Deciding between faux vs wood blinds can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. There are many different kinds of styles and materials, but the two most commonly used are faux wood and real wood blinds.
What are “faux” blinds, anyway? Faux is a French word meaning imitation. They can resemble the look of real wood blinds in your home, but offer different benefits. Real wood blinds became popular in America since the Colonial times when fabric from Europe was expensive and heavily taxed. Now it seems it is the other way around!
The choice to include faux wood or real wood blinds in your home depends on where you live and what characteristics you are looking for. Here are some pros and cons of each to help you:
- Look real – Most people cannot tell the difference unless you point it out.
- Affordable – They are made from composites (like pressed wood boards), vinyl, or other kinds of materials, making them inexpensive to produce.
- Easy to maintain – No need to worry about buying special cleaners or varnish! Just wipe clean with average cleaning solvents, or with simple soap and water.
- UV Protection – Faux wood blinds offer 75 – 90% UV protection, keeping your furniture, window treatments, and art safe.
- Do not warp or crack – Humidity and temperature will not tamper with the stability or look of the blinds, especially if they are vinyl.
- Lightweight – Because they are less dense than real wood, faux wood blinds do great with spanning across large windows.
- Generic – The imprinted wood grains on faux wood blinds are all the same. Nature is unique, and a factory is not.
- Limited color – The special finish does not allow you to paint your blinds. If your blinds are out of style and want to change them, you have to buy new ones.
- Can break – If you have children or pets that mess with vinyl faux wood blinds, sometimes (because they are so thin) they can break or bend.
- Elegant – Wood gives the space a warm ambiance and elegant look. Easy way to spruce up a room without a big effort.
- Change of look – Tired of seeing the same boring white wood blinds? Paint or stain them! The beauty of these blinds is you can paint or stain them whichever color you wish to be included in any design.
- Unique – Nature’s unique work of art will create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind grains into each slat.
- Expensive – Not only are they expensive to buy (depending on the wood), but they are also expensive to maintain! You cannot clean real wood blinds with just soap and water, you have to buy a special solvent or else they will warp.
- Warping and cracking – Warm temperatures expand wood, while cold temperatures contract wood, sometimes causing the wood to crack or warp. This is especially evident with less expensive types of wood.
- Heavy – Large windows with real wood blinds can be heavy and sometimes are difficult to raise and lower. The stress can sometimes break the inner chords.
These two contenders are great options for your home. Keep these benefits and drawbacks in mind before you buy. If you have children or pets that can damage to your blinds, or you do not have time to maintain your blinds, then the more affordable and maintenance-free faux wood blinds would be best. If your home needs a more stylish, and warm look, then real wood is the one for you.
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