Can Plantation Shutters Be Installed as Café Style Shutters in Southern California? A half shutter allows you privacy on the lower half of the window and the top is open for light and view. But, since plantation shutters have large louvers, is it the ideal look for your windows? The café or half-shutter look can work well with the large louvers of a plantation shutter – if it’s designed correctly. That’s why having a divider rail is so important for café shutters in Southern California. The Divider Rail Solution A divider rail offers your plantation shutters a completed, fully finished appearance on the window. At the same time, it lets you close the bottom louvers for privacy and tilt open the top ones for light. Adjusting the top louvers comes in handy in the daytime when the sun is stopping you from watching TV. And a 3.5” or 4.5” louver is hardly noticed when it’s opened flat, offering you plenty of space to look out of. So, you won’t worry about losing your beautiful view. When it comes down to it, it depends on what you’re looking for – whether you like the look of a half shutter or the look of a plantation shutter with a divider rail. How Are Café Style Shutters Designed? We begin by measuring the width and length of your window, recording where to stop the shutters – for that café appearance. Then we go back to our shop and order your hand-fashioned plantation shutters to meet those specifications – and note whether the windows have a divider rail. Relying on a combination of state-of-the-art software and custom templates based on your window’s measurements, we construct your new plantation shutters in the café style – and add on the final colors and finishings you picked. Our professional installers will then mount the café shutters on your windows. They’ll double check that the louvers can be opened and the divider rail – if ordered – is functional. Call 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!