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Matching Your Boston Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

February 05, 2018

 Exposed wood in your Boston home can make it the jewel of your neighborhood. Natural wood floors, classic oak furniture, or exposed beam work are standard in a handcrafted, stylish house. And to take it a step further, you could accentuate the wood in your home with the most stylish Boston wood shutters. Sunburst will teach you how.

How to Mix and Match Multiple Wood Types in Your Home

A misconception about hardwood in home design is that you should use the same type of wood in every part of your home. That’s not the best idea for a couple of reasons. The first is that it can be pretty difficult to precisely match wood types: your elm floor, oak furniture, and teak wood shutters will naturally look different. 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 interior. That’s what will give your place a great sense of style without it getting too “samey”.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Home

Matching the grain is fairly straightforward. If your wood flooring is smooth, choose 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 nature-driven style flowing across your home.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Home

Attempting to match wood tones can be a little trickier. When deciding on 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 perfectly match the species of wood, keep in mind which species of wood are more formal or casual. Oak and mahogany are both more formal, while maple and pine are a little more casual.

  • Walls are natural buffers – matching wood furniture to wood flooring is hard because one is directly on top of the other. Your wall is a natural break between wood shutters and the rest of your decor, giving you more room to experiment with varying styles.

  • Decide to Be Warm or Cool - Most wood species naturally carry either a warm or cool tone. Go with shutters that go with the tone of the room as well as the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this talk about coordinating tones, grains, and wood styles might seem complex, but it all comes together when you see it in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation with your Boston shutter experts today by calling781-352-2205 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.