Shutters or no shutters?

by Jess

We are getting our house resided white and I do not know if I should put black shutters on the front. We are also doing trim around our windows, something we didn’t have before. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

q shutters or no shutters
q shutters or no shutters
q shutters or no shutters
q shutters or no shutters
q shutters or no shutters
q shutters or no shutters
  22 answers
  • I think black shutters and trim would look AMAZING! Hope this helps - can't wait to see the finished project!

    • Jess Jess on Dec 09, 2021

      Thank you, im leaning that way but still on the fence….I will definitely post an after picture!!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 09, 2021

    Black or a deep charcoal gray would be beautiful.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 09, 2021

    From the photo I see that your windows are taller than they are wider, and the house already has a strong vertical orientation. For this reason I would not recommend putting shutters - as the shutters also being taller than wide, will further contribute to the vertical curb impression.

    Having the contrasting black trim around the windows would give them definition and would add visual interest to the exterior. Here are some examples of similar white houses with black trim around the windows. I would also suggest that you get black eves troughs, as their horizontal orientation would help to balance the vertical height referred to above.

    • Jess Jess on Dec 09, 2021

      I do LOVE that look but we are already doing a white trim..I did consider the black trim at one point but felt I would also have to get new windows with black panes if I did so… so I’m not sure if right now without the black shutters it would be to much white?

  • William William on Dec 09, 2021

    I like the black shutters but leave the trim white. Black trim and shutters would look like holes in the house.

  • Jess Jess on Dec 09, 2021

    Thank you all so much for your the picture I posted, we are already in the process of doing the siding…so the bottom is the white vinyl with white trim. I didn’t know if the black shutters would help or hurt the houses curb appeal..before the house had shutters but no trim so I thought it looked okay but i don’t know how they would look now next to the trim, with it being wider. Also on the first floor, the side windows of the bay would no longer be able to fit the shutters. I will show you a complete before picture of the house.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 09, 2021

    The additional picture gives another perspective of the house. Thank you for posting it.

    I can see now that the house has a more horizontal orientation than appeared to me from just the one picture. What a lovely landscaped property already, and the new white siding looks so refreshing.

    Thank you for also sharing that the windows will remain, and the window trim will stay white, as I had not assumed this in my first reply. Since the window trim will not be black, IMO, having the black shutters will not be too much black. Contrast is needed, and black shutters on white is always a timeless classic look.

    From the second picture you posted, I can see that there is a considerable amount of (empty) siding space on either side of the second story window on the L side. All three windows directly underneath each other give that side of the house a strong vertical orientation. If budget permits, I would recommend putting in a wider window to visually widen that portion of the house. This would better balance the dimensions of the porch.

    Here are two examples of white siding with black shutters.

  • Jess Jess on Dec 09, 2021

    Thank you! I would consider widening that window if the budget allowed. Right now everything will have to stay as is but a nice thought for the future! And yes, I agree you can’t go wrong with the white and black. But once I saw the new siding and trim go up I loved it as it was and questioned the shutters. I’ve been reading up on shutter etiquette and a lot say it would be wrong to hang them the way we would be which would be next to the 3 1/2 inch trim attached flat to the vinyl, I see this A LOT and it’s almost normalized I feel but I’ve read even with them being decorative which most now are if you were to close them they should be able to cover the whole window…but I don’t know if I’m reading to much into it. I would rather not even put them on if it takes away from the house.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 10, 2021

      One thing about shutters is that you do not need to put them on at the same time as the siding is installed. They can be easily added at any later time.

      IMO, I do not feel that that black shutters will as you say, 'take away from the house'. To the contrary, I feel that black shutters would definitely add needed contrast (to the white), will add dimension, and highlight the windows.

      I'm not sure if I quite understand your description of the position of the shutters that you are uncertain about. Might you be able to post a couple of pictures showing the shutter hanging position subject to the window trim, the style that you like/ the style that you are questioning?

  • Janice Janice on Dec 13, 2021

    I love the idea of black accents on your beautiful home but feell that you may run into problems with shutters being added to all the windows. It seems that at least one side window is very close to the corner of the home and it would be difficult to have the same size shutters as on the right front of your home. I'd perhaps suggest adding some black accents (perhaps narrow) by painting some portions of the trim. Even a charcoal gray trim paint would be less jarring than black. Also, remember paint can easily be redone.....shutters not so much! You home has a lot of architectural details that might "fight" with additional shutters. I hope you post a picture of what the home looks like after you make your decision.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 13, 2021

    It is going to look gorgeous! I say no shutters this time :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 13, 2021

    Shutters, Shutters , Shutters. but plain not fancy.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 13, 2021

    you could buy stock shutters at local stores like Home Depot and don't hang them but just look at them against the house to see how they look- many folks are not using shutters now or using wood in a natural or cedar color on their homes and if you don't use the shutters you buy just return them

  • Dee Dee on Dec 13, 2021

    A dark color, black, navy forest green would look fantastic.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 13, 2021

    Hi Jess: Oh yeah! Shutters for sure! What an awesome house that will be an awesome home! I vote for shutters :) And, I love the little bunch of pink flowers in the rock garden :)

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 13, 2021

    Hello, I think black shutters will look fabulous, it will provide a crisp clean look.

  • Jess Jess on Dec 14, 2021

    If this is being posted twice, I apologize. For some reason I posted pictures and they are not showing up so I’m trying again. Anyway to start off thank you all SO much for your inpttut. It is helping me tremendously, you are all so kind!! Here are some photos of the day they finished, don’t mind my shrubs, they did a number on them. We are going to be changing out light fixtures, adding a porch swing and fixing up the porch. Pondering a mission style door down the road.

    Also, if we were to do the shutters, the two side bay windows would not fit them.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 14, 2021

      I think that not having shutters on the two bay windows (but on the other windows) would be fine.

      The three windows (on the main level) close together, all with shutters, may be too 'busy' and 'bottom heavy' a look, which might appear imbalanced, especially since most of the face wall is on the upper story of the house.

      As the bay windows are on an angle, not flat against the face of the house, and have the architectural detail of the triangle overhang, they are already enhanced in their own way.

      After the dark shutters are up, you may want to paint the trim around these two bay windows a matching dark color, or not, depending on what you prefer.

  • Jess Jess on Dec 14, 2021


  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 28, 2021

    Think if you extended the lower roof line right across the house, it would take care of the "elevator" appearancce by introducing a strong horizonal line.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 29, 2021

    No, not the entire porch - just the roof . Don't think it would be too difficult to add as wouldn't be heavy enough to need support of pillars, etc.

  • Jess Jess on Dec 29, 2021

    I will say I’ve never thought of that…you’ve got my wheels turning..that may be the solution here.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Dec 31, 2021

    smaller black shutters for sure