Is a smooth finish or wood-grain finish better for shutters? Smooth finish shutters have a more modern look, whereas textured finish shutters look a bit more historic. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own taste.Benefits 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 surfaces like hardwood floors or exposed beams, you might not want a smooth finish. A smooth finish is easier to see when it needs dusting, compared to a textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Benefits of shutters with a wood grain finish – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, rustic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the beauty of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood furniture. A textured finish on your shutters may also make dust more difficult to see, which means you can wait a little longer between regular cleanings. A textured finish looks especially great on real wood shutters in Kingsport.