Who doesn’t love a good Before & After story, complete with loads of pictures? We just completed an installation of painted plantation shutters in a Cahaba Heights den, and we are so happy with the result that we want to share the room with you. The homeowner’s dream of a lighter, brighter, more modern living space started with the windows. From there, she made a few minor adjustments to furniture and some room editing, and voila – a room that is barely recognizable as the same.
This room started out with window treatments that left the room shaded and dark. It was a layered treatment of metal mini blinds and custom silk curtains, shown below. Metal blinds are a challenge; paired with curtains that are too heavy for the light-starved space, the room fell flat, despite having what amounts to a full wall of windows.
The first step in the room’s update was the installation of the new, custom-painted navy plantation shutters by our trusty installer, Joe.
The change was immediate and significant. In the picture below, the only changes to the room are the window treatments and a change out of the rug. If you weren’t sure that window treatments matter or to what extent they can change the feel of a room, surely this convinces you. The light now floods in the room, and the whole space feels less weighed-down without the heavy curtains.
Let’s look at them side-by-side so you can really appreciate the difference.
The rest of the room transformation came in the form of new lamps, pillows, and a re-styling of the hearth. The coffee tables were re-purposed from another area of the house as was the wicker chair.
The painted shutters against the white walls gives this room an updated feel, and with just moderate re-arranging and editing of the room’s contents, the homeowner has a completely new, fresh space without spending a fortune. The shutters add beauty, value, and functionality to the home.