Blinds: Wood Vs. Faux Wood

Wood blinds are a popular choice for window treatments as they are a perfect compliment to other wood furniture in a room and radiate elegance and wealth. However, they can be rather pricey and many people opt for faux wood to save some money. It all depends on personal preference, but there are pros and cons for both real wood and faux wood blinds that you should know about before making a decision.

Obviously, faux wood’s biggest advantage is that it is less costly than real wood. Real wood may be more expensive, but many realtors will tell you that real wood blinds can actually increase the resale value of your home. But, there are some rooms in your house that would benefit more from faux wood blinds than from real wood. Faux wood is better for high humidity rooms like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms because real wood tends to warp, crack and split when exposed to those kinds of environmental conditions.

Faux wood blinds are available in either pure vinyl or a blend of vinyl and wood. A larger number of supporting ladders are necessary for faux wood to keep the shape of the blind than with wood. This can significantly diminish your view and if you want cloth tapes your blinds can end up looking much cluttered. Wood blinds also come in a wider selection of sizes, colors and stains than faux wood.

There are a couple of things both wood and faux wood have in common, though. Both types of blinds effectively control outside light and are a helpful means for maintaining your privacy. Also, as far as the look goes, it is very difficult to tell the difference between wood and faux wood blinds unless you look very closely. Ultimately, it just comes down to what you can afford and what will best match the rest of your home décor.

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