Shutters were originally made to keep out bad weather, animals, and noise. But today, shutters can simply be decorative and are often used to add interest, texture, or color to a home’s exterior. Shutters come in a variety of styles and colors and can be made from a wide range of materials. In this post, we’re going to focus on wood shutters and the many ways they can enhance your home’s curb appeal. Keep reading to see some of our favorite home designs featuring wood shutters.
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#1 // Fill Blank Space with Wood Shutters
The front of this home felt a bit bare, so our designers dressed it up with wood shutters and a wood front door, plus brick skirting, copper gutters, a new portico, and new siding. This is an excellent example of how shutters can help fill a blank space on your home’s exterior and add interest to an otherwise plain façade.
#2 // Match Various Wood Elements
This homeowner desired a look featuring plenty of wood accents and a juxtaposition of various cladding materials. Our team delivered with a design featuring vertical and horizontal siding, plus stone skirting, as well as board and batten shutters stained to match the home’s other wood details.
#3 // Second-Story Shutters
We love this design because it shows how you can incorporate shutters into your home’s exterior without putting them around every window. For this home, our designers suggested using shutters on the second-story windows and painting them black. Opting for a darker shade instead of keeping them natural really helps the shutters pop against the light siding.
#4 // Add Warmth with Wood Shutters
Originally, this home’s design felt choppy and incohesive. To solve this, our designers recommended limewashing the stone and brick and painting the siding with Sherwin Williams’ Caviar for contrast. Wood items throughout — including the unchanged wood shutters on the window above the entryway — add warmth to the home’s exterior.
#5 // Rustic Farmhouse with Plenty of Wood Accents
This client mentioned that they loved wood elements, so incorporating wood shutters into their design felt like a no-brainer. The shutters on the second-story window tie in perfectly with the wood columns, front door, and headers above the garage doors and other windows. All of these warm details paired with the light siding come together to create a rustic farmhouse feel.
#6 // Shutters that Stand Out
The wood shutters on this home are front and center and pop against the gray brick and siding. The shutters — along with other small wood features throughout — create some warmth, too.
#7 // Red Brick, Black Shutters Combo
While we love the look of natural wood shutters, painting them is also a great option. In this design, we recommended Sherwin Williams’ Black Fox to match the trim, soffit, eaves, and garage door. This striking shade makes these aspects pop against the home’s red brick exterior.
#8 // Charming Main-Level Shutters
The board and batten shutters and gorgeous glass front door help create a charming, inviting entry area for this home. New siding and updated stone give this 1960s Mediterranean style home a fresh look.
#9 // Nature-Inspired Design
This homeowner was attracted to earth tones and natural elements and wanted her home to fit in with the farmland surrounding it. Our designers suggested pairing siding painted with Sherwin Williams’ Pewter Green with wood shutters, columns, and fencing. The wood pieces add to the nature-inspired feel of this home.
#10 // Updated Victorian with Wood Shutters
In the design above, dark stained shutters draw the eye up to the second story. Built in 1906, this Victorian home was in need of some updating, and that’s exactly what our designers provided. In addition to the shutters, this home was given a fresh coat of paint, a new front door — stained to match the shutters — and other updates that make it feel fresh while staying true to its roots.
The Bottom Line on Wood Shutters
Incorporating wood shutters into your home’s exterior is a fantastic way to add visual interest and boost your curb appeal. Leave them natural, paint them, put them on some windows or all of them — the possibilities are nearly endless.
Whether you want to add shutters to your house’s exterior, change paint colors, or make other cosmetic changes, we can help you visualize your home’s potential. Let’s tackle your exterior design project together. Get started today.
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