Des Moines, Iowa is located in the heart of America. While the city proper is a major center of commerce and politics, the outskirts are in large part farmland. The architecture and design of buildings and homes in Des Moines and around Iowa are influenced by both urban and rural lifestyles. Therefore, there is not one shutter style that identifies the region. Homeowners use both traditional shutters and plantation shutters for interior window coverings. Multiple exterior shutter styles are used, including louvered, raised panel, combination, and board and batten. The picture below features shutters influenced by the Dutch in Pella, Iowa.
Des Moines, Iowa has a sparse selection of window shutter suppliers. There are a limited number of stores specializing in interior shutters. Some department stores and home improvement stores that sell semi-custom shutters, and other interior decorating stores that stock and sell flair-fold type shutters on the side. Exterior shutters are also difficult to locate. Most often painters or contractors dictate the type of exterior installed.
Plantation interior shutters are used in many homes throughout Iowa. Plantation shutters allow light to flood into the room by simply rotating the louvers. Often it is only necessary to swing open the panels to open or clean the windows. Multiple panel configurations are available based on window size.
Traditional shutters use a small 1 1/4 inch louvers, and is often used in a 4 panel configuration. Most often traditional shutters are used as cafe type, covering only the lower portion of the window opening, leaving the top open for curtains, drapes, toppers, or to leave open.
Exterior shutters often are not functional Most of their functional purpose has been lost with air conditioning, window screens, and wide use of interior window coverings. However, exterior shutters improve the appearance of many Iowa homes. Exterior shutters are often painted the same color as the front door.
Shopping online offers a realistic alternative to limiting your search for interior shutters to Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Johnston, Sioux City, and Waterloo Iowa.