Is a smooth finish or wood-grain finish better for shutters? Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and suave, while textured finish shutters look a bit more historic. But the perks to both types of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and in the end come down to your own personal preference.Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a solid, sleek, sophisticated look. A smooth finish may be preferable if your home has few other wood textured accessories or furniture. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a wood grain finish. We typically recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Perks of shutters with a textured or wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s awesome if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature inside, particularly if you want to complement the look of your hardwood furniture. A wood grain on your shutters will also make dust harder to see, which means you won’t have to dust them as often as you would if they had a smooth finish. A wood-grain finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Tampa.