Wednesday, 29 September 2010

I LOVE Georgian Shutters

One of the nice things about owning an old house are the original features that come with it (if you're lucky!). I have coveted solid wood interior shutters for many, many years - long before I had the privilege to live in a house that came with them. Don't you think that they're beautiful?

There's something modest yet grand about them (if that's possible!)


Modest because they are so simple in design, plain or panelled and totally lacking in frills...

Grand because they are often full length, and because Georgian buildings tend to have high ceilings they can appear quite imposing.

I think that they're at their best left either unpainted...


or in pale or muted shades.

The Georgians loved pale, flat colours which can look very beautiful.

Here are some of the ones at Hill House. Mine are painted in pale colours throughout. A chalky white in the drawing room...

Pale buttermilk in the kitchen (sorry for the dark picture).

I think that interior shutters are a simply beautiful and stylish alternative to curtains in any period of house. As they are often set into recessed shutter boxes at the side of the window, they maximise the amount of light when open. They don't fade and they combine privacy with security. If your house doesn't already have them, they can be made-to-measure by specialist companies, or they can also be found in salvage yards and junk shops if you're after the genuine article - DIY enthusiasts can even make them from scratch with reclaimed timber. They can be re-painted to suit your colour scheme - and they can be wiped, sanded or painted clean - what's not to love?
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  1. Definitely-what's not to love? I especially love the no frills aspect of the look. Beautiful spaces! xx

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  2. I am getting greener by the day, these are beautiful! And yes, you are lucky if the originals are still there, they look so lovely.

    :)

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  3. Oh, I love shutters too. Sadly our house is all wrong for them, too many beams in the way mainly. Your post has cheered me up - needed it, I managed to stick a stanley knife into my finger doing the last bouquet of the season!

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  4. These shutters remind me of my grandmother's colonial home here in Barbados. I love the colonial style of the older homes, especially the Plantations. Thank you for visiting my blog as well Mrs. Sutton. So glad to hear you also have roots in Grenada.

    Lisa xx

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  5. Hi
    Love all your gorgeous photos...
    Have a nice day - SP

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  6. Ah yes, they are lovely, we are lucky enough to have them in our sitting rooms and kitchen downstairs. The best bit though - the money you save on curtains! Our windows are huge and I think they'd be bare if it weren't for the shutters!
    Hen x

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  7. These are such beautiful spaces....and thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I've never considered anything other than draperies for windows. Shutters are such an elegant alternative. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I'm definately into Georgian. We don't get that here in France so it's nice to plunge into such beautiful pictures.

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  10. I am so glad you left a post on my blog because now I have new friend and fabulous blog to travel to, love this post! Like you I prefer the solid wood shutters left unpainted or better still scraped down with hints of the old life paint. Wonderful blog!

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  11. thank you for your comment""""
    i really love hill house, this is living in countryside at his best ;)
    greetings from germany,
    sylvie

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  12. oooh! i love these images! these houses are so cute!

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  13. Oh yes I do love them. They're absolutely gorgeous. It's on my list when I finally buy a house and move out of the city :)

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  14. MRS SUTTON- Thanks for visiting my blog today...looking forward to visiting your again soon! OXOX!

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  15. Dear Mrs. Sutton, I agree that shutters are lovely and incredibly practical. In my Budapest apartment there are shutters at every window and they keep out the strong summer sun and keep the warmth in in winter.Perfect!

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  16. Fabulous pictures and filled with such inspiration! xoxoxo ~Ashley

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous!
    So much inspiration in these photos. :-)

    Have a wonderful Thursday!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  18. What beautiful photos! I've always dreamed of shutters like these for when I finally stop being a nomad. :) Lovely. Thanks so much for stopping by - I'm thrilled it led me to your gorgeous blog!

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  19. I adore the simplicity of shutters, especially when your windows have such beautiful recessed sills. Lovely images...

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  20. I love shutters too. They go perfect with any decor and you can change everything in your house around and they still match. Love your photos :)

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  21. Shutters are fun, practical, and gorgeous. I especially love shutter in French Farm house with lovely colors. All of your collection of images are just wonderful.

    Julie xx

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  22. how will i ever leave my gorgeous old house in the english countryside for my beach house in australia??

    yes it comes with sunshine & family & friends...
    but can't i have high ceilings, a rose garden, panelling & a claw foot bath with it!?

    happy weekend to you ...

    melissa xx

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  23. I love shutters of any kind! How lucky that you have them! Thanks for the lovely comments, hope you have a fantastic weekend!:)

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  24. Such gorgeous pictures! Shutters sure add so much to ones home on the inside and outside! Thanks for stopping by my blog, so glad you did, you have such a gorgeous blog too! I hope your weekend is wonderful
    XO
    Kristin

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  25. Hello Mrs. Sutton...thank you so much for stopping by 24C, I loved your comment and do hope that you find some pretty fall leaves that aren't to "damp or worse"! Made me laugh!

    Happy Fall...may the sun visit you soon,
    xo Jessica~

    Your blog is lovely by the way...as is your home!

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  26. I love your painted shutters and your beautiful chairs. Very chic indeed. And you have the sort of windows I want, but my cottage ceilings are too low in the main living part of the house.

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  27. i love this post. I've been thinking of replacing my curtains with shutters. This post is simply very helpful. Thanks! hugs!

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  28. Soooo beautiful...I want some know..really I do!

    Thanks for sharing the beauty...hugs for a great new week. xo

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  29. Oh I agree, I have had homes with plantation shutters. The georgian are gorgeous because of their simplicity and graceful lines!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  30. Those are such a stunning spaces...I love this post:) Have a great Monday, my dear

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  31. Hi, what lovely pictures!!!! I love it!!!
    Hugs Barbara

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  32. You're killing me..I can't tell you how much I love solid shutters. I put some in our main bathroom but would love to have them throughout the house! You are living my dream over there Mrs S! Rachaelxx

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  33. I could stare at this post all day! Shutters add a dimension and feeling that is so old, new and true :)

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  34. We had the original external wooden louvre shutters on our old house, a Victorian period c.1899 house. They were fabulous to close during our searing hot Aussie summer days, & threw a dappled light into the bedrooms reminiscent of being in exotic Singapore. I miss them dreadfully!
    Millie ^_^

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  35. a couple of great rooms in here
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  36. Thanks for posting the lovely pictures. I would have loved to have shutters, especially in the bedroom - practical and beautiful.
    Have a nice Sunday!
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  37. The photos are so cool! The shutters are great and they complimented the look of the houses. So cozy and elegant... Wonders how it looks like if I use shutters just like that in my house.

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