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 right 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.

Having said that, if you want a more traditional style, shades could work better for you. Shades can be custom made in hundreds of colors, patterns and textures. And they give off a warm, welcoming glow in certain lighting conditions. With so many choices available today it's hard to decide on just one window treatment!

Over the years, Louver Shop of Macon has aided many homeowners with choosing and customizing window treatments. With your vision and our expertise, we're sure to discover 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 each 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 distinct features of these window treatments.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

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

Plantation shutters have wide 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 often used interchangeably when talking about 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 Style

Both are a beautiful window treatment. But what works best for your home depends 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 bigger range of budgets. Horizontal blinds are also available in a few other materials, including wood, faux wood and aluminum.

Louver Size

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 choose.

Pull Cord vs. Tilt Bar

Blinds are frequently controlled by a pull cord, while plantation shutters have a tilt bar that allows you to let in different levels of natural light. This makes window shutters a better 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 best for a broad variety of window sizes and shapes, from large windows to specialty shapes. Real wood shutters are best for the largest windows, because 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 supply superior light blockage and your desired level of natural light because 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 design. They help keep you more comfortable by preventing 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 manufactured from fabric, vinyl or woven wood. Our designer shades from Hunter Douglas come in various 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 neat pleats when brought up.

Roller shades have the biggest selection of fabric to select from, including sheer fabric allowing more light coming through but less privacy. Roman shades deliver 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 couple of factors, including your budget and home décor style. Here are a few points to take into account that will help you narrow down the selection process.

Most Customizable

Winner: Tie

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

Similar to our superior shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are manufactured just for your home. When you work with Louver Shop of Macon you’ll have access to all the most current fabrics, colors and patterns you need to elevate your home. You can view 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 large windows, hard-to-reach windows or you just don’t like the appearance 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 limited with how much you can adjust your shades. With plantation shutters, you’ll be able to customize 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 comfier 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 lower heating and cooling bills.

Most Modern

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You might not consider plantation shutters as a modern window treatment, since they’ve been around for many years. Offered in contemporary neutrals like white, gray and brown, plantation shutters complement a wide range 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 certain to find a style that fits your décor. Designer Screen is perfect for rooms with strong sunlight, because these shades block at least 75% of harmful UV rays when shut.

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

Want to transform bright sunlight into a cozy, pleasant 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 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 custom made for your windows and installed within 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 surroundings while safeguarding your furniture, floorings and belongings from harmful sunlight. When down, these solar roller shades keep out 75% of UV light.

Start Creating 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 review, but you’ll have expert support from your local Louver Shop of Macon design consultant. We’ll be there to help, 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.

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