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How To Choose Plantation Shutters for Windows in Your New Home

Plantation shutters are a timeless window treatment option that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your new home, while providing both privacy and light control. Selecting the right plantation shutters for windows in your new home requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure they match your home’s decor and meet your specific needs. 

Establish Your Primary Goal 

Plantation shutters have the remarkable ability to influence the mood of a space. Their design allows for precise control over the amount of natural light that enters a room and the level of privacy they afford. You may be looking for enhanced privacy, improved light control, or an aesthetic upgrade. Determining your top priority will help you make informed decisions throughout the shopping process.

Understand the Impact of Louver Size

Louver size determines the amount of light and visibility you’ll have when the shutters are adjusted. Larger louvers provide a less obstructed view and allow significant light to enter when open. Smaller louvers, however, offer more privacy and increased light filtering. This is why defining the emotional tone you want to set within the space is paramount. Weigh both the aesthetics and functionality you prefer before making a decision. 

Match Style With Mood

Plantation shutters come in various styles that can transform a room from bright and airy to cozy and intimate. Understanding some key elements of the designs will allow you to choose a style that complements the overall tone you hope to set in your space. In light of your needs and preferences, consider the following:

Standard or Hidden Tilt

Traditionally, a tilt rod is positioned vertically in the center of each panel to allow you to open and close the louvers. In a hidden tilt design, the rod is situated behind the shutter panel.

Divider Rail or Split Tilt

A divider rail is a fixed, horizontal rail located at the split of the window. The top and bottom louvers will operate independently of each other. In contrast, a split tilt design does not have a fixed rail. The tilt rod is simply cut in half to allow the top and bottom louvers to operate independently of each other.

Inside or Outside Mount

Inside mount shutters offer a more flush installation to your window opening, but may inhibit the ability to tilt in your windows for cleaning. Outside mount shutters, however, are mounted atop the drywall or casing surrounding the window opening and allow full tilt of your windows.

Care and Maintenance 

Solid core poly-vinyl composite, more commonly known as PVC, is a material known for its durability and low maintenance requirements. A simple wipe-down with a damp cloth will keep your shutters looking their best. Avoiding abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals will preserve the finish. Additionally, it’s a good idea to periodically inspect the hinges and mechanisms to ensure smooth operation. With minimal effort, your plantation shutters will retain their charm and functionality for years to come. 

Make a Lasting Investment

Choosing plantation shutters for windows in your new home is an opportunity to enhance both the beauty and functionality of your living space. After considering factors such as purpose, size, and maintenance, let AAA Blind and Shutter Factory help you make an informed decision that aligns with your preferences. Whether you’re aiming for a classic or contemporary look, our plantation shutters can elevate the charm and appeal of your new home’s interior.

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