Decorating: Versatile Ways with Window Shutters
Suitable for every room in the house, shutters are timeless, chic and offer a brilliant alternative to fabric window treatments
A beautiful, full-length picture window with interesting curves and stained glass panels is too precious to be covered up with heavy curtains or even sheers. Simple, white wooden shutters that fold back almost invisibly are the perfect solution here.
For a rustic style interior, there is nothing better than the raw beauty of natural, unadorned timber. The simplicity of these double-tier wooden shutters creates just the right tempo with the charcoal coloured walls and open fire.
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This is a clever trick: paint your window shutters in a similar shade to your walls and introduce pattern and print with accessories and flooring. The cool mint green hue on these shutteres creates a calm, appealing bedroom ambience.
Plantation shutters make for the most fuss-free of window treatments and they also create pretty shadow patterns on a neutral wall (when the sun is shining, of course).
There is something so chic yet understated about solid window shutters. Just the very action of unfolding them each morning instils a sophisticated air of French style into your daily proceedings. When fitted just three-quarters high, they offer masses of privacy while still allowing light to flood in from the top.
Traditionalists might not be able to forgo curtains completely, but why not use both? The trick is to keep the room scheme fairly calm and neutral, to avoid overkill. Here, subtle colours on furnishings and pale wooden shutters make a simple backdrop, and then the gathered, floral curtains add just the right amount of pattern and flounce.
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Far from disappearing into the woodwork and architecture, these window shutters stand out. They have been painted in a dramatic inky black for maximum contrast. After all, while shutters are there to do a job, they are also a decorating feature in their own right - a fact that is easy to exploit with strong colour.
Who would have thought that a window treatment could be so clever? These double tier, top-and-bottom shutters can open independently of each other so you can control the light and privacy levels as you wish.
Privacy is a huge consideration for a bathroom window treatment and folding shutters provide it in style. In addition, they are neat, functional and with the right painted finish can withstand a damp environment and be wiped clean of dust and condensation easily.
A row of high-level window shutters are the perfect finishing touch to this funky, retro basement. It demonstrates the versatility of shutters, which work equally well in a traditional country home or a contemporary, colour-packed den.
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