Wood blinds are a favorite of interior designers and homeowners alike. They bring a natural warmth to your rooms that’s hard to duplicate, not to mention the fact that they’re available in a wide variety of sizes, styles, stains and colors. But plastic or faux wood designs can look pretty realistic, and they’re cheaper, so why should you choose real wood over the cheaper look-alikes? Let’s take a closer look at the facts.
Natural Good Looks
There’s nothing quite like the natural beauty of wood. It’s depth and richness can never be truly duplicated by a substitute. Add to that the fact that they can be stained or painted to match your trim or decor, and they look great from both inside the house and outside. The beauty of wood grain and the textural interest they provide cannot be imitated. It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and while that may be true, it’s still just imitation.
Real wood blinds are not just good-looking, they function as great insulators because of their solid wood construction. For that same reason, they’re the best providers of privacy around, completely blocking the view from outside when closed, and saving your floors and furniture from the damaging rays of the sun. Finally, they’re incredibly light-weight, a fact that makes them resilient enough to stand up to daily wear and tear and last for years.
Wood blinds are available with popular 1 and 2 inch slats, as well as wider widths that resemble the slats in shutters and have the same light-optimizing benefits. The 1″ size is best on French doors and sliders, while the 2″ size works just about anywhere in your home. You also have the choice of woven wood blinds and vertically slatted styles. And we’ve already mentioned the wide selection of stains and colors to suit any decor or color-scheme.
The ‘Real Deal’ versus Faux
For the most part, real wood blinds outpace their faux-wood counterparts by a mile. Lots of homeowners choose faux for one reason — money. They’re a cheaper alternative. (Real wood isn’t cheap!) But there are other considerations that are too often overlooked, and here’s where the famous adage, “You get what you pay for” comes into play. Because real wood is significantly lighter than synthetic versions, it lasts longer and resists warping and fading from sun and heat. And while manufacturers can produce realistic-looking imitations, they just aren’t as attractive as the real thing. The only instance where faux wood might be a better choice is in a bathroom’s high-humidity environment, which can warp real wood over time. Faux wood in a plastic polymer won’t have the same problem.
Some Tips on Buying Wood Blinds
Since most wood blinds are custom-made to fit your windows, it’s probably best to have a professional measure and install your blinds to ensure that you don’t end up with a costly mistake. It’s also a good idea to consult with a designer to get professional advice about which style of blinds will work best for your windows and doors while complimenting your decor at the same time. Finally, shop for sales. Most retailers offer periodic discounts that can significantly reduce the final reckoning for your blinds.
Taking into consideration the many benefits of real wood blinds, we think you’ll agree the pros outweigh the cons. After all, though you may save money in the short-term by compromising and choosing faux-wood, you’ll suffer in the long-term when they start warping and fading, revealing the fact that they’re actually not real wood blinds!
If you live in Central Alabama and are thinking about investing in real wood blinds, contact us. We’ve been serving the region for over 30 years, leaving a legacy of beautiful windows and satisfied customers!