Posted: September 23, 2011

Be bold when picking window shutters

Homeowners can use their window shutters to add style to a bold room design, according to an interior design expert. 

Dennis Hockman, editor of Chesapeake Home + Living Magazine, wrote in The Baltimore Sun that he recently visited Evergreen House, a property originally built in London before being dismantled and reassembled a number of times in the US.

He pointed out that the bold character of the building’s Peacock Room is supported by the way the artist James McNeill Whistler used the window shutters as a drawing canvas.

Mr Hockman noted that by opening the shutters, natural light floods into the room, but even when they are closed the vivid colours give it a vibrant feel.

“Next time you have a room to paint, I say throw caution to the wind. What have you got to lose? The materials are cheap, and it only takes a few days to repaint a room if, in retrospect, you decided ‘safer’ colours are more your style,” he added.

Adding window shutters has the potential to transform a room and change the ambience of it, as Mayor Bob Clark told when discussing plans for a new old people’s home in Marshfield.

In his view, this type of shading softens the appearance of an area, which was necessary in the case of the senior centre, which community members did not want to look too “institutional”.

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