Tips for Decorating with Plantation Shutters

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Plantation shutters are a versatile window treatment that can increase your home’s architectural design.  When decorating with plantation shutters, there are many design features to consider.  Eagle Harbor Window Coverings in Kitsap County, WA can help you determine which design options would work best for you and your home.

Window Location

Plantation shutters can be expensive, so it is important to determine what windows you want to install the shutters.  First, if you install plantation shutters in one window in a room, you must install them in all windows in that room to maintain design continuity.   Also, since plantation windows can be viewed from the interior and exterior, many choose to install plantation windows on the entire front of the home for a uniform curb appeal.   If plantation windows are too expensive to install in your entire home, you can combine shutters and wood blinds.  For example, you can install plantation shutters in formal areas and wood blinds in more casual areas.

Mounting Options

Plantation shutters can be mounted on the inside or on the outside.  If space permits, inside mounting offers a sleeker appearance.  However, if space is an issue, then you must mount them on the outside instead.

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Types Of Plantation Shutters

There are many different material options available for plantation shutters, including hardwood, polysatin material or hybrid.  Hardwood shutters are a little more expensive, but they are stylish, strong, durable, and low-maintenance.  Polysatin shutters and faux wood shutters are more affordable and very low maintenance.  They also are weatherproof and are not susceptible to wear and tear.  In fact, they are resistant to warping, fading and chipping.

Divider Rails

Plantation shutters typically come with divider rails, which separate the louvered panels and allow them to be open and closed independently.   Divider rails make the shutters more versatile and increase the strength of the shutter.   Divider rails are a popular choice for bathroom windows because the top portion can be opened, while the bottom portion remains closed for privacy.

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Louver Width

The louver width of plantation shutters can vary depending on your style preference.  The most popular width is 2.5 inches, but the size can be increased for larger windows or decreased for smaller windows.


Plantation shutters can open from the center or bi-fold to one side.  This option depends largely on your personal preference and needs.  If you never plan to open your shutters completely, then centerfold shutters are more appropriate.  If you plan on opening your shutters frequently, then bi-fold shutters would be more suitable.

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Other Design Options

If you want to soften the look of the plantation shutters, simply add curtains to your windows.  Hang the rod as close to the ceiling as possible to give the illusion of height to any room.  Another option to personalize your plantation shutters is to have them made two-toned by painting one side one color and the other side a different color.  The two-toned shutters are ideal because they can match both the interior and exterior décor of the home.

If you need assistance with designing the perfect plantation shutters for your home, stop by Eagle Harbor Window Coverings in Kitsap County, WA.  We offer a variety of plantation shutter options from Hunter Douglas that can be the perfect décor for your home.