Antique shutters brought much needed color and texture to the dining room.
Three years ago, Jane gave a tour of my Alabama Stone Cottage. Several rooms have been tweaked since then – accessories from antiquing and traveling have been added, upholstered pieces moved and artwork shifted. I’ve always had a thing for painted pieces, and when the paint is chipped, it’s even better. I snapped up a pair of antique shutters painted a color similar to our French Gray island knowing they would be perfect in the dining room [before photo, below]. The shutters also bring out the green in the soumak rug.
The French doors, like in the rest of the house, were treated with Belgian linen curtain panels. While window treatments were not needed to block the sun, they added color, texture and softened the antique walnut furniture. After purchasing a pair of French os de mouton chairs, no matter how I arranged the two sets of chairs, it felt too hotel-like for me. So I moved one of the upholstered chairs into the dining room for what was suppose to be a temporary solution. But I liked the casualness it offered and, when needed, it’s easily pulled into great room for extra seating. I have gone back and forth on whether or not to reupholster the dining room chairs. The pattern and colors go well with the rug, but it feels a tad old fashioned. I’ve finally decided to leave as is, since Mr Shops keeps talking about building another house, and while I love the walnut pieces, I will most likely trade for a more rustic, less formal table. But the painted shutters will be moving with us.
For more shutter ideas, see Repurposing Vintage Wooden Shutters.