One of the great things about home decorating is the fact that there is a whole wealth of possibilities before you. We live in a world where we are constantly faced with the power and possibility of choice and customization. Add to that the fact that putting money back into your home can be a great way to invest in its long-term property value and the impetus for home improvement becomes clear.
That being said, some types of home improvement get more press than others. One of the most overlooked yet underrated elements of home décor is the shutters that adorn your home. After all, your exterior décor is the first chance that you have to make an impression upon potential guests, and what is one of the first things they’re bound to see but your shutters?
As such, here are a few tips and tricks to help breathe some new life into your old shutters.
Consider Lighting, Internal and External
First of all, it’s worth noting that shutters are uniquely situated such that they factor into not just your interior and exterior décor but are likewise affected by the lighting setups present in both of those areas. As such, you’ll want to consider how lighting effects will affect your shutters’ appearance. For example, you’ll want to consider what they’ll look like from the outside with the sunlight beaming down on them or slipping through them when opened.
Brightness begets brightness and so one trick to brighten up your old shutters is to situate them such that they are well-lit and painted in such a way as to receive that light with maximum effect.
Picking the Right Colors
Next, you’ll want to consider which colors to pick. Above all, you want to try and pick colors that both balance your overall design scheme while still standing out on their own.
While every color scheme has its place, if you are indeed looking to brighten up your room overall, brighter and warmer whites, ambers, blues, and browns are generally the way to go.
Now it’s time to get painting! You’ll want to be sure you have all the necessary brushes, spray painting implements, and, of course, protective paper laid down ahead of time to ensure that any and all excess paint winds up there and not on your home’s walls or interior décor! In general, you’ll want to apply multiple coats; not only will this add an extra layer of texture to your old shutters but it can help protect them from chipping or fading prematurely, thus helping them to appear fresh and bright for a longer period of time.
Clean and Polish Your Shutters
Finally, you’ll want to periodically clean and polish your shutters. This can ensure that they retain their clean, bright look. There are special polishing agents on the market that can help lend them an extra sheen while good old-fashioned soap and water can keep them clean for the long haul.
All this and more can help make your shutters brighter and your home décor truly pop!