The Advantages of Faux Wood Blinds in the Kitchen and Bathroom
While wooden blinds have been a firm favourite of homeowners for several decades, solid wood isn’t always the most practical choice for every room in the house. Just as hardwood flooring might not be suitable for areas exposed to a lot of moisture or heavy traffic, the same is true of wooden blinds.
Faux Wood Blinds
Luckily, there are plenty of very convincing alternatives to solid wood these days. Faux wood blinds are often far more resistant to moisture and can be much sturdier and more hardwearing than real wood. Unlike solid wood blinds, faux wood blinds can stand up to extremes in temperature and strong sunlight without warping or fading. With the added bonus that faux wood blinds are generally much more affordable, the decision to add these to your home is often an easy one!
Faux Wood Types
Faux wood blinds are available in two main forms: wood composite and vinyl. Wood composite blinds, as the name suggests, are manufactured from real hardwoods combined with plastics to create a tough, durable finish. These blinds are an excellent choice for those who want the look and feel of real wood but need blinds that will withstand rough treatment or the moist, humid conditions of a busy kitchen or bathroom.
Vinyl faux wood blinds don’t contain any wood and are made exclusively from a vinyl polymer. Vinyl blinds are the best choice for anyone working to a strict budget, as they tend to be very affordable compared to other alternatives. Just bear in mind that vinyl faux wood blinds tend to be heavier than other options. This shouldn’t matter too much if your window is fairly small, but can be an issue if you’re ordering blinds for a very large window.
Faux wood blinds are available in a huge range of finishes, meaning you can complement your existing decor perfectly. Whether you want a rustic pine finish, a crisp whitewashed wood look or a dramatic dark-wood effect, the options are almost limitless. Both vinyl and composite faux wood blinds are available in a choice of textures, too. Smooth finish blinds will be easier to keep clean and less likely to hold onto dust, while textured blinds will generally look and feel more like real wood.
Another advantage of faux wood blinds is that they are easy to keep clean. This is a huge bonus in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms where dust, dirt and grease tend to accumulate. As faux wood blinds can withstand more moisture than wooden blinds, it’s usually fine to use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe them down and keep them looking good as new. In addition, faux wood blinds can be seen as a more environmentally friendly option than hardwood blinds.
Gemini Blinds are one of the leading providers of faux wood Venetian blinds in the North West. With an extensive range of blinds, shutters, awnings and canopies available in all styles, get in touch with Gemini Blinds today to organise a free home survey to assess your needs and receive a quote.