Decorating with Shutters


Text by Linda Wright / Styling by Yukie McLean

Release your creative juices and imagine the varied ways to incorporate shutters into your decorating scheme. 

Shutters have hung at windows for centuries to provide privacy and control the amount of sunlight streaming into a room. With the advent of louvered shutters (as opposed to solid panels), fresh air could even flow into the area. Today, we control sunlight and privacy with draperies and blinds, and we cool our rooms with air-conditioning. So have shutters disappeared? Hardly.

Shutters are a popular decorative element in cottages large and small. Professional designers as well as creative homeowners scour flea markets and junk stores in hopes of finding paint-worn shutters. Talented woodworkers incorporate them in projects that don’t even go near windows. So check out some clever repurposing ideas we’ve found in hopes of inspiring you.


To give an old bookcase a touch of cottage style, attach two shutters to use as doors. Don’t worry about painting them; a little patina adds to the charm.

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