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Use Tuscan Style Shutters to Accentuate Your Rustic Italian Home

Jul 28th 2015 at 2:49 AM

Whether you reside in the Italian countryside or in the U.S., no rustic Italian style home is complete without Tuscan-style shutters. Exterior shutters accentuate the overall appeal of your home by adding extra charm, and interior shutters are both practical and stylish. Tuscany is known for its beautiful aesthetic that combines country living with eye-catching strength, so why not add that beauty to your own home?

Tuscan-style shutters are characterized by their sturdy appearance. These shutters generally use darker wood that has a rustic feel, like knotty alder or poplar. To achieve the Tuscan look, either the slats themselves are thick, or the borders are thick, if not both. You can also customize a plantation shutter to resemble a Tuscan-style shutter by having a large panel at the bottom with slats starting higher up. This will combine both the functionality of more traditional shutters and the aesthetic appeal of Tuscan-style shutters, effectively giving you the best of both words.

Tuscan-style shutters are traditionally made to keep out light completely when closed. Whether they’re used on the interior or exterior, the most classic type will consist of two solid pieces of wood that act as dual shutters, one for each window. The shutters are placed very specifically into the window so that no light penetrates through an open space between the shutter and the window frame. These shutters can be perfect for any room where complete darkness is desired, or where the open shutter works as an accent piece. Whether or not these classic shutters are used to keep out light, when they are open, they let complete light through, which isn’t possible with more everyday shutter styles.

There are various accents, colors and embellishments that can be used to create Tuscan style shutters. While the most traditional use unpainted wood, you can also use painted wood, which is a common look in Tuscany right now. To achieve the look, you’ll want to use strong colors like bold blues, strong yellows, or deep pinks and reds. Painted wood works best on exterior shutters, as they will complement your home without being too dominant. In addition to colors, you can add accents and embellishments like iron handles and bars. The large handles are functional and really add to the look, and the iron bars that go horizontally across the shutters add sturdiness and visual appeal as well.

Thankfully, you can get great Tuscan-style shutters without a passport. Whether you’re a homebody or love to travel, you can bring the look of the Italian countryside to your very own house. For information about tuscan style shutters in Wilmington, please visit this website.

Author Bio:

Christina has a unique take on interior design. Using color, texture and materials as inspiration for eclectic spaces, she advises home owners on how to bring warmth and style to their rooms. You can find her thoughts at Wordpress blog.

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