Exposed wood in your Austin home can make it the best on the block. Natural wood floors, teak furniture, or exposed beam work are trademarks of a handcrafted, luxurious house. And to take it a step further, you could match the wood in your home with the most stylish Austin wood shutters. Let’s find out how.
The Best Way to Mix and Match Different Wood Tones in Your Home
A misconception 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 two reasons. The first is because it can be pretty difficult to precisely match wood types: your elm floor, mahogany furniture, and teak wood shutters are going to naturally vary in tone. The second reason is that if you match all the wood in your home, everything tends to run together and it doesn’t look very interesting.
What’s more important is to match the tone and the grain of the wood in your furnishings. That’s what will give your place a great sense of flow without it getting boring or plain.
Coordinating Wood Grains In Your Home
Matching the grain is pretty straightforward. 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 natural style flowing all through your space.
Coordinating Wood Tones In Your Home
Trying to match wood tones can be a little harder. When deciding on the finish of your wood shutters, keep these things in mind:
Stick to the same “family” - though you don’t need to use the exact same species of wood, remember which wood types are more formal or casual. Mahogany and cherry tend to be more formal, whereas maple and pine are a little more casual.
The wall is your natural buffer – matching wood furnishings to wood flooring is hard because one is directly on top of the other. Your wall offers a natural buffer between wood shutters and the rest of your decor, giving you wiggle room to play with differing 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 mood of the room as well as the texture.
Pick Your Woods in Person
All of this discussion about coordinating styles and grains might seem complicated, but it all comes together when you see it in person. Schedule a free in-home consultation with your Austin shutter experts
today by calling512-549-6077
and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.