No matter how beautiful your siding may be, your home’s exterior can feel lackluster without the right details to accentuate it.
Shutters are one type of home remodeling project that adds dimension and reflects your personal style on your home. But it’s important to pick a color for your shutters that will match your home while also making them stand out. Here are 8 tips to help you pick the perfect shutter color.
1. Complement Your Siding Color
Your base siding color is the most prominent color on your home. Every color detail of your exterior needs to match it in order to achieve an eye-catching design. Your shutter color needs to first take into account your primary siding color.
However, if you are considering having your siding painted or are considering durable James Hardie fiber cement replacement siding for your home, you get the opportunity of starting with a blank canvas. See our tips for picking the right colors for your home.
2. Consider the Color of Your Window Frames
When picking out a shutter color, you’ll need to heavily consider the color of the window frames. If you pick your color solely based off of it matching your exterior siding, you may run into the issue of conflicting colors with the shutter and the window itself.
3. Follow the Style of Shutter
Shutters come in all shapes and sizes and can even serve different purposes. You’ll want to keep the color of your shutters true to their style. Shutters like plantation and Bahama will require lighter, breezier colors than the hardier shutters styles such as shakers and hurricane shutters.
Let the shutter itself provide some inspiration for your color selection.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of a Natural Finish
Painting your shutters isn’t the only available option. If you have raw wood shutters, especially cedar, don’t feel that you have to rush to paint them. Opting to stain shutters can be just as beautiful, if not more so, than painting.
5. Take Motivation from Neighbors
Look at what your neighbors are doing with regards to exterior color schemes. They can often provide great inspiration for your own home. Keeping the color schemes similar to that of your neighbor can make your neighborhood flow better, which can actually add value to your home.
6. Utilize Inspirational Pictures
We run into many clients who have an idea of what they want in their exterior paints, but they are often wary that the colors they have chosen will not fit well together or won’t be exactly what they were thinking.
Finding inspirational pictures with your home siding color can be a great way to see what your home would look like with a specific shutter color. You can even look for similarities in trim and roofing colors to see how the entire color scheme will flow together.
7. Keep Shutters Consistent
James Hardie siding comes in a variety of styles from planks to shingles, which means you can have different styles and colors of siding on different portions of your home. If you have accent stone or brick mixed with James Hardie siding, you should still keep your shutter color consistent.
Pick a color that fits with the entire color palette of your home. This consistency makes your shutters stand out with every type of siding your home may possess.
Trendy Color Schemes
Knowing popular, modern color schemes when selecting your shutter color can be a great place to start. These trends can vary based on the shade of your home, but here are some modern trends.
Homes painted in stark white tend to be a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless with what colors work with white, because most everything does. If you want your home to reflect a fun, bold personality, white is a great opportunity to add a bright shutter color like red.
Some of the most popular shutter trends for white homes are raw woods and black. The raw wood creates a farmhouse feel. Black shutters are a stark contrast to the white and make a home feel more modern.
Grey is currently trending as far as home siding colors go. And one of the most popular shutter colors to go with it is white—especially on dark grey siding, as it really tends to make the shutters stand out.
Another great option is a varying shade of grey. On light grey siding, a darker grey accentuates the window area nicely.
Grey and blue are not too far apart on the color spectrum. They tend to follow the same color schemes as one another. Therefore, white is one of the trendiest shutter colors for blue homes. Varying shades of blue also tend to be a popular choice.
However, blue differs from grey in that black can also provide a striking look when accentuating shutters and is a popular modern choice.
Cream, rather than stark white, tends to be a common shutter color for green houses. The warmth of green is often better complemented by an off-white shade. Another well-liked shutter option is black, especially when a home has white trim. These contrasting colors work extremely well on a green canvas.
No matter if you have a bungalow, craftsman, ranch, or tudor style home our experts at Lifetime Exteriors can help you find the right color combination.
A Contractor for the Perfectly Colored Home
Whether you are looking to have new shutters painted and installed or are looking for a complete exterior home remodel, our team can help. We can provide you with a full painting of your home including trim, shutters, and the siding itself; or we can install beautiful new James Hardie siding before helping with the perfect shutter paint colors.
After scheduling a consultation with our team, we will help you plan your home’s exterior design. We can start with a fresh, blank canvas or help curate the perfect shutter color selection based on the current color of your home. Let us help you make your home remodel stand out from the crowd. Schedule a consultation today.