You walk into a store looking for some window treatments and fall in love with some wood blinds that you see on the wall display. Then you take a look at the product next to it and you realize it looks similar but has a different name, faux wood. You think to yourself, “What the heck is faux wood and how is it different?” Well here is a little advice to help you figure it out.
When deciding between natural wood and faux wood there are a few key things to keep in mind.
First is what room will these blinds be going in?
- Real woods are a natural product and thus susceptible to direct sunlight and moisture. So if they are going in a very sunny or moist area of your house you can expect (over a long period of time) that damage such as warping, cracking, and fading can occur.
- Faux woods, since they are not a natural product, are much better in these types of areas. They are more resistant to sun and moisture and are a great recommendation for bathrooms, basements, or any other area of your home.
Another consideration is what you are looking to match?
- In a white or a neutral color most people decide to go with the faux wood. In these colors the natural grain look isn’t present so you can’t really tell the difference between the two.
- If you are looking to match wood flooring or furniture real wood might be a better option. Although there are lots of great colors available in faux wood, the colors vary slightly from real wood, sometimes making it more difficult to match to other natural wood products such as furniture. Natural wood blinds can add an extra touch of elegance to your room or tie in flooring or furniture to the color of your window treatments.
Something else to consider is how much do you want to invest?
- In a comparable faux wood product you might be able to save about 30% if you choose to go with them over the real thing. Now in a few windows that might’ not matter, but if your looking to do lots of windows opting to go with a faux wood will definitely save you some money.
You will also want to think about how you will use your blinds. What I mean by that is are you someone who will pull the blinds up and down or just tilt them most of the time to let in a little light?
- If you are someone who likes to pull up your blinds to expose an open window, you might consider going with natural wood. Most natural wood is California Bass wood that is kiln dried. This process removes the moisture from the wood thus making it lighter than its original state, and lighter than faux woods. Faux woods are usually made of either PVC or polystyrene, causing them to be heavier especially in larger sizes.
- If you plan on mainly tilting the blinds weight won’t be much of an issue. In that case it’s really up to you, both wood and faux wood can be tilted open easily.
In all, both natural wood and faux woods are absolutely great. Just keep in mind, décor, function, and budget and think about what is most important to you. Both products offer great benefits such as light control, room darkening, and privacy.
Hope this helps. And good luck!