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 elegant and versatile, plantation shutters may be the perfect 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.

Having said that, if you want a more traditional look, shades could be better for you. Shades can be personalized in hundreds of colors, patterns and textures. And they emit a friendly, welcoming glow in certain lighting conditions. With so many choices available today it's difficult to choose just one window treatment!

Over the years, Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach 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 comfort of your living room. Then your local design consultant will be with you every step of the way, from your free quote to professional installation.

In the meantime, let's compare plantation shutters vs. shades so you can learn more about the unique features of these window treatments.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are considered hard window treatments, because they're manufactured 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 mounted to the window frame.

What's the Difference Between Blinds and Plantation Shutters?

The terms plantation blinds and plantation shutters are frequently used interchangeably when talking about window coverings. But window blinds and plantation shutters have several big differences. Let's go over them so you can find the ideal style for your home.

Budget and Personal Preferences

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

Louver Width

Both use vertical slats. But plantation shutters have much wider and thicker louvers than horizontal blinds. These widths range 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 have a tilt bar that makes it possible for you to let in varying levels of natural light. This makes window shutters a safer choice 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 biggest 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 provide superior light blockage and your desired amount of natural light because 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 style. They help keep you more comfortable by blocking energy loss at the window, where your home loses the most air. This may even help reduce 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, such as sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller and solar shades. Some shades are on a continuous roll while others stack into orderly pleats when raised.

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 look, 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 couple of factors, including your budget and home décor style. Here are a few points to consider that will help you narrow down the selection process.

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

With Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach, your plantation shutters will be just like you envision them. You’ll have your option of wood or faux wood, plus louver dimensions, color and more.

Similar to our superior shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are manufactured just for your home. When you partner with Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach you’ll have access to all the most current fabrics, colors and patterns you need to elevate your home. You can see samples of our innovative shades from the comfort of your sofa 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 look of long cords, PowerView® makes it even simpler to adjust your shades. You’ll be able to move 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.


Winner: Plantation Shutters

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

Energy Efficiency

Winner: Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are one of the most energy-efficient window treatments. Our LouverWood® shutters are made from an exclusive polymer that insulates up to three times better than wood. This material blocks 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 reduced heat transfer, improved comfort and potentially cheaper heating and cooling bills.

Most Contemporary


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 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 perfect for rooms with intense sunlight, as these shades block at least 75% of harmful UV rays when shut.

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

Want to change harsh sunlight into a cozy, welcoming glow? Look no further than sheer shades. You can customize the opacity of the fabric then enjoy the full adjustability 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 prized for their blackout capabilities. Ours are able to deliver excellent light control because they’re custom made for your windows and installed within 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 see your view while safeguarding your furniture, floorings and belongings from harmful sunlight. When down, these solar roller shades shut out 75% of UV light.

Start Designing Your Custom Window Treatments Now

Personalizing window treatments for your home shouldn’t feel difficult. It should be an enjoyable and even exciting experience. You’ll have many styles and fabrics to look at, but you’ll have expert assistance from your local Louver Shop of Myrtle Beach design consultant. We’ll be there to help, from your free, no-pressure quote to professional installation. Ready to begin? Give us a call at 888-428-1415 to plan your consultation now.

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