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Choosing Shutters for your Home

The most important aspect when selecting shutters is to make sure that they fit your style and represent what you are attempting to represent, be it traditional and meeting historical designs, or truly showing off your personality and interests.
With so many possibilities, there are some guidelines that may influence your choices such as colors, styles, and options.
Traditionally, shutters were purely functional in nature, before screens and even paned windows, so protection from the elements, privacy and security were a focal point. For this reason many homes had panel shutters on the downstairs to allow for a solid closure of the window opening. These homes would then often have louvered shutters on the upper floors to allow for the same sort of protection, but the functional louvers improved the ventilation and light.
While many homes are still built to a single style, more and more are becoming eclectic and modern, and even when adding on, styles become meshed. At Timberlane, we know that certain styles of homes seem to demand a specific type of shutter. And although we almost always recommend you to allow your own personal preferences to prevail, we've provided an architectural style guide, shown below, to help with your decision.
What kind of style home do you have and what type of shutters will you be placing on your home?

What shutter styles go with what style home?
  • Dahlia corella-ryle
    Dahlia corella-ryle Jourdanton, TX
    on Aug 1, 2013

    Come on! Do you have anything for the eclectic, do-it-yourselfer, with a hammer, saw, nails and a pile of pallets? I might even have some paint around here.

  • Timberlane Shutters
    Timberlane Shutters Montgomeryville, PA
    on Aug 1, 2013

    Dahlia, we love your enthusiasm! Unfortunately, since we are a shutter company we do not promote creating your own shutters, hee hee. However, we do have a specific board on Pinterest called "DIY Shutter Ideas," that was created for the do-it-yourself types. It includes many different projects where you can use your old shutters. Check it out! http://pinterest.com/timberlaneinc/diy-shutter-ideas/

  • Simply Swider- Stephanie
    Simply Swider- Stephanie Virginia Beach, VA
    on Aug 2, 2013

    Thanks! This is timely. I've been trying to figure out what type of shutters to put on my colonial revival cookie cutter home.

  • Timberlane Shutters
    Timberlane Shutters Montgomeryville, PA
    on Aug 2, 2013

    You're certainly welcome, Stephanie. Be sure to visit our website and request a free catalog. Our shutter specialists are great when it comes to giving advice on which shutters to place on homes. You can give us a call at -1800-250-2221 at any time! http://www.timberlane.com/about_us/catalog-request/

  • Mary Ann Boone
    Mary Ann Boone Lexington, KY
    on Aug 2, 2013

    I have burgundy colored shutters. Any ideas of what color flowers would go good with this color? Salmon, yellow, pink...? Or should I paint them another color? Thanks!

  • Timberlane Shutters
    Timberlane Shutters Montgomeryville, PA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    Hi Mary Ann. What type of shutters do you have? If you have vinyl shutters, we would not recommend that you paint them at all, considering after one or two paint jobs they tend to chip and fade. As far as your burgundy shutters go, the colors that you suggest sound great but having yellow next to the deep color of burgundy will really stand out. We think that is your best bet!

  • Andre Beluchi
    Andre Beluchi Klamath Falls, OR
    on Mar 7, 2016

    Some new shutters or security screens would probably do for my windows. Due to the rainstorm last week, it blew of the old shutters that the previous homeowner installed. My thought is to replace them with some metal like security screens. http://www.australiansecurityorganisation.com.au

  • Jason Davis
    Jason Davis Anderson, SC
    on Jun 1, 2016

    Wow..all Shutters are looking awesome. I would like to thank “actionconstructionco.com”. Which made my dream home more beautiful.

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