Matching Your Philadelphia Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

Holly Perron

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Exposed wood in your Philadelphia home could make it the jewel of your neighborhood. Hardwood floors, classic oak furniture, or visible beam work are hallmarks of a handcrafted, stylish home. And if you want to take it even further, you could complement the wood in your home with the most stylish Philadelphia wood shutters. We’ll show you how.

How to Incorporate Different Wood Tones in Your Home

A commonly held belief about using natural wood in home fashion is that you should match the wood species across all parts of your home. That’s not a great idea for a few reasons. The first is because it can be pretty difficult to exactly match wood types: your maple floor, mahogany 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 runs together and it doesn’t look very interesting.

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What’s more important is to match the tone and the grain of the wood in your interior. Doing that will give your home a great sense of flow without it getting boring or plain.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Home

Matching wood grains is pretty easy. If your wood flooring is smooth, go with a smooth finish in 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 exposed rustic 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 color stain of your wood shutters, keep a few things in mind:

  • Stick to the same “family” - though you don’t have to match the wood species exactly, keep in mind which species of wood are more formal or casual. Oak and mahogany are both more formal, while maple and pine are closer to casual.

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

  • Stay Warm or Stay Cool - Most types of wood will be naturally warm or cool in tone. Go with shutters that go with the tone of the room in addition to the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this discussion about coordinating styles and grains might seem daunting, but seeing the difference in person makes it much easier. Get a no-cost in-home consultation with your Philadelphia shutter experts today by calling 215-874-4897 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.