Outfitting your windows with shutters—or painting the ones you have—could add personality to your home’s exterior in a snap.
Shutters used to serve the main purpose of shutting out the weather, but these days many home shutters are purely decorative. Pumping up their look is a simple, design-savvy way to add an accent color to your home’s exterior.
Even if your shutters are aesthetic-only, designers recommend that they should still measure a usable dimension, meaning they should look as though they can cover the entire window when closed. Once the size is right, it’s on to locating your ideal color. Take a look at your siding colors, and then decide whether a bright color or a more subtle tone would finish off the look of your home best.
Here are a few homes with standout shutters, and siding options that complement the new window accents.
This two-story, Midwest suburban standout is clad in HardiePlank® lap siding in Iron Gray with brick accents, and HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White. For additional character, the homeowners added the bright red shutters and matching double doors.
This classic Colonial home is clad in Artisan® lap siding in Arctic White. The common, black shutters add to a polished and finished look.
Adding accents to a neutral-cladded home—with a pop of shutters, doors, curtains or landscape— is a simple, successful way to boost your curb appeal big time.