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

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

Having said that, if you want a more classic look, shades could work better for you. Shades can be personalized in hundreds of colors, patterns and textures. And they give off a friendly, inviting glow in certain lighting conditions. With so many choices available now it's hard to decide on just one window treatment!

Over the years, Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth has aided many homeowners with choosing and customizing window treatments. With your vision and our expertise, we're sure 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 compare plantation shutters vs. shades so you can learn more about the distinct features of these window treatments.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

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

Plantation shutters have broad louvers that are controlled 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 go over them so you can choose the right style for your home.

Budget and Personal Style

Both are a beautiful window treatment. But what works best for your home is determined by your personal preference, interior design, existing décor and budget. Our custom-made plantation shutters are a premium product designed to last a lifetime, while blinds can fit a larger range of budgets. Horizontal blinds are also available in a few different materials, including wood, faux wood and aluminum.

Louver Size

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

Window Size and Shape

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

Light Control and Room Darkening

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

While horizontal blinds offer some relief from the high temps, window shutters provide the best energy efficiency. This is true whether you choose a real wood or faux wood design. They help keep you more comfortable by stopping energy loss at the window, where your home loses the most air. This may even help lower 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, like sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller and solar shades. Some shades are on a continuous roll while others stack into neat pleats when raised.

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

Which Window Treatments Are Right for My Home?

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

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

With Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth, your plantation shutters will be just like you imagine them. You’ll have your option of wood or faux wood, plus louver dimensions, color and more.

Just like our superior shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are made just for your home. When you work with Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth you’ll have access to all the latest fabrics, colors and patterns you need to elevate your home. You can see 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 big windows, hard-to-reach windows or you just don’t like the appearance of dangling cords, PowerView® makes it even simpler to move 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.

Convenience

Winner: Plantation Shutters

You’re limited with how much you can adjust 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 best energy-efficient window treatments. Our LouverWood® shutters are made from an exclusive polymer that insulates up to three times better than wood. This material stops heat, keeps you cozier and may even help lower your energy bills.

A close second for energy efficiency is honeycomb shades. These shades have geometric cavities that capture air at the windows. The result is less heat transfer, improved comfort and potentially lower heating and cooling bills.

Most Current

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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 complement a wide variety of home styles.

Designer Roller Shades or Designer Screen Shades are a great choice for minimalist homes. The Designer Roller is available in more than 400 fabrics, so you’re sure to find a style that suits your décor. Designer Screen is great for rooms with intense sunlight, as these shades block at least 75% of harmful UV rays when closed.

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

Want to change bright sunlight into a cozy, pleasant glow? Look no further than sheer shades. You can personalize 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 create 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 customized for your windows and installed inside the frame.

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

UV Defense

Winner: Shades

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

Start Creating Your Custom Window Treatments Today

Personalizing window treatments for your home shouldn’t feel difficult. It should be an enjoyable and even fun experience. You’ll have a lot of styles and fabrics to review, but you’ll have expert support from your local Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth design consultant. We’ll be there to assist, from your free, no-pressure quote to professional installation. Ready to get started? Give us a ring at 888-428-1415 to schedule your consultation today.

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