Go ahead, treat yourself, you know they’d look great. Interior window shutters are the classic window treatment. Are they cheap? No. Are they worth it? Absolutely!

Interior window shutters, also known as plantation shutters or louvered shutters, simply look great in just about any room setting. They compliment a wide variety of room and home decors. If you are considering window treatment options for your home you owe it to yourself to take a long look at plantation shutters. The following, which are in no particular order, are a list of top reasons you should consider interior window shutters for your home.

First, they look good from the inside and outside of your home. I am a runner and am always running up and down the streets in my neighborhood. One of the things I notice about homes is the types of window treatments they use. Plantation shutters, in my opinion, are one of the most attractive types of window blinds. They increase a home’s curb appeal, which takes me to my second point.

Interior shutters can increase your home’s value. So, not only are they beautiful, plantation shutters can add to the appreciation of your home. In my opinion this helps to significantly offset the higher initial cost of plantation shutters – pay a little more now and get a lot back if you ever sell your home or tap into the equity.

They are durable – almost a lifetime purchase. A high quality set of blinds, in any of the available materials: wood, wood composite or vinyl, are built to last. Wood plantation shutters are built like a nice piece of furniture and with a little care should last a lifetime. The vinyl and wood composite shutters are even more durable and will resist fading, warping, cracking and UV rays, perfect for hot and humid rooms or areas.

They are energy efficient. Surprise, I bet you didn’t know that. When fully closed interior shutters add a surprising amount of insulation to your window. Though, not quite as much as cellular shades, they are still one of the better choices when considering window treatments and their effect on your home’s insulation. This is due to the fact that shutters are quite substantial, unlike many other types of window blinds and shades.

They are highly unlikely to go out of style. Plantation shutters have been around a long time. They are one of the classic window treatments and have stood the test of time, public opinion and changing fashion trends. So, you can rest assured that they won’t be like those polyester pants you bought in the late 70s which are now so silly looking that you wouldn’t admit to wearing them.

They are an easy way to add a high-level of sophistication and style to your home. So, if you are not the budding interior decorator, plantation shutters are a rock solid choice for most homes. They can literally transform a room from so-so to beautiful. They also compliment most furniture and wall colors.

Interior shutters are easy to operate and highly versatile in terms of opacity or opaqueness. Open them up wide for maximum light or shut them completely for significant privacy and room darkening. The louvers can be opened or closed easily with the divider rail or you can swing the shutters wide open if you so desire.

There you have it, hopefully a compelling argument for plantation shutters. So, if you are thinking window treatments, think interior window shutters. – David Brooks