What’s the difference?
Here are the facts:
Faux wood blinds are usually made of either synthetic materials or a composite of wood and plastics. Generally a good quality faux wood blind will be hard to distinguish from a real wood blind. Faux wood blinds tend to be more affordable than their Real Wood counterparts especially in the white and off-white colours. Faux wood blinds are an excellent choice for bathrooms that have a window right next to a shower, as real wood blinds can’t handle too much moisture (warping, paint curling etc.). Faux wood blinds tend to have fewer options, but a good quality faux wood will still carry a lifetime warranty.
Real Wood Blinds are lighter than faux wood and can be made into much larger sizes eliminating the need to have multiple shades on one window. Real Wood Blinds come in many more colours than Faux Wood Blinds and some brands can be custom stained to match your existing furniture. Real Wood Blinds are available in much larger sizes, their slat sizes come in 1’’, 1 3/8’’, 2’’ and 2 5/8’’ sizes and have customizable valances that can be made into specialty shaped windows such as arches or angles.
Overall, both types of blinds have their place in the world of blinds. Depending on your taste and style, perhaps a white faux wood from Hunter Douglas would do just fine. On the other hand, maybe your custom stained hardwood floor with trim need to match your window coverings and you need to stain the wood to a specific colour or, you might have an arch window that you want to deflect the light coming into your library. The possibilities are endless; hopefully you are now armed with a good understanding of the pros and cons of the different types of blinds.
Helpful tip: As with anything you purchase, be weary of too-good-to-be-true prices. The faux wood blind market is saturated with very low (import) quality plastics that bend and warp within the first year of use. Some of our customers are okay with this, mostly if you are planning on moving or are trying to sell/rent. That being said we @ Sunshade do sell these blinds if desired.