Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Charlotte
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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 style to your home.

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

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

There are small distinctions between the three styles, and they could influence how these shutters will look in your residence. Amid the main contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other contrasts also.

When you hire a window treatment pro like Louver Shop of Charlotte, we make it a breeze to choose the ideal shutters for your space.

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

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


Plantation Shutters

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

If you desire a contemporary style that can add life to any room and add a luxurious appearance, plantation shutters are a good choice.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters use dense 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 traditional appearance and can be stained to match your preferred color palette.

They commonly are available in light colors to lighten up an area, but also are created in darker shades.

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 thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re trying to work with existing shutters in your home or want an antique style. 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 widths, because it gives an up-to-date appearance. It works with small to large windows while letting in ample sunshine.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver width, as it has a very up-to-date style. 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 kinds of this shutter are crafted from thick cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They can also be made from a mixture of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, though California shutters are commonly a brighter color. This keeps spaces welcoming while permitting in sunshine.

As California shutters have a thinner louver, they have a more conventional style. They fit either small or large windows.

We can help you design this look for your house by customizing our best-selling plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

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

Quality kinds of this shutter are created from fine natural wood, such as basswood. They provide a traditional appearance that matches any window size.

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

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A close fit is essential, no matter which shutter type you order.

Ready-made shutters might appear like a great purchase, but they might not be suitable for you 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 skilled measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the United States. Then we end the process with pro installation to provide a good appearance.

To begin 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 residence, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and without pressure.