Jordan is going to start building our shutters, and as I do with all things – I’m completely second guessing my original plans and can’t make up my mind. I’m always so sure of what I want to do until it’s time to commit. Does anyone else have this issue? Ugh!
I’d love some input to maybe help me make up my mind. For a refresh, here’s the current state of our exterior:
Ignore the lack of landscaping, sad little steps, and maroon front door – all those things will be changing too, but first…shutters! 🙂
Here’s what I’m sure of:
I want board and batten style shutters such as this:
I’m also insisting they be mounted and sized as if they were real, operating shutters, complete with shutter hardware (as opposed to standard, mounted to the siding, decorative-only shutters). Although we don’t need them to function, I love the look, depth and character that comes with a “true” shutter:
What I’m not sure of? Color, Color, Color.
I mentioned in my Exterior Tour post, I was thinking dark gray shutters and a painted (black) or stained front door. And honestly, I was leaning toward the painted door for two reasons : 1) I like the look of a black front door, and 2) painting would be a heck of a lot easier than stripping 70 years of paint (sad, but true).
However, a friend voted for stain, with the logic that a black painted front door wouldn’t really reflect the inside of our home. It got me thinking, and I think she’s probably right. While I love the look of a black front door (and I’m not ruling it out by any means), it would maybe be a little too polished and perfect for our home. Polished and perfect are not two words that I would ever use to describe the interior, and shouldn’t the outside of a home be a reflection of what to expect within the home? I think so.
So, I kind of settled into the idea that I would paint the shutters dark gray and stain the front door. Somewhat similar to these pictures:
And then I came across this picture:
I can’t help but LOVE the weathered look of these shutters. Granted, it’s not the deep, warm wood tones I use inside, but it has an aged and rustic quality that I love.
I fell in love with the look again in this cute little home:
Can I just say I even love the white painted front door of this house? It’s not for everyone, but it gives off a more cottage-y type vibe to me, and I love that.
So, I’m torn between staining the shutters with a weathered gray look, or painting them with a dark gray color. I’m fairly certain if I stain the shutters I will paint the front door – and if I paint the shutters I will stain the front door. Which combination do you like most? Any other suggestions? I want to stick with a classic, neutral palette – no bold colors, please. 🙂
Ok…let’s hear it!