Matching Your Chicago Wood Shutters With The Wood In Your Home02/05/2018Richard Rampton Natural wood in your Chicago home could make it the envy of all your neighbors. Natural wood flooring, classic oak furniture, or visible beam work are standard in a handcrafted, luxurious home. And to take it a step further, you can match the wood in your interior design with the most stylish Chicago wood shutters. We’ll show you how. How to Mix and Match 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 few 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 tends to run together and you end up with a kind of boring look. The more important thing is to try to coordinate the tone and the grain of the wood in your home. 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 easy. 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 textured grain to your wood shutters keeps that nature-driven style flowing up the wall. Matching Wood Tones In Your Home Being able to match wood tones is a little trickier. When choosing the finish 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 pine and basswood are all more on the casual side. Walls are natural buffers – matching wood furnishings to wood flooring is difficult since one is directly on top of the other. Your wall is a natural break between the furniture and shutters, giving you more room to experiment with different styles. Decide to Be Warm or Cool - Most wood species 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. Pick Your Woods in Person All of this talk about matching tones and styles 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 calling 847-250-6544 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.