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Black Shutters: When & Why They Work

Black shutters have been around for centuries. In the mid-1800s, dark paint colors on shutters were common for both Gothic Revival and Italianate-style homes. Dark shutters matched the color of the sash creating a cohesive look for open windows. By the 20th century, many homes displayed black shutters against brick facades to provide contrast. Today, ...

12 Best Exterior Window Shutter Colors

Deciding on new window shutter colors is one of those choices that can seem simple in the moment. However, shutters have the power to greatly impact your home’s entire exterior design. For one thing, certain colors lend themselves to different design styles. With so many elements to consider when finding the right fit, the choice ...

Our Review of Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore

Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore is rapidly becoming one of our favorite neutral exterior paint colors. This elegant hue lends itself to a number of different design styles. Its flexibility is probably what makes it one of Benjamin Moore’s top paint colors! Pale Oak is a taupe/greige shade with a warm tone that makes for ...

Modern Exterior Wood Siding & Cladding Examples We Love

What do you picture when you hear the phrase “wood siding?” A log cabin in the woods? Scratch that thought. Using wood siding doesn’t equate to an all-wood home. We are huge fans of the many different ways to incorporate modern wood siding into your home’s exterior. Our designers use wood siding or cladding on ...

House Numbers: Modern Styles, Placement Ideas, and More

Looking to update your house numbers as displayed on your home? Often, we think of our house numbers as merely letting others know our address, nothing more. (And we may not even understand where these numbers came from, though there is a system for it!) At brick&batten, we believe that house numbers are more than ...

7 Exterior Window Trim Ideas to Update Your Home

Changing the color of your home’s exterior can elevate its curb appeal, but experimenting with different window trim ideas can provide the right amount of contrast to refresh your home’s entire design. Window trim might seem like a small detail, but choosing the right color for your trim can take your home to the next ...

9 Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Maximum Curb Appeal

It’s the little things. The details of your home’s exterior design make all the difference. There are tons of decisions to make when updating your home’s exterior, from paint colors choices to front door options to outdoor lighting ideas that will maximize curb appeal. In this post, we’re hoping to inspire you with exterior light ...

8 Outside Container Plants Perfect for Full Sun and Heat

The summer season is fast approaching, allowing us to take advantage of all it has to offer. Warm weather and sunshine, days spent entirely outside, campfires, swimming, and, of course, flowers in our yards. There are almost endless options for summer flowers and container plants for full sun to choose from when designing your exterior ...