Plantation Shutters vs. Shades: Which Is Better?
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Plantation Shutters vs. Shades: Which Is Better?

If you're searching for window treatments that are both stylish and versatile, plantation shutters may be the right choice. Shutters can be custom made to match your home's color scheme and style, as well as provide protection from UV rays and noise pollution. Plantation shutters are also energy efficient, which will help lower your monthly utility bills.

On the other hand, if you want a more classic style, shades could work better for you. Shades can be custom made in hundreds of colors, patterns and textures. And they give off a friendly, welcoming glow in certain lighting conditions. With so many choices available now it's hard to decide on just one window treatment!

Through the years, Louver Shop of Charleston has aided many homeowners with selecting and customizing window treatments. With your vision and our expertise, we're certain to find a solution together. We'll start with a free, in-home consultation where you can check out samples up close, from the convenience of your living room. Then your local design consultant will be with you each step of the way, from your free quote to professional installation.

For now, let's review plantation shutters vs. shades so you can learn more about the unique features of these window treatments.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are also called hard window treatments, since they're made from either wood or faux wood. They're usually white but are also available in a variety of stains.

Plantation shutters have broad louvers that are operated by a tilt bar, enabling you to customize the amount of light in your rooms. Unlike other window treatments, shutters are permanently installed to the window frame.

What's the Difference Between Blinds and Plantation Shutters?

The terms plantation blinds and plantation shutters are often used interchangeably when referring to window coverings. But window blinds and plantation shutters have several key differences. Let's review them so you can find the right style for your home.

Budget and Personal Style

Both are a beautiful window treatment. But what fits best in your home is based on your personal taste, interior design, existing décor and budget. Our custom-made plantation shutters are a high-quality product made to last a lifetime, while blinds can accommodate a wider range of budgets. Horizontal blinds also come in a few different materials, including wood, faux wood and aluminum.

Louver Width

Both use vertical slats. But plantation shutters have much bigger and thicker louvers than horizontal blinds. These widths vary from 2 1/2" to 4 1/2" and can be customized based on the style you choose.

Pull Cord vs. Tilt Bar

Blinds are frequently adjusted with a pull cord, while plantation shutters have a tilt bar that allows you to let in varying levels of natural light. This makes window shutters a safer option for homes with small children or pets, since they don't use dangling, long cords that can be a safety hazard.

Window Size and Shape

Plantation shutters are great for a broad variety of window sizes and shapes, from large windows to specialty shapes. Real wood shutters are best for the largest windows, since they're much lighter.

Light Control and Room Darkening

Plantation shutters provide the most light control. Unlike blinds, they can offer a full room-darkening effect. They're able to provide superior light blockage and your desired level of natural light since they're mounted within the window frame.

While horizontal blinds provide some relief from the heat, window shutters provide the best energy efficiency. This is true whether you choose a real wood or faux wood style. They help keep you more comfortable by preventing energy loss at the window, where your home loses the most air. This may even help decrease your energy bill!

What Are Shades?

Shades are soft window treatments made from fabric, vinyl or woven wood. Our designer shades from Hunter Douglas are available in many different colors and styles, including sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller and solar shades. Certain shades are on a continuous roll while others stack into neat pleats when brought up.

Roller shades have the biggest selection of fabric to choose from, including sheer fabric allowing more light coming through but less privacy. Roman shades bring a more elegant appearance, while honeycomb and roller and solar shades offer the greatest energy efficiency.

Which Window Treatments Are Best for My Home?

This answer depends on a number of factors, like your budget and home décor style. Here are a few points to take into account that will help you narrow the selection process.

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

With Louver Shop of Charleston, your plantation shutters will look just like you imagine them. You’ll have your choice of wood or faux wood, plus louver size, color and more.

Just like our premium shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are manufactured just for your home. When you partner with Louver Shop of Charleston you’ll have access to all the latest fabrics, colors and patterns you need to elevate your home. You can view samples of our innovative shades from the comfort of your couch during your free, in-home consultation.

Smart Home Automation

Winner: Shades

Whether your shades are on large windows, hard-to-reach windows or you just don’t like the look of long cords, PowerView® makes it even simpler to adjust your shades. You’ll be able to adjust your window treatments with a touch of your smartphone or with a voice command via Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device or Google Assistant.

Versatility

Winner: Plantation Shutters

You’re restricted with how much you can regulate your shades. With plantation shutters, you’ll be able to personalize how much natural light comes through, from fully open to full blackout.

Energy Efficiency

Winner: Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are one of the most energy-efficient window treatments. Our LouverWood® shutters are crafted from an exclusive polymer that insulates up to three times better than wood. This material stops heat, keeps you cozier and may even help reduce your energy bills.

A near second for energy efficiency is honeycomb shades. These shades have geometric pockets that trap air at the windows. The result is reduced heat transfer, better comfort and potentially cheaper heating and cooling bills.

Most Modern

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You might not think of plantation shutters as a modern window treatment, since they’ve been around for many years. Available in contemporary neutrals like white, gray and brown, plantation shutters flatter a wide range of home styles.

Designer Roller Shades or Designer Screen Shades are a fantastic choice for minimalist homes. The Designer Roller comes in more than 400 fabrics, so you’re sure to find an option that suits your décor. Designer Screen is perfect for rooms with strong sunlight, because these shades stop at least 75% of harmful UV rays when closed.

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

Want to change bright sunlight into a cozy, welcoming glow? Look no further than sheer shades. You can customize the opacity of the fabric then enjoy the full convenience of blinds, which hover between the shades. Sheer shades are available in horizontal and vertical styles so you can develop a cohesive look across your home.

Blackout Capabilities

: Winner: Tie

Plantation shutters are valued for their blackout capabilities. Ours are able to provide superior light control because they’re custom made for your windows and installed inside the frame.

Some Hunter Douglas shades are available with an integrated, room-darkening panel. That way, you can enjoy light filtering or blackout capability when you need it.

UV Protection

Winner: Shades

With Designer Screen Shades, you’ll be able to see your view while protecting your furniture, floorings and belongings from damaging sunlight. When down, these solar roller shades keep out 75% of UV light.

Start Creating Your Custom Window Treatments Today

Customizing window treatments for your home shouldn’t feel stressful. It should be an enjoyable and even exciting experience. You’ll have a lot of styles and fabrics to look at, but you’ll have expert support from your local Louver Shop of Charleston design consultant. We’ll be there to help, from your free, no-pressure quote to professional installation. Ready to get started? Give us a call at 888-428-1415 to schedule your consultation now.

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