Does Your House Need Shutters?
July 23, 2007 § 163 Comments
If light fixtures are the cuff links of the house, shutters must be a nice silk tie– a great way to add a little more coordinating color to the “outfit.” But sometimes a tie is not necessary and the same goes for shutters.
If your house is a classic colonial with six-over-six, double-hung windows, it is very typical to use shutters, often black. However, if you have a very dark-colored house with cream trim, you may want to skip shutters altogether. Also true for homes that have a lot of stonework or other architectural elements that take the focus off the windows. And contemporary homes with casement windows or odd-sized, mismatched windows usually have no shutters.
One more thing about shutters: If your house has windows with odd placement — too close to the corners, etc. — then forget the shutters. It doesn’t make any sense to use one shutter on one side of the window and none on the other side (I’ve seen it!).
Take a look at your house and look around the neighborhood. Does your house need shutters? Maybe not.