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Shaking Up Window Treatments With Interior Shutters

For the past few months I’ve been working on a fabulous whole home gut job in Long Beach.  There’s nothing I like more than taking a project down to the studs and revitalizing a space! Here is a sneak peak of the project in progress...

The concept for the home is Old World, with an emphasis on connecting the interior to the outside. I’ve put in gorgeous planked floors and brass fixtures, as well as larger elements like the stacked cobblestones surrounding the fireplace, and the floor-to-ceiling brick in the kitchen.  I also opted to paint the beams jet black in a satin finish, which brings a bit of sharpness to the look.

All of the renovations are nearing the end. We’re just waiting to install one last element, and it happens to be my favorite touch in the whole house: custom-made interior shutters.

{Inspiration images via Velvet and Linen}

I was inspired by these images of European villas, and the romance of opening shutters to let the daylight in – or better yet, closing them for a candlelit dinner.  There’s plenty of deep red, black and rich beige fabric elsewhere in the room to absorb sound and provide a sense of softness, which is important; otherwise the look might be too cold.

{A quick shot of the black stain finish sample}

Originally the shutters were going to be painted black with a distressed finish.  It was coming out too heavy and contrived.  We then came up with the concept of using a black stain to retain the visual texture of woods grain.   In just a few short weeks they’ll be installed.  I can’t wait to see my vision come to life!

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