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

Installing custom shutters can add a bit of color and style to your windows.

Since they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the selection that best fits your style and budget. After all, quality shutters can even help increase your Memphis house’s value.

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

There are small discrepancies between the three styles, and they may have an effect on how these shutters will appear in your house. Among the top differences is the louver width, but there are more contrasts also.

When you hire a window treatment specialist like Louver Shop of Memphis, we make it easy to select the right shutters for your space.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you begin. We’ll bring the styles to your house so you can see our beautiful, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can notice how the shades and materials will enhance your rooms.

Keep reading to learn the little distinctions between the three options.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you want a contemporary fashion that can add life to any space and add a luxurious touch, plantation shutters are an excellent solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are made 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 doesn’t weigh a lot and is strong. Wood provides a classic appearance and can be stained to fit your desired color style.

They often are available in white colors to let more light into a room, but also come in darker tints.

Louver Size

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

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you’re attempting to work with existing shutters in your house or are going for an antique look. This size works well for small windows, but also can be put on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most requested louver widths, because it has an up-to-date appearance. It complements small to large windows while letting in ample light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver thickness, as it offers a very modern style. It’s ideal for big windows and patio doors, as it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are created from solid cellular PVC or fine wood. They may also be made from a combination of the two materials.

This type of shutter can be stained or painted a selection of colors, though California shutters are usually a lighter color. This keeps areas bright while permitting in light.

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

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


Traditional Shutters

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

Deluxe types of this shutter are made from blemish-free natural wood, such as basswood. They offer a timeless look that complements any window height.

We founded Louver Shop of Memphis on these shutters decades ago. Now, we’re part of a few businesses in the world who still offer this type.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is essential, whatever shutter style you pick.

Pre-made shutters can feel like a great buy, but they may possibly not be suitable for you windows. And if they’re made overseas, you can’t know what level of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll do exact measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we finish the process with pro installation to ensure a great fit.

To begin creating your shutters, reach us at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to set up 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 expense and without pressure.

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