See what I mean? Wow!
Custom Wood Shutters Are The Finishing Touch
This is one of those pictures that makes me feel a little bit like something is wrong with me! As I stare at my keyboard I’m the equivalent of the high-school kid who was just introduced to the prettiest girl he’s ever seen. I’m in the same state of shock. It makes me shutter! (ha!..get it?)
This beautiful home has so much going for it I could write ten posts about it, but when I look at it, my experience tells me that 9 out of 10 people who try to duplicate this look will leave out the true key. Those amazing custom shutters.
It’s hard to believe that something as simple and timeless as wooden shutters can make such an impact, but try this…imagine the photo without them. It’s totally not the same thing, not by a long shot.
What Makes These Shutters Special?
Look closely at some details here, because there are a few pointers to pick up for use when you get ready to make your own shutters like these!
Obviously, they work – working shutters are much more visually appealing than their “for looks only” counterparts. Little things, like the hinges and hardware, come into play to make it look (overused internet word warning) authentic!
The arch top – If you have some arch top windows that need some love, I’m telling you what: this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. The look of arch top shutters open against the wall next to a matching window…hot!
They are aligned – probably the most subtle, but most important visual detail, is that the solid rails of the shutters align with the wood in the independently amazing French Doors. Many a top-dollar custom shutter job is done without catching this.
The Functional Purpose of Exterior Shutters
These things aren’t just for looks, no sirree Bob. In the event of a storm, a summertime trip to the South of France, or an invasion of paparazzi (if you live here, you have paparazzi) you can just, well, SHUT them! Hence the name, I gather.
Seriously, though, good solidly made custom wood shutters really do provide a substantial layer of protection. This allows the use of extensive amounts of glass in the design which is a great asset in any home, no matter the local, the weather, or the lack of mobs and crowds!
Quick Overview of Other Details
- The easy to duplicate panel pattern on the posts.
- The round downspout on the copper gutters!
- The cool three lite pattern on the French Doors. (love that)
- Oh… I guess the landscaping ain’t too shabby either.
In fact, the landscaping was what they were talking about at the wonderful online magazine, CoastalLiving.com which is really one of my favorite sites.
ANOTHER of my most favorite sites, The Inspired Room, is having an inspiring blog party and I had to ask myself… can you be inspired by shutters? ABSOLUTELY!
Don’t miss a post full of great shutter pictures from the Florida Keys!