Congrats to the First Share Your Shutters Winner of 2017!01/30/2017George Christ The new year means new opportunities to upgrade your interior design, and gorgeous new shots of shutters from homeowners in Minneapolis and across the country. That 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 several places around the country in which homes can benefit from Polywood shutters all throughout the year. Even when slightly ajar like in Katie’s photo submission, plantation shutters block a good amount of outside light from coming into the home. In Elk Grove as well as in Minneapolis, that’s a good thing for any design-minded homeowner who wants total light control in their space.Plantation shutters also block heat, which makes them ideal for homeowners who experience sweltering summers or cold winters, or who just want to improve their home’s energy efficiency. That means a cozier home and cash back in your pocket every month with reduced energy bills.Katie’s new shutters also take advantage of some newer home design trends. Neutral-colored backdrops such as her beige wall are becoming extremely popular, with contrasting splashes of colors–in this case the white of the Polywood shutters–providing points of interest throughout the space. Available in a range of white and off-white colors, plantation shutters can fill a great role in modern home design.As the winner of our Share Your Shutters contest, Katie wins a $100 gift card to a local restaurant, and will have her awesome shutters featured alongside our previous winners.Have you recently installed beautiful plantation shutters from Sunburst Shutters that you want to show off? Find Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis on Facebook and share a picture of your window treatments using the hashtag #ShareYourShutters - and you might be our next winner!