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

Putting up custom shutters can add a touch of brightness and elegance to your rooms.

Because they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best serves your style and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help enhance your Gulf Coast house’s value.

There are many interior shutter selections to pick from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. In addition, there’s a big assortment of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny discrepancies between the three types, and they might have an effect on how these shutters will perform in your residence. One of the key distinctions is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more differences also.

When you work with a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Gulf Coast, we make it easy to select 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 view our good-looking, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the shades and materials will complement your space.

Keep reading to learn the tiny differences between the three options.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you want a contemporary look that can add life to any area and add a sophisticated detail, plantation shutters are a good choice.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps conserve energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and durable. Wood gives a classic style and can be stained to fit your desired color palette.

They often are made in bright colors to illuminate a space, but also are created in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver size influences how expansive of a view you’ll have when your shutters are open. And how much natural light will be let into your room.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you want to complement existing shutters in your home or want a historical style. This size is good for little windows, but also can be put on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver sizes, because it offers a contemporary appearance. It works well on small to large windows while permitting in ample natural light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver width, as it provides an extremely contemporary style. It’s great for picture windows and patio doors, since it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Quality versions of this shutter are crafted from thick cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They may also be made from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a variety of colors, although California shutters are usually a lighter color. This keeps rooms bright while letting in light.

Since California shutters have a thinner louver, they provide a more classic appearance. They fit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

The best kinds of this shutter are made from blemish-free natural wood, such as basswood. They offer a classic appearance that complements any window width.

We created Louver Shop of Gulf Coast on these shutters a long time ago. Now, we’re part of a handful of manufacturers in the world who still create this style.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is important, whatever shutter style you select.

Pre-made shutters might seem like a smart buy, but they may possibly not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t know what kind of quality you’re going to get. Or how long they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll take skilled measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we complete the process with professional installation to provide a good look.

To start making your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to request a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring the showroom to your home, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and under no obligation.

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