What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Installing custom shutters can add a bit of color and style to your house.

Because they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the choice 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 selections to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a big variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are little discrepancies between the three styles, and they might have an effect on how these shutters will appear in your home. Among the key differences is the louver size, but there are added differences also.

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

Our free, in-home consultation helps 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 notice how the shades and materials will enhance your house.

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you desire a contemporary look that can lighten any room and add a luxurious appearance, plantation shutters are an outstanding option.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters are crafted from 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 doesn’t weigh a lot and is long-lasting. Wood provides a classic style and can be stained to match your preferred color option.

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

Louver Thickness

Louver size influences how broad of a view you’ll get 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 fit if you want to match present shutters in your home or want an antique appearance. This size is great for little windows, but also can be put 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 enough light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver width, as it offers a very up-to-date style. 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 frequently white.

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

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

Because California shutters have a thinner louver, they have a more conventional look. They work well on either small or large windows.

We can help you create this option for your house by customizing our most wanted plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically true look with narrow frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

Deluxe versions of this shutter are manufactured from fine hardwood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless style that works with any window height.

We built Louver Shop of Louisville on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re part of a handful of manufacturers in the world who still produce this type.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is critical, whatever shutter look you choose.

Pre-made shutters may appear like a smart buy, but they may not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t be sure what level of quality you’re going to have. 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 good fit.

To begin designing your shutters, reach us 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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