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

Putting up custom shutters can add a burst of color and sophistication to your windows.

Because they are a permanent investment, you’ll want to make the choice that best serves your style and budget. After all, premium shutters could even help enhance your Kansas City residence’s value.

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

There are small discrepancies between the three types, and they could have an effect on how these shutters will appear in your house. Amid the key contrasts is the size of the louvers themselves, but there are other distinctions also.

When you hire a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Kansas City, we make it simple to select the best shutters for your residence.

Our free, in-home consultation supports you get started. We’ll bring the styles to your residence so you can look at our good-looking, long-lasting shutters. That way, you can notice how the colors and materials will enhance your house.

Keep reading to discover the tiny differences between the three types.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the best-selling 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 look that can add life to any room and add an elegant appearance, plantation shutters are a great solution.

Materials and Colors

Premium shutters are created from dense cellular PVC, furniture-grade wood or a mixture of the two materials.

PVC helps conserve energy because it insulates up to three times better than wood. It doesn’t weigh a lot and is durable. Wood gives a timeless look and can be stained to work with your favorite color palette.

They often come in white colors to lighten up a space, but also come in darker tints.

Louver Size

Louver width impacts how broad of a view you’ll receive when your shutters are open. And how much light will be let into your home.

  • 2 ½”—This the thinnest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re trying to work with existing shutters in your home or want a classic look. This size is great for little windows, but also can be installed on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most popular louver widths, as it has a modern appearance. It complements small to large windows while letting in abundant natural light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a well-liked louver size, as it has an extremely up-to-date style. It’s ideal for picture windows and patio doors, because it delivers the widest view.

California Shutters

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

Deluxe types of this shutter are created from solid cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They may also be made from a blend of the two materials.

This style can be stained or painted a selection of colors, except California shutters are usually a brighter color. This keeps rooms welcoming while letting in sunlight.

Because California shutters have a thinner louver, they give a more conventional look. They fit either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

The best types of this shutter are made from blemish-free hardwood, such as basswood. They give a traditional appearance that works with any window width.

We created Louver Shop of Kansas City on these shutters decades ago. Today, we’re part of a couple of manufacturers in the world who still sell this kind.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is important, no matter which shutter style you choose.

Pre-made shutters can seem like a great purchase, but they may possibly not fit your windows well. And if they’re made overseas, you never know what type of quality you’re going to get. Or if they’ll last.

That’s why we’ll take expert measurements prior to custom-manufacturing your shutters here in the U.S.. Then we complete the process with professional installation to give a seamless fit.

To begin making 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 living room, measure your windows and provide you with a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and under no obligation.

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