Traditionally, the term window shutters referred to external shutters that you might imagine on a country cottage, historical farmhouse, or stately Victorian mansion. Their shape and color played a critical role in defining the curb appeal of the property, while at the same time providing a sturdy form of protection against adverse weather like snow, rain, and hail.
Today, shutters are not only designed for external use, but also to create a new kind of interior window covering. Carlos Interiors is proud to offer exceptional quality indoor shutters that reflect your taste and complement your home’s design.
Common shutter styles
While external shutters come in countless varieties and materials, there are 3 common styles used to fit within internal window frames. First, West Coast plantation shutters feature wide horizontal shutter planks that are fully or partially recessed into the window frame. The name is derived from their extra-wide louvers, or the shutter planks, which help cover the tall, floor-to-ceiling window panels often found in West Coast architecture.
The second design we commonly see is a cottage-style shutter, which is usually a solid panel (like an external shutter) mounted with hinges in order to allow for easy folding into an open or closed position. They differ from the other 2 styles in that the cottage style does fully fold away from the window, while many West Coast or plantation shutters are permanently affixed to the window frame and only the louvers slide open and closed.
Finally, plantation shutters are the most common indoor shutters in the Crofton, Annapolis, and Washington, DC area. The louvered panels are recessed into the window frame, and might be solid wood, faux wood, or polysatin, but always provide a sturdy, commanding design presence in a room. All shutters are naturally insulating thanks to the thick construction, making them practical and effective at temperature control year round.
Choosing the best plantation shutters
If you’re interested in plantation shutters from any of our national brand name manufacturers, we encourage you to call our design team or visit our showroom to explore the shutter style varieties. You’ll have to make a few key design decisions before our installation team can fit your new shutters, but our team will be available to help every step of the way.
For example, would your room look best with full panels of shutters over the entire window, or would you prefer blending privacy and natural light with a café shutter that only covers the bottom half of the window, allowing light in from the top? Depending on the size of the window in your home, you will also need to consider the thickness of the shutter louvers. Contact Carlos Interiors today to get started choosing the right shutters for your home!
Contact our team today at (301) 261-6035 to get started.