Plantation Shutters 101: Everything you need to know.

Open + shut. Plantation Shutters 101: Everything you need to know about picking the right Shutters for your home.

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There are plenty of reasons to love Plantation Shutters – mainly their versatility, stylish appearance and cost effectiveness. When it comes to selecting the right Shutters for your home, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed as the options have never been greater. 
Here’s everything you need to know about picking the right Shutters for your home.

Timber or PVC Shutters?

Now that you’re won over on the benefits of Plantation Shutters comes the decision on what material is right for your home – Timber Shutters or PVC Shutters?
Both have a similar appearance but as the names suggest, PVC Shutters are made from PVC and Timber Shutters – from dollar curtains + blinds – are made from 100% solid basswood timber.

PVC Shutters are suitable for every room in the home – including bathrooms, kitchens and laundries – as they are UV, water and moisture resistant. Our PVC Shutters are specially constructed with an aluminium core, which gives the panels and blades extra strength and durability. This means, they will not crack or warp over time.

The benefit of Timber Shutters is their natural beauty. Available in a range of stain options, Timber Shutters can ooze resort holiday vibes at home. Our range of Timber Shutters are made from sustainable plantation grown timber and offer good resistance to knocks, bowing and warping. However, they are not recommended for wet areas.

Aluminium Shutters are also available, which can be used in the interior and exterior of your home.

Key benefits of Plantation Shutters. 

Plantation Shutters continue to gain popularity and a few of the main benefits of Shutters are that they:

  • are a stylish choice that suit a broad range of design styles, from modern homes to period style houses
  • offer excellent control of light, privacy and airflow, as the blades can be adjusted in an almost 180-degree rotation
  • are incredibly versatile and can be made to suit any size or shape window or door, with hinged, bi-fold and sliding Plantation Shutters available
  • provide thermal and sound insulation
  • PVC and aluminium shutters are resistant to moisture and humidity
  • are easy to clean and use, making them a low maintenance option ideal for people with allergies
  • offer UV protection, helping to protect furniture and items in your home from discolouration and sun damage
  • are child and pet safe with no cords.

Shutters can also enhance the look of a space indoors and out, adding serious curb appeal to properties.

The best colour Plantation Shutter for your interior.

Colour may also influence your decision of PVC Shutters or Timber Shutters, as only Timber Shutters can be stained to have the natural appearance of timber. You can select from a light stain, similar to oak, a chestnut or walnut stain, or even the darkest colour which is almost black. 

However, if you’re after a painted finish, both Timber and PVC Shutters can be painted in a range of neutral colours to suit your interior. These include, bright white, cool white, warm white, and ivory tones. Ideally, you would select a colour to match with your wall paint or trims.

There is also plenty of choice with hinge colours, including antique brass, black, nickel plated, stainless steel, pearl or white.

Style of Shutter openings.

Once you know what type of Shutter you would like, it’s time to design the right style for your home. 

We have the largest range of Shutters in Australia. All our Plantation Shutters are custom made to fit any size or shape window or door, including arch, circular or hexagonal windows.

The main decision when it comes to style is whether to have a hinged, bi-fold or sliding Shutter. These styles refer to how the Shutters open.

Hinged Shutters are the most popular style as they swing open, similar to how a door swings open. You can select single hinge panels or double hinge panels that can fold back on themselves.

Bi-fold Shutters are installed on tracks with up to 8 panels bi-folding off one another and stacking to the side. These are commonly used on doorways or extra wide windows.

Sliding Shutters slide on tracks in the same direction as your door or window. You would select this style of Shutter in front of sliding doors or large slider windows.

Our experienced Interior Consultants and Installers take care of the complete process – from design, measure and quote through to installation. 

“There are plenty of reasons to love Plantation Shutters – mainly their versatility, stylish appearance and cost effectiveness.”

— Gina Ciancio, Style Curator

Can you mix Plantation Shutters with other window coverings?

The short answer: Yes. 

Plantation Shutters suit a range of interior styles and can be mixed and matched with almost any other type of window covering in your home, including Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds and Curtains.

Often, Plantation Shutters are used in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens, and then softer window treatment are used in main living areas and bedrooms.

It is also possible to mix window coverings on the one window. For example, you may recess fit a Plantation Shutter and then dress the window or wall with a Curtain in front. This is an especially popular window covering solution for bay windows.

For even more information on Plantation Shutters, download the Shutter Brochure or visit your local dollar curtains + blinds store where a friendly team member will assist you. 

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