Board and batten shutters can add a cozy, classic look to almost any home. The shutters are often composed of three to five vertical boards that are connected using a horizontal board at the top and the bottom. Other features include gaps between boards for light filtration, diagonal cross supports for added durability and decorative hinging for increased aesthetic appeal.
Board and batten shutters can differ greatly between manufacturers. However, there are some common elements between most designs that you should consider before purchasing.
- Materials: The materials used for your shutters determine their performance and how much time and money you should expect to invest in upkeep over the life of the shutters. Vinyl board and batten shutters are often used as a low-cost decorative element. These shutters require little maintenance but also provide little protection or insulation. Wood board and batten shutters or wood outdoor shutters are the ideal material in many cases. They can be both functional and decorative, are customized easily and require little maintenance. Simply clean with warm soap and water and apply new paint as needed. Other materials, including composites or metals, can provide rated storm protection and other benefits at an increased price.
- Size: In most cases, your board and batten shutters should be the same length of your window and half as wide. This provides a near-complete seal when closed and provides a balanced look when open.
- Color: Available colors will depend on the material chosen. In most cases, choosing a color that contrasts with the walls of the building and matches other trim, such as windowsills, planters or railings, will provide optimal results. If you plan to paint your board and batten exterior shutters, always check to make sure that your paint is rated for outdoor use to prevent premature aging.
Tips in Choosing Shutters
- Natural Shutters: These work best with rustic or ranch style homes. Paired with a light colored exterior, these shutters can provide much need visual appeal to the property. For ranch style homes, choosing a four-board design can complement the long appearance of the home.
- Dark-colored Shutters: These board and batten shutters are best used with light-colored or brick homes. The darker colors create contrast and draw the eyes toward the shutters. Consider pairing shutters with small flower planters for maximum impact.
- Light-colored Shutters: Light colors can create the illusion of increased size. This makes these shutters great for smaller homes, such as cottages of bungalows. When using light colors, always try to create variation when compared to the surrounding walls to help the shutters stand out.
These tips will undoubtedly help you when selecting your board and batten shutters. It’s important to give every facet of the decision making process its due thought and investment. Making the wrong move can saddle you with problems you’ll spend ages fixing. Remember, planning always pays off!
Whether you are looking for functional shutters to improve insulation and protect from storms or simply looking for a set of vanity shutters to increase curb appeal and property values, the popularity of board and batten exterior shutters make the easy to find in many popular home improvement and window retailers.
How Can I Make My Window Shutters Unique?
We understand. You don’t want to just buy the run-of-the-mill style that you see in every catalogue. You want something classic that also shows off your unique taste and personality. There are several ways you can make your window shutters stand out from the rest.
Add Decorative Cutouts
This is our favorite option. Most shutter companies will even allow you to provide your own cutout designs. If you’re not quite that creative, they’ll have a wide selection of stock cutouts to choose from. It’s a great way of adding a personal touch to your shutters.
Choose Unique Colors
Fortune favors the bold; ever heard that one? Don’t go for your standard white or black shutters. Instead, go for something that no one else has. We’re not saying to go for a loud pink or neon yellow, but be a little creative. Try and match the color to the rest of your house, outdoor furniture and garden. It really adds a unique and creative vibe. Colors we particularly like are Burgundy and Colonial Green. You’ll get something that has that classic element that will never go out of style alongside a color that oozes creativity. If you don’t like it after a few years, just change things up a little bit! No point in standing still. Move with the times if necessary.
Non-Standard Board Designs
If you really want to stand out, go for non-standard board designs. What do we mean by that? Well, you can go for a curved style (quarter arch top) or the Z-style. What about having reverse battens? There are countless ways you can move away from your bog-standard three boards on the vertical and two on the horizontal. Don’t be afraid to be creative. If you’re not quite sure, find some reclaimed wood and play around with it before ordering your final shutters. Remember, DIY is also about trial and error until you find exactly what you like!
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Thanks for checking out our website – we really appreciate the support and messages we’ve received from people all around the world. We’ve even had a few tell us that they made their own shutters based on the inspiration from our posts! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate that.
If you have any questions about finding the right shutter company or if you want to have a go at doing it yourself, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page. We’re just a couple of guys who love DIY, so we’re always happy to help budding enthusiasts!