When it comes to updating your window dressings, wooden blinds are more often than not the ideal solution. This sleek, sturdy, ever-stylish design is a favourite for a reason – wood never goes out of style, after all!
But what makes a wooden blind so special? How well does it function? Will it complement your space? And how do you know which colour and finish to choose? Today, we’re going to run through the ins and outs of this classic window dressing, explaining everything you need to know about wooden blinds.
How do wooden blinds work?
Wooden blinds feature a number of horizontal slats that are linked together by a cord pulley system. This design of blind is also known as Venetian. When fully raised, the slats gather together at the top of the window, revealing the full view outside. When lowered and rotated, wooden blinds obscure the views from outside and block all sunlight. Wooden blinds can also be arranged in various positions, depending on the amount of privacy and natural light you require.
What finish should I choose?
Wooden binds are available in a range of finishes. This includes different shades of varnish and stains, matte paint, gloss paint, or a simple wax. You can choose the right finish for your space by considering its functionality, the type of mood you want to evoke, and the other furnishings in the room. If you want to create warm and cosy vibes, a darker shade of varnish will help to set the tone. But if you’re looking to make your home feel lighter, brighter and more fresh, a white or cream painted finish is more suitable.
What about width, drop and slat size?
When shopping for made to measure wooden blinds, you will select a style in your required width and drop, allowing you to install a set of blinds that are as seamless fit. In terms of the slats, they are generally available between 25mm and 65mm. The price difference between slat sizes is often minimal, and the biggest deciding factors for slats are sunlight and window size. The wider the slat, the more surface area of the window it covers. And the smaller the window, the smaller the wooden blind slats should be. It’s worth remembering that wide slat wooden blinds will also have a smaller stack height, since there will be less slats in the blind.
Real wood vs. faux wood
Wooden blinds can be made from either real wood or a faux alternative, such as PVC or a Composite style. When choosing between your options, you should take into account your budget and the location of the windows in your home. For example, if you’ve a larger budget and want new blinds for your living room, real wood blinds are the perfect solution. Alternatively, if you want to save a little money and place the blinds in your kitchen, a faux wood blind will be more cost-effective and won’t suffer from potential water damage.
Our wooden blinds feature finest quality basswood that is sourced from sustainable forests. Basswood is genuine wood with a subtle grain and natural style. It is light yet sturdy, and its versatility means it’s perfect for window blinds. Our wood blinds have a 100% Natural Wood Stamp, so you can be assured of their quality. Genuine wooden blinds are unrivalled in their elegance, and will coordinate with all decor styles, whether your home is modern and minimalistic or cosy and traditional. Of course, that’s not to say that faux wood solutions are any less effective. We are very pleased to introduce our new WoodLux blind, a high quality PVC faux wood blind. It is the ultimate solution for wet and humid areas of the home, as there is no risk of moisture absorption and warping.
At Wooden Blinds Direct, our wooden blinds come complete with a complementary valance, which is used to cover the head rail and provide a sleek and stylish finish. We also coat our blinds with a UV stain or paint, preventing your blinds from fading in the sunlight.
Discover the best wooden blind for your living room by exploring our full collection. You can also take advantage of our FREE Interior Design Service by contacting our Interior Design Specialists directly: [email protected] or 01924 848739 (8:30-4:30 MON-FRI)