Shutters are one of the most cost-effective ways to give your home more curb appeal. Like the decorative frosting on a delicious cake, shutters add that finishing touch to any exterior remodel. Not only do shutters bring together the exterior look of your home, they also provide huge benefits in terms of hurricane protection and energy efficiency. Once you've decided on the style of shutters you love, it's time to choose shutter colors that best complement your home. Here's how.
How to pick shutter colors
There are a few tried-and-true methods for finding the best shutter colors for your home.
The experts at Better Homes & Gardens recommend incorporating two to three colors into the exterior of your home. These should include at least one base color and one accent. If your home's siding will also be the main color, rather than brick, choose an additional complementary color for the trim. Your shutter colors should match the accent color you use for doors or decorative trim. Avoid shutter colors that clash with the other colors on your home. We'll discuss some tips for this below.
From there, it's time to take a walk. Consider first the main color of your home. If you choose lighter colors, it will help a smaller house look larger. Shutters that match the color of your window trim can make smaller windows look larger. Darker colors, on the other hand, will bring attention to certain features.
Next, walk around your neighborhood. Watch for any houses (or house shutter colors) that catch your eye, especially those that are the same style as your home. These can be a great inspiration for your own project. Then, choose colors that complement the houses around you while respecting the look and feel of your neighborhood. Make sure to consider any homeowner’s association rules when choosing shutter colors for your home!
Once you've decided on a few options, take your color swatches outside. Colors intensify and look brighter in the sun, so always go a few shades lighter than the color you initially prefer indoors.
Finally, for the overall look of your house, shutter colors should reflect the people who live inside. If you favor a more classic or traditional look, wild or experimental shutter colors may not be the best choice. Consider your own personal taste and style as you make your final selection.
Most popular shutter colors
No surprises here: the most popular shutter colors that work on any home are black and white. Black shutters add elegance to a home. White shutters create a balanced simplicity and freshness.
That being said, there is still a wide variety of shutter colors to choose from (including custom colors).
Shutter colors for brick house
Brick houses look best dressed up in dark colors or earth tones that complement the natural tones in the brick. Black shutters always look great, especially if you already have black accents.
The best shutter colors for brick houses use darker elements to add drama to a home. Typically, lighter colors or pastels can look artificial, though these can work if you have a lighter brick. Bricks come in a variety of subtle tones and colors, so take the time to figure this out. Your color swatches can help here, too.
Shutter colors for white house
Especially in New Orleans, you have a wide variety of options if you're looking for shutters for a white home. Black or dark colors, like cobalt, can really make the shutters pop and dress up your home's exterior.
Light-colored shutters that are only a few shades darker than the rest of your home create a seamless, classic look for a more traditional home.
To match the visually arresting and dynamic presence of New Orleans itself, choose a brighter color. Greens and blues are great options. If you're using a bolder color, make sure it's integrated as an accent color through the rest of your home as well, like on your porch ceiling!
Shutter colors for beige house
White or black shutters can work very well with a beige home. White shutters, if matched to your window trim, can make a smaller house appear larger. Black shutters can especially pop on larger homes.
Think of other dark colors, too. Dark forest green and deep navy blues look great on beige homes, especially when the shutter color and the front door color are matched.
Shutter colors for tan house
Shutters on tan homes look best when they match the natural tones of the home. Darker earth-tone colors, like greens or browns, work well. And, as always, white shutters can add an effortless touch of simplicity.
Shutter colors for colorful homes
Finally, if you have a home that's already colorful on its own—whether it's purple, green, or blue—there are a number of shutter colors you can choose from. White, of course, is always a great option, especially for lighter-colored homes.
Colors in the same tonal family as your home, whether a few shades darker or lighter, are also a great option.
Of course, New Orleans prides itself on its colorful reputation and that's reflected in the unique colors of homes that spread across the city. If your taste is eclectic and you want your home to reflect that, choose a color that pops. Shutters colors can provide a fun focal point to your home.
Beyond shutter colors: Other considerations
Choosing shutter colors is just the beginning. There are a few other choices you'll make that could impact your final shutter selection, like:
- Fake vs. functional: Are shutters there for show, or do you want them to be operable?
- Materials: What shutter materials work best in terms of where you live, your budget, and your use?
- Style: As we'll discuss, with multiple shutter styles to choose from, which works best for your home?
Regardless of which shutters you choose, it’s important to work with a trusted professional for everything from deciding on shutter colors to final installation. They can help you understand all your options and provide expert guidance on which ones will work best for your home.
Type of shutters
LAS Shutters + Windows offers six different shutter styles to choose from, including:
- Colonial shutters: Operable or decorative, these shutters feature a slatted look and complement a more traditional home
- Raised panel shutters: Select from a number of raised panel sections, or combine with slatted accents to highlight a beautiful brick or Colonial-style home
- Board and batten shutters: Featured on many of New Orleans’s historic homes, with boards running vertically secured by horizontal battens
- Bahama shutters: Top hinges allow these shutters to let cool breezes in (and keep hot temperatures out!)
- RollGard shutters: These are designed to roll down to completely protect your windows from damage during hurricanes and storms
- Accordion shutters: Accordion shutters are lightweight, seamless, and tuck completely away when not in use
LAS also offers storm panels and privacy walls to complete the look (and protection) of your home.
In the Gulf South, shutters are for more than just good looks. When hurricanes roll up the bayou, your home needs protection fast. Hurricane shutters protect your windows from flying debris and can actually help prevent your roof from being blown off when winds top 100 mph or more.
The best hurricane shutters comply with SCCCI and ASTM protection standards for hurricanes and are also available in a variety of styles and colors that look great when winds are calm.
We know shutters
LAS knows the Gulf South. Our shutters come in a variety of styles and are made with powder-coated aluminum. This provides a gorgeous, rich shutter color that lasts and doesn't need ongoing maintenance.
What does your dream home look like? If you're in the Gulf South, call LAS today for a free estimate on how you can get there. Before installation, our professionals will work closely with you to select the best shutter colors for your home.
Originally posted on March 13, 2017.