Pros and Cons of Interior and Exterior Window ShuttersIn a previous article, Window Shutters Add Sophistication, we focused primarily on interior window shutters. We noted that interior window shutters are more practical, but exterior shutters are a great choice, too. It depends on your particular needs and wants. Here are some pros and cons of each.

Exterior window shutters add curb appeal to your home. They look beautiful from the outside, a classic touch that reminds us of yesteryear when these shutters were primarily for practical rather than design purposes. Back then, when they were first used for centuries, it was much more difficult to keep a home heated, and insulation was nowhere near as good. Generally, people now choose exterior window shutters because they like the look. But, sometimes these exterior shutters look out of place; it entirely depends on the style of your home. On a Cape Cod or colonial home, shutters were and are a common feature; less so on a 1970s-style rancher.

Exterior window shutters serve more as a design focal point rather than for practical purposes. While interior shutters replace blinds or curtains, exterior shutters will still require blinds or curtains on the inside. Most people don’t close the exterior shutters, but instead keep them open all year round. Thus, they don’t act as an insulator, keeping a home cool or warm, depending on the time of year.

Meanwhile, interior shutters are both practical and add a design function. They can also suit any room, regardless of the home’s design, depending on its decor. They can be painted or stained in a huge variety of shades (we should note, so can exterior shutters; they just need to be rainproof as well). Interior shutters act as both an insulator and a privacy barrier, while still allowing air to circulate. Interior shutters do not require additional drapes or blinds, and since they are visible from the outside, add curb appeal much like exterior shutters do. Interior shutters are also much simpler to install.