutter Selection

1. Shutter material selection

Shutters are generally available in paulownia, PVC, or basswood. Paulownia is a type of wooden material that is light, fine-grained and strong, while basswood is another type of durable hardwood. PVC, also known as polyvinyl chloride, is moisture-resistant and therefore specifically used for damp or steamy areas like the kitchen, laundry or bathroom. 

Your shutters material selection should depend on where the shutters will be located. For areas where they may be potentially exposed to more moisture, it is recommended that you opt for PVC shutters. 

2. Choosing the right colour

Different colours can bring a different feel to the room, so it is important to select a colour that complements the look and feel that you would like to evoke. Warm colours such as red, orange and yellow can evoke feelings ranging from comfort to passion or even anger, increasing energy levels and stimulating the body. Cool colours, on the other hand, promote calmness. 

More plain colours such as brown, white and black can also have a variety of effects. While brown is linked to warm and earthiness, white invites reflection, creativity and harmony. Black has the potential to feel elegant and powerful, and is recommended in bathrooms, kitchen, dining rooms or living rooms. 

3. Selecting shutter style

Shutter style elements include the width of the louvres, as well as the position and visibility of the tilt rods, and how far the shutters go up the window or whether they only cover the bottom or top half. 

Wider louvres are a current trend that offers a more contemporary look, allowing more light to enter the room and providing a clearer view outside, which is preferred if you have an enjoyable view from your window. Hidden tilt rods are also increasing in popularity due to the sleek look offered, though this comes down to personal preference. 

Quality Custom Plantation Shutters With Security Plus

Security Plus Shutters, Doors & Blinds provides high quality plantation shutters for Melbourne and Sydney homes that are made from carefully chosen parts from start to finish. We are a proudly Australian-owned company dedicated to providing peace of mind to Australian households with fully customisable elements to ensure your shutters complement your home and suit your needs. 

Shutters are available in 28 colours and timber shades, as well as a range of louvre sizes and styles to ensure they suit all architectural designs and home aesthetics. 

Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.

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