Five Fun Ideas For Decorating With Shutters

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The life of a wooden shutter does not have to end when it is taken off the exterior of a house.  It may be weathered and worn but this is the exact look that is perfect for interior decorating!  That is, of course, if you are in to shabby chic or rustic decor.  Decorating with shutters is a popular design choice and there are several ways to incorporate them into a room.

For example, I needed a window covering for the small bathroom window in our cabin.  I didn’t want to go with traditional curtains or blinds so when I found a set of bright orange shutters, I knew I found the perfect solution.  They were a perfect size to simply sit on the window ledge, offering privacy with a little bit of rustic whimsy.

There are plenty of other ways to decorate with shutters, though, that don’t even involve windows.  I found some of the best ideas to share with you.  All you need to do is find yourself some shutters!  Many can be found at antique stores, flea markets, Craigslist and estate sales.

Decorating With Shutters:

shutter headboard
Shutter headboard by My Sweet Savannah.

1.  Shutter Headboard – I love unique headboards and these shutters make up a headboard that is full of interest.  Using two different colors creates a fun pattern and added style.

shutter shelf
Shutter shelf by Jennifer Adams Design Blog.

2.  Shutter Shelf – Make a great looking shelf by incorporating a shutter into the design!  This is a fun look especially with the fresh coat of green paint.

Shutters on the wall by Chic Coles.

3.  Shutters On The Wall – Simply hanging shutters on the wall as is, stained or painted adds tons of textural interest.  They work great to break up a large bare wall.

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Shutter sofa table by HGTV.

4.  Use a shutter as a table top for a sofa table!  This fun idea can be easily made with the tutorial provided by HGTV.  Just click on the photo for full instructions.

Have you used shutters in your decorating?  Share your ideas with us!

Happy decorating!

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4 comments
  1. I had an old wood window I wanted to use so hubs put a set of smaller shutters that were just the right length of the window. He angled them out on either side of the window so a shelf on bottom of window would fit. He angled the shelf to fit the bottom of the window and between the angled shutters. Wish I had a digi camera so I could include a pic of it. I’ve used it in almost every room over the years. It’s not ever going to be sold, love it too much.
    Love idea of the shutter for bottom of shelf you featured. I have a longer shutter to hang and some pretty wrought iron brackets for the shelf. I’ve been wanting a shelf for over our bed so will use one of the shutters and the brackets to make it. Have to get hubs moved out of his chair first. I guess he thinks he’s retired.

  2. I’m still waiting for hubs to find that shutter in the shed so guess I’ll be doing some digging myself. I so enjoy your blog and the great projects you feature. Get so much inspiration. Can hardly wait to get that shelf over the bed. Have to find shutter first. Ahem….dear
    Just finished watching olympics closing ceremony, WOW what a spectacular.

  3. I love the Shutters gallery wall by 2 Friends & 2 Cities. I’d like to read more or see more pictures, but I cannot locate a web site.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. The link to the site is no longer valid so I took the photo off this post.

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