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Shutters are a great way to add to your home’s style and decor, whether you use them inside or outside your windows. But home decor buffs and professionals can still surprise you by using elements outside of their usual setting–in this case, window shutters as accessories, far from any window or door. Curious? I bet you are. Let’s look into the world of shutters as decor accessories.

Backyard impression

The first picture I found of window shutters as accessories is this stunning stucco and stone backyard.

Although in this case the shutters are not actually wood, the effect of these tall shutter lying against the wall and surrounded by candles and plants is really neat. It breaks the monotony of the stucco wall while in keeping with the traditional, western style of the decor. It’s a neat final touch that ties everything together: the color of the stone and the shade of the sculpted wood benches.

And here’s one idea for the green gardeners among you: these reclaimed shutters used as vertical growing spots. I’m not quite sure how they managed this technically, but I know that the savvy growers can figure it out. This idea can add some green liveliness to a bare garden wall or could even be used to grow fresh herbs in a sunny spot in the kitchen.

Vintage details

Reclaimed (or faux-reclaimed) shutters can add a touch of vintage to any room.

This eclectic dining room features modern chairs, a Victorian chandelier, traditional Chinese vases and vintage elements in the birdcage and shutters. The shutters add detail and movement to otherwise bare walls, and they are more original than posters or paintings. They work with the birdcage to establish a vintage look, and the fading paint breaks up the orange color of the wall. The high shutters would also make this room look taller.

Here, a small reclaimed shutter provides the perfect support for this vintage-style clock. Everything in this kitchen has rough edges: the backsplash stone, the mosaic tile, even the metal scale used to hold the garlic. This shutter fits perfectly.

This bathroom not only has shutters as window coverings, but also as an accessory. The left wall is graced with another reclaimed shutter from an attic window that fits just right with the style inspired by the wicker basket.

Somewhat similar to the clock above, here these reclaimed Victorian home shutters are used as a backdrop for the modern photo frames. I love how they fit with the rusted iron chandelier to give the whole a well-loved, yet contemporary, effect.

And why not use shutters on the horizontal plane? These vintage blue shutters frame the HOME lettering above while cleverly transitioning from side console to wall. I love how the golden contrast tones recall the chipped sections of the shutters. The flower vase placement adds needed vertical lines to this section of the wall.

Everything screams “vintage” in this family room: the loose couch cover held by bands of fabric, the toy horse, the canoe paddle and, yes, the shutter casually lying against the wall. The overall effect is soft, welcoming and homey.

Your thoughts?

I find this idea of using shutters as accessories original and clever. Shutters are all around us, and yet they are mostly invisible. These ideas give back some visibility to these quintessential window coverings. Have you ever used window shutters in an original way? Tell us about !

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Anabelle Bernard Fournier

Anabelle is a freelance writer, writing teacher and blogger. She spends a lot of time at home, so she likes to make sure that it's cozy and nice, especially in her reading nook. In her free time, Anabelle knits, walks and learns how to write stories.