Decorative Shutter Styling Techniques Decorative Shutter Styling Techniques

A decorative shutter does not have to be just for show as they are also functional. A shutter does not always have to be just one mundane color. No one wants to paint shutters but when that chore arises why not go the extra mile to make a decorative shutter? You will usually have to paint a shutter once a year anyway so might as well get creative them. The information contained in the following article will share with you several decorative shutter styles and techniques.

Worn Country

This type of decorative shutter design is popular in older homes with an established country look. You are painting the shutters to look as if they are weathered and old but doing it on purpose. This decorative shutter design adds character to the home which can easily tie-in other decor elements of the home. The worn country design style is very easy to accomplish and all you need are two different colors of paint, a sandpaper brick and a rag. Select a base color and begin to paint the shutters using the base color you selected. Another option is to keep the natural wood underneath in which case you would simply skip the base coat but instead strip the original paint from the shutters. Wait for the base to dry and paint on the top color. Use a rag to wipe paint from the edges and other areas of the shutter. Use sandpaper to create a rougher look.

Stencil Designs

What would a decorative shutter be without using stencils to punch it up? You can either buy the stencils yourself from a craft store or create them using contact paper, a marker and a pair of scissors. Draw the design you want to use onto the contact paper using the marker. Let the marker dry and then cut out the design in the areas where you want the color. Apply a solid base coat of paint on the shutter. Once the paint is dry you can then tape the store bought stencil to the shutter or remove the backing of the contact paper and stick it to the shutter. Use a small brush and any kind of paint you like to fill in the stencil. Once the paint is dry you can then remove the contact paper and your stencil design will be complete. 


A decorative shutter can be created by adding textures. Stippling is one such technique which involves a stiff sponge or some sort of metal sponge. You would dip the sponge into the paint and dab it onto the shutter. The same effect can be accomplished with a soft sponge and a dabbing or rolling motion. This will create the same look but less defined. Another technique to create a decorative shutter is known as ragging. You begin with a solid base paint on the shutter. You allow it dry for an hour or so and then wipe it off with a rag. This creates a non-uniform and rustic appearance to the decorative shutter.

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