How To Personalize Your Plantation Shutters

When you’re decorating your home, you want to choose the colors and furniture pieces that suit your style. Planning your window treatment is one of the best opportunities for you to personalize your home. Plantation shutters are extremely customizable treatments. You can choose the color of your shutters, the design of your shutters, and even the type of wood that is used to build your plantation shutters. You can also decide to pair your plantation shutters with decorative curtains. 

If you’re wondering how to personalize plantation shutters for your home, here are a few suggestions:

Choose the Color of Your Plantation Shutters

Hardwood plantation shutters are naturally beautiful and can be stained or painted in a variety of colors, including popular neutral colors, like cream or white. Shenandoah Shutters can even color match from a provided sample. You might determine the color of your plantation shutters based on the different rooms of your home, or you might have an overall idea in mind. 

Decide on the Style of Your Tilt Rod

On a plantation shutter, a tilt rod is what you will use to control the louvers (horizontal slats) of your shutter. This is how you will be able to filter sunlight in and out of your home for the perfect ambiance. You can choose the type of tilt rod that you prefer on your shutters. Maybe you like the look of the classic tilt rod with a continuous rod right down the middle of the shutter. Or, maybe you’d rather have a hidden tilt rod or a split tilt rod. This is a style choice that is completely customizable by you.

Plan Your Louver Size and Shape

Getting to choose the shape and size of your louvers is another exciting way to personalize your plantation shutters. The louvers are the horizontal slats that make up the shutters. Shenandoah Shutters offers louvers in three sizes: 2.5 inches, 3.5 inches, or 4.5 inches. While a larger louver will offer a bigger view space between each louver when the plantation shutters are open, the decision is really based on your own personal preferences. Some people prefer wider louvers, while others prefer smaller or medium-sized louvers. 

This is true of the shape of your louvers, too. You can choose from flat or contoured louver shapes. Contoured louvers look similar to airplane wings in that they are wider in the middle, but thinner in the back and front. Flat louvers are flat and even on all sides. 

These simple choices can make a big impact on the look of your plantation shutters.

Choose Your Hardwood Type

Hardwood is the best choice for plantation shutters. This material is more durable and long lasting than plastic or vinyl. Plus, hardwood plantation shutters are so sought after by buyers that having them on your windows can increase the resale value of your home!

What type of hardwood is best? The type of hardwood that is used for your plantation shutters is important for creating rich, vibrant colors and stains. Some hardwoods are better suited to colors and stains than others. That’s why Shenandoah Shutters prefers yellow poplar wood for our cream colors and basswood for our stains. Yellow poplar is a wood type that isn’t very  porous, which means that it looks fantastic when paired with lighter colors. Basswood, meanwhile, gives stains a richer, warmer look. 

Of course, you might prefer oak, mahogany, cherry, walnut, or another sturdy  hardwood type. This is especially true if you’re trying to match wood in your home to your plantation shutters. In this case, you might choose to request a custom wood for your plantation shutters. A custom wood provides you with another option to further personalize your shutters and make the design your own.

Make a Bold Statement with Your Plantation Shutters

One of the reasons why plantation shutters continue to be so popular is their versatility. Plantation shutters easily fit in with any color scheme or decorating theme. You can easily personalize your plantation shutters by pairing them with patterned curtains or matching them with the wooden furniture in your home. 

If you have a breakfast nook, then cafe shutters are a fun choice. With cafe shutters, the top part of the window is left uncovered, except for a valance or similar fabric material. The bottom part of the window contains the plantation shutters. 

Do you have French doors in your home? What about a sliding glass door or an oddly-shaped window? Installing plantation shutters on your doors and different window sizes is an unexpected way to personalize your home and make a major design statement! 

Specialty Options at Shenandoah Shutters

Shenandoah Shutters offers you an extra way to personalize your plantation shutters. Our original, patented Softedge design is a contemporary design that conceals the hinges of your plantation shutter when the shutter is closed. The result is clean and modern, making the Softedge a favorite for all window types. However, tilt-in and casement windows especially benefit from this solution. You don’t have to worry about hanging strips or boxy frames. In fact, at Shenandoah Shutters, you don’t even have to worry about adjusting the tension — we don’t use a tensioning system!

Schedule an Appointment for Your Plantation Shutters

Shenandoah Shutters provides many ways for you to personalize your plantation shutters. From color and hardwood type to your specific plantation shutter design, our consultants are ready to help you plan the shutter design that is right for your home. 

We’re located in Richmond, Virginia, and have been handcrafting custom made, completely hardwood plantation shutters in our woodshop since 1990. Our service areas include Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We’ve also served Delaware, North Carolina, and a variety of other requested locations. 

If you’re ready to upgrade your window treatment to plantation shutters, contact us online today! You can also give us a call at 1-800-733-1549. We’ll schedule a time to measure your windows and provide a free consultation for your plantation shutters.