For a long time, people have been purchasing window treatments made of wood in order to bring an element of nature into their homes or work places. Wood offers a sense of warmth and beauty. Faux wood, on the other hand was considered a cheap replacement. However, with new blends, the top-of-the-line faux wood window treatments are hard to distinguish from real wood blinds.
What is the difference between the two? Not a whole lot. Faux wood blinds have a vinyl blend that offers a real durability. Real wood on the other hand has unique lines and knots that aren’t found in other types of blinds. Here’s a few points to help differentiate the two:
* Faux Wood blinds
o Synthetic materials don’t cost as much as real wood materials
o Can be less resistant to warping and chipping than real wood blinds
o The vinyl in them helps resist moisture so they won’t be prone to warping, thus making these a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms
o Only takes a few seconds once a week to keep them clean.
o Anti-static properties keep these blinds virtually dust free.
* Advantages of Real Wood blinds
o Allows the grain and knots in the texture to stand out, creating a unique blind every time.
o Offers a wide selection of colors and stains
o Weigh less than faux wood window treatments, thus are easier to adjust
o In the past have been used more often by consumers for decorating homes.
Faux wood shades have many of the characteristics of real wood shades, but don’t cost as much. They are the perfect option for those on a budget. Because of new technology, many faux wood window treatments look virtually identical to real wood blinds. Faux wood blinds start as low as $20.00 a blind, making them the right choice for the budget-conscious consumer.
Wood blinds have a traditional beauty that has long been associated with affluence. However, there are varying types of wood that are priced according to how rare a tree is or how quickly it will replenish. Wood window treatments are not a renewable resource, taking years to regenerate.
Another option for wood window treatments are shutters. Shutters often bring to mind times past, when shutters were used as protection against the elements, or quaint houses along the coast line. Now, with bright colors, shutters can be used inside and out. They are something a little more unique than a traditional blind.
While there are differences between wood and faux shutters and blinds, both bring the feel of nature into the home. Both work well with wood furnishings, and create ambiance without taking away from the rest of the room’s decorations. The decision really boils down to price. How much do you want to spend on your home?