If you have a custom built home, chances are you haven’t chosen vinyl mini blinds as your window treatment preference. Of the window treatment options available, many custom built homes choose from three options: custom draperies, faux wood blinds, and plantation shutters. I would like to explore plantation shutters and faux wood blinds as window treatment options.
Other than extremely high-end draperies, plantation shutters are among the most expensive window treatment options you can choose. Plantation shutters were historically used for protection against elements and intruders. For the most part, plantation shutters are used more to make a design statement.
Plantation shutters mount inside or outside your window frame. They have blades similar to blinds that can be used to let light in and out. Several plantation shutters can be seamed together to cover a large window. The uses of plantation shutters are endless.
One benefit of plantation shutters is that they can act as a seal for your window. Because they sit inside your window frame, their frame will help seal any cracks you might have in the seams of your windows.
Plantation shutters can be made out of wood or faux wood. If you live in a high humidity area, wood plantation shutters aren’t recommended because the wood in the plantation shutters can warp. Faux wood plantation shutters, on the other hand, are made of materials that resist the elements.
The thing I don’t like about plantation shutters is they can make a room feel closed off and dark. They have a large frame around their blades (The horizontal pieces that move to let light in and out). If you are in a smaller room, the plantation shutter can make it feel even smaller. Not as much natural light is let in.
Plantation shutters are very beautiful in many homes. If you decide to get plantation shutters in your home, I suggest you hire a professional to put them in.
Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are another custom window treatment option. Custom faux wood blinds are less expensive than plantation shutters. This is because faux wood blinds do not have a bulky frame around them. While there is no frame, faux wood blinds still help keep the elements out.
Faux wood blinds hang in your windows – very similar to vinyl mini blinds. You can have faux wood blinds with a plastic rod that opens and closes the blades to regulate the amount of light, along with a pull string that will bring the faux wood blinds up or down. My personal faux wood blinds have a pull string for both moving the blades and pulling the faux wood blinds up.
I prefer the pull string to the plastic rod because my niece and nephew use the plastic rods as toys at my brother’s house. They have lost a couple of their plastic rods on their faux wood blinds because of the kids. If you have the pull string, you cannot remove it. This is why I have the pull string on my faux wood blinds.
Faux wood blinds look very similar to plantation shutters from outside the house. The only exception is if you look really close you can see the string that holds the blades together. This does not take away from the beauty of the faux wood blinds.
Faux wood blinds are less expensive than plantation shutters. The manufacturer uses less materials because there is not a bulky frame. The installers can install faux wood blinds with little difficulty because there is no frame that must fit perfectly inside your window.
Choosing between faux wood blinds and plantation shutters is a matter of personal preference. Many people prefer plantation shutters, while I prefer faux wood blinds. No matter what you choose, you will add value to your home and have gorgeous window treatments.