Matching Your New York City Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

Darren Zuckerman

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Natural wood in your New York City home can make it the envy of all your neighbors. Wood flooring, teak furniture, or visible wood beams are standard in a handcrafted, luxurious homestead. And to take it even further, you could complement the wood in your interior design with the most stylish New York City wood shutters. We’ll show you how.

The Best Way to Weave Different Wood Tones in Your Home

A commonly held belief 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 a great idea for a couple of reasons. The first is that it can be hard to match the exact wood types: your elm floor, oak furniture, and teak wood shutters will naturally look different. Another reason is that if you match all the wood in your home, everything kind of 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 home. That’s what will give your home a great sense of flow without it getting boring or plain.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Design

Matching the grain is fairly easy. If your hardwood floors are smooth, choose a smooth finish for your wood shutters to match. If your wood floor is wire-brushed or hand-scraped, a similar finish to your wood shutters keeps that exposed rustic style flowing up the wall.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Design

Attempting to match wood tones is a little trickier. When choosing the color stain of your wood shutters, keep a few things in mind:

  • Try to keep within the same “family” - though you don’t need to perfectly match the species of wood, remember which species of wood are more formal or casual. Oak, cherry, and mahogany are all more formal, whereas pine, maple, and basswood are a little more casual.

  • 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 is a natural break between the floor and your shutters, giving you more room to play with various 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 in addition to the texture.

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Choose Your Woods in Person

All of this discussion about matching styles and grains can seem daunting, but it all comes together when you see it in person. Schedule a no-cost in-home consultation with your New York City shutter experts today by calling 631-246-3930 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.