Plantation shutters are the new must-have window dressing but with a history stretching back centuries quality shutters also make an excellent choice for period properties.
Stylish, heat retaining and made-to-measure, plantation shutters are deservedly popular and a major part of their appeal is that they look good in pretty much any home.
Their versatility and timeless design means that the benefits of quality shutters for your period property are plentiful.
Why quality plantation shutters are ideal for a period home
While plantation shutters have seen a sudden rise in popularity among style conscious homeowners, shutters have a long and rich history.
The many benefits that plantation shutters can bring to the home are the reason that they were first brought into use on homes through the 17th, 18th and 19th century.
Technically wooden shutters actually pre-date glass windows when they were originally used to shut out the elements. As glass came to be used instead, shutters were used as additional protection to shut out light and to help regulate the temperature inside homes. They also helped to protect the glass and added an extra layer of security.
Shutters were used on the outside of properties followed by being added to the interior as solid wood shutters, which folded forwards and backwards to cover the inside of windows.
This historic use of shutters is a good basis to inspire the use of shutters in period homes – rather than being a contemporary twist they can actually hint to tradition.
The large windows often found in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties, while a fantastic source of light, can also present challenges for privacy. This is particularly true of properties with large bay windows facing the street in urban areas.
Balancing the need for light with privacy
Maximising light while protecting privacy is a balancing act that plantation shutters can be a solution to. With a variety of options available, shutters can be fitted that only cover half of the window or can cover the whole window with the louvers being easily adjusted to manage the light.
As well as providing an unobtrusive but stylish window covering in period homes, plantation shutters are highly functional.
The benefits of quality shutters for your period property include:
- Additional privacy for front-facing rooms, particularly large, street-level windows;
- Louvred design helps to control light in a minimalist manner;
- Bespoke plantation shutters can be specially created to fit a range of window shapes and sizes;
- Ideal for large Victorian windows as they fit closely to the glass;
- Give an extra layer of protection to sash windows;
- Stylish way to complement interior design of period properties;
- The insulating nature of wood helps to shut out cold and, alternatively, keep out heat in summer.
Quality plantation shutters are versatile, hardwearing and a classic design that will complement period homes just as much as modern houses.
For advice on fitting quality plantation shutters at your home contact The Harborne Sash Window Company.