The History of Plantation Shutters

The History of Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters are one of the most popular window treatments available today. Their clean, crisp appearance goes well with many décor styles and allows you to decide how much light to allow into your room and still maintain privacy. With a long history dating back to Ancient Greece, shutters have gone through many transformations throughout the years. Today’s design options and features allow you to pick the shutter that is perfect for you.

Plantation Shutters originated in Ancient Greece when the early stone masons made the window coverings of marble. Each marble louver was in a fixed position, so movement of the louvers came later. The early shutters were originally designed to help control the elements, and being made of marble made them quit solid and strong compared to other window coverings of the day. Glass windows were even more expensive than marble so glass did not come into popularity until much later. Shutters were perfect for the Mediterranean climate because they allowed for air flow while still keeping out the hot rays of the noon day sun, and were especially popular for sleeping areas where the shade allowed for napping any time of the day, and still maintained privacy with a breeze. During stormy seasons, shutters allowed protection from damaging winds and rain, and became the standard window treatment for those who could afford them.

The Development of Shutters
As the popularity of shutters moved throughout the Mediterranean, the marble louvers eventually were replaced with wood. This allowed for movement of the louvers allowing in varying amounts of light and air, while adjusting for the amount of privacy needed. Using wood for shutters also allowed them to be crafted or purchased by the common household and their use became even more widespread. Eventually as the American South was colonized by Spain, these beautiful window coverings were seen on the grand plantation homes giving Plantation shutters their name. Shutters were the perfect solution to the sweltering heat of the South, allowing for a beautiful window covering with cross ventilation, privacy, and protection of interior furnishings from the rays of the sun.

Plantation Shutters Today
Today, Plantation Shutters are as popular as ever. Although improvements in materials, style, and color variations have made buying shutters a whole new experience, they are still perfect for all the reasons they have been historically popular, such as managing air and light levels, maintaining privacy, shielding your furnishings from the sun and finishing off any room with a crisp, clean, classy look. Shutters are perfect for modern as well as traditional looks. Today’s options allow you to choose your louver size, painting or staining, tilt rod options, and the use of mid-rails or separate opening panels to customize your look however you choose. Plantation Shutters can increase the value of your home and are the only window treatment that can be financed into your mortgage.

Where to Find Shutters
If you live in or around Houston Texas, (including the Woodlands and Central Houston), you can get all the help you need to pick the perfect shutters by calling Window Magic Blinds & Drapery, Inc. Locally owned and operated for over 30 years, we can guide you through your purchase of new shutters from the measurement, options available, pricing and installation. Let our design team work with you to create the shutter look you want. Your satisfaction is our number one concern.

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