What Color Shutters Should You Add to a Brick House?
Selecting a shutter color for your home is a challenge no matter what — but it’s especially difficult if you live in a red brick home.
Brick homes are stately and beautiful, but the varied color of brick makes choosing a shutter color anything but straightforward. While it’s most important to honor your own tastes and go with what you think looks good, here are a few shutter colors we recommend for red brick homes.
- There’s a reason that black shutters are timeless. This classic look will help the exterior of your home feel complete, without the shutters overshadowing your color scheme.
- The right shade of blue can provide a pleasing pop of color against a red brick background. Check out our Hamilton Blue shade for inspiration.
- Light Gray. While white may look a little too stark on a red brick background, gray offers the perfect compromise of warmth, but lightness.
- A cream or tan colored shutter can offer the same effect, especially if your particular color brick has some lighter undertones.
While these colors are common favorites, many homeowners choose to go bold against brick with brighter colored doors and shutters. Go with what feels right to you! In fact, you could even make a darker shade of red work if your brick is lighter in tone. Don’t be afraid to follow your gut.
Need inspiration? Drive around your neighborhood and see what choices your fellow brick-house neighbors made.
Ready to make your selection? Let us do the painting for you.
- Shutter Man
Here’s How to Paint Your Composite Shutters
Ready to give your composite shutters a fresh coat of paint?
This small upgrade can give your shutters a whole new look with minimal investment to your time and finances. However, it is important that you follow the correct steps, so you don’t end up with a mess on your hands.
Here are our best tips for successfully painting your shutters a new color:
- Select the right paint. Ideally, look for something oil or water-based, though latex paint will also work fine.
- Get your shutter ready. To avoid getting shutter paint on your house, it’s best to fully remove the shutters. This is true even for functional shutters that you can swing away from your siding — it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Lightly sand. Using a fine grit sandpaper or sanding sponge, gently sand your shutters and then clean off any remaining dust.
- Apply your first coat. Some people swear by using a paint gun to spray on the paint, while others prefer just a good, old-fashioned paint brush.
- Let the shutters dry. It’s important not to rush this step, so you may even want to consider waiting until the next day. Just make sure your shutters aren’t leaning against each other.
- Sand again. sand off any areas that aren’t smooth and remove remaining dust.
- Apply your second coat. Let it dry and see what you think. At this point, the paint color should be even with none of your previous paint showing through.
- Install on your home. You’re done! Step back and enjoy your handy work.
With just a little patience and elbow grease, your shutters can now have an entirely different look. The hardest part is picking the right color.
Need new shutters first? We can help with that.
- Shutter Man
How to Pick Out Your Shutter Color
Choosing the right shutter color is important to ensure your new shutters blend seamlessly with your home. Of course, beyond the right color, you also need to ensure that the paint on your shutters is made to last and withstand the elements. Luckily, with PPG Break-Through! paint, you won’t have to worry about durability — and you’ll have several great paint options to choose from.
First and foremost, the most important detail to consider when choosing your shutter color is the exterior color of your home. For instance, if you have a dark-colored exterior, you’ll want to look at shutter colors that are at least a few shades lighter than your home’s siding. Likewise, if your home has a light-colored exterior, choose a shutter color that is at least a few shades darker. This contrast will allow your shutters to both stand out and complement the color already showcased on your home.
If your home is more traditional, keep it simple with a white, black or grey shutter. However, if your home is designed to be more contemporary or modern, you may want to consider going bold with a brighter color. A deep red or brighter blue can pop in a pleasant way without being overwhelming.
Beyond the color and style of your home, it’s also important to think about the color of your window trim. Some people prefer to match the window trim to their shutters, while others go for complementary colors.
If you’re still struggling to choose a shutter color, consider going for a walk around your neighborhood and see what color schemes other homes in your area use. Pay close attention to how their exterior color works with their chosen shutter color. You might just stumble across a color combination that you really like.
- Shutter Man
Why Shutters Are Important for Coastal Homes
Living on the coast has a lot of perks — warmer weather, access to beaches, great seafood — but it also requires some additional home maintenance. This is especially true if your beach house is your second home and you spend large chunks of the year away, unable to monitor the weather’s effect on the exterior.
