Shutter Guides 15.03.18

Choosing the right colour for window shutters

Pinning down the right colour for your window shutters can be a big decision in terms of design, especially given the influence shutters have on your interior as a whole. Shutters define a space (whether a living room or a bathroom), so it is of utmost importance that you get it right. However, this will take a lot of planning, a hint of inspiration, and some advice from the experts. As a company who lives and breathes window shutters, we consider ourselves those experts, so in this post we are going to advise you on how to pick shutter colours for your home.

All in all, this process requires thinking about which colours are most often used for shutters, which elements of your interior you’d like to complement, and how best to keep up with the design and decor that defines the rest of your interior. Let’s start with an important question…

Which colours are popular with shutters?

Each type of shutter comes with its own selection of colours, and as such certain colours are more popular with certain kinds of shutter. For instance, Phoenix shutters are often paired with light shades of brown while Boston shutters are primarily seen in a selection of white tones. Practically speaking, if you would prefer to go for a ‘safe’ colour with your shutters, take a look through our gallery to get an idea of the colours previously used by our customers. All in all, white and wooden tones are the most popular choice of shutter colours, not least because such colours are incredibly versatile, more likely to blend into any interior regardless of colour palette.

But you don’t have to go with neutral tones simply because they are more popular with the average consumer. The range of shutters available on the market today is more diverse than most think – there are colours for all interiors, all palettes, and all personal tastes. So why not make a statement out of your shutters and pick a more bold and standout colour instead? Those looking to strike a contrast with their shutters and make them stand out against their interior should look toward those bolder colours (e.g. cherry reds, black walnuts, golden oaks). Dark-coloured shutters are less common than whites and browns but they can certainly pack a punch when contrasted with minimal interiors, and they fit like a glove into more urban homes. Bold and brazen colours not your thing? Try staining wooden shutters with a soft finish to accentuate the natural qualities of the grain and bring an element of authenticity to your space.

How to pick shutter colours that work

The shutter colours you choose often comes down to two things: your personal taste and the room itself. Just as every person has different preferences when it comes to their interiors, every room demands a different set of colours, textures, and patterns. The main question is: do you want your shutters to blend in with such features or stand out against them and work as a kind of statement piece? The versatility of shutters gives them room to fit both of these purposes, with the ability either merge or contrast with almost any interior. Just make sure you choose the colour that works best for your desired look. Alongside the form and material of your shutters, their colour and finish determines the prominence they have within your space.

More than any other feature, your walls establish the overall colour scheme within your interior. As such, the exact colour of your window shutters is largely dependent on the palette set out by the tones and shades that make up the walls surrounding your windows. With kitchen shutters, consider the colour of your units, countertops, island, and floor before settling on a colour. Likewise, the colour palettes in dining rooms and living rooms are often set out by furnishings, flooring, and decorations. In the bathroom, look toward the colour of the sink, the bath, the tile. Whatever space you are dealing with, you should figure out the overarching colour scheme before deciding which colour your window shutters will be and how they will function in the room – you just need to look in the right places to work it out!

The style of interior you’re dealing with is also an important factor when picking shutter colours. For instance, modern interiors usually look best when they feature a coherent palette of whites paired with clean lines and smooth textures. As such, contemporary shutters are often comprised of glossier materials like MDF or LVL, which can help foster a perfectly minimal palette when topped off with a white or beige coat. However, these modern and sleek colours can sometimes clash with the warm shades of brown that usually make up traditional interiors. Such designs are best served by shutters which come available in more ‘classic’ colours like wooden browns, elegant greens, or perhaps subtle shades of blue.

Can you paint your shutters?

Generally speaking, we do not recommend that you paint your window shutters. Why is that? Because it’s a job only for professionals (quite often, a job for machines) that most people will not have the necessary skills and experience to complete. Unless you’re like Da Vinci with a brush or like Banksy with a spray can, you will likely find it very difficult to apply an even finish of paint to shutters as they are very picky and complex in shape. Furthermore, paint can seep into the mechanism and stick very quickly (e.g. in between the louvers and the frame), so painting your shutters on a DIY basis has the potential compromise the functionality of your shutters.

But this should not pose any problems for those who know which shutter colours they prefer. Shutters come in a wide range of custom colours, more than enough to suit your personal taste, so the only problem you may encounter when getting the right colour is being spoilt for choice! For instance, here at Diamond Shutters we have a spectrum of wood finishes from golden oak to black walnut. In addition, we have a vibrant selection of paint tones encompassing every shade of white imaginable (for all you clean-cut minimalists out there). So get browsing, because whatever colour you end up choosing we are bound to stock an exact match!

For more information and guidance regarding interior window shutters, feel free to get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help. We’ll even guide you through the process of how to pick shutter colours that are perfect for your home and personal tastes!