Shutters and Siding in Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
Long six-over-six windows without transoms keep the look sleek. Pairing the windows with slender, three-banded louvered shutters is both pretty and practical. They’re less prone to warping and stronger than shutters with fewer bands.
The siding, shutters, and trim are painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore.
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These cottage-style windows have a top sash that's shorter than the bottom—making them appear taller. Paneled shutters are outfitted with operable iron hardware.
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Relaxed Black Shutters
Board-and-batten shutters lend a more relaxed feel than louvered ones.
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Jazz Up Your Patio Doors
The louvered look isn't for everyone. These solid-panel shutters offer extra protection for two pairs of patio doors. The shutters fold back flush against the wall when opened.
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Perfect for Your Porch
Whether for decoration, privacy, or protection from the elements, shutters add interest and texture to a house. The ones on the second story of this Florida home can close off the porch or be opened to let in Gulf breezes.
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Get a Fab Front Entrance
The beauty of stained-wood shutters is hard to beat. The natural-colored louvered panels flanking this entrance feature a curve at the top so they can be closed seamlessly into the door frame.
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Awning, or Bermuda, shutters shown here on attic windows in Gorham's Bluff, Alabama, are hinged at the top and held open with support rods. Originating in the tropics, Bermuda shutters were designed to capture ocean breezes and to provide shade from the relentless sun.
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Just Fake It
Guess what's behind these closed shutters? (Hint: It's not a window.) Shutters can be fixed inside a false opening to help achieve symmetry on a home's exterior.
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Choose Classic Styles
This Kentucky home displays the timeless look of operable, louvered shutters held open with hinges and holdbacks called shutter dogs. Shutters, however, can be just for show. New and more maintenance-free materials such as vinyl, plastic, and lightweight metal are now on the market, making it easier and less expensive to add decorative shutters to any facade.
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Pick Out a Pattern
Introduce pattern and color to a flat exterior. These board-and-batten shutters (flat boards butted together and held in place with a batten to make a solid surface) are painted in a bold red-and-black design.
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Breezy Neutral Shutters
Four sets of French doors, each flanked with 10-foot louvered shutters, stand in for front windows and blur the line between indoors and out.