The popularity of wood windows treatments is on the rise as more people are starting to see the benefits of using them instead of curtains. However, there are lots of different types of treatments available so it helps to know a bit about each one in order to make the right decision. Listed below are three of the most common types of window treatments as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Wood Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds are one of the most common types of blind available and are very popular. While traditionally venetian blinds weren't made out of wood you can now buy the same style (horizontal slats) using wooden slats. The advantage of using horizontal wooden blinds is that they can either be completely open or fully shut allowing for privacy. The disadvantage is that even when they're open you'll still have some of the view obscured although this can be made less of an issue by buying larger slats.
Wood Vertical Blinds
As the name suggests, the only difference between horizontal and wood vertical blinds is the orientation of the slats. However, the different types have different situations in which they're suitable. For example, vertical blinds are often used in rooms where there is a good view because they can easily be pulled to the side allowing you to see through the entire window.
If you want more privacy then going for wooden shutters is probably the best way to go. Shutters often look more stylish and permanent than regular blinds although they can be more expensive and it's more difficult to see out the window even when they're open. The great thing about getting shutters for your home is that they can actually increase the value of your house although you will usually need to have them installed by a professional.
Wood Vs. Faux-Wood
One of the main problems with buying real wood is that it can be relatively expensive. To get around this many people opt for faux wood rather than the real thing even though most people agree that it doesn't have the same look or style. You should remember that if you buy real wood shutters or blinds they will need more maintenance than faux-wood window treatments though so you need to weigh up the advantages to both before making your decision. For the majority of people the small amount of extra work required to maintain real wood blinds or shutters won't be a major issue.