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

Putting up custom shutters can add a bit of vibrance and sophistication to your space.

As they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best matches your taste and budget. After all, premier shutters might even help increase your Richmond home’s value.

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

There are little differences between the three types, and they can impact how these shutters will appear in your home. Among the main distinctions is the louver size, but there are added distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment professional like Louver Shop of Richmond, we make it a breeze to design the ideal shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you begin. We’ll bring the styles to your living room so you can view our attractive, dependable shutters. That way, you can see how the tints and materials will enhance your home.

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you desire a modern look that can brighten any room and add a sophisticated appearance, plantation shutters are an outstanding choice.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are built from dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a combination of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also light and durable. Wood gives a timeless look and can be stained to fit your preferred color style.

They frequently are available in white colors to illuminate an area, but also are made in darker shades.

Louver Width

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

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re attempting to match existing shutters in your house or are looking for a classic style. This size is great for smaller windows, but also can be used on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver thicknesses, since it gives a modern feel. It complements small to large windows while letting in enough sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver thickness, as it offers an ultra- up-to-date look. It’s great for large windows and patio doors, since it provides the best view.

California Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are created from thick cellular PVC or fine wood. They could also be crafted from a combination of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, although California shutters are commonly white. This keeps areas bright while permitting in sunshine.

Since California shutters have a smaller louver, they have a more conventional appearance. They match either small or large windows.

We can help you design this look for your house by personalizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically accurate look with close frames and 1 ¼” miniature louvers.

The best kinds of this shutter are manufactured from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They offer a classic style that works with any window height.

We built Louver Shop of Richmond on these shutters many years ago. Today, we’re part of a few manufacturers in the world who still sell this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is crucial, whatever shutter style you pick.

Off-the-shelf shutters might seem like a good deal, but they may possibly not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made overseas, you never know what kind 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 United States. Then we end the process with expert installation to ensure a good fit.

To begin creating your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to set up 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 without pressure.