A Quick and Comprehensive Guide to Home Shutter Designs
Shutters are one of the simplest, yet most aesthetically pleasing additions for a home. While they are not ideal for every home, shutters can be customized to fit a large variety of home styles. Best of all, they can be customized to match a home’s new or existing garage and/or entry doors. Outside of completely customizing the design and build of a shutter from the ground up, there are several “well-worn” styles of shutters. These can act as a starting point for designing custom shutters for a home.
Board and Batten Shutters
Board and batten shutters are a timeless design that feature arched or square tops. They are constructed using individual boards that are joined together using horizontal boards known as battens (hence the name, board and batten). These types of shutters are common on more traditional homes with older architectural styles, including:
- Cape Cod
- French Country
Raised Panel Shutters
Raised panel shutters are a simple, yet traditional style of shutter that use a single board featuring raised (panel) sections and various inlays. While the overall concept is simple, the raised panels and inlay sections can be cut to any shape, size and custom design, making them a great choice for those looking for shutters to mirror a custom garage and/or entry door.
They are common on many different styles of home, including:
- Cape Cod
- Greek Revival
Louvered shutters are made from multiple wood slats that overlap each other within a single shutter frame. They can be built to be single or double heights, allowing them to be customized to fit on a large variety of windows styles. These types of shutters are very common on the following home styles:
- Cape Cod
Some home styles allow for combination shutters that feature many different designs, including:
- Raised panel
Combination shutter styles split the upper and lower portions of the shutters, making it possible to combine two different styles into the same build. Since these shutters are completely customizable, they can be used on both traditional and modern homes and can be made to match any other exterior feature. When customizing a shutter, take into consideration the style and color of these exterior features:
- Garage doors
- Entry doors
- Entry gates
Finding the right fit for a home often means having the shutters mirror the already existing design features of the home.
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