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Matching Your Gainesville Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

February 05, 2018

 Natural wood in your Gainesville home can make it the envy of all your neighbors. Hardwood floors, cherry wood furniture, or visible beam work are trademarks of a handcrafted, luxurious home. And if you want to take it a step further, you should accentuate the wood in your interior design with the best Gainesville wood shutters. We’ll show you how.

The Best Way to Weave Different Wood Tones in Your Home

A commonly held belief about hardwood in decorating is that you should match the wood species across all parts of your home. That’s not a great idea for a couple of reasons. The first is that it can be hard to match the exact wood types: your elm floor, mahogany furniture, and teak wood shutters are going to naturally vary in tone. Another reason is that if all of the wood in your home matches, it all tends to run together and it doesn’t look very interesting.

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What’s more important is to try to coordinate the tone and the grain of the wood in your interior. Doing that will give your home a great sense of flow without it being boring or plain.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Home

Matching wood grains is pretty straightforward. If your wood flooring is smooth, go with a smooth finish for your wood shutters to match. If your wood floor has texture to it, whether it’s wire-brushed or hand-scraped, a similar finish to your wood shutters keeps that exposed rustic style flowing across your home.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Home

Being able to match wood tones is a little trickier. When picking the finish of your wood shutters, keep a few things in mind:

  • Try to keep within the same “family” - though you don’t need to perfectly match the species of wood, think about which species of wood are more formal or casual. Oak and mahogany are both more formal, whereas pine, maple, and basswood are a little more casual.

  • The wall is your natural buffer – matching wood furnishings to wood flooring is hard since one is directly on top of the other. Your wall offers a natural break between wood shutters and the rest of your decor, giving you more room to play with varying styles.

  • Stay Warm or Stay Cool - Most woods naturally carry either a warm or cool tone. Make sure your shutter stain choice complements the mood of the room as well as the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this discussion about coordinating styles and grains might seem complicated, but seeing the difference in person makes it much easier. Get a no-cost in-home consultation with your Gainesville shutter experts today by calling813-602-5966 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.