Congrats to the First Share Your Shutters Winner of 2017!01/30/2017Danielle Micich The new year means new opportunities to upgrade your interior design, and stunning new shots of shutters from homeowners in Fort Lauderdale and across the country. The new year also means a new Share Your Shutters contest winner, and the first of 2017 is Elk Grove, California homeowner Katie S. for her Polywood® plantation shutters. Elk Grove in Northern California is just one of the many places around the U.S. in which homes can benefit from Polywood shutters no matter the time of year. Even when not closed tightly like in Katie’s photo submission, plantation shutters block a good amount of outside light from entering the home. In Elk Grove or in Fort Lauderdale, that’s a good thing for any design-minded homeowner who wants a lot of customizability in their space.Plantation shutters also block energy transfer through the windows, which makes them great for homeowners who experience sweltering summers or cold winters, or who just want to improve their home’s energy efficiency. That adds up to a more comfortable home and cash back in your pocket every month with lower utility bills.Katie’s shutters also capitalize on some newer home design trends. Neutral-colored backgrounds such as her brown wall are becoming exceedingly popular, with contrasting splashes of colors–in Katie’s case the white of the Polywood shutters–providing points of interest throughout the room. Offered in a range of white and off-white hues, plantation shutters can fill a great niche in modern home design.As the winner of our Share Your Shutters contest, Katie wins a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant, and will have her awesome shutters featured with our previous winners.Have you recently installed beautiful plantation shutters from Sunburst Shutters that you want the world to see? Find Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale on Facebook and share a photo of your shutters using the hashtag #ShareYourShutters - and you may be the next contest winner!