Wood Blinds Add Natural Beauty to Your Home
Traditional or Contemporary: Wood Blinds Work in Both Worlds
Wood blinds have always captured the warmth and strength of traditional shutters and can be as beautiful as they are nostalgic. While they provide a natural alternative to traditional window shades, they are also very versatile, available in a variety of finishes and slat widths. For some, these window blinds represent elegant history and architecture, bringing traditional style and grace into each room. For others, custom wood blinds are a clean, sophisticated window treatment that brings warmth and richness into any home.
Traditional wood blinds have, over the years, satisfied the functional and esthetic needs of homeowners. Although these beautiful wooden window blinds look and feel much the same as they did many years ago, changes in technology and stains provide you with even more options.
Wood Blinds Made From North American Hardwood
Natural Wood Blinds are usually constructed of one of two different materials: North American hardwood or Ramin Wood. Hardwoods, such as the basswood used in Blindster products, are generally lighter than Ramin and do not warp as easily. Considering the fluctuating humidity levels within a home, you may want to consider the greater quality of hardwood blinds such as basswood.
Finishes & Stains for your Wood Blinds
Most people choose wood blinds because they blend easily into any home decor. Although wood blinds come in natural finishes and stains, they are also available in a variety of colors. This means that you can choose a color or stain that matches your existing furniture or compliments the wood already present in your home.
Wood Blinds – Slat Size Makes a Difference
The slat width of wood blinds makes a big difference in the type of custom wood blinds you will want to purchase. The narrower the slats, the more slats that are needed for a full-length blind. This means that wooden window blinds with narrower slats diffuse more light and obstruct more of the view when they are angled open. Wood blinds with wider slats, like those on a blind with 2 1/2″ slats, require fewer slats to provide adequate privacy when closed and therefore obstruct less light and view when opened.
Regardless of width, all wood blinds provide energy efficiency. Wood is a natural insulator, creating a barrier between the room and the window. This means that wood blinds help save energy and lower cooling and heating costs.
Light Control Features for Wood Blinds
Traditional wood blinds have holes on the outer ends of the slats through which the cords run. Since these holes tend to let in small amounts of light when closed, manufacturers have created other alternatives. Routless wood blinds lack the classic routs, or small holes through which the cords run. When routed wood blinds are shut, light still seeps through these small openings. Routless wood blinds provide full light barriers without the tiny holes. Instead of running in the center of the slat, the cord is routed through the edge. Cloth tape wood blinds minimize light leakage. Instead of using cords, these blinds are controlled with a cloth tape that connects the slats without the cord holes of traditional wood blinds. This option is usually available on the wider slatted wood blinds.
With their superior quality and beauty, wood blinds can be as much an investment as they are decoration. The addition of wood blinds will add warmth and comfort to any room in your home, while increasing it’s curb appeal and energy efficiency.