Custom Shutters for Rustic Homes

Rustic shutters have been around for hundreds of years.  Originally designed to be functional and inside the home, we now often see rustic shutters used decoratively outside homes.

Rustic shutters can give your log cabin or cottage a bit of charm.  They add character and a welcoming feel to the exterior of your cabin, and they hint of coziness inside.

The rustic shutters that you’ll see in the following photos are not available over the counter, in stores.  If you see something that you like, your builder may be able to make them for you.  Or, if you or your significant other are handy, you can make them yourself.

These shutters are creative and unique.  They are artful, but you don’t have to be an artist to design rustic shutters for your home.  With a little imagination, you can have an original design for your home’s rustic shutters, as well.

Here are some ideas to get you started…

Rustic Shutters That Open Into the Room

Rustic shutter in an old church
Rustic shutters in an old masonry church. In older buildings, the shutters were accessed from the inside. The walls of buildings were very thick, and most people couldn’t reach the shutters if they were on the outside, to close them. Notice the pretty carved panels on these rustic shutters.

Rustic Shutters with Wrought Iron Hinges

Rustic shutters with wrought iron hinges
This shutter is on an older masonry building. Notice the large wrought iron hinges. They are decorative as well as functional.

Rustic Shutters That Lock Inside

Blue rustic shutters that lock inside
These rustic shutters are functional. They can be closed and locked from inside. The shutters can block sunshine, keep rain out, insulate from the cold and give the home owners privacy.

Old Log Cabin Shutters

Old log cabin shutters
The shutter shown in this photo can close, and it could be used to insulate in the winter, on cold snowy days.

Rustic Shutters That Lock on the Outside

Rustic shutters that lock on the outside
An example of functional shutters that open and close from the outside. The home owner would have to lock these rustic shutters by going outdoors.

Custom Shutters Cutouts

Rustic shutters with cutouts are most often seen in log cabins, cottages and resorts.  The custom cutouts make a cabin unique and memorable.  If you have ever stayed in a resort that had custom shutters with cute cutouts, I guarantee that the little cutouts in the shutters are one of your fondest memories.

Cute little cutouts bring whimsey and fun to even the plainest of cabins or cottages.  And we remember them.

I you are building a log or timber home, you may want to include custom shutters in your design.  And, if you are handy in the workshop, you can make these custom shutters yourself.

Tulip Cutouts on Rustic Shutters

Rustic shutters with tulip cutouts
Don’t you just love these cute tulip shutters! No matter what time of the year, they remind you of spring. Notice that these shutters are each made of 2 pieces, held together at the top and bottom with small boards. That makes them easy to cut our and assemble.

Hearts in Custom Shutters

Heart cut-outs in shutters
Hearts, a symbol of love, will always be a popular motif. This house has a cedar shake siding that has been stained. The pretty aqua colored shutters contrast nicely with the siding.

Star Cut-outs on Rustic Shutters

Star cut outs in shutters
This cute star shutter would be extremely easy to make. Design your star and trace it onto 3 pieces of wood.  Cut it, sand it and then put the wood pieces together to form the star.

Rounded Cutout Hearts on Rustic Shutters

Hearts on rustic shutters
This heart overlay has an entirely different look. The heart has rounded edges, either carved or routed, and the woods are stained to look natural. For this custom shutter, you could even use woods with contrasting natural colors. Then finish with an exterior clear finish.

Contrasting Colors and Cutouts

Gold and brown rustic shutters
Little diamonds form a cross shape on these bi-color rustic shutters. They are mounted on a masonry building with a tile roof.

Finer Detail on Rustic Shutters

Green rustic shutters with diamond design
Beautifully detailed, these pretty shutters are simple boards with a cutout design. The paint forms a contrast with the otherwise colorless masonry exterior walls.

Simple Design But Attractive Rustic Shutters

Diamond design on shuttersThis is a clever design. These shutters are each made from 2 pieces of wood, making them very easy to cut out. From a distance, you see the diamond shape, but the shutters appear to be one piece. The cottage has cedar shakes that have been stained.

Pine Tree Cutouts on Rustic Shutters

Rustic shutters with tree designs
Trees are a popular rustic motif used in log and timber homes. These cute pine trees add interest to plain white shutters. Perfect solution for a cabin in the woods.

Log Cabin with Pine Tree Shutters

barn red rustic shutters
These shutters have a simple design. The interest is in the pine tree cutout, and the painted shutters contrast nicely with the stain on the logs in the cabin. Green shutters would also look nice on this cabin.

Tall Pines on Rustic Shutters

Pine tree shutters on log building
This commercial log building has tall pine tree cutouts on its shutters. The shutters are made in two pieces, making it easy to construct them, using a band saw or jig saw. The green paint on doors, windows and shutters is a nice contrast to the logs in the building.

More Tree Cutouts on Rustic Shutters

Yellow shutters with pine tree cut outs
With another pattern for pine trees, this set of shutters has a more interesting shutter design. The flower box complements the shutters and window nicely. A pretty combination for a cozy cottage.

Still Another Tree Cutout Design

Green shutters with pine trees
This tree cutout design was on an older house in New England. The home is a post and beam home with clapboard siding.

Very Rustic Shutters

Old shutters that have weathered
On a very old home, these shutters have weathered over the years. Note the Z pattern in the bracing for the rustic shutters.

Stained Shutters and Flower Box

Shutters with flower box
A pretty contrast to the white of the masonry on this cottage, these shutters and flower box stand out nicely. The flowers in the flower box add a nice splash of color.

Carved Rustic Shutters

Rustic shutters on log cabin
This is a really interesting window treatment on an older log home. These shutters and the decorative piece below the window are all hand carved. An especially charming and unique approach.

Color in Your Rustic Shutters

Blue and white shutters
Color adds interest, whether to a log cabin or to a cottage. These shutters, painted blue and white, attract the eye. If you don’t feel that you are especially artsy, you might try this kind of approach to give your cabin some visual appeal.