If you're searching for window treatments that are both elegant and versatile, plantation shutters may be the perfect choice. Shutters can be customized to match your home's color scheme and decor, as well as give 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 traditional style, shades could work better for you. Shades can be personalized in hundreds of colors, patterns and textures. And they emit a warm, welcoming glow in certain lighting conditions. With so many options available today it's hard to choose just one window treatment!
Through the years, Louver Shop of Louisville has assisted many homeowners with selecting and customizing window treatments. With your vision and our expertise, we're certain to discover a solution together. We'll start with a free, in-home consultation where you can see 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.
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 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 collection of stains.
Plantation shutters have wide 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 mounted 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 some key differences. Let's review them so you can find the right 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 made to last a lifetime, while blinds can accommodate a larger range of budgets. Horizontal blinds also come in a few different materials, including wood, faux wood and aluminum.
Both use vertical slats. But plantation shutters have much bigger and thicker louvers than horizontal blinds. These widths range from 2 1/2" to 4 1/2" and can be customized based on the design you select.
Pull Cord vs. Tilt Bar
Blinds are often controlled by a pull cord, while plantation shutters use a tilt bar that makes it possible for 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 have 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 lightweight.
Light Control and Room Darkening
Plantation shutters provide the most light control. Unlike blinds, they can provide a full room-darkening effect. They're able to provide superior light blockage and your desired amount of natural light since they're installed within the window frame.
While horizontal blinds provide some relief from the high temps, window shutters offer 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 decrease your energy bill!
What Are Shades?
Shades are soft window treatments manufactured from fabric, vinyl or woven wood. Our designer shades from Hunter Douglas come in many different colors and styles, like sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller and solar shades. Certain shades are on a continuous roll while others stack into orderly pleats when brought up.
Roller shades have the widest 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 offer the most 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 consider that will help you narrow down the selection process.
With Louver Shop of Louisville, your plantation shutters will be just like you picture them. You’ll have your option of wood or faux wood, plus louver size, color and more.
Similar to our superior shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are made just for your home. When you work with Louver Shop of Louisville 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
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 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.
Winner: Plantation Shutters
You’re limited with how much you can regulate your shades. With plantation shutters, you’ll be able to customize how much natural light comes through, from fully open to full blackout.
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 more comfortable and may even help lower your energy bills.
A close 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.
You might not consider plantation shutters as a modern window treatment, because 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 is available in more than 400 fabrics, so you’re certain to find an option that suits your décor. Designer Screen is great for rooms with intense sunlight, as these shades block at least 75% of damaging UV rays when shut.
Want to change harsh sunlight into a cozy, welcoming glow? Look no further than sheer shades. You can personalize the opacity of the fabric then enjoy the full convenience of blinds, which float between the shades. Sheer shades are available in horizontal and vertical styles so you can develop a cohesive look across your home.
: Winner: Tie
Plantation shutters are prized for their blackout capabilities. Ours are able to provide 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.
With Designer Screen Shades, you’ll be able to enjoy your view while safeguarding your furniture, floorings and belongings from harmful sunlight. When down, these solar roller shades keep out 75% of UV light.
Start Designing Your Custom Window Treatments Now
Customizing window treatments for your home shouldn’t feel difficult. It should be a pleasant and even fun experience. You’ll have a lot of styles and fabrics to look at, but you’ll have expert assistance from your local Louver Shop of Louisville 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 plan your consultation now.