Types of Window Shutters
Before the advent of windows and screens, window shutters were a homeowner’s early method of controlling lighting, improving home security, enhancing privacy and sheltering from bad weather.
Flash forward and shutters can either be functional window elements or decorative window dressings. Take a look at which ones are right for your home.
All shutters fit into one of two categories:
- Functional shutters: These shutters help to control light, offer privacy and protect against the elements. Most styles of shutters can be made functional by the way they are mounted and hinged so they can be closed when a homeowner wants additional privacy or protection.
- Non-functional shutters: These have no practical benefits other than to complement a home’s exterior.
Raised Panel Shutters
This style of shutters is the most popular option you’ll see in suburban neighborhoods. There are a couple different designs to include to differentiate your shutters, like the number of panels. A single panel window has one rectangle design in the middle, double panel designs have two, and so on. These shutters are basic-looking and can match almost any home style. The types of homes that typically go well with this style include:
- Modern/ Contemporary
- French Country
These shutters are easily customizable with different colors to match the aesthetic of your home’s exterior. Usually these are made to match your front door or the trim, but it is up to your personal preference.
Louvered shutters look similar to raised panel shutters in shape and style, but the design of them is a bit different. These shutters have overlapping slats of wood that add texture and depth. These shutters can be paired with similar styles as raised panels. The most common styles for this type are listed below:
- Greek Revival
Board and Batten Shutters
These types of shutters have a more antique look compared to more modern styles you see today. They are constructed of two or three wood planks held together by a horizontal plank. These decorative shutters will give your house’s exterior a refurbished antiqued look. The styles of houses that typically pair well with rustic house styles, such as:
- French Country
- Cape cod
Find the Right Window Shutters For Your Home
Shutters are not usually a vital addition to your house, but they do add a decorative factor and can greatly increase curb appeal. However, no style of shutters will be able conceal a window that needs replacement. Experts at Thompson Creek Windows can help you determine if your windows are in need of replacing and get a free estimate today.