Windows are an element of the house that is both functional as well as decorative. They bring a sense of openness to the home and make it look visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing from the outside.
Decorating windows from the outside is an easy and inexpensive way to spice up a home and revamp the look. To decorate a window from the outside, shutters are a great option.
Other than enhancing the look of your home, shutters add an extra layer of security as well.
Moreover, shutters protect against the weather elements. If you reside in a storm-prone area, installing shutters safeguard your windows from breaking due to any debris. The shutter is also effective in blocking out the sun. In the afternoon hours, you can close the shutters and block the sun from heating your home.
There is a wide variety of shutters to choose from, plantation shutters, panel shutters, and cut-out shutters; each shutter serves a different purpose and has a distinctive look.
1. Panel shutters
There are two types of panel shutters; raised and flat shutters.
Raised shutters have a raised wooden panel in the front which creates a layered look. These shutters look more formal and are suitable for cottage-style houses.
As the name suggests, flat-panel shutters do not have the layered effect and are made of a single layer of panels. These shutters have a clean and simple look. They work best to block out the sun and protect the windows from the elements.
2. Board and batten shutters
Boards are the most popular option for shutters as they are easy to make, and you can even DIY board shutters at home. These shutters consist of multiple vertical boards held together by battens that are smaller horizontal boards.
Board shutters can be shaped to fit arch windows as well.
These simplistic boards are solid, hold well against strong winds, and are perfect for homes with rustic decor.
3. Plantation shutter
Plantation shutters are the best shutters to use for a home in subtropical climates. If the weather is hot and humid for most of the year, these shutters can help improve your home’s airflow.
The plantation boards have large slats that can be closed to block the sun. Moreover, these shutters pair well with any house design, from contemporary to rustic barn design, owing to their timeless look.
4. Louvered Shutters
Louvered shutters have numerous small tilted slats that do not move but enable the breeze to flow in and block the sun. The slanted setting of the slats blocks the view inside the house, improving your home’s privacy.
Louvered shutters are best suited for Victorian and classical architectural houses.
5. The Bahamas and Bermuda shutters
These shutters have similar slats to the Louvred shutters, but the only difference is that Bahamas shutters are fixed on the top instead of the side from hinges. Bahamas shutters open by pushing them from the bottom.
They are one of the most sturdy shutters on the list and are apt for storm-prone areas.
Besides the type of shutters, one has to choose the materials for the shutters. The shutters can be carved from many different materials like wood, composite wood, vinyl, and aluminum.