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

Installing custom shutters can add a touch of vibrance and style to your space.

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

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

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

When you hire a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we make it a breeze 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 look at our good-looking, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the tints and materials will improve your décor.

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you desire a modern look that can lighten any room and add a sophisticated touch, plantation shutters are a fantastic option.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps save energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is 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 a space, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver width influences how broad of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you want to match present shutters in your home or want a historical style. This size is great for smaller windows, but also can be used on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver widths, as it has a modern appearance. It complements small to large windows while permitting in enough sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver width, as it offers an extremely up-to-date look. It’s good for expansive windows and patio doors, as it offers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe versions of this shutter are manufactured from solid cellular PVC or fine wood. They can 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 thinner louver, they have a more traditional style. They match either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

Deluxe versions of this shutter are manufactured from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They give a classic style that fits any window width.

We created Louver Shop of Western Carolina on these shutters decades ago. Now, we’re part of a couple of companies in the world who still offer this type.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

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

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

That’s why we’ll complete exact measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we end the process with pro installation to provide a good match.

To start designing your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to set up 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.

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