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

Adding custom shutters can add a bit of color and elegance to your residence.

Since they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best fits your taste and budget. After all, premium shutters could even help enhance your Charleston home’s value.

There are a wide variety of interior shutter options to select from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Plus, there’s a huge assortment of colors, stains and materials!

There are little distinctions between the three styles, and they can impact how these shutters will perform in your house. Among the top differences is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more differences also.

When you hire a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of Charleston, we make it simple to pick the ideal shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation assists you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your residence so you can see our beautiful, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the stains and materials will enhance your windows.

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you want a contemporary appearance that can add life to any space and add an elegant touch, plantation shutters are a good solution.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps conserve energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is durable. Wood gives a timeless look and can be stained to match your desired color option.

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

Louver Thickness

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

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re attempting to match existing shutters in your residence or are looking for a historical appearance. This size is good for small windows, but also can be installed on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most requested louver sizes, as it provides a contemporary style. It works with small to large windows while permitting in abundant sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver thickness, as it provides a very contemporary appearance. It’s ideal for picture windows and patio doors, since it delivers the best view.

California Shutters

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

Premium types of this shutter are crafted from solid cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be crafted from a blend of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a variety of colors, although California shutters are commonly a lighter color. This keeps spaces inviting while allowing in light.

Because California shutters have a thinner louver, they give a more conventional look. They work well on either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct style with close frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

Premium types of this shutter are manufactured from fine real wood, such as basswood. They deliver a timeless style that works with any window width.

We built Louver Shop of Charleston on these shutters decades ago. At this moment, we’re among a couple of companies in the world who still offer this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is essential, whatever shutter style you design.

Pre-made shutters could seem like a good deal, but they may possibly not fit your windows well. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t 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 take exact measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we finish the process with expert installation to ensure a great look.

To begin designing your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring the showroom to your residence, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no pressure.

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