Plantation shutters. In California, where I’m based, they are the window treatment of choice for most contemporary homes. But even the most eco-sensitive people I know have had to compromise their sensibilities in order to have them. Sustainable options have been rare, and often expensive.
Thanks to a new “British Invasion”, there is now an affordable, attractive, environmentally friendly solution for Plantation shutters. Originally started in the U.K. as, of all things, The California Company, the British born shutter business saw an opportunity here in the U.S., and opened shop here in 2009 as The Shutter Store.
Designed for the do it yourself homeowner, The Shutter Store provides custom made, FSC certified wood shutters in just about every color and finish. In fact, they will also match their paint finishes to any Sherwin Williams color – so black, white or hot pink, they can create what you’ve always wanted. There is even the option of leaving the wood unfinished (at a 10% discount), which is great for those who want to go completely natural and use only an oil or wax finish.
For those who aren’t quite sure about ordering and installing shutters by themselves, The Shutter Store provides helpful videos and instructions to get you through the process. And, if you really aren’t the DIY sort, you could always hire a local handyman to do the installation for you.
There are some real benefits to using The Shutter Store, such as the shutters all being made to order (reducing waste), the fact that all the wood is FSC certified, the large range of styles and colors, as well as the cost savings compared to other wood shutters. Of course, some of that savings may come from the shutters being manufactured in China. I was assured that the factory is operated with a fair trade policy, and that shutters are shipped via sea freight to conserve on fuel. While I would love every item that is used in a home to be made by a local artisan, I think it’s important to recognize that economic realities make that impossible for most families. The Shutter Store is offering a quality product, at an affordable price, made from sustainable materials, and I think that is a big step in the right direction.
What do you think?