Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Shutters with a smooth finish have a more chic look, whereas textured finish shutters look more natural and historic. But the benefits to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end it comes down to your own personal preference.Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, chic, sophisticated look. If your home doesn’t have many other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or exposed beams, you may 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.Perks of shutters with a textured finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the look of nature indoors, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutters can also make dust harder to see, which means you won’t have to dust them as frequently as you would if they were smooth. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Cincinnati.