Traditionally, shutters on the exterior of a home served a purpose beyond just aesthetics; security, light filtering and ventilation were prime reasons. If you are planning on utilizing shutters on your project consider where and how they are to be utilized. If for curb appeal alone, skip the expense.
We like to see solid-paneled shutters on the main floor level for privacy and louvered shutters on upper levels for light filtering and ventilation. Size your shutters so that they could conceivably cover the opening even if they are to be non-operable.
You can also utilize louvered shutters in conjunction with exterior doors to allow for ventilation and privacy. These louvered doors were often found on ocean liners before the advent of air-conditioning.
Timberlane Shutters located in Montgomeryville, PA produces beautiful, historically accurate shutters in both wood and composite materials. Visit their website at: http://www.timberlane.com/