Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more fashionable and suave, while shutters with a textured finish look a bit more historic. But the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own personal preference.Perks of shutters with a smooth finish – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a solid, sleek, modern look. If you don’t have any other wood surfaces like hardwood floors or furniture, you may not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, in comparison with a textured finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – Shutters with a textured finish give you a more natural look in your home. That’s perfect if you want to bring the beauty of nature indoors, particularly if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A wood grain on your shutters may also make dust more difficult 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 Boston.