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Why White Shutters are the Top Shutter Color in Seattle

February 20, 2017
Style, material, and color. Those are the three essential qualities that determine how well a window treatment will look in a house. Though various materials and styles of plantation shutters are common, the most popular shutter color is easily white.

So why is white the most popular shutter color? Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why white shutters have been a Seattle window staple for so many years.

White Shutters Are Timeless

High-quality shutters such as Polywood® plantation shutters are designed to last decades, so white is a perfect color choice. That’s because white furnishings are timeless, and will never be out of style. Regardless of what new trends in color appear or disappear over time, white will always match them. And whether your house has intricate or very basic design, the classic look and straight design of white plantation shutters fit in without a hitch.

Seattle foyer plantation shutters 

Still need proof? Just look at how many different styles of homes make use of white plantation shutters. Tudor style, mid-century modern, Mediterranean, Cape Cod, and most other styles of home all frequently use white shutters in their design. It’s plain to see that white shutters span generations.

White Shutters Are Energy Efficient

One of the biggest draws 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.

Seattle living room white shutters

So why is color important? You might already know that lighter colors tend to reflect heat, and that darker colors absorb it. That means that a white shutter won’t be a vector through which heat passes 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 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 space.

White Shutters Give You Design Freedom

Your Seattle home is an extension 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 design freedom that white plantation shutters do. Here’s why.

  • White is one of the best complementary neutral tones. Which means it doesn’t complicate a color pattern, so you aren’t forced into a certain palette in your space.

  • White shutters let you break “the rules.” You may have heard the advice to always match your window treatments to your trim, but with white shutters that’s not always necessary. Since they’re so complementary, they can perfectly fit with non-white trim.

  • If you need to combine window treatments, white plantation shutters give a great contrast to colored curtains, drapes, and similar fabric window coverings.

There are many reasons why white is the most popular shutter color, and we’ve only looked at a fraction of them here. To learn more about the benefits of white shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Washington at 360-464-2277 today or fill out the form below to schedule a no-hassle in-home window design consultation.