Clearly both items are used to close off an opening. Doors, while always considered functional and necessary, were generally plain and relatively undervalued. Shutters had a grander purpose in that they could be used to direct light and airflow, and protect windows. Today, the line is a bit more blurred. The farmstead sliding barn door now has a place of honor between many bed and bathroom spaces and shutters have become marquee room accessories.
Reclaimed wood and vintage panels rose from flea market to shabby chic once their decorative capabilities were uncovered. From headboards to high end interior wall hangings, shutters and doors have found a new home in our quest for design difference-makers.