Shutters serve many purposes during the summer months...
They shield the house from sunlight -- keeping the inside temperature cooler. And can protect windows from sudden summer storms.
But from an aesthetic point of view, shutters can provide architectural detail and interest in a room -- whether you are looking out or in.
They can even be used creatively to provide extra storage or keep items organized -- thanks to their succession of louvered blades.
Here are some of my favorite shutter ideas.
I hope they will inspire you to think about them in a different way...
Diyshutters.com is a great resource for many kinds of interior and exterior shutters -- including Plantation and European styles. They also stock a great variety of shutter hardware.