American Farmhouse Style
SHUTTERS FOR Farmhouse Style
Window shutters will add to the look and feel of your home, both inside and out. Here are some of Shuttercraft’s recommendations for authentic farmhouse shutters.
OPERABLE LOUVERS. The louvers are the levers you use to open and close the slats of the shutters. These types of shutters work well as interior window treatments, and are perfect for farmhouse style because they’re historically accurate to old farmhouses of the 1700s and 1800s too. “Shutters with panels and louvers were used by homeowners and farmers with more money,” says Ken Roginski, owner of Old House Guy and resident expert for Shuttercraft on creating their authentic interior and exterior shutters.
BOARD AND BATTEN. For fixed shutters on the exterior of your home that provide decoration (or can be operable as well), board and batten shutters are a good fit for farmhouse style. Historically, “board and batten shutters were homemade and would be most likely seen on very rustic farmhouses, and were mostly used for security by homesteaders,” Ken says. Make sure any board and batten shutters don’t have wide spaces between the boards—the authentic look is to have the boards tight together, which Shuttercraft produces in their custom shutters.