Shutter Speed

It is an arguable discussion if shutters are an absolute necessity for a home. On one hand, there are plenty of homes that don’t need the addition of shutters to make them look complete. On the other hand, there is something to be said about a home with glossy black, a strong hunter green, or soft blue shutters. To me, shutters make a home stand out. They add an element of architectural eye candy that creates a delightful curb appeal.

If I had to pick a side in this debate, shutters would win. They are some of the first things I notice on a home. It is also very noticeable if they are done poorly. A lackluster paint finish or an unseemly height and width can ruin the very design aesthetic that shutters try to complete. Just keep a watchful eye on the mechanical ratio of shutter to window, and pick a classic color with vibrant hues to make them gracefully pop!


Design by Isabel Lopez via AD

A strong blue hue is the perfect background for this lush patio by Isabel Lopez. Photo source: Architectural Digest

Beuatiful Brock and Gray via Bloglovin

A large width on this black door framed by gray shutters and gum drops of boxwoods. Photo source: Pinkwallpaper

Blue Shuttures against an eggshell white home

Blue shutters and window trim against this french provencial home. Photo source: Pinterest

Connecticut home by Architects Brooks and Falotico in New England Home Magazine

A Connecticut home with significant roof lines and perfectly proportioned shutters by architects Brooks and Falotico. Photo source: New England Home Magazine

Florida home by Spitzmiller and Norris in Atlanta Homes Mag

Long green shutters frame these french doors on the patio of this Florida home of Spitzmiller and Norris. Photo source: Atlanta Home Mag

Georgian Revival with White Shutter magic

A lovely georgian revival pops with white shutters and climbing ivy. Gotta love a stately gravel driveway. Photo source: Pinterest

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Potted boxwoods line this courtyard area with soft gray shutters against my favorite white brick by architects Ferguson Shamamian 

Green Shutters and Boxwoods via Better Homes and Gardens

A gorgeous green and boxwood perfection on this classic home. Photo source: Better Homes & Gardens 

White revival with beautiful black shutters

This greek  revival shines with the perfect black and white contrast. Photo source: TPB Post

Helene Rochas home in Paris via AD

The stunning Paris home of Helen Rochas. Photo source: Architectural Digest

High Shuttered Fench Doors via Donald Lococo Architects

Tall black shutters to frame tall french doors by Donald Lococo Architects.

Home of Caroline Bean via Houston Scout Guide

A lovely french country home with an ideal front door. Property of Caroline Bean. Photo source: The Scout Guide Houston 

Norman Dacenport Askins Architect in Veranda Magazine

An elegant Atlanta home by architect Norman Davenport Askins. Photo source: Veranda

Patio with pretty shutters in T Magazine

A herringbone patio full of charm and slightly different shades of windows and shutters. Photo source: T Magazine

Timothy Corrigan via AD

Symmetry is key in this entry with green shutters and potted topiaries by Timothy Corrigan. Photo source: Architectural Digest

White House with Black Shutters via Ferguson Shamamian

Ferguson & Shamamian are my favorite architects for a reason….It doesn’t get much more perfect than this.

2 thoughts on “Shutter Speed

  1. Love every single one of these. Great choices. Those blue shutters are simply divine! I have a serious love/hate relationship with shutters. I love them when they are used properly (when shutters actually fit the windows that they are flanking. Afterall, didn’t shutters originally serve a purpose? When did this all go awry? When did we become so laissez faire with our architecture?) What I cannot stand (and I blame home builders who are draftsmen and an ill-informed public) are shutters flanking large picture windows or a wall of windows. Makes me cringe every single time! The very first thing that I did after we closed on our house was pull the shutters off of the large picture window before I even walked through my new front door! Some days I feel like taking out an advertisment on a large billboard on a busy thoroughfare saying in bold lettering: “If you cannot close the shutters on your home and cover your entire window, remove them immediately! They are imposters! Love, The Design Police ”

    • Katherine- I couldn’t agree more! I hate nothing more than seeing flimsy shutters on a home, or when they do not serve their proportionally pleasing purpose! Glad you follow! Love your insta! XO, Christina

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