Custom Wood Blinds

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Custom wood blinds are simply classic. They convey a sense of simple design elegance, coupled with utilitarian convenience. They're unsurpassed at blocking light and adding privacy. And in terms of looks, they've got style in spades.

Frank Lloyd Wright used them over and over again in the homes he designed. A believer that natural elements should be found within the home, Wright repeatedly hung oak blinds in living rooms, kitchens, dens and bedrooms. In addition to their natural beauty, they accentuate the shape of the window, and the overall line of a room.

There's a Certain Slant of Light

Wood blinds also allow users to control the play of light within a room. Defined, slanting shadows of light and dark on walls, floors, even ceilings, are but one strong design advantage wood blinds have over other custom window treatments. And when it comes to completely blocking out light (and heat) on super-sultry days, few window treatments can compete with the energy-saving power of wood blinds.

When considering colors, try to imagine the feel you want the room to ultimately have. White wood blinds within white painted frames against white painted walls impart a cool, tranquil, beachy, cottage feel. Blond wood blinds within white or brown painted frames define window and room lines without being heavy. Deep, dark wood blinds convey a sense of masculinity and 1940s style traditions.

Typically, custom wood blinds look their best when mounted within the window frame. This gives the window a streamlined "face", and helps to emphasize the beauty of the window line. If your particular windows won't accommodate in-frame mounts, you may want to consider building a wooden valance, or opting instead for wooden shutters, which can be attractive mounted to the exterior of the frame.

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