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

Adding custom shutters can add a burst of vibrance and elegance to your space.

Because they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best fits your style and budget. After all, premium shutters can even help enhance your Lake Charles residence’s value.

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

There are small discrepancies between the three styles, and they may impact how these shutters will perform in your residence. Amid the main differences is the louver width, but there are other contrasts in addition.

When you hire a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of Louisiana, we make it easy to select the right shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your living room so you can view our beautiful, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the colors and materials will enhance your décor.

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you’re looking for a modern appearance that can lighten any room and add a sophisticated detail, plantation shutters are an excellent option.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps save energy as it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and durable. Wood provides a timeless appearance and can be stained to match your preferred color style.

They frequently are made in white colors to let more light into a room, but also come in darker tints.

Louver Size

Louver thickness affects how expansive of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much sunshine will be let into your house.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re trying to complement existing shutters in your house or are looking for an antique look. This size is great for small windows, but also can be used on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver sizes, since it provides a modern appearance. It complements small to large windows while permitting in ample sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it gives an ultra- contemporary style. 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 typically white.

Deluxe kinds of this shutter are manufactured from thick cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be crafted from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a variety of colors, although California shutters are usually white. This keeps spaces inviting while letting in natural light.

Since California shutters have a narrower louver, they give a more conventional appearance. They work well on either small or large windows.

We can help you design this option for your home by personalizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct model with small frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

Deluxe versions of this shutter are created from furniture-grade hardwood, such as basswood. They deliver a traditional look that fits any window size.

We created Louver Shop of Louisiana on these shutters many years ago. At this moment, we’re one of a few companies in the world who still create this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A close fit is crucial, no matter which shutter style you design.

Pre-made shutters can seem like a smart purchase, but they may not fit your windows well. And if they’re made in China, you can’t know what level of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll complete exact measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we finish the process with expert installation to provide a good look.

To begin making your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your living room, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no obligation.

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