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

Installing custom shutters can add a touch of brightness and sophistication to your residence.

Because they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best serves your preference and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help increase your Boston home’s value.

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

There are small differences between the three styles, and they may have an effect on how these shutters will look in your residence. Amid the key contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Boston, we make it a breeze to design the right shutters for your home.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your house so you can look at our beautiful, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can notice how the colors and materials will complement your style.

Keep reading to find out the little distinctions between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you’re looking for a contemporary fashion that can add life to any window and add a luxurious touch, plantation shutters are an excellent solution.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps use less energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is long-lasting. Wood has a traditional style and can be stained to fit your desired color palette.

They frequently are made in light colors to let more light into a space, but also come in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver thickness affects how wide of a view you’ll get 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 works well if you’re trying to work with present shutters in your home or want a historical appearance. This size works well for smaller windows, but also can be installed on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver sizes, because it offers a contemporary appearance. It works with small to large windows while permitting in ample sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver size, as it offers a very contemporary feel. It’s great for picture windows and patio doors, because it offers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe versions of this shutter are made from solid cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be created from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, although California shutters are typically white. This keeps rooms inviting while letting in sunlight.

As California shutters have a narrower louver, they have a more conventional style. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you make this look for your residence by personalizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

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

Quality types of this shutter are created from blemish-free natural wood, such as basswood. They deliver a classic appearance that complements any window width.

We built Louver Shop of Boston on these shutters a long time ago. Now, we’re one of a couple of manufacturers in the world who still sell this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is essential, whichever shutter type you order.

Ready-made shutters might feel like a good buy, but they may possibly not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t know what level of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

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

To begin creating your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your house, measure your windows and give you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no pressure.