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

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of brightness and style to your residence.

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

There are many interior shutter options 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 house. Amid the top differences is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other distinctions in addition.

When you collaborate with 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 see our good-looking, dependable 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 sophisticated 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 conserve energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is long-lasting. Wood has a classic appearance and can be stained to work with your favorite color palette.

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

Louver Size

Louver width affects how wide 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 narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re trying to complement present shutters in your home or want a classic appearance. This size works well for smaller windows, but also can be put on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver sizes, since it offers a contemporary style. It complements 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, since it offers the best view.

California Shutters

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

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

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a selection of colors, although California shutters are typically white. This keeps rooms inviting while permitting in light.

Because California shutters have a thinner louver, they have a more conventional appearance. They fit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically true look with close frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

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

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 Important for Custom Shutters

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

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

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

To begin creating your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to set up a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your living room, measure your windows and give you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and without pressure.

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