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. But 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 offer 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, compared to 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 – Shutters with a textured finish offer a more natural look in your home. That’s great if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature indoors, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make dust harder to see, 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.