What’s better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Smooth finish shutters have a more chic look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own style.Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, sleek, modern look. If you don’t have many other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Benefits of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s great if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature indoors, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make it harder to see dust, meaning you won’t need to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in San Antonio.