Shutter Style:  How to Add Character to Your Home

Shutters are one of those features that are on virtually every home, but few people stop to think about. Exterior color?  Of course.  Type of siding?  Naturally. Style of architecture?  Can’t overlook that!  But, the right shutter can offset all of these other decisions, despite being frequently underestimated.  When you want to add a lot of character to your exterior without breaking the bank, it’s time to consider them more closely.  So, today we’ll go over some of the basic types available and how to use them at home!


Louvered Shutters

Now, this is probably what you picture when the term “shutters” comes up.  Traditionally made from wood, they now come in a wide variety of materials, including composites.  However, they all share a frame with uniform horizontal slats, similar to what you see on blinds.  When functional, they can be adjusted to let in more or less light and air.  They can also be closed completely to protect your windows from the elements—with one on either side of the window frame.  You essentially have your pick of colors today, and anything you can’t find can easily be painted!  Ideally, you want to go with a contrasting color to really make them pop.  Plus, you can add them to pretty much any style home—everything from craftsman to cookie cutter.


Raised Panel Shutters

If you’re looking for something a little more decorative, then this might be a good option for you! Although they keep the traditional rectangular shape, they trade out slats for smaller raised panels—hence the name. Usually, there are two panels: one upper, one lower, on either side of the window.  So, they create a very symmetrical and classic look.  Imagine this with a coordinating window box to highlight your windows and gardening abilities, all at once!  For a unique twist, try them in a darker color.  That way, your windows and exterior color will really stand out in contrast.  With their sleek lines, they can easily create a more modern look, but they’ll work with traditional architectural styles, too.


Board-and-Batten Shutters

This heavier style shutter comes in a square-topped design, as well as an arched version.  With a few thick pieces of wood (or boards) joined together by a few shorter crosspieces (also known as battens), you get a touch of the old word in the 21stcentury.  You can opt to add spaces or leave them joined, depending on your personal preferences.  This is actually one of the oldest forms of shutters, so they tend to add a rustic touch to any home.  For a more industrial feel, consider putting some custom metalwork along the battens, but keep it simple.  A few pieces alongside a classic color palette will work wonders on any French Country, Cape Cod, or Salt Box design.  However, you can also use them to promote character on newer builds, as well.


When renovating your home’s exterior, you have a lot of choices to make!  Fortunately, with our experienced team to help you, it can be an enjoyable process that leaves you with a finished product you’ll love for years to come.  Shutters are a key piece of this project, so work with our designers to pick the perfect ones to complete your curb appeal today.



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