It’s easy to design your own custom color shutters with Timberlane – but choosing the exact color you want isn’t always so simple.
“It looked like a prison,” said Deborah S. about the ranch-style home she had just bought. From the curb, the exterior is somewhat industrial-looking, a little bit plain and cold. Just not quite “homey.” A squat, grey building that stretches wide and flat through the lawn. Up close, the house is beautiful—awash with shimmery gray stone flecked with silver mica. For whatever reason, the rancher just didn’t have that warm, familiar feeling of “home.”
Sometimes, transforming a new house to reflect your own style isn’t easy. Though, it’s probably more difficult for some than for others—such as, perhaps, a colorblind art collector whose sense of aesthetic is as particular as her sense of color is murky. However, with an initial spark to get the wheels turning and a bit of advice from our shutter experts—as well as renowned painter Ford Smith—Deborah managed to design just the right finishing touch she needed to fall in love with her home.
Deborah is a scientist living in Bucks County, PA. And although she works a very left—brain job, her interest in art and eye for design are both patently clear. Original paintings cover her walls, impeccably arranged and carefully curated. Inside, the home is reminiscent of the old Barnes Museum, if Barnes had a more contemporary taste in art. Truly, each room is flawlessly planned and filled to the brim with visual interest. But the gray stone exterior and wide, short structure of her home really needed something.
“I knew, as soon as I saw this house for the first time, that it needed shutters—and I wanted to get real shutters.” Real shutters—as in functioning shutters—are rarely seen on houses in the US, save for a handful of neighborhoods. And being shutter enthusiasts ourselves, we had to ask what made her feel that real, high-quality shutters were the missing element.
“It just…came. To me, it looked like that’s what was missing,” said Deborah. Once she knew that well-made, functional, exterior shutters were the answer, Deborah did a bit of research. She found Timberlane online, though we happen to be located right in her area. “I had a lot of confidence in Timberlane,” she said.
Account Executive Sean Childs helped Deborah to create the perfect shutter design. Deborah went with our maintenance-free Endurian® Shutters, with 60/40-configured flat panels with Ogee trim, and complete hardware for her shutters’ installation. Still, there was one last element that was missing.
“The very hardest thing was the color,” said Deborah. “Almost every color, I see differently.” And so began the most difficult part of designing her custom color shutters.
“It was really all about trying to uncover what her desire was for the project,” said Sean. “Going through the process of her deciding on different colors and giving my two cents, just to try and capture her perfect picture of what these would look like.”
“Everybody said, ‘black would look nice,’ but—I wouldn’t buy a black car, either,”said Deborah. And while black shutters would be an excellent choice for this home, and many homeowners might have gone with the suggestion—she is not one to simply go with the crowd if it disagrees with her vision. Naturally, she wasn’t interested in simply picking the “obvious” choice for her shutter color. Deborah wanted something more unexpected.
She sent a photo of her new house to her friends Ford and Cristi Smith, asking for advice. “He’s one of my favorite artists, and he is a color master. They couldn’t find a picture, but they said ‘gray-infused eggplant.’ And then, I was on a mission to find ‘gray-infused eggplant.’”
Luckily, Ford and Cristi are quite familiar with Deborah’s taste.
“She has a distinctive palette,” said Cristi. “I know, when Ford creates a painting, if Deborah is gonna love it. She likes those soothing, cool colors: the blues, the purples, the greens and grays. And Ford knows her palette, as well—so we were talking about purples, and he said ‘eggplant’—and that was how we eventually came up with “gray-infused eggplant.’”
Finally, after looking at pages upon pages of purples, Deborah found the exact hue she was hunting for. And because of our custom color-matching abilities, the paint was mixed and professionally applied with our multi-step painting process for a rich luster and long-lasting protective finish. At last, the shutters—and home—were complete.
“It couldn’t have been better. It made a tremendous difference to me,” Deborah says about her new custom color shutters. “I just think they’re so happy and elegant.” We’ll take that as a sign that it doesn’t look prison-like anymore.