Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Charlotte
Louver Shop takes great care in the safety of our clients, employees and local experts who live and work in your community. No matter where you are, we’re here for you and can help you today with your window covering project, without delay or disruption, through an in-person or virtual appointment. Read more>

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

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of color and style to your home.

Because they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best matches your preference and budget. After all, premium shutters might even help increase your Charlotte house’s value.

There are many interior shutter options to choose from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. In addition, there’s a huge collection of colors, stains and materials!

There are small distinctions between the three styles, and they could influence how these shutters will appear in your house. Among the main differences is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other contrasts in addition.

When you collaborate with a window treatment pro like Louver Shop of Charlotte, we make it simple to pick the best shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation aids you start. We’ll bring the styles to your residence so you can look at our attractive, durable shutters. That way, you can see how the shades and materials will improve your style.

Keep reading to find out the small variations between the three options.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the most-wanted interior shutters at this time. They’re usually available with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you desire an up-to-date style that can lighten any room and add a luxurious detail, plantation shutters are a good choice.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps save energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and sturdy. Wood offers a classic style and can be stained to match your preferred color option.

They commonly are available in light colors to illuminate a space, but also are created in darker colors.

Louver Thickness

Louver width impacts how wide of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much natural light will be let into your residence.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you’re trying to complement existing shutters in your home or want an antique appearance. This size is good for small windows, but also can be installed on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most requested louver thicknesses, because it gives an up-to-date appearance. It complements small to large windows while letting in ample sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver width, as it has an extremely up-to-date look. It’s good for expansive windows and patio doors, as it offers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe types of this shutter are crafted from thick cellular PVC or fine wood. They may 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 commonly a brighter color. This keeps areas welcoming while permitting in sunshine.

Because California shutters have a narrower louver, they provide a more conventional appearance. They fit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

Traditional shutters are a historically correct model with close frames and 1 ¼” minute louvers.

Premium types of this shutter are manufactured from fine natural wood, such as basswood. They deliver a classic style that matches any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Charlotte on these shutters decades ago. Today, we’re one of a couple of businesses in the world who still make this style.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is essential, whatever shutter look you order.

Ready-made shutters might feel like a great purchase, but they may not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re foreign made, you never know what type of quality you’re going to get. Or how long they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll take exact measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we end the process with pro installation to provide a seamless appearance.

To begin designing your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your residence, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no expense and without pressure.

Schedule a Free, In-Home (or Virtual) Design Consultation Today
We'll bring the shutter, blind and shade showroom to you, take measurements and provide you with our everything's-included Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing—all for free! Get started by filling out the form below.