Why Plantation Shutters Are Among The Best Around

Plantation shutters may just be exactly what you are looking for when upscaling your home. Having control over the amount of light that enters a room is very important in creating a home that is tailored to your needs and preferences. Plantation blinds (as they’re also known), are the perfect way to do that; they are durable, negate the need for curtains, and allow you to dictate just how much natural light enters a room.

Plantation shutters are a versatile and stylish window treatment option to complement your home decor, available in a variety of materials – most commonly, wood and PVC. They can be customised to fit windows of all sizes and shapes.

Whether it is a traditional or modern home, these shutters can add elegance and sophistication to any space. Plus, they can be painted or tinted to match your existing colour scheme, making them a seamless addition to your home design.

Keep reading to learn a little more about these functional window furnishings as well as how our team at Watson Blinds can supply you with the ideal blinds and shutters for styling your home.


How Plantation Shutters Regulate Temperature

Plantation shutters help effectively regulate heat. Heat regulation encompasses trapping heat indoors in winter and expelling heat during warmer months.  These shutters are mounted in a unique way that prevents hot air from entering your home. No gaps on window edges with shutters closed – this barrier creates airflow behind the shutters and traps heat either outside or inside the building.

Why Are Plantation Shutters So Expensive?

These shutters are often more expensive than other types of window treatments due to the materials used to make them. The materials used are an effective estimate of what these shutters will cost – however, prices can vary greatly depending on your interior design choices.

A common misconception is that plantation shutters are more expensive than blinds. Blinds are usually cheaper in the short term. However, in the long run, plantation shutter prices are balanced by longevity and versatility. In summary, plantation shutters are a far better option than blinds. Shutters can last 25 years or more, while blinds typically only last 7 to 10 years.

Plantation shutters are not only more attractive than blinds, but they also add value to your home. They are durable and bring a traditional and stylish look to your dwelling. Overall, plantation shutters are a reliable choice for those who value quality, and offer a higher return on investment.

Do Plantation Shutters Darken A Room?

Since these shutters can be adjusted, they have the potential to block out the sun and darken a room if need be. This is usually more effective than other types of window treatments because they are built into the window frame so there are no gaps for sunlight to enter on the sides.


Do I Need Curtains With Plantation Shutters?

There is no need for curtains once you have installed plantation shutters. These shutters independently filter light and regulate temperature without additional help. However, some homeowners may decide that they enjoy the aesthetic appeal of curtains or drapes and pair them with these shutters regardless.

A popular combination is combining the formal look of plantation shutters with the subtle tones of soft drapes. The pattern of the curtains can be matched to the wall for ultimate symmetry. The sheer curtains bring the entire wall to life, creating a wonderful atmosphere with incredible sophistication and a beautiful play of colours. Well-chosen curtains can help frame, highlight, or accentuate your windows, rather than distracting attention from your plantation shutters.

Are Plantation Shutters Very Expensive?

The price of plantation shutters will be impacted by a number of factors. This includes where the shutters are made, whether they are custom-made, and the material the shutters are made of. While plantation shutters can sometimes be an expensive window treatment option, they come with the added benefit of being fully customisable. These shutters can be made specifically to your windows’ specifications, and how wide the louvres open can also be determined by the homeowner.

Do Plantation Shutters Block Too Much Light?

Simply put, plantation shutters can affect light as much as you want them to. On particularly bright days, the slats can be fully or partially closed to reduce the amount of incoming light. This limits the sun damage your furniture is exposed to and keeps the area cool. You can also open the slats wide to let warm light flood the room. Until you find just the right amount of light, you can open or close the slats as you like to create the perfect ambience to fit your desired aesthetic.

Plantation shutters help with insulation. Closing the shutters can provide effective insulation to keep hot and cold air out all year round, saving you money on heating and air travel. It is also great for privacy as you can always adjust it to exactly the angle you want.

Do Plantation Shutters Get Mould?

Depending on the material, plantation shutters are sometimes susceptible to mould growth. However, compared to other window treatments, these shutters are fairly easy to manage and require very little maintenance. Our high-quality shutters are built to last, easy to maintain, and a breeze to clean.

Custom shutter cleaning is an afterthought for many homeowners. However, if you want to maintain the longevity of your shutters, it’s a good idea to give them a quick wipe-down once in a while to ensure that your shutters will last for years to come.


Various Plantation Shutter Materials

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux wood shutters may look like wood but they are, in truth, made from engineered materials. As the name suggests, faux wood blinds are simple imitations of wood blinds, they have the appearance of natural wood but are actually made of PVC/vinyl materials. PVC is durable, water-resistant and fire-retardant, meaning they are a safer option in modern housing. Many homeowners choose these shutters for their resistance to weather conditions and moisture. It also looks just as gorgeous as real wood, but costs less and poses less risk of future moisture problems. Another plus in appearance is the ease of cleaning.

Real Wood Shutters

Basswood, knotty alder, and various wood shutters are the gold standard for plantation shutters. These custom shutters are incredibly lightweight, yet incredibly powerful. Many homeowners prefer choosing these wooden shutters because they come in a wide variety of types and sizes. If desired, wooden shutters can also be stained or painted. Overall, timber shutters offer the highest possible levels of design versatility, durability, and strength.

Plantation Shutters Online: More About Watson Blinds

Watson Blinds has been around for five decades; that’s 50 years of experience in providing your home’s windows with the best window treatments. From shutters to blinds and security, we have got you covered.


Our website offers a virtual showroom which allows you to click through every option to deduce the perfect shutter design for your home. If you are interested in our plantation shutter options, we have a variety of materials for you to choose from, and customisable options to give you the best-of-the-best shutters and blinds tailored-made to your tastes.

If you book with us via our website, we also offer $250 off your final price. Reach out to us today!