Are Plantation Shutters Out of Style?

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No, plantation shutters are not out of style as far as I’m concerned.

However, I’m of the view not all architectural styles should have plantation styles.


They’ve been around for hundreds of years.  They were used on 18th century plantation mansions which were built in derivative forms of classical architectural styles.  Hence, the name.

Just because they’re old doesn’t mean they’re always in style, right?

That’s true.  Just because a style or effect or design was used hundreds of years ago doesn’t mean it’s worth using today. Take, for instance, the way kitchens were separated and relegated to some remote part of the house one hundred years ago (and beyond).  Nobody wants that these days.  Most kitchens are large and serve as a focus in the home.

That said, my main reason for suggesting that plantation shutters are NOT out of style is that they serve an effective function in addition to looking good.

Few window treatments offer the flexibility in light control like plantation shutters.  While you might think the aesthetic is out of date, you can’t argue with how functional they are.

Plantation Shutters are very good at controlling light

You can fully open them for maximum light and air, partially open them with shutters closed, fully close them with shutters open or partially close or fully close them with shutters closed.

They’re akin to 3 dimensional window treatments.

What about alternatives to plantation shutters?

Yes, there are alternatives to plantation shutters.

The closest alternative are wood blinds.  Here’s a photo of horizontal wood blinds:

Horizontal wood blindsWe have faux wood blinds and like them a lot.  They look good, are easy to clean and provide good light control.  They can be fully pulled up for maximum light or adjusted for partial light.  They’re also easy to clean.

Are wood blinds better than plantation shutters?

For large windows, horizontal wood blinds are better than plantation shutters.

However, not necessarily so for small windows if you prefer the look of plantation shutters.

Another benefit of wood blinds is they fit in more architectural styles.

For example, plantation shutters don’t look good in a modern home design, but the right Roman blinds could look good.

Again, it’s not a matter of whether plantation shutters are out of style or not.  It’s whether they fit the architectural style of the home and whether you like how they function and look.

What about cost?

Plantation shutters are expensive, but so too are wood blinds, but wood blinds (and especially faux wood blinds) do not come close to the cost of custom plantation shutters.

If cost is a concerns, wood blinds may be the way to go.

But if you have a healthy budget, your home style is on for which plantation shutters work, I do not think that plantation shutters are out of style.


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  1. Sassy mom February 25, 2018

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