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. If you don’t have many other wood accessories like hardwood floors or furniture, you might 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 a textured or wood grain finish for shutters – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s ideal if you want to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood flooring. A textured finish on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Dallas.