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How to Decorate Your Home With Plantation Shutters

How to Decorate Your Home With Plantation Shutters

Authentic, custom made plantation shutters are a decoration all on their own. The natural wood blends right in with most home furnishings and the controlled light they provide sets the ambiance of each room. Since they bring your window to the forefront of your room in such a vibrant way, many people wonder how exactly to decorate around their plantation shutters. Can you hang photographs or large art pieces in rooms with plantation shutters? Does the color of the shutters have any bearing on the design and style of the room?

The design consultants at Shenandoah Shutters will work with you on any requests or concerns regarding the crafting of your plantation shutters and their installation, but let’s take a look at the answers to some common questions regarding home decoration with plantation shutters: 

How Does Shutter Color Affect a Room’s Décor or Design Theme?

For interior plantation shutters, white, cream, and stained shutters are the most popular choices. To provide the richest possible color, shades of white and cream are best suited to yellow poplar wood, while stained shutters pair best with basswood. Some people have special requests for colors or woods that best match their individual home design. 

When trying to determine the best for your home, remember that white or creamy shades brighten rooms. The soft color combined with the sunlight from the plantation shutters creates an extremely light feel. If you live near the water, you might especially enjoy the lightness of white plantation shutters. This color pairs well with beach-themed rooms and wall colors like blue or gray. 

Of course, you don’t have to have a beach house to enjoy white plantation shutters. These color shades are timeless and allow the shutters to blend more fully into almost any home décor. Depending on your decorating scheme, white plantation shutters can shift into looking classic or modern. If you’re looking for more versatility in your home design choices, then white or cream colored shutters might be the perfect match for you. 

Stained hardwood plantation shutters, on the other hand, look exquisite alongside warm paint colors and other rustic, wooden furniture pieces. The light coming from richly stained plantation shutters lends a cozy atmosphere to any room. If you’re wanting your plantation shutters to add drama to your room and interact with your room theme, then you’ll likely prefer the natural beauty of stained plantation shutters.

What About Faux Wood or Other Plantation Shutter Types?

Faux wood shutters, plastic shutters, and other plantation shutter imitations may cost less, but they simply don’t offer the same authentic style and value as real, hardwood plantation shutters. Those shutters are made to look like the real thing for a reason, after all. All wood plantation shutters are an essential choice for quality window design. At Shenandoah Shutters, we finish every shutter with a lacquer, silken finish that fits right in with any elegant room design.

Can You Combine Plantation Shutters with Fabric Window Treatments?

You might be surprised to learn that it’s not at all uncommon to combine plantation shutters with fabric treatments. This is especially popular with white plantation shutters, as the versatility of white shutters easily pairs with colored drapery panels or curtains for dramatic effect. The combination of lace or sheer fabrics set against the light of the plantation shutters is another particularly gorgeous choice. There are also certain window shutters, like café shutters, that have a fabric valance at the top and plantation shutters at the bottom. This style is often seen in kitchens or breakfast nooks. 

The design consultants at Shenandoah Shutters are extremely familiar with coordinating existing fabric window treatments and plantation shutters. Let us know the vision for your home and we’ll help bring it to life.

Does the Light From Plantation Shutters Change the Design of a Room?  

The soft light of plantation shutters can effortlessly make a room appear larger. Regardless of your choice in room decorations or theme, plantation shutters will make your room feel cozy and spacious all at once. Through the use of plantation shutters and lamps, you may find that you don’t require as much overhead lighting, which is another way to help your home feel larger.

How Can You Decorate with Plantation Shutters?

Installing plantation shutters doesn’t limit your ability to hang art pieces, display framed photographs, or even place furniture or shelving. The best thing to do is to think of your plantation shutters as the foundation of your room design. Use the color, type, and location of your shutters (such as the center of your living room) to coordinate your furniture and décor. Some interesting ideas include matching furniture pieces to stained shutters, incorporating throw pillows or blankets that match white shutters, or treating the shutters like an art piece and constructing gallery walls around the shutter. The possibilities are endless!

Can You Put Plantation Shutters on Doors?

