Are Wood Blinds the Right Window Treatment for your Home?

Want to add a warm feel to your home or give it some extra charm, consider wood blinds. Wood blinds come in an array of stains and paints to match any décor. There are also wood blinds made from a variety of wood species to accommodate the finickiest of consumers. There are many other advantages, besides beauty, for having wood blinds as your window covering.

Wood blinds can be custom made to fit any window in your home, including arch and other specialty shaped windows. Whatever your preference, there are many options to choose from, type of wood, stain, or paint color. With such a variety of options, there is sure to be a wood blind that will complement your window’s style. Wood blinds will give you maximum privacy and add a sense of warmth to the room.

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Wooden blinds will also increase the energy efficiency of your home. These blinds (in the closed position) are highly rated for keeping out the sun’s glare and heat on those hot summer days and keeping the heat in your home and the cold out on those cold winter days.

When it comes to cost, wood blinds are a mid range cost in the window treatment industry. They are more expensive than faux wood blinds or aluminum blinds, but they are more durable, and less expensive than plantation shutters. The initial investment will be worth it in the long run and will repay for itself with energy savings. Also, wood blinds have been known to increase the value of your home, if you plan to sell in the future.

If you like the look of the wood blinds, but are working with a limited budget, there is another option. Faux wood blinds are a great alternative to genuine wood blinds and are less expensive. Faux wood blinds come in a variety of stain colors and work great in high humidity rooms, like bathrooms and kitchens. They are also durable and easy to clean.

When it comes to keeping these blinds, no matter if you choose real wood or faux wood, cleaning is easy. If you have real wood blinds, all you have to do is dilute some wood cleaner or polish in water and dip a towel or other soft cloth into the solution. Just wipe down the individual slats with this solution to remove dust and give the wood a nice shine. If you just want a quick dusting, use a Swiffer duster, they work great.

Cleaning faux wood blinds is even easier. They can be vacuumed using the brush attachment. If they are soiled they can be wiped clean with warm water and a mild soap. Again, for a quick dusting try the Swiffer duster or any dust cloth.

When shopping for your wood or faux wood blinds, consider your budge and lifestyle. If you plan to install the blinds yourself, double check measurements and color swatch before ordering. Once installed, sit back and enjoy.

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