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

Installing custom shutters can add a burst of brightness and sophistication to your house.

As they are a lifelong investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best matches your style and budget. After all, premier shutters may even help boost your Jacksonville house’s value.

There are many interior shutter styles to select from—plantation shutters, California shutters and traditional shutters. Also, there’s a wide collection of colors, stains and materials!

There are tiny differences between the three models, and they can influence how these shutters will look in your residence. Among the top differences is the louver width, but there are more contrasts in addition.

When you hire a window treatment pro like Louver Shop of Jacksonville, we make it a breeze to select the ideal shutters for your residence.

Our free, in-home consultation helps you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your house so you can look at our attractive, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can view how the shades and materials will complement your house.

Keep reading to find out the small differences between the three styles.


Plantation Shutters

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

If you want a contemporary look that can lighten any window and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are a good option.

Materials and Colors

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

PVC helps save energy since it insulates up to three times better than wood. It’s also lightweight and strong. Wood has a classic appearance and can be stained to fit your desired color palette.

They frequently are made in bright colors to illuminate a room, but also are made in darker colors.

Louver Thickness

Louver size influences how broad of a view you’ll get when your shutters are open. And how much light will be let into your space.

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It is a good match if you want to match present shutters in your house or are looking for a historical appearance. This size is great for small windows, but also can be put on bigger ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver thicknesses, as it offers a modern feel. It complements small to large windows while allowing in ample sun.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a favorite louver thickness, as it provides a very modern appearance. It’s ideal for large windows and patio doors, because it provides the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe versions of this shutter are created from thick cellular PVC or furniture-grade wood. They might also be made from a mixture of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a variety of colors, though California shutters are commonly white. This keeps spaces welcoming while letting in light.

As California shutters have a smaller louver, they offer a more traditional style. They work well on either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

Premium versions of this shutter are created from furniture-grade natural wood, such as basswood. They deliver a classic appearance that fits any window height.

We founded Louver Shop of Jacksonville on these shutters decades ago. At this moment, we’re among a couple of companies in the world who still offer this kind.

Fit is Important for Custom Shutters

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

Pre-made shutters might seem like a good deal, but they may possibly not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re made overseas, you never know what kind of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll do skilled measurements ahead of custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the USA. Then we finish the process with expert installation to ensure a good appearance.

To get started designing your shutters, give us a call at 888-428-1415 or contact us online to set up a free, in-home consultation. We’ll bring styles to your living room, measure your windows and give you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and under no pressure.

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