Faux vs Wood Blinds

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- difference

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:

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Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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. 

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Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Remember to get your blinds just in time for Thanksgiving with Blinds On Time’s fall sale! It ends Sunday at midnight.

 

How to Decorate your Kids Room

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Ask your child what they like. Most parents automatically assume that their little girl will want a bright pink room with all things glittery, and that their little boy will want a bold blue room with cars and sports gear.  Sometimes, that is not the case.  By including your kid in the design process, you make them feel important and excited for their new room.

Use a neutral color palette with color accents. Your children will change as the years pass, and so will their room. Take what your child wants and tone it down a notch. If your boy really loves the color orange, choose a rusty orange instead of one that is bold and bright, and incorporate it into a neutral color palette such as beige or a light brown.  The same concept applies if you have a little girl.  If she likes lavender, choose a soft lavender as the accent color, and grey or white as the main neutral color palette.  Below are some examples to help you:

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(Colors from Benjamin Moore)

Invest in timeless furniture. Your child’s room will be with them for their entire childhood, adolescence, and maybe for their young adulthood if they decide to stay home for college, or come back after they graduate. With that in mind, purchase furniture that will fit your children as adults.  Try to stay away from trendy furniture. They might go out of style in a few years, and the room will look dated. Rather than spending money on a twin sized bed, and later on a full or queen, invest your money now and skip the twin bed.

Maximize storage to maximize space.  Kids have tons of toys, and they always seem to be lying around everywhere. With storage, your kids can take out their toys, play, and put them back where they were leaving their room with more space to run around when you play monster with them.  A good idea would be to buy a cubed storage shelf and fill the cubbies with baskets to put their toys or colors in.  Then when they get older, it can be used as a bookshelf.  Another idea would be to get a cushioned bench, place it below a window and put the baskets below. You can also buy a bed frame with drawers below the mattress like in this photo from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child:

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Let the accessories show their age. Room accessories are affordable and easier to change throughout the years.  For example, if your son really likes cowboys, buy a few framed western wall art pieces, western-style bedding, and some wood blinds from our website. When your son grows up, all that needs to be changed is the bedding, and the western wall art and stars can be taken down or replaced to whatever he wants! The same applies for girls. Focus on the bedding, wall art, and window treatments.

These simple tips will help you save money, stress less, and keep their rooms organized. Take a look at our Pinterest for some more inspirational ideas.  Happy decorating!

Home Office Design Ideas

People spend on average 40 hours a week in their home office so we decided to feature our top 5 home office design ideas to help spruce up your space! Your office may either be small and generic cubicles, or a bland and boring room. Why bring that boring atmosphere home with you? With our 5 home office design ideas, your home will be a pleasant place to enjoy.  In order to have a lovely and functional office, consider these characteristics before designing:

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Storage: Storage is key to keeping a clean workspace. No one wants to walk into their home office, and see piles of paper and folders all over their desk.  It almost scares you away! Custom cabinets are a great solution to storing your office supplies, files, and equipment. It gives you flexibility to create exactly what you need in the space. Check out KraftMaid.com to get some ideas and find a retailer near you.

If you can’t build cabinets because you are thinking of moving out soon, or you are renting, then another option would be a modular bookcase with some nice storage boxes or baskets.

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Organization: Now that you have storage figured out, you have to think about how to effectively organize everything to get the ultimate use out of your space.  Think about it this way; when you grab your clothes and throw them in a box, it takes up a lot of space.  Now try folding those same clothes and put them back in the box and you’ll see that they will take up almost half the space. The Container Store is a good place to find anything you need.  When you are organized, you know exactly where everything is, saving you time and stress.

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Lighting: Improve your productivity by improving the lighting in your office; preferably with sunlight. Try arranging your desk to face the window. When a room is dark, your inner clock registers it as time to start getting ready for bed, so you find yourself yawning more and feeling tired.  When a room is bright, you feel awake and energized because your mind thinks it is morning.

If you want sunlight without it affecting your room temperature, consider looking at BlindsOnTime’s cellular shades. They not only filter light, but they insulate your room as well.   Another option would be their wood blinds for optimum light control.

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Color : Just like the lighting in a room affects your productivity, so does your color choices. Warm colors (reds, yellows, and oranges) make you invigorated and detail oriented, while cool colors (blues, greens, and purples) soothe and calm you. If you need something in between, any neutral color will make you feel comfortable and ready for work.

