Faux Wood Blinds

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Many people like the look of wood blinds, but have misgivings about the investment required. Some feel guilty about their ecological impact. Others are concerned about maintenance and cleaning, since wood blinds get notoriously dusty and can be time-consuming to clean. Others worry about warping and moisture damage. Others still are simply concerned about sun fading.

Fortunately, faux wood blinds, made from laminates, vinyl, PVC and other materials, eradicate these concerns. Faux wood blinds don't require trees in order to be made. They are easily vacuumed or dusted. They are completely moisture resistant and the sun will never fade their colors.

And, for all their ease of use compared to the real thing, they are much more affordable. Faux wood shades made from vinyl, in particular, are easy to use, easy to clean, and thanks to their low price point, easy to buy. Due to leaps forward in vinyl manipulation, they also look pretty darn spiffy. A house guest would have to be armed with a magnifying glass and an emery board to really tell the difference.

Faux No-Nos

That said, vinyl and other faux wood shades are their most attractive when they're not trying to impersonate wood. In other words, consider colored varieties, rather than those which would imitate oak, teak, or mahogany. If you're a purist and you want the look of real wood, then you probably ought to save up for the real thing, because no "fake" will ever match the luminous beauty of hand-polished cherry. However, a cheerful red blind, or serene white, or even a dignified, rich brown will look just as good as its authentic painted counterpart. In fact, because of their superior protection against warping and sun fading, your faux blinds will look better much longer.

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