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Why White Shutters are the Most Popular Shutter Color in Southern California

February 20, 2017
Style, material, and color–those are the three primary factors that determine how a window treatment will look in a home. But while different styles and materials of plantation shutters are common, the most common shutter color is overwhelmingly white.

So why is white the most popular color for plantation shutters? Let’s dive into some of the reasons why white shutters have been a Southern California window cornerstone for such a long time.

White Shutters Are Timeless

High-quality shutters like Polywood® plantation shutters are constructed to last years and years, so white is a fantastic color option. Why? Because white furnishings are timeless, and are never out of style. No matter what new trends in color appear over time, white will always match them. And whether a house has intricate or very basic decor, the timeless look and straight lines of white plantation shutters fit in without a hitch.

Southern California foyer plantation shutters 

Still need proof? Just take a look at how many different styles of houses use white plantation shutters. Craftsman style, mid-century modern, Mediterranean, Cape Cod, and several other home styles all frequently use white shutters in their design. It’s plain to see that white shutters span several years.

White Shutters Are Energy Efficient

One of the premier benefits of plantation shutters is their best in class energy efficiency. Polywood shutters are able to block up to 30 of heat that moves through your window, and there’s no better energy-blocking window treatment available in America.

Southern California parlor white shutters

So what difference does color make? You might already know that lighter shades reflect heat, and that darker colors tend to absorb it. That means that a white shutter won’t let heat easily pass into your home, unlike a dark color. If you’ve ever stepped barefoot onto a faux-wood deck that’s been baking in the sun, you know how hot the material can get. The darker the color of your shutter, the more energy it will absorb and pass through into your house.

White Shutters Offer Freedom to Design

Your Southern California home is an extension of yourself, so being able to fully express your creativity through your home design is important. Few window treatments give you the same design freedom that white plantation shutters do. Here’s why.

  • White is one of the most versatile neutral tones. That means it doesn’t complicate a color scheme, so you aren’t pigeon-holed into a specific palette in your room.

  • White shutters let you skirt “the rules.” You might have been told to always match your window treatments to the window trim, but with white shutters that isn’t always necessary. Because white shutters are so complementary, they can perfectly fit with non-white trim.

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

There are many reasons why white is the most common shutter color, and we’ve only covered a fraction of them here. To learn more about the benefits of white shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 today or use the form below to set up an in-home window design consultation.