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Matching Your Chicago Wood Shutters With The Wood In Your Home

February 05, 2018

 Natural wood in your Chicago home could make it the envy of all your neighbors. Wood flooring, teak furniture, or visible beam work are standard in a handcrafted, luxurious house. And to take it a step further, you could accentuate the wood in your interior design with the highest quality Chicago wood shutters. We’ll show you how.

How to Incorporate Different Wood Types in Your Home

A commonly held belief about hardwood in home design is that you need to 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 tricky to exactly match wood types: your elm floor, oak 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, everything kind of runs 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. That’s what will give your home a great sense of flow without it being too “samey”.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Home

Matching wood grains is pretty simple. If your hardwood floors are 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 finish to your wood shutters keeps that nature-driven style flowing up the wall.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Home

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

  • Try to keep within the same “family” - but you don’t have to perfectly match the species of wood, think about which species of wood are more formal or casual. Cherry and oak are rich and formal, whereas maple and pine are all more on the casual side.

  • 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 is a natural break between wood shutters and the rest of your decor, giving you more room to experiment with different styles.

  • Decide to Be Warm or Cool - Most types of wood naturally carry either a warm or cool tone. Make sure your shutter stain choice complements the tone of the room as well as the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this talk about matching styles and grains may seem complex, but it all comes together when you see it in person. Get a free in-home consultation with your Chicago shutter experts today by calling847-250-6544 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.
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