Matching Your Raleigh Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

Blake Jarman

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Exposed wood in your Raleigh home could make it the envy of all your neighbors. Hardwood flooring, cherry wood furniture, or visible wood beams are trademarks of a handcrafted, stylish house. And to take it even further, you can complement the wood in your home with the highest quality Raleigh wood shutters. Sunburst will teach you how.

The Best Way to Mix and Match Different Wood Tones in Your Home

A commonly held belief about hardwood in home fashion is that you need to exactly match the wood types across your home. That’s not the best idea for a couple of reasons. The first is because it can be tricky to exactly match wood types: your cherry 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, it all runs together and nothing really stands out.

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The more important thing is to try to coordinate the tone and the grain of the wood in your furnishings. Doing that will give your space a great sense of direction without it being too “samey”.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Home

Matching the grain is pretty simple. If your wood flooring is smooth, choose a smooth finish for your wood shutters to match. If your wood floor is wire-brushed or hand-scraped, a similar textured grain to your wood shutters keeps that exposed rustic style flowing up the wall.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Home

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

  • Stick to the same “family” - though you don’t need to use the exact same species of wood, keep in mind which wood types are more formal or casual. Cherry and oak are a bit more formal, whereas pine, maple, and basswood are all more on the casual side.

  • The wall is your natural buffer – matching wood furnishings to wood flooring is a little tricky because they sit right next to each other. Your wall offers a natural buffer between the furniture and shutters, giving you wiggle room to experiment with varying styles.

  • Stay Warm or Stay Cool - Most wood species naturally carry either a warm or cool tone. Make sure your shutter stain choice complements the tone of the room in addition to the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this talk about coordinating tones and styles may seem complicated, but it all comes together when you see it in person. Get a no-cost in-home consultation with your Raleigh shutter experts today by calling 919-887-9198 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.