Is a smooth finish or wood-grain finish better for shutters? Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and in the end come down to your own style.Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, chic, modern look. If you don’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a textured finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Perks of a wood grain finish for shutters – A wood grain finish on your shutters gives you a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s great if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood floors. A textured finish on your shutter louvers will also make it harder to see dust, meaning you won’t have 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 Fort Lauderdale.