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11 Times Aluminium Plantation Shutters Saved the Day

Shutters have definitely come a long way over the years! From a completely solid wood boarding used on the outside of windows, they’ve now become a must have designer item for the inside of the window.

Increasingly popular, aluminium plantation shutters deliver a sophisticated look that also delivers on functionality. Not only do they bring a touch of luxury to any room, plantation shutters are also private, safe and secure and also surprisingly easy to maintain.

There are countlesssituations where aluminium plantation shutters are the solution that will ‘save the day’ from a design perspective and also functionally. Here are just a few of the best

1. In A Period Style Home: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

Whether your home is a cottage, farm-house, French Provincial, Edwardian, Federation or even California Bungalow, aluminium plantation shutters will only add to the charm of your home from the inside and out. Many home owners might opt for heavy drapes, but you don’t need to settle for the fussiness of curtains with pelmets and tie backs to keep the look in character if you choose plantation shutters. Some of the more modern window treatments like venetians or roller blinds often look out of place in period homes, so rest assured plantation shutters will be truer to the period the home was built while also combining with more contemporary furnishings if that is how the interior is decorated.Plantation Shutters California Bungalow

2. In A Contemporary Home: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

It sounds unusual that a window treatment can be equally at home in a modern new build as it is in a 100 year old home, but plantation shutters are probably the only item that can claim this! Their straight clean lines are minimalist, so will appeal to those who want window treatments that don’t dominate the room, which can often happen with drapes.

If your home is beachy, ultra-modern, Hamptons-style or even a relatively new build that is starting to look dated, you will find aluminium plantation shutters can deliver that fresh and breezy contemporary feel we all love.Contemporary Aluminium Plantation Shutters

3. For Oddly Shaped Windows: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

Round windows, arches and other somewhat artistic styles of windows are great at adding character to your home. But they can also pose challenges when looking at window treatments, after all you want to celebrate the style of window and enhance it, rather than completely cover it. Because plantation shutters can be completely customised to the exact size and shape of any window, they are a great solution for those quirky spaces you may have been scratching your head about.Aluminium Plantation Shutters

4. When You Need Light But Want Privacy From Prying Eyes: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

A bright and light-filled home is what most of us are looking to achieve, but sometimes the edges of curtains, romans or other blinds can block a lot of the light. Not to mention that when some window treatments are open there is no protection from the eyes of anyone wandering past!

Aluminium plantation shutters only need a slight tilt of the louvres upwards or downwards to allow in plenty of light while also blocking the view into your home. You can also shut off the bottom half of the shutters while leaving the top half open, so only the very top of your room is visible.  Creeping passers-by and nosy neighbours will be stopped in their tracks!

Aluminium Plantation Shutters Bathroom

5. To Let The Breeze In While Providing Seclusion: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

If it’s more a cooling breeze on a warm summer’s day you’re after, aluminium plantation shutters will mean drapes or sheers don’t flap about in the wind. Position the louvres at the perfect angle and you can still catch breeze and block out the view into your home. Just close your eyes and that tropical island feeling is yours with plantation shutters!

Outdoor Plantation Shutters

6.For Outdoor Screening: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

Using weatherproof aluminium plantation shutters means you can extend the luxe look to your outdoor living area with materials that are strong enough to withstand the elements. The possibilities are endless when it comes to screening your verandah or patio from view of your neighbours or from a blustery wind with plantation shutters. You can even use them as a disguise to hide away a utility you’d rather not see, like air conditioning unit, pool filters or hot water system.

Again you can adjust the louvres to bring in more or less light, perfect for protecting an evening meal on the balcony from the blinding western sun. You’ll soon be enjoying the resort style vibe with aluminium plantation shutters!

Plantation shutters hide aircon unit

7. For A Long Lasting Solution: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

We touched on the toughness of aluminium plantation shutters above, but longevity is so important in more ways than one. Aluminium is an ideal choice of material for plantation shutters because it provides the same look but with no fading, peeling or warping, which is particularly important if the shutters will be outdoors. They are resistant to damage and so can handle a bit heavy handedness from your visitors opening or closing them.

Aluminium plantation shutters will also last many years aesthetically due to their timeless look, which we think is just as important as durability. A durable product that looks dated in years to come will only become an eyesore, so it’s important to install something that will look just as good as it functions in years to come. The best thing about plantation shutters is that it will be hard to pinpoint an exact date they became fashionable, which means they can quite rightfully be referred to as a classic.

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8. To Add Value To Your Home: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

Because plantation shutters are so universally popular, timeless and highly valued by property hunters, they do add significant value to the home. Buyers will know you have cared for your home when they see you have chosen to invest in the window treatments. The fact that popular renovating for profit guru Cherie Barber recommends plantation shutters for all except very low-end renovations confirms that they are a smart investment. Aluminium plantation shutters add the wow factor many buyers are looking for, and anyone looking to sell in the near or far future would be wise to take advantage of any potential to create a bidding war!

Plantation Shutters screening

9. In A Child’s Room: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

When it comes to children, safety is number one. With no dangling cords to speak of, plantation shutters are a safer option than any other window treatment. Unfortunately, even with safety improvements and cord holders being installed, children are still at risk with fatalities reported each year due to window treatments. You can never be too careful, and doing away with cords altogether is wise.

Also, because they offer an imposing visual seen from the street, your home will be perceived by burglars as more difficult to break into. Anything that makes your home look more unappealing to burglars is a plus!plantation shutters kids bedroom

10. For An Easy Clean Solution: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

Aluminium plantation shutters won’t absorb dirt and stains like curtains and blinds will. Sometimes curtains can only be deep-cleaned by removing and dry-cleaning them, whereas aluminium plantation shutters just need a quick wipe down to remove any dust or strange kitchen spills (believe us – they do happen!). Which is great news for those will allergies, as window treatments are a common haven for dust mites.Aluminium Plantation Shutters

11. When You Don’t Like Your Windows: Aluminium Plantation Shutters

The wrong colour, style or format of your windows can cause headaches when trying to create a stylish interior. When your windows still function well, replacement usually isn’t an option. But luckily there is plenty you can do to disguise them inside and out!

With aluminium plantation shutters, you can completely cover your windows so the frames are practically invisible, while still allowing in plenty of light. The view from the outside will also be much more appealing, due to the scale and lightness of the plantation shutters overtaking from the ugliness of the window frames. Your windows will become completely unrecognisable!Plantation Shutters Bedroom

So you can see, we love how versatile aluminium plantation shutters are – they really are a great solution for so many homes and windows!

Whatever your situation, we have to agree that plantation shutters are really one of the most aesthetically appealing and functional window treatments. Everyone who installs them agrees it was the best decision they could have made.

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