People had shutters on houses before they had window glass (c.1400s)!!! Surely we would have learned how to properly hang a shutter by now! (See 2 hideous photos and 2 good examples below!!) But alas – NO! Things kind of went haywire around the early 1900s on this architectural element. Seems now that people only think of shutters as a “color accent” on their homes and not the function a shutter should have. Key word here….FUNCTION. A shutter should function – that means to operate and close within the framed window – same size!! Or leave them off all together….(you can find another “color accent” area that makes more sense and is a lot less expensive!!!!).
TIDBIT: The style of a shutter should match the style of the house. Georgian on Georgian, Tudor on Tudor, Craftsman on Craftsman…..you get the picture? Contemporary houses don’t like Georgian shutters!
TIDBIT: Shutters should only go on SINGLE windows! Never on Double or Triple windows!
**More info on Shutters click HERE.