Plantation shutters look beautiful on French and even sliding glass doors. You can use plantation shutters however you wish, choosing only to include them in certain parts of your home, but having plantation shutters throughout your entire house definitely makes a strong design statement. In the past, customers of Shenandoah Shutters have loved the look of their plantation shutters so much that they even put forth special requests for louvered doors from our skilled craftsmen.

Looking to Install Plantation Shutters?

Custom made, hardwood plantation shutters offer more than just beauty. They are energy-efficient and increase the resale value of your home. In terms of style, they are versatile and set the tone of your home. You can decorate around your shutters in any way that suits you, from coordinating your shutters with dramatic drapery panels to hanging valuable art. Shenandoah Shutters offers a variety of types of interior plantation shutters, all locally crafted in Richmond, Virginia. If you’re concerned about how a uniquely shaped window will look with a plantation shutter, ask your consultant about our own, patented Softedge design that conceals the hinges and keeps the shutter appearance clean. No more bulky frames.

Contact Shenandoah Shutters today to set up your free, in-home design estimate and consultation with one of our expert team members. Don’t forget to view our gallery for more ideas on designing and decorating with your plantation shutters.

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Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the shutters! And so does everyone who has seen them! They are absolutely perfect!!! I’m so glad I bought them all at once! The installation was so professional and they were here on time, worked fast and did a wonderful job. This is really a first class company. Th arched window is just beautiful!

- Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

Larry & Sewel Reid

“We were so impressed with Marcia! I can’t say enough about our whole experience from Marcia. A great company to do business with. Thank you for the gift!”

- Larry & Sewel Reid

Lori Steinman

“Beautiful Shutters, Beautifully Made. I recently purchased Shenandoah Shutters for a small project to “check them out”. Shenandoah exceeded my expectations. I am so impressed with the quality and especially love the features that are unique to Shenandoah. Bravo to Shenandoah Shutters for their thoughtful designs and impeccable workmanship and to Amy for professionalism and support.”

- Lori Steinman

Candice & Peter A.

5 Star Quality & Installation!

We couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! What a transformation the shutters have made to our home, just perfect!

- Candice & Peter A.

Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

“After installation, the installers were excellent in providing information on the shutter finish process and appropriate cleaning. This was most helpful and confirmed that these shutters are an excellent product. They are on all windows in my home and are beautiful!!”

- Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

Donna Plummer

“The members of Shenandoah Shutters are extremely professional. The first contact came in and measured the windows that were to be done. The second contact was with the guys who installed the shutters. In and out and they look wonderful. Can’t be more pleased with these shutters.”

- Donna Plummer

Janet, Lynchburg, VA

“This company is fantastic. From the first contact we had with them (visiting their showroom) to the final installation, they are #1 professionals. After we visited the showroom, the salesperson came to our home, showed us a sample shutter, and made recommendations (and gave different styles) for our windows. After we accepted the contract, she made an appointment to come out and do exact measurements. We love our new shutters, and every element of this contract could not have been better. They even left a jar of VA peanuts!”

- Janet, Lynchburg, VA

Mila & Jimmie Baturin

“Fabulous Salesperson. Staff was efficient, organized and quick. Love the product”

- Mila & Jimmie Baturin

Julie Krajicek

“I am impressed by the level of professionalism by Shenandoah Shutters. From start to finish in all interactions, I was treated well. The product is outstanding quality. They look perfect.”

- Julie Krajicek

Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

“A pleasure to work with – very organized, good communication, expert craftsmanship, done in a timely manner – a job well done!!”

- Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

Jessica, Richmond, VA

“We love hearing from our clients – Here’s a review we received this week……..”My shutters were delivered and installed this morning. From start to finish the installation took about 90 minutes. I am beyond impressed with the high quality craftsmanship and over the moon with how gorgeous they are. I’d also like to note, that everyone from Marcia in sales, Jodi in billing, and the installers, whose names I didn’t catch, are supremely professional. As a Richmonder, I love that the money from my purchase stays in the local economy, too. I will be singing this company’s praises for years to come. Thank you, Shenandoah Shutters!” Jessica – Richmond, VA”

- Jessica, Richmond, VA

Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

“First Class all of the way. Amy, Jody and installation was a wonderful experience. Thank you”

- Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

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