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Shutters: Easy Architectural Detail

Shutters: Easy Architectural Detail

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I‘ve always loved shutters. I think it is the architectural detail that makes a home unique and give it character, and shutters are a great way for anyone to add that special touch inside and out.

The beauty of shutters is the wide variety of ways you can use them! Whether you install them permanently or just use them in a decorative way, they add the architectural richness, chunkiness and detail that I love!

You can buy them new, place a custom order or drag them out of a dumpster…shutters are all good! Shutters are one architectural detail that almost everyone can find a use for, whether you rent or own your own home. Enjoy this “shutter inspiration!”

Shutters: Easy Architectural Detail

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Shutters: Easy Architectural Detail

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Shutters: Easy Architectural Detail

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Shutters: Easy Architectural Detail

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How do you use shutters at your home?

Let me see how you used them! There are so many creative ideas out there, I’d love to see what you’ve done!

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Need more ideas for adding architectural detail?
Check out these ideas here!

Befores & Afters:
WOW! Budget Makeovers

Befores & Afters: <br>WOW! Budget Makeovers
PAINT AFTER

Whether it is as simple as an updated paint job or an ingenious and clever way to conceal a flaw, I love that you can make a room or window or feature look entirely different and more than acceptable without a big fat wad of cash and an expensive contractor.

I did a lot of these kinds of makeovers (what I call “creative concealments”) at my old house. I was excited to see some great before and after examples over at Country Living (designer, the fabulous Eddie Ross). Let’s take a peek!

Befores & Afters: <br>WOW! Budget Makeovers

PAINT BEFORE

There are times when a clean coat of white paint (see my favorite antique white here) is the perfect solution to a dated room or less than stellar design.

Where white may have been considered boring or not very daring in years past, now it is oh-so-chic to have a soft, non jarring backdrop.

Instead of highlighting every unspectacular or dated feature in a room with bold colors and contrasting trim (see above BEFORE photo), blur the dated or less than quality parts of the room into a chic space with one color for trim and walls.

Here Eddie Ross used Decorator’s White from Benjamin Moore and highlighted only the back of the bookshelves with Skylark Song from Benjamin Moore. A very effective choice!

Befores & Afters: <br>WOW! Budget Makeovers
WINDOW BEFORE

I’ve shown a few other cleverly disguised windows on The Inspired Room, and this is another great example. This window was large and showed off a nice private and green view, but the peak really dated the room.

By simply sheet rocking over the peak inside and putting cedar planks outside, this window was brought into the modern day for only $175. The view and the window was salvaged!

Befores & Afters: <br>WOW! Budget Makeovers
WINDOW AFTER

Isn’t it lovely? You’d never guess they didn’t spend a fortune on a new window. Love creative concealments!

And while we are ooh’ing and ahh’ing over the creatively concealed window, check out their new furniture and decor. It made an amazing difference and was all done on a modest budget! Grosgrain ribbon glue gunned to a Homegoods lamp. Blue toile furniture? All three pieces $225, thrift store.

Want to see more? Check out Country Living and Eddie Ross!

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