To Shutter or Not To Shutter....

The other day, I passed a home I knew had recently sold to a new family. As many new homeowners do, this family had been busy putting their own personal touches on the place to make it their own. The reason I stopped was because I couldn’t believe how the simple, yet impactful, changes that had been made to the exterior of the house created an instant transformation! Here is the before:

And here is the after…

By changing the brick color to a warmer ivory, painting the door a yummy gray, adding new lanterns, and getting rid of the shutters, this home became a more modern version of itself. Wow! Bravo to these new homeowners for making this home reflective of their taste, while still respecting the integrity of the house.

Clearly taking away the shutters created the most impact of all. In my last two houses, I have taken the shutters off for a more modern look. But there are homes that I love that have beautiful shutters framing the windows.

What do you think? To shutter or not to shutter? Now that is certainly a question…

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(Image credits: 1-Realtracs.com; 2-Interior Canvas)