That’s why high quality, durable shutters are even more important for coastal homes. Here are three quick reasons why your beach house shouldn’t be without shutters:
- Sun and air flow control. If your shutters are functional, opening and closing them can help control the influx of sunlight and air to better maintain the temperature of your home — possibly even reducing your utility bill in the process!
- Extra protection. The ability to close up your shutters in the off season can give your home an extra layer of protection during hurricane season, as well as from the general wear and tear that wind and salty air can have on your windows.
- Curb appeal. It might not be as practical as the other reasons, but the aesthetic and curb appeal of your beach house is still important. With styles like board and batten, you can easily achieve that perfect coastal cottage feel.
Since ocean air and high humidity can cause serious damage to the exterior of your home over time, it’s especially important to choose shutters that are prepared to battle the elements. The last thing you want to worry about when you should be soaking up the sun is budgeting for replacement shutters after just a few years. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we think composite shutters are better than wood.
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- Shutter Man
How Do You Know Which Shutter Style is Right For You?
If you’ve never picked out shutters before, the style choices can be overwhelming. It can be especially challenging to visualize which style will go best with your home. Since purchasing a full set of shutters is a big commitment, you want to make the right choice — so how do you know which style is right for you?
We’re here to help. Try asking these three questions to narrow it down:
- How much attention do you want your shutters to draw? A more style-forward shutter (like our board and batten, for instance) has a distinct aesthetic and can significantly alter the appearance and style of your home. If you’re looking to achieve the perfect farmhouse feel, that might be music to your ears. However, if you’d rather your shutters take a backseat to other exterior features, you might want something a little more classic, like a paneled or louvered.
- How do you feel about mixing it up? If you find yourself drawn to more than one style, you might be happy to learn that you can have the best of both worlds. With shutters that have one style on the top and another on the bottom, there’s no need to choose between two favorites.
- What practical considerations do you need to make? As tempting as it can be to focus on style first, you may have some practical boxes to check off first. For instance, if you intend to have functioning shutters that you open and close, the slats on the louvered style might be your best bet. Or, if you know the farmhouse style of board and batten wouldn’t work well with your colonial home, that can help narrow it down right off the bat.
Beyond these three questions, we recommend just going with your gut. Browse through the selection of styles and see what catches your attention. And here’s the good news: with so many great styles to choose from, you really can’t go wrong.
- Shutter Man
6 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill This Summer
Utility bills are often highest in the months where weather is the most extreme. However, it might not be just heating and cooling your home that’s leading to such a spike in your energy bill — it might also be that you aren’t following certain best practices. Here are six tips to reduce your energy bill this summer and stay cool for less:
- Be consistent with your thermostat. While a “smart” thermostat is the best way to maintain the temperature in your home and avoid the urge to raise and lower the temperature at will, a regular thermostat can still be optimized for energy savings. The Department of Energy recommends keeping your home 7 to 10 degrees F warmer than normal for at least eight hours of the day, which can yield a savings of up to 10%.
- Only use cold water when you wash clothes. Forgoing the hot water setting on your washing machine can save you around $60 per year, according to a study by SaveOnEnergy.com. Plus, as a bonus, using cold water to wash your clothes can actually help preserve the quality.
- Optimize your windows. If your windows aren’t properly sealed, you could be wasting energy simply by trying to cool a room that isn’t well insulated. Adding weather stripping to your windows can help reduce this issue, as well as installing well-fitting exterior shutters that you can close on particularly hot and sunny days.
- If you have appliances or devices you don’t use frequently, resist the habit of keeping them plugged into the wall. Only plugging in while in use can add up to big utility savings over time.
- Upgrade your appliances. While it can be a big expense upfront, energy efficient appliances can save you more money in the long run. This is especially true for larger appliances with a big footprint in your energy bill, like washers and dryers or refrigerators.
Even checking off one of these items can make a difference in your summer energy bill, so start making changes today.
- Shutter Man