Based on the number of top-choice votes received in D&WCís last Reader Survey on shutters (D&WC, November 2003, page 54), painted finishes remain the most popular.
Nearly 70 percent of last yearís respondents ranked a painted
finish as the most popular
by a two-to-one margin over stained. More than half of the respondents
described their businesses as Specialty Stores and 40 percent as
Interior Designers. Whatís more, the popularity of painted
shutters seems to be a lasting one. It was ranked highest in popularity
in our survey taken at the end of 2001 (see D&WC, April 2002,)
and in our survey taken at the end of 1999 (see D&WC, April
Both painted and stained finishes seem to be increasing in popularity
compared to other finishes. In 2001, painted and stained shutters
received 49 and 15 percent of all top-choice rankings, respectively,
and 69 and 23 percent in 2002.