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Blinds vs Shutters

Given the choice between blinds and shutters, which window treatment is the right solution for your Washington DC home? We recommend you compare them!

Blinds are a traditional window treatment that have been covering windows in Washington DC for as long as memory serves. And shutters are a contemporary window treatment that has exploded in popularity in the past 20 years. Let’s explore how these two window treatment veterans fare on durability, energy efficiency, cleaning, special window shapes, and home resale value.



Blinds come in metal, hardwood, faux wood, and vertical styles. With 300+ colors and textures to select from, blinds give you the chance to match your window treatments to your style –right down to the pattern.

Plantation shutters are available in Polywood® and Ovation® wood. We furnish Polywood in three premium white paint colors – and a custom paint color program for tints of beige, yellow, and grey. Ovation wood shutters come in 28 wood stains and 11 paint colors.


When well kept, blinds last an average of 5 years. However, shutters can last more than 50 years. 

Energy Efficiency

When closed, the thin slats on blinds do little to block airflow and heat from outside. But shutters, with their thick louvers and custom mounting, seal off the effects of the external temperature. As a matter of fact, Polywood plantation shutters insulate up to 70% better than similar traditional wood shutters – and 1600% better than aluminum blinds!


Dusting the thin slats of blinds can be challenging – especially with the cords that run through from top to bottom. When plantation shutters are installed with a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod, all you have to do to clean the large louvers is tilt them back with your hand and wipe the louvers, unhindered.

Special Window Shapes

Traditional blinds can only fit rectangular-shaped windows, not arched, circular, octagonal, or triangular windows. And blinds would only conceal the exquisite window you fell in love with when you moved into the house, anyway. Shutters, conversely, can be custom-fashioned to fit your windows just right, regardless of their shape, letting you have access to the view and control over privacy – while accentuating your specialty-shaped windows’ elegance.

Home Resale Value

When your home is evaluated for resale, all the permanent fixtures are examined. Blinds can be moved from one house to another, whereas shutters are custom-made and become part of your windows and home. In fact, they add value to your home not only by being a permanent asset, but also by being an energy-efficient one!

We outlined the differences between blinds and shutters in this table for you. Picking between the two window treatments depends on your style, your windows, and your budget. 





Metal, Hardwood, Faux Wood, Vertical

Polywood and Ovation Wood


Last about 5 years

Last 50+ years

Energy Efficiency






Special Window Shapes


Customizable to fit any window shape

Home Resale Value

No effect

Increases home resale value

Between Blinds and Shutters, Which Is the Right Solution for You?

It comes down to personal preference. And, when you’ve decided, we’ll be here to explain the process of designing them for your windows. Call us at 240-339-2588 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home consultation today!