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Choosing the Right Wood Tones

Having the presence of wood in a space is a great way to incorporate natural beauty while benefiting from durability.

Wood blinds are an excellent way to incorporate natural beauty into your home decor. However, since wood is used for flooring, window treatments, shelving or storage, furniture, and more in homes these days, it can be a challenge to coordinate the wood colors present in a single space. Below are some considerations that may help you choose the right blinds to coordinate with the wood that is already in your home.

If you have different wooden elements in a space, one approach is to try and keep the colors uniform. This is easier to achieve if the space is smaller and the wood finish is a common one such as white, golden oak, cherry, mahogany, or espresso. Due to their popularity, it may be easier to find complimentary items of the same color. However, keep in mind that matching a wood color doesn’t have to be exact.

A kitchen window features real wood blinds in a dark brown finish with contrasting tan fabric tape

An alternative to matching an existing wood color would be to introduce another wood color to the space. Here, caution should be exercised. Depending on the size of the space, you may want to limit the amount of variation and stick to two to three different colors at most. If you are able to have three wooden colors present, try to have one be a neutral white or off white so that you don’t risk clashing colors.

Although introducing another color can be tricky, there are some common color combinations that work well. For instance, if you have a cherry or merlot colored wood, cream colored wooden or faux wood blinds provide a great contrast. Espresso can either have a complementary gray color or a contrasting light tone. Finally, if you have white wood present in a space, you have a lot of options in with adding another woodtone. However, if you have white woods, try to avoid off-white or alabaster colors as they may appear aged or dirty next to white. Instead, opt for a woodtone deep enough in color to contrast the white like a mahogany or espresso.

A window featuring white faux wood blinds reveals the view of a spacious yard above large breakfast nook
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