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There’s a variety of interior shutter types, but they don’t always accurately represent our personal style. Fortunately, this isn’t overly difficult to fix. With a few supplies and plenty of imagination, you can easily incorporate these DIY shutter customizations into your home.

Personalized Paint Job

One common method to instantly customize your shutters is to give them a fresh coat of paint. This not only completely changes the aesthetic, but also gives you the freedom to be creative. Some ideas for this process might include adding a distressed look, a bright pop of color, or a meaningful pattern or design. Whether you’re looking for a rustic appeal or something that fits more with your interests, the possibilities are endless.

Infuse Lighting

Installing a few lights between the louver slots is a great way to accentuate the color and design of your interior shutters. This will draw the eye to them and make them a decorative focal point of the room rather than just part of the background. In addition to the lights, you could also experiment with decorative ornaments to give the shutters an extra bit of personality.

New Hardware

Something as simple as installing new handles on your shutters can have a large impact on how they’re perceived. In fact, homeowners often add purely decorative stubs to the frame. These metal accents can bring out the color of the rest of the piece and create an instant makeover.

Built-In Planter

For your exterior shutters, another option could be to give them a new purpose. Shutters typically stay in place and function more for aesthetic, so getting creative with them can be difficult. However, you can use their stability to your advantage by giving them a functional role. Many homeowners have taken to installing flower boxes in their shutters to give them an extra pop of color.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.