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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 elegance to your rooms.

Since they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best matches your preference and budget. After all, premier shutters could even help increase your Columbia residence’s value.

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

There are tiny distinctions between the three models, and they can influence how these shutters will look in your house. Among the top distinctions is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are added contrasts as well.

When you collaborate with a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of Columbia, we make it easy to choose the ideal shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation aids you begin. We’ll bring the options to your house so you can look at our good-looking, dependable shutters. That way, you can view how the shades and materials will improve your residence.

Keep reading to discover the small variations between the three styles.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most popular interior shutters today. They’re usually offered with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you’re looking for a modern fashion that can brighten any window and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are a great solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are created from solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture 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 gives a timeless appearance and can be stained to work with your favorite color option.

They often come in light colors to illuminate a room, but also are made in darker tints.

Louver Size

Louver thickness influences how expansive of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your house.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re trying to match present shutters in your residence or are looking for an antique look. This size is great for smaller windows, but also can be put on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver sizes, as it offers a modern feel. It works well on small to large windows while letting in enough light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver width, as it provides an ultra- modern appearance. It’s great for picture windows and patio doors, as it offers the best view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe versions of this shutter are created from dense cellular PVC or fine wood. They might also be crafted from a mixture of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a selection of colors, though California shutters are usually a lighter color. This keeps rooms bright while letting in natural light.

Since California shutters have a narrower louver, they give a more classic style. They fit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically true option with small frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

The best types of this shutter are created from blemish-free natural wood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless style that complements any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Columbia on these shutters a long time ago. Today, we’re among a couple of manufacturers in the world who still sell this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is essential, no matter what shutter style you select.

Off-the-shelf shutters may appear like a great purchase, but they may not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t be sure what level of quality you’re going to receive. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll take expert measurements before custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we complete the process with expert installation to ensure a great appearance.

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 styles to your house, measure your windows and give you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and under no pressure.

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