Matching Your Indianapolis Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

Bill Burke

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Natural wood in your Indianapolis home could make it the best on the block. 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 complement the wood in your home with the most stylish Indianapolis wood shutters. We’ll show you how.

The Best Way to Incorporate Different Wood Types in Your Home

A misconception about using natural wood in home design is that you need to match the wood species across all parts of your home. That’s not the best idea for a couple of reasons. The first is because it can be pretty difficult to precisely match wood types: your engineered wood floor, oak furniture, and teak wood shutters are going to naturally vary in tone. Another reason is that if you match all the wood in your home, everything kind of runs together and you end up with a kind of boring look.

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What’s more important is to match the tone and the grain of the wood in your home. Doing that will give your place a great sense of flow without it getting too “samey”.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Design

Matching wood grains is pretty simple. If your hardwood floors are smooth, go with a smooth finish in 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 nature-driven style flowing across your home.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Design

Attempting to match wood tones can be a little more difficult. When deciding on the finish of your wood shutters, keep a few things in mind:

  • Stick to the same “family” - though you don’t need to perfectly match the species of wood, keep in mind which species of wood 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.

  • Walls give you white space – matching wood furniture to a wood floor is a little tricky since they sit right next to each other. Your wall is a natural break between the furniture and shutters, giving you wiggle room to experiment with different styles.

  • Decide to Be Warm or Cool - Most types of wood naturally carry either a warm or cool tone. Go with shutters that go with the mood of the room in addition to the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this talk about matching tones, grains, and wood styles can seem complex, but seeing the difference in person makes it much easier. Schedule a free in-home consultation with your Indianapolis shutter experts today by calling 317-558-9066 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.