By:
Joan Miller

You’ve decided on Plantation Shutters for your windows. Where do you begin? Not all Plantation Shutters are the same. Most shutters are wood. There are some composite and plastic shutters available, too. You’ll need to decide on a few options and configurations that will make a difference in how the shutters will look.

Framed or unframed? Framed shutters offer a more finished look. The frames will cover light gaps more effectively when windows are out-of-square. If your windows tilt in for cleaning, frames will allow the sliding section of the sash to bypass the area inside the window frame where the shutter is mounted. Another common mounting option is the “hanging strip” which attaches to the inside of the window frame and is connected to the shutter panel with a hinge. It’s a simpler look but should not be used if you want to avoid having more light gaps or you tilt your windows in to clean. Otherwise, it is a question of what is more appealing to your eyes.

Louver sizes vary with the most popular choice being 3 ½”. 2 ½” louvers were widely used in earlier years and are still a good choice for older homes with small windows or in keeping with a vintage décor. If your ceilings are high and your rooms large, then you may want to consider a 4 ½” louver for scale. The large louvers allow more light in and add a wow factor to your windows. They truly make a beautiful statement!

All of the details in making your custom shutters just that: “custom” include how many panels in each window opening; whether you want divider rails across the center to separate the top section of the window from the bottom, or a clear view without the obstruction of the standard tilt rod on the front, and down to the paint or stain color and color of the hinges.

We make your selections painless by guiding you through the process! Call Joan at The Blind Ladies today to schedule your consultation: 404 918-5288.

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