We can’t all afford design consultants when it comes to our homes. Which means that oftentimes it’s up to us to make decisions about home design that we don’t feel entirely comfortable or qualified to make. One of these decisions is color schemes. If you are currently trying to decide on the exterior colors for your home, then this article is for you. Read on to learn how to choose the color of your shutters – the coverings to your windows or doors that keep light out and make our homes more private.
White is always in
The easiest way to pick a color for your shutters is simply to say “white”. White (or off-white) is the most common color for shutters across the country. If you need to make a quick decision, or cannot be bothered thinking about it, then white is the choice for you. The other benefit of choosing white shutters is that if you paint over them, you’ve already got the right colored base coat. Win!
What color is the rest of your home exterior?
Take a look at the color of the exterior walls of your home, if you aren’t painting them at the same time. What color is your home? You can easily find an approximation of your color online and look up complementary colors to go with the walls. This way, you are assured that your home will match.
Have a look around the neighborhood
What color are your neighbors homes and their shutters? If you can’t make a decision on your own, then there is no harm in pulling ideas from your neighbors. Not only will this make the decision for you easier, you are also sure to fit in with the rest of the neighborhood, and you won’t have to worry about your neighbors getting angry with you because you’ve decided to paint your shutters bright purple.
Browse inspiration websites like Houzz and Pinterest
Another great copying trick is to check out home inspiration websites like Houzz and Pinterest to see what color of shutters would suit your home. Take some time to browse through these sites and look for homes that look similar, both in style and in coloring, to your home. From here, you can check out what kind of colors the shutters on the homes are and make your decision based off that.
Do you clean your exterior often?
While white shutters are extremely popular, they might not be the most practical choice for your home. White, obviously, gets dirty more quickly, which means more cleaning for you. If you’re not a huge fan of cleaning, you should probably consider a darker color for your shutters.
Get a second opinion
Two heads are always better than one! Getting a second opinion on the color of your shutters could be what makes a difference in your decision. Pick a friend or relative with a good eye for style and ask them what they think of your current color selections. They may just be able to help you pick out the perfect tone.