Matching Your Gainesville Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

Eric Ramsey

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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 match 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 interior design is that you should use the same type of wood in every part of your home. That’s not a great idea for a couple of reasons. The first is that it can be tricky to precisely match 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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The more important thing is to try to coordinate the tone and the grain of the wood in your home. 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 textured grain 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 harder. When picking the stain of your wood shutters, keep a few things in mind:

  • Try to keep within the same “family” - though you don’t need to use the exact same 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 closer to casual.

  • The wall is your natural buffer – matching wood furnishings to wood flooring is difficult since one is directly on top of the other. Your wall offers a natural break between the furniture and shutters, giving you more room to play with various 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 can 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 calling 813-602-5966 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.