Is a smooth finish or wood-grain finish better for shutters? Smooth finish shutters tend to look more modern and sleek, whereas textured finish shutters look a little more natural. But the benefits to each style of plantation shutter finish go a little bit farther, and ultimately come down to your own taste.Perks of a smooth finish for shutters – A smooth finish to your shutters offer a clean, sleek, sophisticated look. If you don’t have any 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 textured finish. We usually recommend a smooth finish for faux wood shutters like Polywood.Perks of a textured finish for shutters – A wood grain finish on your shutters offers a more natural, somewhat historic look to your shutters. That’s perfect if your goal is to bring the look of nature inside, especially if you want to match the look of your hardwood floors. A wood grain on your shutters will 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 San Diego.