It is an arguable discussion if shutters are an absolute necessity for a home. On one hand, there are plenty of homes that don’t need the addition of shutters to make them look complete. On the other hand, there is something to be said about a home with glossy black, a strong hunter green, or soft blue shutters. To me, shutters make a home stand out. They add an element of architectural eye candy that creates a delightful curb appeal.
If I had to pick a side in this debate, shutters would win. They are some of the first things I notice on a home. It is also very noticeable if they are done poorly. A lackluster paint finish or an unseemly height and width can ruin the very design aesthetic that shutters try to complete. Just keep a watchful eye on the mechanical ratio of shutter to window, and pick a classic color with vibrant hues to make them gracefully pop!
A large width on this black door framed by gray shutters and gum drops of boxwoods. Photo source: Pinkwallpaper
Blue shutters and window trim against this french provencial home. Photo source: Pinterest
A lovely georgian revival pops with white shutters and climbing ivy. Gotta love a stately gravel driveway. Photo source: Pinterest
Potted boxwoods line this courtyard area with soft gray shutters against my favorite white brick by architects Ferguson Shamamian
A gorgeous green and boxwood perfection on this classic home. Photo source: Better Homes & Gardens
This greek revival shines with the perfect black and white contrast. Photo source: TPB Post
The stunning Paris home of Helen Rochas. Photo source: Architectural Digest
Tall black shutters to frame tall french doors by Donald Lococo Architects.
A herringbone patio full of charm and slightly different shades of windows and shutters. Photo source: T Magazine
Ferguson & Shamamian are my favorite architects for a reason….It doesn’t get much more perfect than this.