Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Louisville
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Adding custom shutters can add a bit of brightness and sophistication to your space.

As they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best matches your taste and budget. After all, premier shutters may even help increase your Louisville residence’s value.

There are a lot of interior shutter options to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a huge variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are little discrepancies between the three styles, and they can have an effect on how these shutters will look in your home. Amid the key contrasts is the louver size, but there are added differences in addition.

When you collaborate with a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of Louisville, we make it a breeze to design the best shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your residence so you can look at our attractive, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the shades and materials will improve your house.

Keep reading to learn the tiny distinctions between the three options.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most-wanted interior shutters at this time. They’re frequently created with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire an up-to-date look that can add life to any room and add a sophisticated detail, plantation shutters are an outstanding option.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters use dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture of the two materials.

PVC helps save energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and durable. Wood gives a traditional style and can be stained to match your preferred color palette.

They often come in white colors to let more light into an area, but also are made in darker colors.

Louver Width

Louver size influences how expansive of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much light will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re attempting to match present shutters in your home or want an antique style. This size is good for little windows, but also can be installed on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver sizes, as it offers a contemporary feel. It works well on small to large windows while letting in abundant sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver width, as it offers an extremely contemporary look. It’s great for big windows and patio doors, as it delivers the best view.

California Shutters

California shutters have a 2 ½” louver that’s usually white.

Quality types of this shutter are manufactured from solid cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They can also be made from a combination of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a selection of colors, except California shutters are usually a lighter color. This keeps spaces welcoming while letting in light.

Because California shutters have a narrower louver, they have a more conventional look. They match either small or large windows.

We can help you create this option for your residence by customizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct style with narrow frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

Deluxe versions of this shutter are created from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They deliver a timeless appearance that works with any window height.

We built Louver Shop of Louisville on these shutters many years ago. Now, we’re among a handful of manufacturers in the world who still produce this kind.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is important, whatever shutter type you choose.

Pre-made shutters may appear like a great buy, but they might not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t know what type of quality you’re going to receive. Or how long they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll take expert measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we complete the process with expert installation to give a seamless appearance.

To begin designing your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your home, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and under no obligation.

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