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Can I Pair Plantation Shutters with Curtains?

January 09, 2024

Mixing and matching window treatments is usually not a great idea.  For instance, you wouldn’t want to put a shade and a blind on the same window. However, a lot of designers pair curtains with plantation shutters. But is this a trend you should follow, or are there problems with using decorative curtains and more practical interior shutters? 

Why Pair Plantation Shutters With Curtains Or Drapes

Dark gray curtains framing white Polywood curtains in a light gray dining room

If you’re going for a particular look with curtains or drapes but want total privacy and light control, pair your fabric window treatments with interior shutters. You’ll get the splash of color and stylish look you want from your curtains or drapes and all the incredible benefits of interior shutters, like

  • Adjustable louvers to filter natural light or block it completely. You can also use the louvers to redirect sunlight and prevent glare.
  • Solid materials like wood and Polywood® block both light and cold air. They’re also more durable than other window treatment materials, so you’ll still have functioning window treatments if something happens to your drapes or curtains.
  • Insulation and energy efficiency from patented weatherstripping on Polywood shutters. Polywood shutters can prevent up to 30 degrees of temperature transfer from windows.
  • Total coverage when closed. Closed interior shutters won’t move from a breeze or a bump, giving you total privacy. They fit within or around your window precisely to avoid any gaps. Even the louvers close tightly to prevent all but the faintest glow of light from coming in.
  • Easy clean up. Interior shutters are easy to dust and can be wiped down with a slightly dampened cloth if they get sticky.

How To Pair Interior Shutters With Curtains And Drapes

Blue patterned drapes paired with white Polywood shutters in a living room

If you aren’t sure how it will look to layer interior shutters with curtains or drapes, rest assured the shutters won’t detract from the overall appearance. Both Polywood® and natural wood shutters have an understated elegance that coordinates well with most curtains or drapes. Here are some tips for putting plantation shutters with drapes or curtains:

  • Plantation shutters come in neutral paint colors and wood stains, so they’ll look good with any color of drapery you choose. You can pick brightly colored drapes to contrast with the neutral shutters or a similar neutral hue to match.
  • Lighten up a room with muted-colored curtains over white Polywood shutters.
  • Pair formal drapes with traditional hardwood shutters for a more luxurious look.
  • Plantation shutters are a permanent fixture, but you can switch out your curtains anytime to create a new look. Your shutters will continue looking beautiful for many years.
  • Interior shutters add texture to your windows, so consider this when choosing curtains. Something ruffly might look too busy layered with the louvered shutters.
  • Drapes and curtains look best when they frame–not hide–shutters.

Find Beautiful Interior Shutters At Sunburst

If you need interior shutters to pair with drapes, call Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions. We’ll send an expert window treatment consultant to your home to discuss the best shutters for your windows. We’ll show you samples and help you decide which ones look best with your drapery. Call 877-786-2877 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation right away.