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Plantation Shutter Myths: The Truth

October 10, 2017

Sunburst Shutters Honolulu has debunked a few shutter myths previously. On our previous myth-debunking binge, we looked at some of the most common misunderstandings homeowners have regarding interior shutters in Honolulu.

This time, the Sunburst Shutters Honolulu team is back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from shutter-buyers in and around Hawaii. Let’s jump right in.

Myth: “Plantation Shutters Don’t Look Good In Anything Except Southern Homes.”

When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” their minds typically conjure the image of a giant, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by plains. Although it’s true that they owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters were seen commonly in homes way before and way after 19th Century Southern America.

Honolulu pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely gained that name because they were in just about every house in the south of the time. Because of their huge popularity there–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering fantastic views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed.

Nevertheless, plantation shutters offer those exact same features to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just like Tudor homes, Cape Cod houses, and even beach houses can.

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

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters may look somewhat stale. A previous customer once told us that they thought that their space was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can complement any style. 

Honolulu man cave with shutters
Interior shutters are adaptable to any style, from chic parlor to relaxed man cave. And don’t forget, shutters have been popular for so long for a reason: they don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the latest and trendiest blinds and they’ll look outdated in a year or two. Shutters stay bright, bold and beautiful for decades, especially when you install premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds And Shutters 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 homeowners conflating “slats” and “louvers,” or perhaps the similar basic shape causes it. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds couldn’t be more different. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.

The difference



Are able to block out whole window134




Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window jamb

How long will they last?

Will wear down or deteriorate after 2-3 years.

Can usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Adds to value of the home?



Energy Efficiency


Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.


What are the horizontal parts called?



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

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and finish will all have a big impact in how energy efficient a window treatment can be.

No window treatment on your window means no energy efficiency added whatsoever. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday department store aluminum blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Going further into energy efficient territory we have typical wood shutters and honeycomb shades, made to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from passing into your home.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re drowning in a sea of misinformation when it comes to window treatments, we can throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu today at 808-797-2004 to talk to one of our experts and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.