Matching Your Minneapolis Wood Shutters With Your Existing Wood

George Christ

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Natural wood in your Minneapolis home can make it the best on the block. Hardwood flooring, teak furniture, or exposed beam work are hallmarks of a handcrafted, stylish house. And if you want to take it even further, you can accentuate the wood in your interior design with the best Minneapolis wood shutters. Sunburst will teach you how.

The Best Way to Weave Different Wood Types in Your Home

A misconception about hardwood in home design is that you should exactly match the wood types across your home. That’s not a great idea for a couple of reasons. The first is because 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. The second reason is that if all of the wood in your home matches, everything tends to run together and nothing really stands out.

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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 home a great sense of style without it getting too “samey”.

Matching Wood Grains In Your Design

Matching wood grains is fairly simple. If your wood flooring is smooth, choose 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 exposed rustic style flowing up the wall.

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Matching Wood Tones In Your Design

Attempting to match wood tones can be a little more difficult. When choosing the finish 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, remember which species of wood are more formal or casual. Oak and mahogany are both a bit more formal, whereas pine, maple, and basswood are closer to casual.

  • Walls give you white space – matching wood furnishings to wood flooring is a little tricky because one is directly on top of the other. Your wall offers a natural buffer between the floor and your shutters, giving you wiggle room to experiment with various styles.

  • Stay Warm or Stay Cool - Most woods will be naturally warm or cool in tone. Choose wood shutters that match the tone of the room as well as the texture.

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Pick Your Woods in Person

All of this talk about matching styles and grains might seem complex, but once you see it in action it will probably make a lot more sense. Get a no-cost in-home consultation with your Minneapolis shutter experts today by calling 952-856-8130 and we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.