The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Rundown for Nashville Homeowners

Stefano Diotaiuti

Nashville TN outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters work almost anywhere – in any Nashville house, in any room, on any window shape, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some confusion can occur.

Interior and exterior shutters are totally different window coverings, and if you’re not aware of the differences, you can waste time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First, we have to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Nashville does not build or sell exterior shutters. Instead, our specialty is in fashionable interior shutters for your home.

Exterior shutters really only do one of two things: either they’re purely for looks as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” made to protect your windows from damage during intense storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look great on very specific home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon except in a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even resemble normal shutters, but rather look like large iron sheets.

Outdoor shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They aren’t able to make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can serve to give a much-needed color accent to your home.

Look into exterior shutters if:

  • You need to guard your windows from heavy storm damage.

  • You want to add a some flair to your house’s exterior.

  • You have adequate space around your windows to put in outdoor shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our specialty, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining style and practicality. Placed directly in or on top of your window jamb, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re put in. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that classic plantation shutters bring your house is unrivaled, and they’re extremely multifaceted. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to chic houses, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to fit your personal style.

Plantation shutters in Nashville bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Nashville are able to block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The adjustable louvers on a shutter panel also give you a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Look into interior shutters if:

  • You want to be able to control your lighting, home temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a versatile, long-lasting window treatment.

  • You want to add some more fashion your home, and match your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

Chances are, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 615-236-8530 today and schedule your free in-home consultation.