Shutters on an old home are often operational. They open and close to provide weatherproofing, shade, privacy, or even peace and quiet. In a new old home -- a new home designed to look like an old home -- shutters are often only decorative. They do not open and close but instead are attached to the side of the house to look like open shutters on a vintage home. Modern homes sometimes use decorative shutters to create curb appeal. But just because a shutter is not real, doesn't mean that it needs to look unrealistic. Today, we look at shutter hardware that you can use to make decorative shutters look like functional shutters.
|Faux Shutter Hinge|
|Faux Shutter Dog|
Although it may not be necessary to make a shutter functional, functional shutters usually have shutter dogs (or shutter tiebacks). Shutter dogs prevent real shutters from closing unintentionally. Because of its visibility, a shutter dog, or the absence of a shutter dog, is a telltale sign of the authenticity of a shutter. A functional shutter would likely have a shutter dog to keep the shutter open. Faux shutter dogs can be rather convincing pieces of hardware for making decorative shutters appear operational. Shop 4 Classics offers faux shutter dogs that attach to the bottom of decorative shutters to make it look as if the shutter dog is keeping the shutter open.
The two additional pieces of shutter hardware that are typically found on functional shutters are slide bolts and ring pulls. Shutter slide bolts are used to keep shutters closed. Shutter ring pulls provide handles for pulling open shutters to the closed position. It may be a bit obsessive but shutter slide bolts and shutter ring pulls can also be installed on decorative shutters. Over the top maybe, but the perfectionist or the homeowner with decorative shutters surrounded by homes with functional shutters might consider shutter slide bolts and shutter ring pulls to complete their mission to make their decorative shutters look real.