Which is Right For You: Wood or Faux Wood Blinds?

Wood Blinds

Are you ready to upgrade the window treatments in your home?  This is an exciting time with lots of possibilities to consider as you elevate your favorite spaces.  Blinds are a timeless option that can be mounted both inside and outside the window.  Inside mounts will give you a refined, finished look allowing you to see the decorative molding and window sills.  Outside mounts are perfect for mounting blinds to the wall or molding around the window. Now the next big question remains, wood or faux wood blinds? Authentic wood blinds are iconic but for some rooms, faux wood is definitely the right choice.  We can help you determine the best choice for your specific needs.

First up, let’s talk wood blinds.  With rich textures and warm colors, they are the perfect fit for both modern and traditional homes.  Always versatile, wood blinds create a timeless appeal and enhance wood furnishings.  The styles and finishes are endless so you’ll have lots of options to choose from.  Pick the slat size, stain and color that work well with your room.  Customizing wood blinds to fit into your décor is limitless. 

Natural insulation for your home is another beneficial element of wood blinds.  Wood blinds add insulation to your home.  During the summer, these superstar window treatments keep out the summer heat and protect your flooring, furnishings and artwork from the sun’s damaging rays.  During the winter, wood blinds will help block out drafts from windows.  The investment of real wood blinds to keep your utility costs down and reduce your energy consumption is a solid one.

The room that you’re purchasing window treatments for is a major consideration when it comes to selecting blinds. One of the drawbacks of authentic wood blinds is that they won’t stand up well to high humidity areas.  In the long run, exposure to high humidity can result in wood blinds that fade or warp.  Working on a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room?  Real wood blinds are not the right choice for those spaces.

To preserve your real wood blinds for many years of enjoyment, cleaning them regularly is important. Dry dust them with a clean cloth during your regular house cleaning routine.  To make sure they don’t crack or dry out, clean regularly with furniture polish or lemon oil.  Spray a soft cloth with polish and swipe it across both sides of the slats and any decorative valance.

Faux Wood Blinds

Now, let’s shine the spotlight on faux wood blinds. They look and feel like real wood but they’re created of durable polymer materials, which gives them the allure and charm of real wood at a more reasonable cost.  Available in wood grain finishes as well as neutrals and whites, faux wood blinds will complement the décor of almost any room.  Impervious to moisture, faux wood blinds won’t fade or warp so they’re a great choice for laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.  Made with UVA inhibitors, faux wood blinds won’t yellow over time and since they’re not made of wood, you don’t have to worry about cracking or drying out.

To clean faux wood blinds, wipe them regularly.  For a deeper clean, give them a thorough wipe down with a mixture of a mild detergent and water.  Since they’re water resistant, faux wood blinds can be rinsed or even immersed in water.

Call (203) 580-3362 for a free consultation and let us bring the showroom to you.  We can help you decide if authentic wood or faux wood blinds are the best choice for you.

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