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Function drives style, size when choosing shutters

This photo provided by Timberlane Shutters/Timberlane.com shows louvered shutters that are popular in American architecture. The shutters, which originally had movable slats, allowed air to circulate in the home.
This photo provided by Timberlane Shutters/Timberlane.com shows louvered shutters that are popular in American architecture. The shutters, which originally had movable slats, allowed air to circulate in the home.
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Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, North Carolina. But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say. “Beauty in architecture, as with many objects, often stems from seeing a detail that illustrates its purpose,” Cleary says. A ...

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