Plantation shutters can enhance the appearance of any room in your home while also providing you with improved energy efficiency and plenty of natural light. You’ll find that there are several styles and louver sizes to choose from, as well as different materials. How do you know which shutters to select for your home? Keep the following factors in mind, so you can narrow down your options and find the ideal shutters to suit your windows.

Panel Style

Plantation shutters are available in different panel styles. Full shutters cover an entire window and open one way, while double hung shutters include top and bottom shutters. With double hung shutters, you can open just the top or bottom or open both for more light. Café style shutters cover half of a window, which is a good option if you want to leave the view from the top half unobstructed.

Shutter Material

Plantation shutters are available in different materials, including poly and wood. Wood shutters offer an elegant, warm look that suits many homes, while poly provides improved durability and insulation for better efficiency. Both types offer certain benefits, depending on the quality and brand you choose. For example, Broadleaf poly shutters by Elegant Shutters provide reinforced louvers, UV resistance, moisture resistance and insulation that is 65 percent better than wood. Elegant Shutters’ Chelsea wood shutters, which are made from proprietary hardwood, offer an environmentally safe option that is durable and provides better light control.

Louver Sizes

Louvers are the horizontal slats that make up plantation shutters. The size you choose has a big impact on the amount of light you’ll get in your home and the view you’ll have from your window. Choose a larger louver size, such as 4 1/2 inches, if you want to ensure that you have a clear view and plenty of natural light coming into your home. Smaller louver sizes, such as 2 1/2 inches, are a better option if you plan on putting them on smaller windows and don’t need to let in as much light. Choosing a larger louver size for a smaller window can make it look out of proportion.

Tilt Rod Options

Another factor to take into consideration is the kind of tilt rod you would like for your plantation shutters. Standard, hidden, and off-set tilt rods are common options to choose from. Standard tilt rods are on the front in plain view, usually in the center, which offers convenience when you need to adjust your shutters. Hidden tilt rods are placed out of sight behind the louvers, where they won’t impede your view, while off-set tilt rods are on the front and off to the side. In terms of design, standard tilt rods generally look better on shutters with a more traditional or classic design, while hidden or off-set tilt rods tend to pair well with more modern or contemporary shutter styles.


Keep in mind that there are several colors to choose from for your plantation shutters. The colors you choose should complement the color scheme in the room in order to provide the right visual effect. The selection of colors you can choose from will depend on the brand and style you decide to go with.

If you’re ready to begin looking for the right plantation shutters for your home, please contact Elegant Shutters. We have a fine collection of high-quality plantation shutters in different styles, sizes, colors and materials.