Debunking More Plantation Shutter Myths

Holly Perron

We’ve dismantled some shutter myths previously. During our previous myth-debunking spree, we exposed a few common misconceptions homeowners have about plantation shutters in Boston.

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

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

When some people see the phrase “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a giant, sprawling southern house surrounded by plains. Though it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters were actually popular much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Boston pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely picked up that name because they were commonly found in nearly every home of the time. Because of their huge popularity in the south–due to their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, and offering great views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed.

However, plantation shutters can give those exact same benefits to any home, no matter its style or location. Craftsman houses can use shutters, just as Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth: “My house is too eclectic for shutters.”

Because plantation shutters have been used in so many houses and for such a long time, some people might think that shutters might seem somewhat stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their home was “too distinct” for shutters, which was a tad confusing–since shutters are likely the one and only window treatment that can accentuate any style.

Boston man cave with shutters
Plantation shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from modern parlor to relaxed man cave. And remember, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they don’t go out of style. Buy a set of the latest and most fashionable blinds and they’ll likely be passé in a year or two. Shutters stay stylish, chic, and fashion-forward for years and years, especially when you choose high quality Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters and blinds are just about the same thing.”

For some reason, there happens to be a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with people confusing “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. No matter the reason, shutters and blinds really couldn’t be further apart on the window treatment spectrum. Here’s the basic breakdown of both.

The difference



Are able to block out whole window134




Dangles from cord

Solid frame attached to window frame

How long will they last?

Can break down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Can easily 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 horizontal parts called?



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

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how much energy efficiency they offer. The shape, material, and finish will all make a difference in how energy efficient a window treatment can be.

At the bottom rung of energy efficiency is leaving your window completely bare. Offering only slightly more energy efficiency are your everyday department store mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are drapes and heavier fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory we have most wood shutters and cellular shades, built to offer thermal protection and temperature reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, built to both reflect and block sunlight and outside heat from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel as if you’re drowning in an ocean of half truths regarding window treatments, we can toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Boston today at 781-352-2205 to talk to one of our pros and schedule your free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.