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 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 classic look, shades could work better for you. Shades can be customized 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 decide on just one window treatment!

Through the years, Louver Shop of Kansas City 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.

For now, 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 also called hard window treatments, because 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, allowing 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 choose the ideal 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 taste, 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 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 select.

Pull Cord vs. Tilt Bar

Blinds are frequently 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 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 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, 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 supply superior light blockage and your desired level of natural light because they're mounted within the window frame.

While horizontal blinds give some relief from the heat, window shutters offer 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 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 fold 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 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 number 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 Kansas City, your plantation shutters will look just like you imagine them. You’ll have your option of wood or faux wood, plus louver size, color and more.

Just like our superior shutters, our Hunter Douglas shades are made just for your home. When you partner with Louver Shop of Kansas City 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 look of dangling 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.

Convenience

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 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 blocks heat, keeps you more comfortable and may even help lower your energy bills.

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

Most Contemporary

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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 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 certain to find an option that fits your décor. Designer Screen is perfect for rooms with strong sunlight, as these shades stop at least 75% of harmful UV rays when closed.

Light Filtering

Winner: Shades

Want to transform harsh sunlight into a warm, 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 create a cohesive look across your home.

Blackout Capabilities

: Winner: Tie

Plantation shutters are valued for their blackout capabilities. Ours are able to deliver excellent 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 want it.

UV Defense

Winner: Shades

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 shut out 75% of UV light.

Start Designing Your Custom Window Treatments Now

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

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