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Space Planning: If you have a small home, you need to make most of “dead space.” Dead spaces are areas of your home that aren’t being used such as under stairs, or empty closets. Open a closet, put a small desk with some storage next to it and voila! Another great option for small spaces would be buying an office armoire.  Just close the doors and no one will know.

Combine all of these qualities and you will have a happy and productive workspace. You can also try adding some of these qualities to your own office or cubicle at work and share these tips with your co-workers.

Blinds vs Shades

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Blinds and shades both spruce up the windows, so they have to be the same, right?  Wrong. Blinds vs shades don’t necessarily mean the same thing.  It is important to know what each word means to effectively communicate what you want in your space. Let’s go over some of their characteristics between blinds vs shades:

MATERIAL:  Blinds are made of hard materials such as wood, faux wood, metal, or vinyl. Shades are made up of soft materials like fabrics and woven woods.  These two both hang from the top of the windowsill.

LOOK: The easiest way to distinguish between blinds and shades are if the material has slats, or if it is one solid material.  Blinds have vanes, or slats, that allow you to adjust the amount of privacy and light you prefer throughout the day. They still allow you to look outside, even if they are fully lowered. Shades are made of one solid fabric that can also be moved to tweak your privacy and light preference, but only up or down.

LIGHT CONTROL: The flexibility in light control award goes to blinds. You can control if you want no light, full light, partial light, what direction you want the light to go, etcetera.  Let’s not completely forget about shades, though.  Sheer shades let the light to softly diffuse into the room, and thick shades darken the space.

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LIFESPAN: Blinds are extremely durable, especially if they are made of wood.  They are easy to clean, and do not fade with sunlight as quickly as shades do.  If you are looking to buy window coverings that will last you for years, blinds are the way to go.  Shades are harder to clean because the fibers in the fabric will collect dust and dirt over the years.  Sunlight can also weaken and fade your fabrics, especially if the color of your fabric is dark.  For a longer lifespan, buy shades that include lining.  The lining will act as a barrier and protect the fabric from sunlight.

DESIGN: Because shades come in a vast variety of fabrics, they offer a wider range of styles, patterns, and colors.  They can turn your room into an O-K room to a fantastically stylish room, and are fun to pick out! Blinds do not disappoint either.  These are the better option if you want to control your privacy, light, and furnishings without distracting from your design.

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Remember these characteristics between blinds vs shades when you are discussing window treatments with your designer, husband, friends, or searching for them on our site.  Shop our selection of Cellular Shades and get a free upgrade to cordless before the offer ends October 30th!

 

Eat, Pray and Love Woven Wood Shades

Let’s take a trip to Southeast Asia.  You will find some of the most incredible shores in Thailand.  Beautiful, clear turquoise waters and bright white sands are ready to sweep you into tranquil paradise.  Southeast Asia is all about Zen and their land certainly reflects that.

Next on our destination list is India.  India is a very spiritual country full of philosophies and meditation.  Some people travel to India just to become a more spiritual person and find peace.

Now let’s take these two remarkable serene places on Earth and incorporate them into your living room!  You will have a place to relax after a long day of work, or simply on your day off.

The middle photo below is a shore in Thailand and what inspired me to choose these colors. Here are a few of my selections to bring these two locations together:

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1.         Sherwin Williams – The water is a relaxed sea foam green, so I chose the color Aloe for the wall.  It represents the water without being too cliché about it.  It is a color sure to bring some airiness and light into your space.

2.         Blinds on Time – I chose Blinds on Time’s Woven Wood Shades Designer series in Bamboo Dusk for the windows.  They are high quality, affordable, and customizable! With Southeast Asia’s bamboo and India’s traditional straw roofs in the south, I had to bring some wood and color into the space.  It also reflects the wood on the long-tail boats in the photo.

3.         Pottery Barn – Pottery Barn’s Buchanan Sofa in Cream will bring the light colored sand into the room.   Just as you sit on the sand you will sit in this sofa and see the room, ready to soothe you.

4.         Eyes of India – Pillows are what usually bring a room together, and these Indian-style pillows bring India—and the shore—into the space.  These pillows have many colors, but do not clash with the color scheme.  The seashells make them beachy and the sea foam green colors reflect the water, or in this case, the walls.

5.         Bed Bath & Beyond – These Clear Glass Moroccan Lanterns are not Indian, but they do a magnificent job in marrying the embroidery in the pillows and the protruding rocks in the background.

So if you’re looking for a way to bring some calm into your living area and have some time to unwind or meditate without breaking your budget, this is absolutely the way to go.