A couple of weeks back I did a short video on some outdoor projects in which I pointed out that outside was a great place to hone those woodworking skills before heading in. I suggested that shutters might be a good place to start. They can be very simple, like these:
These may be simple, but they look GOOD! At least in the tropical setting where I found them this past weekend. While these colors may not be right for everyone, I think shutters are a great untapped opportunity for many homes across the country…maybe even mine, or yours!
While I was in The Keys, I saw a vast assortment of cool shutters. Sometimes they were incredibly artistic! Look at these:
Aren’t these simple shutters nice? I always love the look of shutters on an arch top window. If you think the shutters and wall are colorful, take a look at the whole house:
Those are actual Conch shells in the band above the hand painted garage door. Something tells me this wouldn’t pass muster if you have a Homeowners Association and deed restrictions! But in this setting, it was really very pretty! (I’m not scared to say “pretty” sometimes)
Another thing I saw that I really love in any type of architectural element is the inclusion of a silhouette. For example, take a look at these shutters:
Is this just WAY TOO TROPICAL for you? While I know you wouldn’t put a palm tree in Northern Minnesota, I still think the idea could be applied everywhere. It’s also easy to see how simple something like this is. You can do this yourself with a jigsaw, a few boards, and some screws.
I saw one thing that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before. In this next picture they’ve used tall shutters (maybe even bi-fold doors) as a false shutter beside French Doors. The look isn’t bad at all:
I think that looks pretty nice, don’t you? No matter where you live, even if the bright colors, pineapples, and palm trees don’t work for you, I hope these pictures make you feel a little more creative today and have you thinking about how to apply these ideas in some way to your home.
If you do, make sure you write a post about it on your blog and come back and leave me a comment with a link to your shutter pictures!
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Check out another wonderful and amazing shutter job (this one a little more traditional)!