Plantation shutters were something I had always wanted for my home and in my Phoenix home, I finally had them. Then we moved to Omaha.....starting all over again. Plantation shutters are definitely an investment. An appraiser once told me that they are the ONLY type of window treatments that he would give any value to in an appraisal. You can spend a lot of money on custom made soft window treatments and you'll probably enjoy them for a long time. But when it comes to selling your home someday, I always have to come back to "what adds value to your home". Soft window treatments are usually a matter of taste and taste vary. Most Buyers move in and the first thing they do is take down those custom made window treatments that you spent so much money on. Not so much with the shutters. And with shutters, there is really no need for soft window treatments. The shutters are enough all by themselves.
Plantation shutters are a great way to add tangible value to your home without having to do any major reconstructive projects. The popularity stems primarily from their ability to not just make the windows look better but add to them a certain level of class and polished finishing that will often be the actual reason someone chooses to buy your home over another.
They come in many different styles and are great for adding variety and color to the home. Think of them as the of the windows, the final piece that set them apart as an up-grade. They really are an attractive window covering that allow you to balance and give elegance to any room you have.