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

Putting up custom shutters can add a touch of color and style to your windows.

Since they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best matches your taste and budget. After all, premium shutters might even help enhance your Knoxville residence’s value.

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

There are tiny distinctions between the three types, and they may impact how these shutters will look in your home. Among the top contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more differences also.

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

Our free, in-home consultation assists you start. We’ll bring the styles to your residence so you can view our good-looking, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the stains and materials will complement your windows.

Keep reading to learn the small variations between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling interior shutters now. They’re frequently 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 add life to any room and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are an excellent solution.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters are built from solid cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture of the two materials.

PVC helps use less energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and durable. Wood has a classic style and can be stained to fit your favorite color style.

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

Louver Size

Louver width affects how expansive of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much sunshine will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you want to match present shutters in your house or are going for a historical look. This size is good for little windows, but also can be installed on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the best-selling louver thicknesses, since it offers a modern feel. It works with small to large windows while allowing in abundant natural light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver width, as it gives an extremely up-to-date feel. It’s great for picture windows and patio doors, because it delivers the best view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe kinds of this shutter are created from thick cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They might also be created from a blend of the two materials.

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

Since California shutters have a thinner louver, they offer a more traditional appearance. They work well on either small or large windows.

We can help you create this option for your home by modifying our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

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

Quality types of this shutter are created from blemish-free natural wood, such as basswood. They deliver a timeless style that works with any window height.

We created Louver Shop of Knoxville on these shutters many years ago. Today, we’re part of a few companies in the world who still make this style.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A close fit is essential, whichever shutter look you choose.

Off-the-shelf shutters might seem like a good deal, but they may possibly not fit your windows well. And if they’re made in China, you can’t know what type of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll work for more than a few years.

That’s why we’ll take skilled measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we end the process with skilled installation to provide a good match.

To get started designing your shutters, call us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to request a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring models to your home, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at no cost and under no obligation.

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