Did you know… there are a few rules to consider when using Shutters

Historically, shutters were used to provide security, privacy and protection from the weather. Today, shutters are used aesthetically as an ornamentation on outside windows.

Here are a few tips to consider:

• shutters should be used on single windows
• each panel should meet and cover the window
• align the top of the shutter with the top of the upper sash and the bottom edge with the base of the lower sash
• if your windows are arched, the shutters need to be arched to follow the profile of the opening (avoid square headed shutters on an arched opening)

• use specific hardware for shutters to enhance the authenticity
• shutter dogs and latches are available in many designs and can be located on the sides or bottom of the windows
• the design should complement the building

• always install adjacent to the window as if they were operational
• NEVER cover the shutters with a railing or balcony so that by its appearance it could not possibly function

• many stock designs are available: solid, cutout, panels, louvers
• materials may include wood, metal or composite
• solid panels will provide a visual eighteenth century detail
• ground floor shutters are paneled and give an appearance of additional security
• first floor shutters are often rectangular with a decorative cutout often to symbolize something important to the occupant
• upper floor shutters are often louvered to catch breezes

The use of shutters add visual appeal to outside windows and should be in keeping with the overall architectural details for the house. The size, hardware, placement and styles used should look as though the shutter is operational and in proportion to the window.

When used correctly this detail adds visual appeal and complements good design.

 John @ Williams Residential Design