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Shutters That Complement Your Siding

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.

Bold Red

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.

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Tropical Green

This beauty boasts lime green shutters with its Sail Cloth HardieShingle® siding and HardiePanel® vertical siding. It’s a simple and subtle way to add volumes of personality to an exterior.

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Classic Black

This classic Colonial home is clad in Artisan® lap siding in Arctic White. The common, black shutters add to a polished and finished look.

Artisan with Black Shutters

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.