Faux vs RealLet's talk about real wood blinds versus faux wood blinds. Which is better? Which should I install in my home? Unfortunately, there is no definite "right" answer because the best blinds solution varies from home to home, maybe even room to room. So let's compare the two and discover what works best for you.
Real wood blinds are like a German sports car - sleek, well-designed and very attractive. Real wood can give your room a sense of warmth and a very distinguished look. Not to mention wood blinds allow you to stain them in a multitude of colors to provide perfect accent to your walls. You will also find that wood blinds have sturdier slats and can sometimes achieve an almost shutter-like appearance - vroom, vroom.
But like a German sports car, real wood blinds can be expensive and definitely require more owner maintenance. Wood blinds are porous, which means that they could warp in high moisture areas and attract more dust. And if your children or pets take your wood blinds for a little "test drive", wood slats can be an expensive replacement.
Now let's kick the tires on a mean set of faux blinds, which are the modest family sports sedan of window coverings. Faux wood blinds are definitely less expensive compared to wood blinds and do a comparable job blocking sunlight and providing a sense of privacy.
Historically the biggest criticism of faux wood blinds has been aesthetics, but new vinyl/wood technologies have created a lighter and sturdier slat that doesn't cost nearly as much as solid wood. There are also plenty of faux wood colors and designs so homeowners have more options to customize their windows.
Like we said earlier, there really is no "right" or "wrong" answer when it comes to which blind is best. If you have a taste for the finer things and can afford solid wood blinds, we have many options to suit your needs. And if you have an active family and think "blinds are blinds," we have the perfect faux wood blind system for you as well.