Window shutters have been around for a long time. Originally, shutters were designed as protection against storms and strong winds. In the event of a hurricane, tornado, or severe thunderstorms, residents would close and latch their shutters to keep their windows from shattering and to protect themselves. Of course, exterior shutters and plantation shudders would have been useless for those homes destroyed by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. While shutters offer some protection from milder storms, many homeowners who add shudders to their windows do it for aesthetic reasons, or for shade and privacy. Sturdier exterior and interior shutters can even provide homeowners with an extra sense of security. Whether or not homeowners install shutters for protection, the addition of plantation shutters can add significant aesthetic appeal to a room. For homeowners who are looking for an affordable and simple way to beautify their homes, plantation shutters can be purchased, or custom made, for windows of every size and shape. Depending upon the preferences of homeowners, shutters can be made to open and close vertically or horizontally. Although plantation shutters may not be for every homeowner, many of them change their minds once they see the many variations of plantation shutters that are available. In that sense, plantation shutters are akin to certain types of house lighting, such that many people are simply unaware of the aesthetic appeal and ambiance they can add to a home or room.