Window shutters can serve many purposes. In areas of the country prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural disasters, the shutters are fully functional. They can be closed in times of bad weather. This helps to protect the windows from damaging winds.

In parts of the country immune to such disaster, shutters are still popular additions to windows. Though fully decorative and completely inoperable, they give the home’s exterior an extra spark. Homeowners simply like the look of shutters. They give the face of a house character, personality and jazz it up a bit. Shutters give a house a traditional beauty, an old-fashioned elegance.

Shutters can also be used inside a home. They can be used to close off louver doors between rooms. This can be a decorative touch or it can add function to a door.

Shutters can be made of many different materials, including wood, vinyl, and faux wood. They come in an array of colors, although black and white are the most popular choices. Shutters are also available in many different styles. Whatever your style, whether traditional or contemporary, they have shutters to suit it. A popular choice today is "farmhouse-style" shutters on a city house. This look works particularly well with homes that feature a prominent porch. This allows homeowners to feel the comfort of the farm with all the convenience of the city. Window shutters can be made to match or complement your home’s exterior or to stand in stark contrast to it. Whatever your decorating goals for your home, you can probably find a shutter to match.

Whether for decoration or function, shutters are a nice addition to any home.