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Why Plantation Window Shutters Are Popular

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Plantation window shutters have many great benefits for not only lighting up a home, but also adding a stylish design that casually or elegantly elevates the look of any room. Plantation window shutters come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, and they can be installed on windows using an inside or outside mount.  

Plantation window shutters give you unparalleled flexibility with your views out of your window. The louvers in the plantation window shutter can be adjusted for privacy so that you can see outside but people outside can’t see into your home. However, if you want a totally unobstructed view of the outside, you can swing open the plantation window shutter panels.  

Plantation window shutters also give you a lot of control over how much light is allowed into your home. To block as much light as you are able, you can close the plantation window shutter panels and tilt the louvers until they are completely closed (up or down, but if they are tilted up, they will allow more light in, than if they are tilted down). However, if you want some light to come into a room, you can close the plantation window shutter panels, but tilt the louvers open. For the most light, you open the plantation window shutter panels completely and fully expose the window.  

Plantation window shutters offer advantages over other types of window coverings when you are using them to enhance ventilation when your windows are open. Plantation window shutters are solidly-made, so they will not blow in and out on a breezy day. Plus, when air comes in through the louvers, there is no noise. Plantation window shutters also typically have wider spaces between the louvers, so they allow more air in from the outside than many other types of window coverings.  

Plantation window shutters don’t have dangling cords or strings, so they are a safe window covering option for homes with small children and pets.  

Furniture, floors, and carpets can be protected from fading because of sunlight when you install plantation window shutters. UV rays can cause fabric and other materials (including wood) to fade over time. When you position the louvers of plantation window shutters upward, light is allowed in, but the room is protected from direct exposure to UV rays.  

Plantation windows shutters are an investment that adds value to your home, both inside and out, increasing your home’s curb appeal. If you ever decide to sell your home, plantation window shutters will be a strong selling point and they will add market value to your home.  

Plantation window shutters are practically maintenance-free. To clean them, all you need to do is take a damp cloth and wipe them down from time to time. Unlike drapes and curtains, you don’t need to take them down to for cleanings. And because the louvers in plantation window shutters have a wider surface area than the slats in mini-blinds, they are much easier to clean.   

Plantation window shutters are a tasteful and beautiful addition to any home. They can transform rooms into airy, light-filled, warm spaces that make your home more comfortable for your family and guests when they visit.  

If you’d like to know more about plantation window shutters, talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.

All About Bamboo Window Shades

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Bamboo window shades are popular because they create a stunning effect that can highlight the décor of any room. Because of their dark wood look and their matte finish, they can be an attractive offset to a room that is a light color or to a room where furniture or pieces of art have a dark wood stain.  

Bamboo window shades are also popular because they are versatile and can be used throughout a home, whether they are adding a natural look to a den, a professional look to a home office or study, or an elegant touch to a bedroom that has light or neutral tones.  

Most people believe that all bamboo window shades are room-darkening (favored by people with light sensitivity and people who need to sleep during the day because they work at night). Some bamboo window shades are made with thick bamboo and blackout liners, but not all bamboo shades are made that way. Bamboo windows shades also come in styles that allow light filtering. This makes bamboo shades a very versatile choice because they come in styles that accommodate areas in the house that need privacy or room-darkening and other areas where light filtering is preferred.  

Bamboo window shades can give any room texture and depth. They can be used with any type of flooring, whether hardwood, carpet, vinyl, or ceramic and they will complement the flooring instead of clashing with them. That makes them a top choice for homeowners who are looking for something other than standard blinds, more traditional window shades, or curtains.  

While many people prefer the natural wood look of bamboo window shades, they are available in a many different colors – from very light to very dark – which means that you can actually use different colors throughout your home to match the design and décor of any room.  

Bamboo window shades are also ecologically-friendly. Bamboo is a natural wood that is renewable – bamboo forests can be grown to full maturity in just a few years – and bamboo window shades are made using the entire tree. Bamboo window shades bring nature inside and they are a common choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners.  

Bamboo window shades are available with a variety of lift options. The standard lift option for is a cord that rolls the window shade up and down. However, continuous loop cord lifts – which are recommended for shades that are wider than 72″ – are also available. Additionally, you can customize the shades to have a top down bottom up lift operation, which gives you maximum light control. Finally, bamboo window shades have a cordless lift option, which is recommended for safety in homes with small children and pets.  

You can also get bamboo window shades with an inside or outside mount, which allows you to choose how to install the window shades on your windows. The outside window shade mount is nice because you’re not confined by window size. You can use a bamboo window shade with an outside mount to make smaller windows look bigger, which is a nice feature in rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms where windows are traditionally smaller.  

Bamboo window shades are very easy to maintain. Cleaning is minimal and involves just a feature duster or soft cloth to clean them on a regular basis.   

For more information about bamboo window shades, talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.

Choosing Office Window Coverings

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The type of window covering your business chooses can speak volumes about what you do, about your brand, and about your company’s culture. It can also determine how well your employees are able to do their jobs, which ultimately can affect the success of your business. Window coverings play a very important role in almost every aspect of a company.  

How can window coverings affect productivity and, in turn, your business’s bottom line? In several ways. While we often don’t think about them, we should consider those impacts when choosing window coverings.  

Window coverings control the amount of light that comes into a structure. Light affects mood. Too little for a prolonged period of time can turn moods gloomy (this winter gloom is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder), which can decrease motivation and productivity.   

An abundant amount of light of the right kind can buoy moods, stimulate creativity, and increase productivity. Artificial light usually cannot achieve this effect, unless it mimics sunlight. Some artificial lights create other negative side effects. Florescent lights, for example, can trigger headaches both because of the light itself and the low-frequency humming noise that most florescent lights make.  

In the main working spaces in your company, you’ll want to choose window coverings that allow an abundant amount of sunlight to come into the areas. However, you want to be able to block out the glare of sun during the time of day when it is on each side of the building. So you need to be able to easily open and close the window coverings you choose.  

However, in some parts of your structure, such as conference rooms and training areas, you may want to be able to block out light completely when you’re doing presentations or holding classes, but still be able to have light come into those rooms at other times. You’ll want to choose a different kind of window covering for these types of rooms to achieve that effect.  

Another thing that window coverings can affect is morale. Not only is there an aesthetic quality to consider, especially in individual offices, but you’d like maximum control over the amount of light that comes into the offices at any time. The best type of window covering will give a wide range of lighting choices that go from full outside light to no outside light.  

A third area that window coverings have an enormous impact on is vision. You can use window coverings to help control the amount of light coming into the building so that employees can see what they’re working on without the light being so intense that it blinds them. With computer screens, laptops, and televisions as commonplace work tools, the right window coverings can help reduce computer vision syndrome, reduce glare, and create focused lighting that illuminates workspaces without impeding worker’s vision.  

Window coverings also tell customers and visitors a lot about your company’s culture and brand. There are a myriad of material and color choices that are available that can give your windows the exact right look that identifies what your business is about and the work environment that your products and services originate from.  

For more information on office window coverings, speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.