The Advantages of Wooden Blinds

Blinds or curtains, mauve or maroon, subtle or extravagant; delving into the world of window coverings means delving into a world of daunting and difficult decision-making. It's possibly one of the hardest parts of interior design (or redesign) - a good window covering can enhance a room significantly while a bad choice can throw off the design of your room completely.

There's so many options when it comes to choosing window coverings that it's hard to know where to start so in this article, we're going to be focusing on one of the most popular styles of window covering available; wooden blinds.

Presuming you've made the leap from curtains to blinds (and there are plenty of reasons to), you'll be well aware that there are hundreds of different stylistic combinations available; metal vertical blinds, neon roller blinds and so on.

Wood is probably the simplest of potential blind materials but also one of the most attractive. Wooden blinds should be considered the first port of call if you're going for a rustic vibe in your home, but can also had a classy edge to just about any room in the house. It's undoubtedly more 'homely' than metal blinds and arguably more 'expensive-looking' than fabric.

The most common style of blind wood comes in is Venetian - horizontal slats connected by vertical cords. The Venetian style offers a wealth of advantages; not only do they look good, but they are also extremely easy to clean and offer a strong degree of control over how much sunlight enters a room.

If you're not a fan of the Venetian style then don't panic; wood also comes in other styles too. Woodweave is essentially wood's answer to traditional roller blinds while you can also get wooden vertical blinds - basically a reversal of the traditional Venetian style.

Wood offers more privacy than some other materials traditionally associated with blinds, owing to the 'heaviness' of the material. It's more or less impossible to see through wooden blinds, meaning that no disturbing shadows will be cast by passers-by - and they won't be able to see yours either!

Wood's heavy nature also makes it extremely good at retaining heat in a room, saving you money on your energy bills as well as keeping you cosy on long winter nights.

Wood is also extremely durable; it's highly unlikely that you'll need to replace wooden blinds within five years if you maintain them properly. Luckily, maintaining wooden blinds is relatively easy too - a quick brush with a dry cloth to remove dust and grime every week will suffice cleaning-wise.

If there's one drawback to wooden blinds, it's the materials weakness to moisture. If exposed to steam or water on a regular basis, wooden blinds can warp and unfortunately, this is usually impossible to repair meaning that you have to fork out on new blinds. This means that wooden blinds are more-or-less a no-no in bathrooms and kitchens.

Overall, however, wooden blinds are highly recommended for anyone looking to rejuvenate their windows!

Christopher Joseph Smith is writing on behalf of Better Blinds, specialists in Wooden Blinds
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