Wood and faux wood blinds are two of the most popular window treatments today. And, for good reason. Both are highly functional and complement almost any decor. This blog post will help you decide which is right for your room or home.
Wood window blinds and faux wood blinds are two of the most popular window treatments today. And, for good reason. Both are highly functional, attractive and complement almost any decor. This blog post will help you decide which is right for your room or home.
First, let’s start with faux wood, which are also sometimes called imitation wood blinds. This is an apt description, because they are a horizontal blind that is meant to “look” like real wood but made from materials that won’t warp, crack or fade. Faux wood blinds are a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens and/or generally humid environments. They are also a good choice for homes with children, as they can stand up to more wear and tear.
Faux wood blinds come in two varieties, composite wood and PVC/vinyl. The slats of composite wood blinds generally have a wood core coated in a coated with a high-tech polymer. Composite wood blinds are slightly more upscale but have a more refined look. PVC/vinyl faux woods have vinyl slats. Both are available in stains and painted colors, just like wood blinds.
The slats of wood blinds are made from hardwoods, most commonly basswood. Real wood blinds, tend to be lighter than faux woods; this is sometimes a consideration if you are buying a horizontal blind for a large window, as it is easier to lift and lower a large wood blind than a faux wood. The main reason people choose wood over faux is aesthetics. For some people only real wood blinds will do because they are real wood. No matter how good manufacturers get at making faux woods look “real,” in the end they are imitation. Real wood blinds look like another piece of fine furniture. On a personal note, I have never understood why some people buy real wood blinds and choose the painted option, as opposed to one of the many stained colors. In that case, I would just choose faux wood blinds because the line between the two gets blurred when you look at a painted real wood blind and a similar color in faux woods.
To summarize, faux woods are better for hot, humid rooms and regions, and high traffic areas. They are also less expensive than wood blinds. Wood blinds offer a more upscale look and a good choice for those who believe that only real wood will do. Real wood blinds do look nicer, there’s no denying that. If you saw them side by side, most likely you’d agree. Some people put wood blinds up in their home, but only in more formal rooms. For the working rooms, they choose faux woods. That’s a smart strategy.
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