Plantation Shutters vs. California Shutters vs. Traditional Shutters | Louver Shop of Tampa
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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 elegance to your rooms.

Since they are a long-lasting investment, you’ll want to make the decision that best matches your taste and budget. After all, quality shutters could even help boost your Tampa house’s value.

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

There are tiny discrepancies between the three styles, and they might influence how these shutters will look in your house. Amid the top distinctions is the louver width, but there are added distinctions also.

When you collaborate with a window treatment expert like Louver Shop of Tampa, we make it a breeze to pick the best shutters for your home.

Our free, in-home consultation supports you get started. We’ll bring the showroom to your living room so you can look at our good-looking, durable shutters. That way, you can notice how the shades and materials will improve your windows.

Keep reading to learn the tiny variations between the three kinds.


Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are the top-selling interior shutters today. They’re frequently available with a 3 ½” louver but can also have 2 ½” or 4 ½” louvers.

If you’re looking for an up-to-date appearance that can add life to any space and add an elegant detail, plantation shutters are an outstanding solution.

Materials and Colors

Quality shutters are crafted from dense 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’s also light and sturdy. Wood has a classic look and can be stained to work with your favorite color palette.

They commonly come in white colors to let more light into an area, but also come in darker tints.

Louver Size

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

  • 2 ½”—This the narrowest louver size for plantation shutters. It works well if you’re attempting to complement present shutters in your residence or are looking for a historical look. This size is good for small windows, but also can be put on large ones.
  • 3 ½”—This is one of the most ordered louver sizes, because it gives a contemporary appearance. It works with small to large windows while permitting in abundant light.
  • 4 ½”—This is also a popular louver thickness, as it gives an extremely up-to-date style. It’s good for picture windows and patio doors, because it delivers the biggest view.

California Shutters

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

Quality kinds of this shutter are manufactured from dense cellular PVC or unblemished wood. They could 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 typically a lighter color. This keeps rooms welcoming while allowing in sunlight.

Because California shutters have a narrower louver, they give a more classic style. They work well on either small or large windows.

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


Traditional Shutters

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

Deluxe types of this shutter are created from fine natural wood, such as basswood. They provide a classic appearance that works with any window size.

We founded Louver Shop of Tampa on these shutters decades ago. Today, we’re among a couple of manufacturers in the world who still create this style.

Fit Matters for Custom Shutters

A tight fit is important, whatever shutter look you select.

Ready-made shutters could seem like a good deal, but they might not be a good fit for your windows. And if they’re foreign made, you never know what level of quality you’re going to receive. Or if they’ll last.

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

To start designing 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 residence, measure your windows and offer you a Complete Comfort Pricing™ quote. All at for free and under no pressure.