Obviously, the simple timeless look of white shutters, coupled with their great price point has swamped the industry. So, when do stained shutters make sense? From our experience, the stained shutter still has a place for the high design of Tuscan Style Mansions, woodland cabins, conference rooms, certain restaurant themes, and traditional homes with rich stained wood doors and baseboards. In these scenarios, a matching or coordinated stained shutter can pull the space together in a way that far exceeds the look of painted wood shutters.
Also, stained shutters offer the look of the the wood's character - as the stain takes to the rings and texture of wood's natural beauty. This process still creates a unique look which is as varied as the tree itself.
So, while modern design trends have created a boom for white painted shutters, please kindly remember that a stained shutter just might be that special and "rare" design which helps your stand out from the trend. Just saying.
Of course, we would love to help you decide whether stained wood is right for your plantation shutter project. Also, check out our online shutter cost calculator for a rough idea of what new shutters might cost.