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...
1 I love that these shutters were painted a canary yellow against the sky blue walls. (Martha Stewart Living)
2 A shutter is attached to the exteriors of windows -- giving the house facade added detail and protection from harsh conditions if need be. (Martha Stewart Living)
3 Classic shutter doors keep this Southern porch cool during the hottest months. (Martha Stewart Living)
4 This clever screen made from antique shutters makes provides privacy and design interest on a porch. (Martha Stewart Living)
5 Who says windows need shades and curtains? These white shutters provide a clean and modern feel in this bedroom. (Martha Stewart Living)
6 A trio of shutters makes a perfect entryway organizer (Martha Stewart Living)
7 The detail on these shutters is so intricate and striking. (Martha Stewart Living)
8 Floor-to-ceiling Plantation shutters add even mimic the wall molding in the room. Plantation shutters have louver blades that are wider than the typical shutter. (Martha Stewart Living)
9 Shutter dogs are tie-back hardware for the shutter to keep them secure when not in use. (diyshutters.com)
10 I love these brass ones. (diyshutters.com)
11 Four large shutters make a breezy and beautiful armoire. (Martha Stewart Living)
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.