To Drape, Or Not Tp Drape - Accenuating Your Plantation Shutters

In Texas, real wood plantation shutters are the gold standard in hard window coverings. Shutters are beautiful, energy efficient, durable, and functional. Shutters are easy to maintain and clean and are perfectly suited to the Texas climate and lifestyle. Shutters strike the balance between adjustable light control and the need for complete privacy.

Here in Texas, we see a wide range of various architectural styles in homes and equally diverse interior motifs. Having the option of clear view or traditional plantation style shutters, designates shutters as the one window covering that truly can transcend the multitude of home design selections that are as individual and unique as each and every one of our clients.


In Texas, most of the time shutters are used on their own as the single window treatment. For many of our clients the assumption is that you must choose between either drapery treatments or shutters. I am often asked, " Which do you think would be better in this room (usually the formal living or dining room), curtains or shutters". Why not combine both?

Adding drapery to shutters can create stunning visual effects by accentuating architectural features like high ceilings and crown moulding. Or, draperies can draw the eye up to a gorgeous coffered ceiling or faux iron ceiling medallion such as the ones created by Tableaux. Mounting the drapery hardware just below the ceiling or crown moulding, and using ceiling to floor length panels gives the illusion of taller ceilings and makes any room feel larger. This technique is also very effective in rooms with low ceilings often found in homes built mid-century through the 1970's and is a great way to update an existing home without major construction.

Using patterned, striped, dramatically colored, and/or textured fabric on your windows in addition to shutters can unify your homes furnishings with its architectural elements giving the room a finished look. Draperies can also soften the look of a room by adding warmth to traditional or contemporary design styles.

Many new custom homes have windows that are palladium arches, eyebrow arches, and or transoms above traditional rectangle windows. At Seth and Sloan, Inc. we can make our custom wood shutters in any shape or size to cover these types of windows.

However, occasionally clients wish to leave these types of architectural windows uncovered and open for light because they do not pose privacy issues. More often than not, the decision to leave these types of windows open creates an atheistic problem because the window may seem unfinished. When clients opt to leave these types of windows open, I always recommend continuing the shutter frame around the arch opening and leaving out the shutter louvers only on the arch opening. Again, ceiling to floor panels or draperies are a perfect complement for this application. With transom windows that are not part of or connected to the shuttered window below may not have been trimmed out with moulding by the home builder, drapery panels hung at the ceiling will unify the windows and offers the perfect design solution. Top treatments can also be used to great effect with transoms and shutters.

Shutters are expensive and so are full drapery treatments. If you have decided on using plantation shutters for their durability, value, beauty, and practicality. know that you have added lasting value to your home that will never go out of style. If the fabric loving trendy side of you still longs for some draperies, you have some beautiful solutions available that won't bust your budget.

Why wouldn't you consider combining plantation shutters with drapery? It really can be the best of both worlds!


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