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

Adding custom shutters can add a touch of vibrance and sophistication to your space.

Because they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best serves your style and budget. After all, premium shutters could even help increase your Denver residence’s value.

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

There are tiny discrepancies between the three models, and they can influence how these shutters will appear in your residence. Amid the key contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are more distinctions in addition.

When you collaborate with a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of Colorado, we make it easy to choose the ideal shutters for your rooms.

Our free, in-home consultation supports you get started. We’ll bring the options to your house so you can look at our good-looking, dependable shutters. That way, you can notice how the shades and materials will complement your house.

Keep reading to find out the little distinctions between the three styles.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you’re looking for a contemporary look that can add life to any window and add a luxurious touch, plantation shutters are a fantastic choice.

Materials and Colors

Top shutters use dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a combination 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 timeless style and can be stained to work with your desired color style.

They frequently are available in bright colors to lighten up an area, but also are made in darker colors.

Louver Size

Louver thickness affects how broad of a view you’ll have when your shutters are open. And how much light will be let into your room.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good fit if you want to work with current shutters in your residence or are going for a historical appearance. This size is good for smaller windows, but also can be used on larger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver sizes, because it provides a contemporary appearance. It complements small to large windows while permitting in enough light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it has an ultra- contemporary look. It’s great for large windows and patio doors, as it delivers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

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

These shutters can be stained or painted a variety of colors, though California shutters are commonly a lighter color. This keeps rooms inviting while allowing in natural light.

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

We can help you design this option for your house by customizing our popular plantation shutters.


Traditional Shutters

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

Deluxe kinds of this shutter are manufactured from furniture-grade natural wood, such as basswood. They provide a timeless look that complements any window width.

We built Louver Shop of Colorado on these shutters a long time ago. Now, we’re one of a handful of manufacturers in the world who still create this kind.

Fit is Crucial for Custom Shutters

A seamless fit is crucial, no matter which shutter look you pick.

Pre-made shutters could seem like a smart purchase, but they might not fit your windows well. And if they’re made in China, you can’t know what kind of quality you’re going to receive. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll complete exact measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we end the process with professional installation to give a seamless match.

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

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