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Should I Choose Wood or Faux Wood Blinds?

Once you have narrowed down the numerous window blind options, you have to make the choice between real wood or faux wood blinds.  Both types of material have their own respective advantages and disadvantages that could help determine which material would be better for the blinds in your Denver, Colorado home.

Real Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds add a luxurious feel to any home, in addition to their numerous other benefits.  Real wood blinds are lighter in weight compared to faux wood blinds.  The lightweight material gives these blinds many advantages over heavier blinds, including the ability to be mounted in larger windows and less strain on the mechanism.  The reduced strain ultimately extends the life of the blinds and makes it easier to raise and lower them.  The wood material naturally insulates the windows against heat and cold temperatures, and additionally, protects the furniture from sun fading.  Real wood blinds can be stained and painted many colors, giving your home a rich, elegant ambiance.

On the other hand, real wood blinds also have some drawbacks.  Due to their stiff structure, real wood is more fragile and less durable than faux wood; therefore, it might not be the best option for a home with children or pets.  Also, real wood tends to warp and bow with increased humidity, moisture or extreme temperatures.   As a result, real wood blinds should not be placed in kitchens, bathrooms, or other locations exposed to those conditions.  Real wood blinds also have more maintenance requirements, such as painting or staining every few years.  Finally, real wood blinds are more expensive compared to faux wood blinds.

Faux Wood Blinds

Similar to real wood blinds, faux wood blinds also offer many advantages for your home.  Made out of a vinyl or PVC material, faux wood blinds look strikingly similar to real wood blinds.  Their material makes them very durable and resilient, so they are ideal options for homes with children or pets.  Additionally, faux wood blinds are moisture and humidity resistant, making them the perfect choice for kitchens or bathrooms.  They also hold up well in extreme temperatures.  Because of their material, faux wood blinds are easy to clean, low maintenance, and environmentally friendly.  Finally, faux wood blinds are more affordable than real wood blinds. 

While the material of faux wood blinds provides many advantages, it also creates many disadvantages, too.  The vinyl or PVC material is much heavier than real wood blinds.  As a result, faux wood blinds should not be used for large windows.  Additionally, it is more difficult to raise and lower them because of the extra weight.  The weight also puts more stress and strain on the mechanism, so they potentially might not last as long as real wood blinds.  Lastly, there are fewer color choices available because faux wood blinds cannot be painted or stained.

Whether you decide upon real wood or faux wood blinds, our design experts at Creative Interiors Design can help you decide the perfect blinds for your home in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas.  We proudly offer a variety of Hunter Douglas window blind options, and would be happy to set up a design consultation with you today!

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