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Are Plantation Shutters Right For Your Home?

As well as creating a stunning visual effect, plantation shutters are supremely functional, but are they right for your home? Window dressings play an important role in any property; from security and lighting to ambience and interior décor, it’s vital to get it right.

What are plantation shutters?

Mounted within your window frame or affixed to the walls adjoining your windows, plantation shutters have a distinctive appearance. Once in place, they offer an elegant and stylish enhancement to any property.

The main difference between plantation and traditional shutters is the variation in louvre size. Whereas traditional shutters typically have fairly narrow louvres or slats, plantation shutters feature wider louvres.

With added control over the natural light which enters the room, plantation shutters have functional and aesthetic advantages over traditional shutters. Indeed, when you choose plantation shutters from Smart Blinds, you’ll notice just how many benefits plantation shutters offer.

Added insulation

In addition to being a critical element of your interior design, plantation shutters have a variety of functional roles. They are well-known for their insulation properties and can effectively reduce your energy usage. As a result, many people find they their utility bills drop significantly when they have plantation shutters installed in their home.

Better lighting control

Whatever room you’re in, you’ll want to have effective control over the amount of natural light that can enter. In the summer months, you can use your plantation shutters to limit the amount of natural light that enters a room. This prevents overheating and helps to keep you cool as temperatures increase outside.

With Smart Blinds plantation shutters, you’ll also have complete control over the natural light in your home. When you opt for plantation shutters, you don’t have to choose between having your window dressings open or closed.

Instead, you can adjust the louvres on each shutter to allow the perfect amount of natural light into each room. Whether you want to minimise the glare from your television, keep your bedroom dark in the early morning light or allow your kitchen to bask in the warmth of the sunshine, plantation shutters will let you do all this and more.

Minimal maintenance

Once your plantation shutters have been installed, there is minimal maintenance required to keep them in tip top condition. Depending on the material you choose, you’ll simply need to gently dust your shutters with a dry or damp cloth to keep them free from dust.

Unlike fabric blinds and curtains, there will be no need to remove your window dressings and wash them. If you’ve ever struggled to rehang curtains or affix blinds once they’ve been removed for cleaning, you’ll know just how important it is to have curtains, shutters or blinds which require minimal maintenance!

Choosing your plantation shutters

The range of styles available make plantation shutters a superb choice for any home. With the ability to enhance the character of your property, plantation shutters are available in custom colours, as well as an extensive range of shades.

Available in premium basswood, Thermopoly and Termo-Tec, you can combine durability with style for a long-lasting solution to window dressing. All options offer a hypoallergenic and pet-friendly option for your home, whilst Thermo-Tec and Thermopoly plantation shutters give you extra insulation properties to manage the temperature of your home.

Perhaps most importantly is the range of shapes and framing options available. If you thought plantation shutters were only available in one style, think again!

You can choose any mounting option to suit your home, from hinged or fixed and bay window to tier on tier, sliding and tracked. This ensures you can benefit from the visual appeal of plantation shutters in any environment. Whilst smaller rooms may not have the space to facilitate hinged shutters, for example, you can easily incorporate sliding shutters into rooms of any size.

Once you’ve chosen the type of mounting you prefer, you can also decide whether you want to combine operative blades or louvres with solid panels. Depending on the size of your windows and the style of your décor, this enables you to make your new shutters a true feature of the room.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there. With four blade options, a range of blade tilt styles and three differently shaped blade ends, you can customise your plantation shutters to your heart’s content.

Contact Smart Blinds now

To find out more about our range of stunning blinds and shutters, why not get in touch? Call Smart Blinds now on 01635 866600 or 01189 509449 and learn more about our made-to-measure plantation shutters.

published on December 12, 2019


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