Shutter Style: 10 Designs Everyone Should Know

Today’s wide variety of fun and functional shutters may make it difficult to choose just one style!

Expanded View >
  1. Lovely Louvered (exterior)


    Louvered window shutters are constructed with overlapping uniform slats of wood set into a frame. They remain popular for many styles of architecture. Choose an eye-popping paint color to set them off against a white saltbox-style home, or simply stain them if you prefer a natural look.

  2. Raised Panel (exterior)


    These decorative, raised panel shutters and coordinating window box combine to create a formal yet inviting country-garden style. The dark paint choice offers a dramatic contrast to the window frame and cascading flowers.

    Related:  How To: Make a Window Box

  3. Board and Batten (exterior)


    Board-and-batten shutters are available in arch-top or square, spaced or joined styles. As their name implies, they are constructed from individual boards joined together with shorter crosspieces, or battens. The black, arch-style joined shutters shown here work well for curved windows.

    Related:  Know Your Window Styles: 10 Popular Designs

  4. Shaker Style (interior)


    The flat, solid panels of these interior shutters block out bad weather and bright lights. Their plain, functional simplicity is a hallmark of the traditional Shaker style. 

    Related:  8 Decorating Solutions for Tricky Windows

  5. Plantation (exterior)


    Aiming for a laid-back Southern look? Try functional plantation shutters, exterior shutters with wide louvers that can be closed against storms, or opened to let in warm breezes.

    Related:  How To: Select Storm Shutters

  6. California (interior)


    California shutters are interior louvered shutters characterized by their wide, wooden, horizontal slats. They differ from plantation shutters in that they are usually found inside a home, where they filter out the bright California sunshine.

    Related:  Wow-Worthy Window Films: 11 Top Picks

  7. Café Style (interior)


    Café-style shutters get their name from the French cafés where they are so popular. They are easy to identify: They're usually louvered, and they cover just the bottom half of a window to give café patrons privacy.

    Related:  10 Stained Glass Windows We Love

  8. Cut-Out Shutters (exterior)


    Use your creativity to customize your own cut-out design shutters. Ships, stars, and geometric shapes are common choices for this style that was popularized in the 1920s.

    Related:  How To: Hang Exterior Shutters

  9. Scandinavian (exterior)


    Scandinavian shutters are distinguished by their solid, joined board-and-batten design, dressed up with cut-outs and bright colors. These shutters can be closed to keep out howling blizzards and snowstorms, and their decorations provide spots of color in snowy Alpine regions.

  10. Combination (exterior)


    A combination shutter is simply a mix of two or more shutter styles—in this case, the shutters are a louvered, raised-panel, cut-out combo. This style is a great choice for homeowners who want a customized, one-of-a-kind look that reflects their style and personality.

  11. For More...

  • Favorites Flipboard Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email AddThis
Doors & Windows


Don't Miss