วันพุธที่ 8 กรกฎาคม พ.ศ. 2552
Do You Need Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are interior blinds. They go on the inside of windows, i.e. inside the actual house. You have probably seen them, whether you know it or not. They are typically made of wood slats. When the controlling rod is turned, they close or open.
They are used for both style and to keep the sun out. A very common style is for the plantation shutters to only cover the lower half of the inside of a window. This allows for some light to still freely pass through the upper window, while giving control to the owner to both block the lower light and get some much needed privacy.
People will commonly have plantation shutters installed on windows in their bathroom. I don't think I need to tell you why privacy might be a good thing to have in your own bathroom! And as stated before, they are a very stylish way to perform this function.
The actual history of these interior blinds goes way back to the Middle Ages, believe it or not. They were originally designed for glassless windows. So, in effect, the shutters acted as the protection between the weather (rain) outside and the inner dwellings of the old home. Later these shutters were adopted on American plantations in the South. They were well-suited to the hotter climates existing there.
Since then, it has become fairly standard to attach plantation shutters onto hinges so that they can be swung out of the way, and the window can actually be opened up from the bottom. They add a real touch of style to any home they are installed in, I must say. They are not quite fancy, but more than homely.
While it is fairly typical to see half-window sizes, it is also quite common to find ones that take up the entire window. It all depends on what looks good and how much control you want to have over the light coming in and the amount of privacy in any given room.
All in all, I would say that plantation shutters add a lot to any room that they are placed in. I like them because I like to be able to moderate the amount of light shining into any given room at any given time. I can even be a little neurotic about it. Someone who is more interior design oriented will probably take as much of an interest in how they change the look of the room.