The origin of plantations shutters – elegant and very popular window covers – dates back thousands of years. Predominantly used for ventilation, light control, privacy and protection from the elements, wide louvered shutters were seen on all of the big plantation houses in the South when the Spanish colonized the Americas.
Believed to be used in ancient Greece for privacy and protection against the sun, early plantation shutters were made of marble, and as their use widened to other Mediterranean civilizations, they evolved in terms of design and material. Shutters with movable slats made out of wood were developed as a more versatile solution to combating the heat.
Solid shutters were widely used during medieval times in England and other north European countries as they provided the security that was required then. Glass started to come into use as England moved into the Tudor and Elizabethan Eras, although being expensive; they were only used for the top half of the window. The Victorian Era saw the advent of pine window shutters made out of hardwoods line cedar, which is popular even today.
Plantation shutters today come in many different styles and louver sizes. They are without a doubt the most used and preferred window coverings. With their style, practicality and simple elegance, they can transform any ordinary window into a beautiful, decorative highlight and add dimension to the overall aesthetics of the room.
What makes these one of the most popular window covering ideas?
- Stylish Good Looks
- Added Security
- Better Light Control
- Sound Proofing
- Added Value
- Maintenance Free
Maybe they’ll cost you a little more than blinds or curtains, but they will definitely save you money in the long run. Don’t you think it’s time to dress up your windows a little?