What’s better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. However the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish are a little deeper, and ultimately come down to your own style.Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, modern look. A smooth finish may be perfect for you if your home has few other wood textured surfaces or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Perks of a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – A textured finish on your shutters offers a more natural, wood-like look to your shutters. That’s awesome if you’re trying to bring the beauty of nature indoors, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood floors. A wood grain on your shutter louvers will also make dust harder to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Chicago.