I figured I would start periodically discussing on this blog home and garden design -- likes, dislikes, and random ponderings (it's easy fodder for discussion, and in a neighborhood where many are fixing up homes, it's not too off topic for this blog). I do so because I love the topic, think I have a pretty good eye for what looks good and what doesn't, and enjoy dreaming of how spaces could be better. As disclaimers: style-wise, I currently gravitate toward the subtle, crisp, and contemporary; my own tastes change over time; I appreciate a range of looks; and I know that certain aesthetics don't transcend all architecture.
For my inaugural design post, I thought I'd write about an aesthetic that annoys me like no other: fake, unrealistic-looking shutters. Used because real, custom, functioning shutters are prohibitively expensive, fake shutters are usually off-the-shelf shutters affixed to a house with screws or nails on both sides of a window. Unlike real shutters that can be used for privacy, shading and security, fake shutters serve only an ornamental purpose. Often, fake shutters are selected and installed with no regard for attempting the look of functioning shutters (see, e.g., the shutters on these homes). When folded closed, of course, functioning shutters would cover the entire window. They also would include hardware to keep the shutters from flapping in the wind. Fake shutters are often too skinny for the windows they abut and have no hardware.
All to say, if you're dead set on the look of shutters but don't want to pay for real shutters, please -- for me -- try to size them so that they look like functioning shutters.
Does anyone else have a disdain for faux shutters? Or another pet peeve worth exploring here?