Exterior Shutter Trends for 2018

Exterior Shutters plays an important part in the overall look and feel of your home.  Let’s explore some of the popular trends we see for 2018.



Try using simple shutters for a pure, uncluttered effect to allow other beautiful features on the outside of your home to shine.  It is in line with minimalism, where you incorporate clean, refreshing looks, while adding a nice touch to your decor.

To follow this trend, use shutters with sharp lines, minimal details and neutral colors.  Here we will propose something like a flat panel shutter, and/or a shutter with one large single panel, or even a board and batten style with no battens (horizontal pieces).


Lighten up:

Color plays a big role in the overall appearance of your home, and while exterior shutters are typically dark colored, we’ve seen an uptick in lighter colored shutters.  This works especially well when trying to modernize the look of an older building.  Light colored walls, combined with shutters in a slightly darker hue seems to be the norm.  Whites and grays works very well and is a trend that will be with us for a while.



Stick with the basics:

Exterior shutters should never overpower the look of your house and not all homes lend itself to the exotic.  There’s nothing wrong with some traditional Raised Panel style shutters or even Louvered shutters to give a traditional, formal house a neat and tidy look.  Board and Batten shutters works well on a house with a mix of exterior surfaces (brick and stone, or siding and shingles).  For Raised Panel style shutters, make sure the panels mimic the windows, for Louvers you can try a wider slat, and with Board and Batten shutters we see a trend to use more, but narrower Boards (vertical pieces).


Add flair and personality:

Another subtle way of giving you home a one-of-a-kind appearance is to add custom cutouts to your shutters.  Let your home’s personality shine with just about any shape you can imagine, from stars and crescent moons to palm trees and hearts.  Go bold and traditional with a full cutout, or subtle and interesting with only a small relief cut on the outside corner.  This obviously only works on paneled or Board and Batten style shutters.




The exterior of your home is the first impression for people coming up to your house.  Shutters play a crucial role in making or breaking that first impression.  It makes sense to ensure you incorporate the shutters to form a pleasant and unified appearance.


Dupbel Millworks Inc. manufactures exteriors shutters using only weather resistant materials. Our core business is shutters made from a composite wood material that is rot, insect and weather resistant. We manufacture a series of shutters styles and are fully equipped to help you design the specific look you desire, and every shutter is custom made based on your house, windows and design.


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