White shutters are the decorating craze, but has anyone checked the price tag for them? It can be a hefty cost to cover your windows with shutters. There are great alternatives to achieve the same look as shutters without breaking the bank. Two common options would be real wood blinds or faux wood blinds, but I would recommend a faux wood.
When matching to a white shutter, you can get away with a white wood blind or white faux wood blind. It is hard to to see the difference when comparing these two blinds. White wood is painted, so there is no grain or texture to the wood like a stained finish. Because of that, a white faux wood blind looks very similar. It also is a flat white because it is made out of a dyed PVC material. Whether from a distance, or in your home, no one will be able to see the difference between these blinds. Either option looks like shutters in your home.
Although the blinds will look the same, there are some differences between them. When comparing maintenance, a wood blind needs to be cleaned with a wood approved product, versus a faux wood blind, which can be wiped with mild soap and water. Also, there is a difference in the actual weight of the blinds. A wood blind is a lighter product to pull up or down, whereas a faux wood blind is a little heavier. A big difference is the durability of the two products. Real wood blinds can warp, bow or fade over time from moisture or sunlight. Also, the paint on the wood could chip. A faux wood blind does not have paint, so it will not chip. The biggest difference is the price. A real wood blind will be more expensive than a faux wood blind.
Since we are trying to do these shutter look-a-likes on a budget, the faux wood blind would be the better option. A real wood blind is still less expensive than a shutter, but the faux wood is even less and will last you longer. It is also easier to maintain. It is a great alternative to a shutter and friendlier for your wallet.