Why White Is The Most Common Color for Shutters in Southern California

Kimball Jones

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Style, material, and color. Those are the three most important qualities that determine how well a new window treatment will look in your house. Though various styles and materials of plantation shutters are common, the most frequently-seen shutter color is overwhelmingly white.

So why is white the most common color for shutters? Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why white shutters have been a Southern California window staple for decades.

White Shutters Are Timeless

Deluxe shutters such as Polywood® plantation shutters are designed to last decades, so white is a perfect color option. Why? Because white furnishings are timeless, and will never be out of style. Regardless of what new color trends pop up over time, white will always go with them. And whether a house has intricate or basic decor, the classic look and clean lines of white plantation shutters fit in seamlessly.

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Want proof? Simply take a look at how many different styles of homes can use white plantation shutters. Tudor style, mid-century modern, Mediterranean, prairie, and several other home styles all frequently utilize white shutters in their design. You can easily see that white shutters span generations.

White Shutters Are Energy Efficient

One of the premier benefits of plantation shutters is their unrivaled energy efficiency. Polywood shutters have the ability to block up to 30˚ of heat moving through your window, and there isn’t a more effective window treatment available anywhere.

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So why is color important? You may already be aware that lighter shades tend to reflect heat, and that darker colors tend to absorb it. That means that a white shutter won’t let heat easily pass into your house, unlike a dark color. If you know what it’s like to step barefoot onto a faux-wood deck that’s been baking in the sun, you’re aware of how much heat it can accumulate. The darker the color of your shutter, the more heat it will take in and pass through into the room.

White Shutters Give You Design Freedom

Your Southern California home is a reflection of your own personality, so being able to fully express your creativity through your home design is essential. Very few window treatments offer the same creative freedom that white plantation shutters do. Here’s why.

  • White is one of the best complementary neutral colors. That means it doesn’t complicate a color scheme, so you won’t be cornered into a specific palette in your space.

  • White shutters let you skirt “the rules.” You might have heard the advice to exactly match your window treatments to the window trim, but with white shutters that’s not always necessary. Since white complements every other color, they can perfectly fit with non-white trim.

  • If you want to combine window treatments, white plantation shutters provide a great contrast to patterned drapes, curtains, and other fabric window treatments.

There are many reasons why white plantation shutters are the most popular, and we’ve only talked about a small number of them here. To find out more about the perks of white shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 today or fill out the form below to schedule a no-hassle in-home window design consultation.