Even if you can’t make a purchase just now, you can still research and learn about potential products for your home. At Windows, Walls & More here in West Bloomfield, we’d love to teach you about the similarities and differences between genuine wood and faux wood blinds. Read on!
Choosing Genuine Wood
As with faux wood blinds, genuine wood blinds are constructed using string “ladders” to suspend the slats. You can choose various slat sizes, and wood blinds work well with a variety of décor styles—they can blend with traditional, contemporary, and retro looks. Plus, genuine wood can help enhance value of a home. You can find products such as Hunter Douglas Heritance® Hardwood Shutters and Parkland® Wood Blinds if you want to go with genuine wood. These beauties offer unique characteristics that can appeal to people who want a one-of-a-kind look. With the Heritance Handcrafted Series, several different finishing techniques help highlight the unique aspects of the wood, including wormholes, dents, cracks, and knots, helping your finished product look rustic yet elegant. Genuine wood is lighter (50% lighter than comparable faux wood blinds), which makes these products easier to maneuver and place in larger areas. Plus you can choose decorative tapes to add to your décor. However, keep in mind that genuine wood can warp in areas of high moisture, and children and pets can tax its sturdiness. Also, it’s about 30 percent more expensive than its faux cousin.
Choosing Faux Wood
As with genuine wood, if you choose faux wood blinds, you’ll be able to select from numerous colors and stains to coordinate with your décor, and many products fit in specialty shaped windows. Faux wood is the material for products such as EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, and NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters. The material is durable and affordable and can give you the best of both worlds. Products made of faux wood tend to be resistant to high moisture and UV rays—they won’t crack, chip, peel, warp, or bow. These beauties will look just as good as the real thing, but they cost less; plus, they’re easy to clean—simply wipe with a damp cloth. However, while it might seem like the best budgetary solution, faux wood might not be the right choice for you. It’s heavier than genuine wood, and not all faux wood products can be sized for larger window openings.
Find Genuine and Faux Wood Treatments in West Bloomfield
Windows, Walls & More was established in 1977 and has become the leader in window treatments and window treatment motorization, as well as wallpaper, interior design and more. With a beautiful Hunter Douglas Gallery showroom in West Bloomfield, Windows, Walls & More serves West Bloomfield and the surrounding areas, including Franklin, Livonia, Birmingham, Farmington Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Commerce Township, Northville and Novi. Stop by our Hunter Douglas Gallery to see our many functional window covering displays.
For more information, or to schedule your free in-store consultation, give us a call today at 248-661-3840.