Exposing More Plantation Shutter Myths

Gary Harding

We’ve dismantled a few shutter myths in the past. During our last myth-debunking trip, we looked at a few common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding plantation shutters in Colorado Springs.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs team is back to set it straight on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners around Colorado. Let’s jump right in.

Myth #1: “Plantation shutters don’t look good in anything except Southern houses.”

When some homeowners hear the term “plantation shutters,” they immediately go to the image of a huge, elegant southern house surrounded by plains. Although it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Colorado Springs pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters likely gained that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home at the time. Because of their immense popularity in the south–due to their ability to protect the home interior from intense heat, and offering fantastic views for those huge houses–the name stayed.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters can give those same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman homes can utilize shutters, just like Colonial homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even cottage houses can.

Myth #2: “My home‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have enjoyed widespread use over several decades, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters might seem somewhat stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their house was “too distinct” to install shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are the one window treatment that can accentuate any style.

Colorado Springs man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from modern lounge to relaxed man cave. And don’t forget, shutters are still used to this day for a reason: they don’t go out of style. Get a set of the latest and trendiest drapes and they’ll likely be outdated in just a few seasons. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion for years and years, 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 shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. Regardless, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.

What’s the difference?



Can they block out the entire window?




Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame


Usually wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 30 degrees of outside temperature.

Can they fit non-square windows?



What are the adjustable parts called?



Myth #4: “All window coverings are basically the same in energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table shows, window coverings can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction will all make a difference in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

Offering no benefits in energy efficiency is a bare window without a covering. Offering just a little more energy efficiency are your everyday retail aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory we have most wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer sun-blocking protection and heat reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block outside temperature from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of misinformation when it comes to shutters, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs today at 303-625-6431 to speak to one of our pros and set up your complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.