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Shutters are a signature look of the Mission-style decorating scheme

Oct 25 2010

Window shutters are a signature look of Mission-style room decor.
Window shutters are a signature look of Mission-style room decor.
Whether for a den, home office or living room, Mission-style furniture adds a classic look to a room.

During the early 1900s, when bungalows and craftsman-style architecture became popular in home design, Mission furniture brought clean, geometric lines into the interiors of these homes. The style has a decidedly masculine look, with its use of striped wood grain oak and simple hardware, according to

The Mission style of today continues the use of dark stained oak furniture offset by lamps with auburn stained glass and metal shades in geometric patterns, small tables and magazine racks. Upholstered seating in deep greens and reds, and all shades brown complement the look.

Window shutters that mimic the furniture pieces are another signature of Mission style. Shutters that cover only the bottom half of the window can be closed to limit bright sunlight coming into the room without shutting it out altogether. They also provide privacy at street level, while retaining a view at the tree line.

Area rugs in nature colors are a good choice to offset wood flooring in a Mission-style room.
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