Window Blinds & Shutters

What is the difference between window blinds and window shutters?

When it comes to finding a quick and cost effective method of updating the look of your home, I always recommend people consider window blinds or window shutters as an effective and relatively inexpensive way to do just this while enjoying the added benefit of protection from the elements. But what is the difference between the two and which one is best?

The answer to this appears to be quite obvious. Blinds are on the inside and shutters are on the outside. However the distinction goes much deeper than that, and with more than 6 years experience in the industry, I’m here to offer you all the advice you need on the best window covering to suit your specific requirements.

Window Shutters
Usually located on the outside of a window, shutters are more architectural in look and design than blinds, providing protection from the elements and a beautiful finish to your home.

Although I love the colonial feel of shutters, bear in mind that window shutters are a more permanent fixture than window blinds. Fixed to the wall in panels and hinged, window shutters are able to be swung open completely to provide a wider outlook, while the louvres themselves rotate open and closed to allow light in when desired. As opposed to having a draw string like those found in window blinds, the louvres are adjusted or tilted with a rod that controls all of them simultaneously.

Available in a wide variety of materials, but usually in wood or composite materials, they come in many colours and natural stains and it’s possible to tailor them to the look you want. Due to their more architectural design, however, window shutters are generally more expensive than window blinds to make and install.

Window Blinds
I love the versatility of blinds. Available in a wide variety of styles and materials to suit just about any taste, there are many types of window blinds and they can run horizontally or vertically. Usually made of wood, plastic, fabric or metal, window blinds are sometimes confused with shutters, however, they are usually located inside and attached with brackets only at the top of your window, which allows them to fall freely to the sill.

Window blinds have cord controls that allow the blinds to be raised or lowered and tilted opened or closed, which affords you a greater degree of flexibility than that found with window shutters, as you can lift them out of the way entirely, or position them to filter the light just so.

The architecture of a blind is much simpler then that of a window shutter and due to their construction and softer materials, they are often more cost effective, so you’re sure to find some to fit your budget and your room.

So which one should you choose?

Hopefully I’ve managed to provide some insight into the differences between window blinds and window shutters, but as to which one to choose, this is an entirely personal preference. Both types of window coverings add beauty and functionality to your home. Both offer superior light control and insulation. And both make a distinct statement. Blinds belong to more contemporary styles and often look best in a modern home, while window shutters are somewhat more traditional, which means that ultimately it’s a question of style as to whether you choose window blinds or window shutters to finish your home.