Whats better for shutters: a smooth finish or wood-grain finish? Shutters with a smooth finish tend to look more modern and sophisticated, whereas shutters with a textured finish look more natural and historic. But the perks to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own style.Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters give you a clean, chic, sophisticated look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home doesn’t have much in the way of wood textured accessories or furniture. 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 a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – Shutters with a wood grain finish add a more natural look to your windows. That’s ideal if you want to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters will also make it harder to see dust, meaning you don’t need to dust them as frequently as you would if they had a smooth finish. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Dallas.