A History of Plantation Shutters

The grace, beauty, practical function, and versatility of plantation shutters came about as a refinement of original window shutters first found in ancient Greece, made from stone or marble. This tried-and-true window covering and home design element has endured and improved with time and remains popular today. Plantation shutters are perhaps the most stylish and practical of current shutter or window blind designs, adding practical advantages and distinctive style to a wide variety of home styles.

The Earliest Window Shutters

Window shutters were invented before windows, if we define windows as we see them today, with casings and glass. Shutters filled a need to cover the “windows” of early history, which were merely holes in the wall. Natural light and outdoor air were the only options to adjust home comfort in the time before the electric light, fan, and modern air conditioning were invented. Of course, the only choice to keep out insects, burglars, prying eyes, and cold weather was to sacrifice the light and air by crudely covering or filling the always-open window spaces with fabric, stone, or wood.

The first wooden shutters were usually simple, solid, rough boards, attached to the outside and/or inside of a home, castle, or fortress. These could only be closed completely or left propped or tied (partially or completely) open. These shutters were, essentially, little doors. Internal and external window shutter design quickly evolved to include small spaces cut into the shutter material and later included fixed wooden slats. This was a crude attempt to preserve the air and light flow while fulfilling home security/privacy needs and providing some temperature control in the home. Soon, the more modern, well-crafted shutters began to include movable, adjustable slats (louvered shutters) in a modular shutter design in around 1840. These shutters may also be considered the first crude blinds.

Window Shutter Development: The Plantation Adaptation

The distinctive style combined with practicality that defines modern plantation shutters springs from wide wooden shutters used in the many large (and large-windowed) Southern US homes in the 1800s. These “plantation-style” decorative interior shutters are substantial, both in appearance and construction. In a sense, they are an earlier, more permanent, durable, and elegant form of window blind. Because these homes had so many large windows, the shutters greatly influenced the home’s appearance and helped to protect the home.

Plantation Shutter Benefits for Your Home

If you’re considering upgrading your home’s windows or window treatments, consider plantation shutters for these reasons:

  • Attractive plantation shutters can make your home look unique and add high-end curb appeal.
  • Available in many colors and styles, plantation shutters enhance the style of both modern and vintage homes.
  • With (or without) installing new windows, plantation shutters can transform the look of your home.
  • Shutters offer privacy without compromising your view.
  • Indoor textiles, carpets, and furnishings may show less sun fading with plantation shutters on your windows.
  • If you are looking to sell your home, shutters can add value and may help it sell quicker.
  • Plantation shutters can even save on your energy bill by keeping sun out at the hottest part of the day in summer and letting sun shine in during the winter.
  • And more!

Where to Get Plantation Shutters and Expert Home Design Advice

If you’re interested in upgrading the look of your home or enjoying the many other benefits of plantation style shutters, Contact The Blind Guide for a world of window shutter options and expert advice. Our years of experience and dedication to customer care (and comprehensive, no-questions-asked warranty) guarantee a successful project. Contact us today!