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

Adding custom shutters can add a burst of vibrance and sophistication to your house.

Since they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best matches your preference and budget. After all, premium shutters can even help increase your Spartanburg residence’s value.

There are a wide variety of interior shutter styles to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. In addition, there’s a big variety of colors, stains and materials!

There are small differences between the three models, and they may impact how these shutters will appear in your home. One of the top differences is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other differences in addition.

When you collaborate with a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we make it simple to design the right shutters for your residence.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your house so you can see our good-looking, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can notice how the tints and materials will enhance your décor.

Keep reading to discover the small differences between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling interior shutters today. They’re usually available with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire a modern look that can add life to any room and add a luxurious touch, plantation shutters are an excellent solution.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters are crafted from dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a blend of the two materials.

PVC helps save energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and long-lasting. Wood provides a timeless look and can be stained to fit your favorite color style.

They frequently come in white colors to lighten up an area, but also come in darker colors.

Louver Size

Louver width affects how broad of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re attempting to match present shutters in your home or want a historical style. This size is good for smaller windows, but also can be used on big ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver widths, as it has a modern appearance. It complements small to large windows while permitting in enough light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver thickness, as it offers a very contemporary look. It’s ideal for large windows and patio doors, as it offers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are manufactured from solid cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They may also be created from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a range of colors, except California shutters are typically white. This keeps rooms bright while allowing in natural light.

Since California shutters have a narrower louver, they have a more traditional appearance. They match either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate style with small frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

Deluxe versions of this shutter are created from fine hardwood, such as basswood. They give a classic style that complements any window height.

We created Louver Shop of Western Carolina on these shutters decades ago. At this moment, we’re part of a handful of companies in the world who still sell this type.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is critical, whichever shutter type you design.

Off-the-shelf shutters could seem like a good deal, but they may not fit your windows well. And if they’re foreign made, you never know what type of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we complete the process with pro installation to ensure a good match.

To start designing your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your home, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and under no pressure.