Open and Shut Case: Choosing and Hanging Shutters

This undated photo provided by Timberlane Shutters/ shows louvered shutters that are very popular in American architecture. The shutters, which originally had movable slats, allowed air to circulate in the home. Photo: Courtesy Timberlane Shutters,, AP

By Melissa Kossler Dutton, Associated Press
June 24, 2014

Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C.

But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say.

Beauty in architecture, as with many objects, often stems from seeing a detail that illustrates its purpose,” Cleary says…

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