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

Adding custom shutters can add a burst of brightness and sophistication to your rooms.

As they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best matches your style and budget. After all, premium shutters may even help enhance your Macon home’s value.

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

There are tiny differences between the three types, and they may have an effect on how these shutters will perform in your residence. One of the top distinctions is the louver width, but there are added distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Macon, we make it easy to design the right shutters for your home.

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

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


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most popular interior shutters at this time. They’re typically designed with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire an up-to-date appearance that can brighten any room and add a sophisticated appearance, plantation shutters are a great choice.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters are created from thick cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a blend of the two materials.

PVC helps use less energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and long-lasting. Wood provides a traditional look and can be stained to work with your favorite color option.

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

Louver Thickness

Louver width impacts how broad of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much daylight will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you want to complement present shutters in your residence or are looking for an antique look. This size works well for little windows, but also can be put on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, as it provides a modern appearance. It works with small to large windows while allowing in enough light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver size, as it offers an ultra- modern look. It’s ideal for expansive windows and patio doors, because it provides the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Premium kinds of this shutter are created from thick cellular PVC or fine wood. They may also be created from a mixture of the two materials.

These shutters can be stained or painted a range of colors, although California shutters are typically a lighter color. This keeps spaces bright while allowing in natural light.

Because California shutters have a thinner louver, they offer a more conventional look. They suit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are manufactured from fine hardwood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless appearance that matches any window size.

We created Louver Shop of Macon on these shutters many years ago. Now, we’re among a few manufacturers in the world who still produce this style.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is crucial, no matter what shutter type you pick.

Pre-made shutters could seem like a great purchase, but they might not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t know what kind of quality you’re going to have. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we complete the process with expert installation to ensure a good appearance.

To begin creating 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 offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and under no obligation.

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