Redoing parts of your home can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re artistically inclined. If you’re not, however, and you have no idea how to match or coordinate your home, or even what the difference between those two is – you’ve come to the right place! We have some tips for you. There is a difference between matching and coordinating your hardwood floors, and understanding how to match and coordinate can make all the difference.


Matching is an easy concept for us to understand, as we’ve been doing it all of our lives. The concept that like goes with like is basically what matching is – if you have blue walls, get a blue couch, if you have one red sock, find another red sock. Matching, definitively, means equivalent or corresponding in design, pattern, or color. So, when you are matching your hardwood floors, you would look at the color, type, and finish of hardwood in your house and use the same color, type, and finish for your floors. You would also use the same color, type, and finish for all of your floors instead of varying.


Coordinating is similar to matching, but with a little more creativity. When coordinating, you operate with the understanding that you may not be matching your patterns, colors, or designs exactly, but you coordinate them so that they still look good together. For example, if you wear a red dress with white polka dots, you could wear white shoes – it wouldn’t match exactly, but it would be coordinated. When you are coordinating your hardwood floors, you can consider using different colors, finishes, or types. It won’t match exactly, but you can still coordinate it well.

Should I Match or Coordinate my Hardwood Floors?

The answer to this question is dependent on the person and the home. If you are someone who likes everything to look identical and perfectly matched, definitely match your hardwood floors rather than coordinate them. But, if you are open to slight differences in your hardwood floors that may not match, but still complement each other well, then coordination is the way to go. If you’re not sure which one is the best for you, consider getting a second opinion – this can be from a professional or even from a friend!

Contact Central Mass Hardwood

Now that you know the difference between matching and coordinating your hardwood floors, you’re ready to get started. The experts at Central Mass Hardwood can help you determine which species and stain will best suit your preferences, and provide quality installations or refinishing! Contact us today to get started.