More Interior Shutter Myths Debunked

Stefano Diotaiuti

We’ve dismantled a few shutter myths before. On our previous myth-busting binge, we tackled a few common misconceptions people have regarding plantation shutters in Nashville.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Nashville team is back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners around TN. Let’s jump right in.

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

When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” their minds typically conjure the image of a huge, sprawling southern mansion surrounded by fields. Though 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 the Antebellum South.

Nashville pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up that name because they were in just about every house in the south back then. Because of their immense popularity in the south–with their ability to keep homes cool during hot summers, as well as offering excellent views for those gigantic houses–the name stayed.

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

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

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people might think that shutters look a little 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 the one window treatment that can mesh with any style.

Nashville man cave with shutters
Shutters are versatile and can work with any type of design, from stylish living room to fun man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still so popular: they just don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and most fashionable shades and they’ll likely be out of fashion in a year or two. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion for years and years, especially when you choose premium Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth: “Shutters and blinds are basically the same.”

For some reason, there’s a lot of confusion over the difference between shutters and blinds. Perhaps it has to do with the confusion between “louvers” and “slats,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Regardless, blinds and shutters couldn’t be more different. Below is a basic breakdown of the two.

The difference



Can they block out the entire window?




Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window jamb

How long will they last?

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

Can easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Can they increase home value?



Energy Efficiency


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

Can they fit specialty windows?



What are the horizontal parts called?



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

As the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window coverings can differ tremendously on how energy efficient they are. The shape, material, and construction will 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 only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your common off the shelf mini blinds. Up a little further on the spectrum are draperies and heavier fabric window treatments. Going further into energy efficient territory we have the majority of wood shutters and honeycomb shades, built to offer thermal protection and heat reduction. But dwarfing all of these other window treatments are Polywood plantation shutters, designed 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 swimming in an ocean of inaccurate info when it comes to shutters, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Nashville today at 615-236-8530 to talk to one of our experts and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.