Transform the Facade of Your Home
When you live oceanside, you get a front-row seat to the emotions of the sea. So if gale-force winds are in the forecast, it’s essential to batten down the hatches. That’s when window shutters are vital. If you don’t need protection from dramatic weather, you can still employ shutters to refresh the curb appeal of your home.
Exterior window shutters are so simple, yet they can transform the facade of your home—for better or for worse. To start, the style of the shutter should complement the architectural style of your home. Look for paneled, louvered, board and batten, or Bermuda (also known as Bahama or plantation) shutters. While basswood is the material of the moment, shutters are also available in materials such as vinyl, MDF, and synthetic foam. Consider the most durable option for weather demands specific to your region.
Paneled shutters are simple to DIY and can be stained or painted to match the accent colors on your house. If you are refreshing existing shutters, remove them from the house to clean, prime, and paint. Update the hinges or attach lightweight, decorative hardware for added style.
Written by Maresa Giovannini. Photography by (from top) Cardmaverick/iStock/Getty Images Plus, archideaphoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus, shippee/iStock/Getty Images Plus, KangeStudio/iStock/Getty Images Plus.
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