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

Putting up custom shutters can add a burst of vibrance and sophistication to your home.

Because they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best serves your preference and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help increase your Baltimore home’s value.

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

There are little differences between the three models, and they could influence how these shutters will look in your home. Among the main distinctions is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more distinctions in addition.

When you hire a window treatment pro like Louver Shop of Maryland, we make it simple to pick the ideal shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you begin. We’ll bring the options to your residence so you can see our good-looking, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can see how the colors and materials will complement your style.

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you want a contemporary appearance that can lighten any room and add a sophisticated detail, plantation shutters are a great choice.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps use less energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and sturdy. Wood gives a traditional look and can be stained to work with your preferred color palette.

They often come in white colors to illuminate a space, but also are made in darker shades.

Louver Size

Louver size affects how wide of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much sunlight will be let into your room.

  • 2 ½”—This the smallest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you want to work with current shutters in your house or are looking for a classic style. This size is good for smaller windows, but also can be installed on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, as it has an up-to-date style. It works with small to large windows while allowing in ample sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver size, as it gives an extremely modern look. It’s ideal for large windows and patio doors, as it provides the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Premium kinds of this shutter are manufactured from solid cellular PVC or fine wood. They could also be crafted from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, except California shutters are usually white. This keeps areas inviting while letting in sunlight.

Since California shutters have a smaller louver, they provide a more classic style. They work well on either small or large windows.

We can help you create this style for your home by personalizing our most wanted plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct look with narrow frames and 1 ¼” mini louvers.

Deluxe kinds of this shutter are made from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless appearance that matches any window size.

We built Louver Shop of Maryland on these shutters a long time ago. Today, we’re part of a handful of manufacturers in the world who still make this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is essential, no matter what shutter look you customize.

Ready-made shutters might appear like a good deal, but they may not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made overseas, 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 do exact measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we end the process with skilled installation to ensure a good fit.

To begin designing your shutters, call us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to book 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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