Plantation shutters offer windows protection from heat, dust, light, and even security threats. They enhance the exterior look of a house and also add to the interior decor when matched with the design and style of the furniture and accessories. If you are also looking to get shutters for your home, you have the option of traditional shutters or plantation shutters. Both have some distinct advantages and it will mostly depend on your personal preference and the design of your home if you like one over the other. However, as a home owner, it is easy to get confused between their looks and utility.
Let us evaluate both to help you make an informed decision and find a shutter that will suit your home and windows best.Traditional Shutters
Traditional shutters are also known as colonial shutters. They have their origin in Europe, where they were used primarily as insulators for windows. The style travelled to New England and remains popular in houses where the windows are smaller. The main design element in traditional shutters are the small narrow louvers. A louver is an angled slat that allows or blocks the light from entering the room. Traditional shutters suit windows that are smaller in size rather than larger ones because the space between each slat is less.
However, the use of traditional shutters is decreasing by the day since the trend today is more towards bigger windows that let in a lot of natural light. Traditional shutters are made only of wood. They are also available in bare wood which you can paint yourself. Similar to plantation shutters, they have a great variety in terms of design and colours. These shutters are available both in standard sizes as well as custom ones.
Traditional shutters are best suited to kitchen and bathroom windows that on the smaller side. While their use is pretty limited in living rooms and other settings, if there is a combination of small windows in these locations, then traditional shutters will make for a great design.