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Adding plantation shutters, shades, or blinds is an excellent way to provide privacy, protect your floors and furniture from sun damage, and increase your home’s beauty and value. However, adding custom window treatments is an investment; before deciding what will work best in their homes, smart buyers will want to educate themselves about the custom construction and product options available.
Plantation shutters are a traditional, elegant, and aesthetically pleasing interior window treatment. They are also very useful as a thermal barrier and for providing privacy and light control. Plantation shutters typically consist of one or two vertical panels per window; the panels are attached to a frame that is built to fit snugly within the window frame.
Louvers are the horizontal slats in each panel that tilt up or down to block light or allow light to pass through. Louvers are available in various widths ranging from 1 1/2 inches to 5 1/2 inches. The louvers on the wider end of the spectrum are more traditionally plantation in style.
Stiles are the vertical side pieces of a shutter panel. The louvers connect to the stiles with pins. Rails are the top and bottom horizontal pieces of the shutter. They connect directly to the stiles. The tilt rod is a vertical rod that connects to the inside edge of each louver. Moving the tilt rod up or down moves all the louvers at once.
Shades come in a wide variety of fabrics and other unique materials; they can be designed with a number of features, such as power operation. Moreover, many shades can be automated and controlled from a central control switch or the homeowner’s smartphone or tablet. The current possibilities and ongoing advances in window shades are overwhelming for many buyers; an experienced window treatment specialist can be of great assistance in the many decisions associated with shade selection.
A large selection of blinds is currently available on the market. The options range from the inexpensive, do-it-yourself vinyl types at the local hardware store to professionally made 2- or 2 1/2-inch custom wood blinds. Custom blind s also have a much greater long-term value. They are typically made of wood or faux wood and come in a variety of colors.
Wood blind s are durable and provide a traditional look. Attractive from both the interior and exterior of the home, they can elevate the design of a room. Wood blinds generally come in 2- or 2 1/2-inch slat widths and can be constructed from a variety of hardwoods-including basswood, oak,and cherry. They can also be stained or painted to complement any decorating scheme.
Faux wood blinds provide the look of wood while being made of less expensive materials,such as PVC, vinyl, or a composite of vinyl and wood. Composite blinds are more durable than vinyl blinds, and their wood grain can look more authentic. In general, faux wood blinds are often preferred in rooms with high humidity levels, such as a kitchen or bathroom, because unlike real wood blinds, they will not warp when exposed to moisture.