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External Window Shutters: Why the Italians Love Them

Italian Window Shutters

If you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting a traditional Italian city such as Florence or Venice, then you will have seen the stunning external window shutters which are a well-known trademark of their buildings. These traditional shutters are loved by many Italians, and they can be found on almost any shop or home.

Italian window shutters are almost always painted a dark brown, dark green or grey, as it is illegal in certain areas for them to be painted different colours to protect the area’s tradition. The majority of shutters are painted green, as in the past it was believed that painting shutters with arsenic, the green colourant for paint in the 18th century, would help to deter or kill insects. Although today this this is known to be a myth and the arsenic has no deterrent effects, this tradition of painting shutters green is still going strong.

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Colonial Style Shutters: 10 Design Ideas with Pictures

Colonial style shutters are an attractive, versatile and practical choice of window dressing. They look fabulous in virtually every setting – traditional or contemporary, rural or urban – and have the best insulating properties of any window covering on the market. Continue reading Colonial Style Shutters: 10 Design Ideas with Pictures