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Interior Shutter Myths Busted

October 10, 2017

We’ve busted a few shutter myths in the past. During our previous myth-busting trip, we exposed a few common misconceptions people have about plantation shutters in Orlando.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Orlando pros are back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve heard from shutter-buyers in and around Florida. Let’s get started.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Only Look Good In Southern Houses.”

When some people hear the term “plantation shutters,” their minds stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. Though it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes way before and way after the Antebellum South.

Orlando pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely gained their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes of the time. Because of their immense popularity there–with their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stuck.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any type of home. Craftsman houses can utilize shutters, just as Tudor homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth#2: “My House Style Won’t Work With Shutters Is Too Distinct For Shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been so popular for so long, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters seem a little boring. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too eclectic” to use shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can match any style. 

Orlando man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from stylish living room to cozy man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they don’t go out of style. Get a set of the newest and trendiest curtains and they’ll likely be outdated in a year or two. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion year after year, especially when you get premier Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Shutters And Blinds Are Pretty Much The Same Thing.”

For some reason, there seems to be some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. Maybe it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. Either way, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of the battle of blinds vs. shutters.

What’s the difference?



Can they block out the entire window?




Suspended from cord

Solid frame attached to window frame


Can break down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature.

Specialty Windows


Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the adjustable parts called?



Myth #4: “All window coverings are similar in energy efficiency.”

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window treatments can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and finish can all have a big impact in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering just a tad more energy efficiency are your common off the shelf mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and heavier fabric window treatments. Going further into energy efficient territory are typical wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed to both reflect and block thermal heat from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re drowning in an ocean of misinformation regarding window treatments, we want to throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Orlando today at 407-630-7011 to speak to one of our experts and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.