Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Columbia
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What's the Difference Between Plantation Shutters, California Shutters and Traditional Shutters?

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of color 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 may even help increase your Columbia house’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 little discrepancies between the three types, and they might have an effect on how these shutters will appear in your house. Among the top distinctions is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more contrasts as well.

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

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

Keep reading to learn the little variations between the three styles.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most popular interior shutters now. 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

Top shutters are created from solid 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’s also light and durable. Wood provides a timeless appearance and can be stained to work with your desired color palette.

They often come in light colors to lighten up a room, but also are created in darker tints.

Louver Size

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

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re trying to match present shutters in your house or are looking for an antique look. This size is great for smaller windows, but also can be installed on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver sizes, as it offers a modern feel. It works well on small to large windows while letting in abundant sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite 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 frequently white.

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

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

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

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


Traditional Shutters

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

The best kinds of this shutter are manufactured from fine real wood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless style that fits any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Columbia on these shutters a long time ago. Today, we’re part of a handful of manufacturers in the world who still offer this type.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

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

Off-the-shelf shutters may feel like a great purchase, but they might not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re foreign made, you can’t know what type of quality you’re going to have. 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 provide a great fit.

To start 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 offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and under no pressure.