Plantation shutters provide a unique architectural touch to a home while providing the light and privacy control you'd expect from other types. What sets this style apart is that it's installed inside rather than outside, giving your window frames a more prominent look in the room. If you're in the market for new shutters, here's what you need to know about the plantation style.

What Are Plantation Shutters? 

These shutters originated in Ancient Greece as marble or wooden louvers, or tilted slats, affixed to windows. The style continued through the Middle Ages and retained its popularity through the Colonial Era, particularly in the American South. Plantation shutters were used to regulate temperatures and protect rooms from the elements. The large shutters are set into a window frame that opens and closes like a door. The shutters are fitted with rows of slats that can tilt up and down to direct light and airflow. 


Modern plantation shutters are usually made of wood, though there are also composite and PVC products available. The synthetics are designed to withstand sunlight and moisture exposure, so these materials are more commonly used for exterior shutters.

How Do They Benefit Your Home?

Plantation shutters are perfect for homeowners who want more freedom to modify their home’s climate. They can be completely opened to let a breeze blow in or closed with the slats only slightly tilted for a little ventilation. When the slats are completely shut, the shutters help a room retain its temperature, whether you want it to be cool in the summer or warm in the winter. This can cut back on heating and cooling usage and improve your home’s energy efficiency. 

They are also ideal for maintaining privacy without sacrificing light exposure. The slats can be tilted at a steeper angle that allows light and air into the room while still protecting the interior from passersby. This feature makes plantain shutters ideal for the first floor of the home, especially in rooms that face the street.


If you're ready to install plantation shutters to give your home the perfect finish, reach out to Blind Pro. This window treatment company offers an array of products and services throughout the Phoenix, AZ, area to suit a wide range of styles and price points. Call (480) 306-7999 to set up a consultation, and visit their website to see photos of previous projects.