Real vs. Faux: What’s the Difference?
If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade the look and feel of your home, new blinds are the way to go. However, when debating between real wood and faux wood blinds, it can get a bit complicated. Let’s take a look at the main differences between real wood and faux wood blinds.
- Crafted from real, authentic wood
- Gives a natural, warm feel to your home
- Sophisticated and elegant
- Typically crafted from North American hardwood
- Good for insulation due to wood construction
- A more expensive option
- Designed to look like real wood
- Can be made from composite wood material or PVC (vinyl) material
- Slats can have a wooden core (coated with high tech polymer composite)
- Slats can be entirely PVC (vinyl)
- Ideal for humid areas of the home such as a kitchen or bathroom
- An inexpensive option
Color & Style of Blinds
Color and style play a big role in what type of blinds you purchase. For example, if you love the color of a specific faux wood blind and that same color is not offered in real wood, faux wood may be a better option for you. Faux wood blinds come in all shades and styles. They are very versatile because they are synthetically made.
Beige wooden blinds complement almost any home’s decor. Neutral colors can be easily found with real wood. If you are searching for vibrant colors, it may be easier to find the shade you are looking for with faux wood blinds. The bottom line is both options have their pros and cons, the final choice will be up to each individual based on the situation/preferences.
Which is better?
When deciding which type of blind is better, there are a few factors to consider. For example, where in your home will you put the blinds? Will the room have lots of moisture (such as a kitchen or bathroom)? Which style looks best with your decor? These are the type of questions you should ask yourself when deciding.
If you are looking for energy-efficient blinds, real wood is the way to go. Real wood blinds block light and heat from entering your home, therefore improving energy efficiency. This allows you to save on aircon and heating bills. Furthermore, less heat will be let out of your home during the winter months of the year because of how efficient real wood blinds are. Real wood is very sophisticated and elegant. The detail on real wood is unmatched and they add a lot of charm to your home. It is important to note they are more expensive compared to faux wood blinds.
If you are looking for a less expensive option that is ideal for the bathroom or kitchen, faux wood is the way to go. Faux wood can withstand humidity well in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens well without deteriorating. They are designed to look like real wood and you can’t tell the difference unless standing up-close.
Regardless of which type you select, your home’s aesthetic will be inviting and welcoming as both real wood and faux wood blinds are great options.