Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Shutters with a smooth finish have a more modern look, whereas shutters with a textured finish 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.Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, sophisticated look. A smooth finish might be perfect for you if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood grain surfaces or furniture. 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 textured or wood grain finish for shutters – Shutters with a wood grain finish add a more natural look to your windows. That’s fantastic if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to complement the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutter louvers can also make it harder to see dust, meaning you don’t need to wipe them down as frequently as you would if they were smooth. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Atlanta.