Busting More Interior Shutter Myths

Bill Burke

Our Indianapolis shutter team has exposed some shutter myths in the past. On our last myth-debunking binge, we exposed a few common misconceptions people have about plantation shutters in Indianapolis.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis pros are back to correct the record on a few more myths we’ve been hearing from homeowners around IN. Let’s jump right in.

Myth #1: “Plantation shutters are meant for Southern houses.”

When some people hear the phrase “plantation shutters,” they stick to the image of a huge, sprawling southern house surrounded by hills. Although it’s true that the shutters owe their name to that location and time, plantation shutters in fact had huge popularity much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

Indianapolis pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters probably picked up their name because they were so ubiquitous in southern homes at the time. Because of their huge popularity there–with their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, and offering fantastic views for those sprawling houses–the name stayed.

However, plantation shutters can give those same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman homes can use shutters, just as Victorian homes, Mid-Century Modern houses, and even beach houses can.

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

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some people may have gotten the impression that shutters might look somewhat boring. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their space was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are probably the only window treatment that can accentuate any style.

Indianapolis man cave with shutters
Plantation shutters are versatile and can work with any style, from modern parlor to fun man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still so popular: they don’t go out of style. Buy a set of the newest and trendiest shades and they’ll likely be outdated in a year or two. Shutters stay stunning and elegant for years and years, especially when you get high quality Polywood plantation shutters.

Myth #3: “Blinds and shutters 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 maybe there’s confusion because of their somewhat similar shapes. No matter the reason, blinds and shutters are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the two.

The difference



Can they block out the entire window?




Dangles from cord

Solid frame mounted on to window frame


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

Will usually last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?



Increases home value



Energy Efficiency


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

Specialty Windows

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the adjustable parts called?



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

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table illustrated, window treatments can vary tremendously on how much energy efficiency they offer. The structure, material, and construction will all play a huge part in how much energy efficiency a window treatment offers.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your everyday department store mini blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Getting even closer to energy efficient territory are the majority of wood shutters and honeycomb shades, built to offer sun-blocking protection and temperature reduction. But at the very top of the mountain are Polywood plantation shutters, constructed 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 swimming in an ocean of inaccurate info about window treatments, we want to throw you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis today at 317-558-9066 to speak to one of our pros and set up a complimentary in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.