Announcing the First Share Your Shutters Winner of 2017!01/30/2017Richard Rampton The new year means new opportunities to upgrade your home design, and stunning new shots of shutters in houses in Chicago and across the country. It also means a new winner for our Share Your Shutters contest, and the first of 2017 is Katie S. of Elk Grove, California for her Polywood® plantation shutters. Elk Grove in Northern California is just one of the many towns around the U.S. whose homes can benefit from Polywood shutters no matter the time of year. Even when somewhat open like in Katie’s photo submission, plantation shutters block a good amount of outside light from flooding into the home. In Elk Grove or in Chicago, that’s a good thing for any design-minded homeowner who wants a lot of customizability in their space.Plantation shutters also block thermal energy, making them ideal for homeowners who experience blistering summers or frigid winters, or who just want to up their home’s energy efficiency. That results in a cozier home and cash back in your pocket every month with reduced energy bills.Katie’s shutters also take advantage of some newer home design trends. Neutral-hued backdrops such as her tan wall are becoming exceedingly fashionable, with contrasting instances of colors–in Katie’s home the white of the Polywood shutters–working as points of interest throughout the space. Available in different white and off-white shades, plantation shutters can fill a nice niche in contemporary home design.As our latest Share Your Shutters winner, Katie wins a $100 gift certificate to a California restaurant, and will have her plantation shutters featured with our past winners.Have you recently had plantation shutters installed in your house that you want others to see? Find Sunburst Shutters Chicago on Facebook and share a picture of your window treatments using the hashtag #ShareYourShutters - and you could be our next winner!