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Matching Your Southern California Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

February 05, 2018

 Exposed wood in your Southern California home can make it the jewel of your neighborhood. Hardwood floors, teak furniture, or exposed beam work are hallmarks of a handcrafted, stylish house. And if you want to take it a step further, you could accentuate the wood in your home with the highest quality Southern California wood shutters. We’ll show you how.

The Best Way to Incorporate Multiple Wood Types in Your Home

A commonly held belief about hardwood in home fashion is that you should match the wood species across all parts of your home. That’s not the best idea for a few reasons. The first is that it can be tricky to precisely match wood types: your elm floor, oak furniture, and teak wood shutters will naturally look different. The second reason is that if all of the wood in your home matches, everything kind of runs together and nothing really stands out.

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The more important thing is to match the tone and the grain of the wood in your furnishings. 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 fairly straightforward. If your hardwood floors are smooth, choose a smooth finish in your wood shutters to match. If your wood floor is textured, a similar grain to your wood shutters keeps that natural style flowing up the wall.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Home

Trying to match wood tones can be a little harder. When deciding on the stain of your wood shutters, keep a few things in mind:

  • Try to keep within the same “family” - but you don’t need to perfectly match the species of wood, remember which species of wood are more formal or casual. Mahogany and cherry tend to be a bit more formal, whereas pine and basswood are all more on the casual side.

  • Walls are natural buffers – matching wood furniture to wood flooring is a little tricky since one is directly on top of the other. Your wall is a natural break between the floor and your shutters, giving you more room to experiment with different styles.

  • Stay Warm or Stay Cool - Most wood species naturally carry either a warm or cool tone. Choose wood shutters that match the mood of the room in addition to the texture.

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Choose Your Woods in Person

All of this talk about coordinating tones and styles can seem complicated, but it all comes together when you see it in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation with your Southern California shutter experts today by calling888-611-2474 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.