Faux Wood Blinds Are One of the Most Popular Window Coverings – Here’s Why

Faux wood blinds have come a long way since the artificial-looking vinyl versions of the 1980s.
Contemporary Gray Living Room

Contemporary Gray Living Room

Wooden blinds flood this contemporary living room with a film noir look.

Faux wood blinds are one of the window-covering world’s most popular products. Delivering style at an affordable price point, they give a room an inviting, polished look that’s also easy to maintain.

Typically faux wood blinds are made from PVC, a material that is both moisture- and heat-resistant. As a result, they don’t crack, warp, fade or rust, and so they’re suitable for all rooms, uses and climates.

Remember the original vinyl ones, circa 1982, that your dad had in his home office? These aren’t those. Now technology makes it possible to stamp the wood grain right onto the slat, giving it the look and feel of real wood at a fraction of the cost.

They’re also easier to install than ever, with kits that allow one person to hang a blind in 10 minutes. They can be mounted inside or outside the frame, depending on the look you want.

Mounting them on the inside looks cleaner and allows you to use them with curtains or drapes. If you’re installing a blind on a door, however, it’s recommended to install it outside the window frame.

Speaking of doors, when installing a blind on one, use blinds with thinner slats, preferably from 3/8-inch to 1-inch. That way, they accent the door instead of overpowering it.

However, the most common size for window slats is two inches. Generally, the larger the window, the larger the slat.

When choosing blind color, decide whether you want them to recede into the background or become a focal point. Blinds that are the same color as the trim blend with the decor, while contrasting-color blinds will stand out, even when covered with a curtain or valance.

In addition to giving a window a finished look, they also allow you to control the amount of light coming into the room, simply by adjusting the slats.

Blinds typically have a more casual appearance than curtains, and are more durable and easier to maintain. This makes them a natural for kids’ rooms, bathrooms or other high-use spaces.

But when used under curtains or valances, they also give family rooms, home offices and even bedrooms a warm, cozy look.

Faux wood blinds are priced depending to their slat size, length and finish, and since they don’t require professional installation, they’re an affordable, attractive way to cover windows. 

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