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Wooden Venetian Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters: Which is Best for Your Home?

24 May 2024

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Whether you are looking for new blinds or shutters for any room in your home, Village Blinds & Shutters are here to help make the process convenient for you.

Choosing the perfect window treatment for your home can be a daunting task with so many options available. At Village Blinds and Shutters, we understand the importance of finding the right balance between aesthetics, functionality, and cost.

 Two popular choices are Wooden Venetian Blinds and Plantation Shutters. Both offer unique benefits, but which one is best for your needs? Let’s dive into the details to help you make an informed decision.

White Plantation Shutters in a window bay in a stylish modern home in Northern Ireland
White Wooden Venetian Blinds with tapes in a square bay with a view of a town in Northern Ireland

What are Wooden Venetian Blinds?

Wooden Blinds consist of horizontal slats, typically made of either a high-quality wood or a faux wood, that can be tilted to control light and privacy. They are a classic window treatment that adds warmth and sophistication to any room.

White Wooden Venetian Blinds in a modern new build home in Northern Ireland

Benefits of Wooden Venetian Blinds

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Wooden blinds add a natural, timeless look to your interiors. They are available in various finishes to match your decor.
  • Light Control: The adjustable slats allow precise control over the amount of light entering the room.
  • Privacy: When fully closed, wooden blinds provide excellent privacy.
  • Insulation: Wood is a natural insulator, helping to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Considerations for Wooden Venetian Blinds

  • Maintenance: Wooden blinds require regular dusting and occasional deep cleaning to maintain their appearance.
  • Moisture Sensitivity: They are not always ideal for high-humidity areas like bathrooms as excessive moisture can create a risk of warping.
White Wooden Venetian Blinds in a modern kitchen stylish home in Northern Ireland

Faux Wood vs Real Wood

Real Wood Venetian Blinds have an appealing style as it is clear they are made from genuine wood and not a substitute. They are also generally considered sturdier and more durable due to the quality of wood.

Faux Wood provides a cheaper alternative. They may not have quite the same look as Real Wood but ultimately achieve the same style. They are a great alternative if you are looking to reduce the overall cost of your Blinds whilst still keeping the same desired look for your home.

For more details on our range of Wooden Blinds, visit our Wooden Blinds page.

What are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation Shutters are a type of window covering with wide, louvered slats that can be adjusted to control light and air flow. Our Shutters are all made from a high quality composite material which makes them more durable and easier to care for.

White Plantation Shutters in a stylish contemporary home on the coast in northern ireland

Benefits of Plantation Shutters

  • Durability: Shutters are built to last, with sturdy construction that can withstand wear and tear.
  • Energy Efficiency: Shutters provide excellent insulation, reducing heat loss in the winter and keeping your home cool in the summer. The British Blinds and Shutters Association estimates Shutters can reduce heat-loss by up to 28%!
  • Easy Maintenance: They are easy to clean and require less frequent maintenance compared to blinds.
  • Increased Property Value: Shutters are a permanent addition to your home built to last for a long time and can potentially increase its resale value.
  • Custom Fit: They can be custom-made to fit nearly any window shape or size, offering a seamless look.

Considerations for Plantation Shutters

  • Cost: Shutters are generally more expensive upfront than other window treatments but can offer better value as a long-term investment.
  • Installation: Professional installation is recommended to ensure a perfect fit and optimal functionality. We offer this complimentary with all orders.
  • Visibility: Unlike Blinds, Shutters are always visible and cannot be rolled up or hidden away.
close up of the louvres of a white plantation shutter with a view of a bright sky in northern ireland

Explore our selection of plantation shutters on our Plantation Shutters page.

Wooden Venetian Blinds vs. Plantation Shutters: A Comparison

Aesthetic and Style

  • Wooden Venetian Blinds: Offer a sleek, classic look that can complement both traditional and contemporary interiors. They are available in various wood types and finishes.
  • Plantation Shutters: Provide a more architectural and elegant appearance. They can be customized with different louver sizes and finishes to match your home’s style.
Close up of slats of a brown wooden venetian blind in a traditional style home in northern ireland

Light Control and Privacy

  • Wooden Venetian Blinds: Offer precise control over light and privacy with adjustable slats.
  • Plantation Shutters: Also offer excellent light control and privacy but with a more robust and seamless look.
close up of a track for a black plantation shutter in a modern contemporary home in northern ireland

Durability and Maintenance

  • Wooden Blinds: Require regular cleaning and may not be suitable for high-humidity areas.
  • Shutters: Easier to maintain and more durable, especially in humid environments.
wooden venetian blinds with a view of the coast picturesque in northern ireland

Cost and Installation

  • Wooden Blinds: Generally, more affordable but may require more frequent replacement or maintenance.
  • Shutters: Higher initial cost but add value to your home and have lower long-term maintenance costs.
white planation shutters in a modern stylish and contemporary home in northern ireland

Conclusion: Which One Should You Choose?

Both Wooden Blinds and Shutters have their unique advantages. Your choice will depend on your specific needs, style preferences, and budget. If you’re looking for a classic, affordable option with great light control, Wooden Venetian Blinds might be the best choice. On the other hand, if you prefer a durable, low-maintenance, and energy-efficient solution that adds value to your home, Plantation Shutters are an excellent investment.

Our Design Consultants can help you decide which style would better suit your home and your personal needs during your free home appointment.

white planation shutters in a modern stylish and contemporary home in northern ireland
white wooden venetian blinds with tapes in a modern bedroom in northern ireland

To see our full range of products and schedule a free in-home consultation, visit our Appointments page. At Village Blinds and Shutters, we offer a wide selection of high-quality window treatments, backed by our Five Year Guarantee and flexible 0% Finance options.

To discuss either Wooden Blinds or Shutters with our expert Design Consultants book your free home appointment today!


Are Wooden Venetian Blinds suitable for all rooms?

Wooden Blinds are versatile but are best avoided in high-humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens to prevent warping.


Can Plantation Shutters be customized for non-standard window shapes?

Yes, Shutters can be custom-made to fit almost any window shape, including arched, circular, and angled windows.


How do I maintain Wooden Blinds?

Regular dusting with a soft cloth or vacuuming with a brush attachment is recommended. For deeper cleaning, use a damp cloth with mild soap.


What materials are best for Plantation Shutters in humid environments? 

Our Shutters are made from high-quality composite materials which are ideal for humid environments as they are resistant to moisture and do not warp or crack.


Are Plantation Shutters energy-efficient?

Yes, Shutters provide excellent insulation, helping to reduce energy costs by keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

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Our design consultant will arrive at the agreed time slot and ask you questions about your requirements and style preferences to help understand your project. They will measure your windows and discuss fabric/material options and provide you with a quotation based on your choices.

Depending on your requirements, a home appointment can take from 30 minutes for 1-10 blinds, to 60 minutes for 10+ blinds or window shutters. Our design consultant will work at your pace and we’re happy to stay longer to talk through your options and provide advice if you’d like.

We would ask ahead of the home appointment that you have arranged clear access to the window areas being measured and that any obstructing furniture or breakables near the windows are removed.

Once the windows are in, plastering has been completed and any tiling or skirting or architrave that might be close to the blinds has been installed. This will allow our design consultant to take accurate measurements.

Usually, our design consultant will be able to provide you with your quotation during your appointment.  Sometimes for some very bespoke projects pricing can take a little longer. If you haven’t heard back within 24 hours, give them a call or email and they will keep you updated.

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Our home appointment time slot is designed to enable you to get the most out of your time with our design consultant. It’s your opportunity to get free help and advice about your project from our experts. 

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