Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and suave, while textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately it comes down to your own taste.Benefits of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, modern look. If your home doesn’t have any other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish makes dust easier to see, in comparison with a wood grain finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Benefits of shutters with a wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish offer a more natural look in your home. That’s awesome if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood floors. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make it more difficult to see dust, meaning you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Philadelphia.