Plantation shutters, originally used to protect windows against storms in plantation houses, add a touch of history and style to any home. Used as inside shutters, they are helpful at protecting your home from sunlight and providing privacy. However, windows aren't the only places that plantation shutters can be useful in your decor. With a little creativity, you can use them to add history and whimsy to any room
Jazz Up Your Pantry Door
Pantry doors aren't usually thought of as a decor item, but using a folding plantation shutter as a door adds style to an otherwise overlooked decorating possibility. As an added bonus, opening the louvers ensures air circulation to prevent stored food from molding.
Never Lose Your Measuring Spoons Again
Why not put that pantry door to double duty and use the outside of it to hang kitchen utensils or small pots? If you don'5 have a pantry door, just hang the shutter on the wall to keep all your frequently used items handy.
Go Undercover With an Ugly Wall
Using shutters to cover an unsightly wall is especially helpful to apartment dwellers who can't make major changes to their homes. After a long parade of tenants, walls often have ugly patches and an uneven surface. A few tall shutters can effectively hide all of that, and serve double duty to hang pictures or coat hangers without causing wall damage you may have to pay for when you leave.
Get In Over Your Head
If you want a simple, stylish headboard for a historic or country decor, plantation shutters are an excellent choice. Add fancy brackets and a small shelf to hold your favorite books, reading glasses, or a pretty basket to stash your pajamas or bedtime snacks. Drape a string of decorative lights across the top for an ambient glow.
Repurpose That Cheap Bookcase Into Storage
Plantation shutters can turn a cheap, ordinary bookshelf into a custom cabinet. Use the outside to hold mail, hang pictures or add your favorite photos attached with clothespins for a personal touch. Why not paint each slat a different whimsical color to express your unique personality?
Divvy Up That Space
An open floor plan is great for flow, but it means you always have to keep every room spotlessly clean. Join a few tall plantation shutters together with hinges and create a folding room divider to hide those places that aren't always perfect. When you want to show the space off, just fold it back. Living in a studio? Surround your bed with plantation shutters to create a private sleeping space hidden away from visitors.
Get creative by taking the shutters down from the windows and using them to dress up other areas of our home. Talk to your local plantation shutter dealer to see what sizes and configurations are available. He will likely have even more ideas for using shutters creatively in your decor. To learn more, contact a company like Blinds & Shutters Direct.