Why Choose Wooden Blinds?

Although many people choose to use plastic blinds because of their low cost and quick installation, it is important to remember that these are certainly not the only options. In fact, there are many benefits to other choices such as wooden blinds.

When it comes to enhanced appearance and texture, wooden blinds are an excellent asset as natural stains can be used in order to highlight the wood’s grain, adding personality to the home. Wooden blinds are also easy to paint and can be used to brighten up any room in the house and coordinate with the furniture and design of the home.

Wooden blinds can be used in a variety of different formats including gathered panels, cornice boards and elegantly stylish vertical blinds. This versatility extends also to the type of wood that is used in the blinds as well as the size of the wood slats. If the goal in a particular room is to make the area appear casual, bamboo blinds are an excellent choice with French blinds being a wonderful option for rooms such as formal dining rooms that desire a more sophisticated air.

Another advantage of wooden blinds is their ability to provide the home with more privacy. Plastic blinds are typically much thinner than wooden blinds, therefore allowing passers-by to see between the plastic slats. Wooden blinds, which are thicker, ensure that the residents of the home retain optimum privacy.

When it comes to maintaining a home, a big factor to consider is cleaning. There is no doubt that wood blinds are far easier to clean than their plastic counterparts. The solidness of the slats combined with their increased thickness allows for quicker cleaning and for a lesser likelihood that the slats will become bent or damaged. Instead of removing the blinds, the wood slats can be easily cleaned while on the window with a wood cleaner and a clean cloth. When it comes to cleaning, simple and easy is always better.

Although there is no doubt that wooden blinds cost significantly more than other options such as plastic Venetian blinds, there are other factors that should certainly be considered such as the durability of the blinds as well as their upkeep. Along with being longer-lasting and easier to clean, wooden blinds are also simpler to customize to a new look. A simple painting or staining can change the look of the wood slats so that they can fit into any décor. This eliminates the need to purchase new blinds with every design change, thereby saving money in the long run.

Although wood blinds are not often available at discount warehouse home stores, there are many locations where they can be purchased. In addition to home stores, wood blinds can also be purchased online or special ordered so that the customer is guaranteed the exact blinds that would best fit his or her home. When selecting blinds for the home, wooden blinds are an excellent choice in all aspects including quality, versatility, and style.

Choosing Blinds for Your Child’s Room

You need to put a lot of thought into furnishing a child’s room. Not only do you want the room to be as safe as possible you also want it to be stimulating and interesting. As well as easy to clean! I recently helped my brother and his wife decorate their son’s room and we found the greatest challenge was choosing the window treatments!

Safety:

For any parent their child’s safety is paramount. Window treatments may not seem to be an obvious danger but children can strangle or trip themselves with the control cords. If you want blinds then look for ones with with short cords, preferably no more than three inches. Short cords are most common with roller blinds though roman blinds are also a good choice. Roller blinds are also relatively affordable. Another good option is to consider curtains as they don’t require any cords. It is also vital to ensure that whatever treatment you choose, it is securely installed to so that it doesn’t fall.

Lighting:

If you live in the city then you risk you child being disturbed by the street lamps and car headlights. A great way to avoid this is to get blinds or curtains made out of black out fabric. If you live in a quieter area then this is going to be less of a concern. In fact you might prefer treatments which let light in, particularly on school mornings when you want your child to wake up! There have been several studies which show that natural light helps to improves people’s mood and health so if you can allow some sun light in without disturbing your child’s sleep then do! Translucent blinds and curtains will let in a diffuse light, meaning that they can help cool the room and will give you a warm light. Some suppliers also sell duel roller blinds which include a translucent blind you can use when the sun is too hot and a black-out blind for the night time.

Patterns and Designs:

Alongside these concerns you want your child’s room to be fun! A stimulating environment will not only stop your child from being bored, but will also inspire them to do something other than play on the Xbox. There is a large choice of patterns and designs around which will help to stimulate your child. Roller blinds really come into their own here as not only can they be customised, but they have the largest range of premade designs. In my nephew’s case we tried to find an option that would appeal to him now at two years old but wouldn’t be embarrass him when he was older. My sister in law wanted to make sure that the blinds could cope with several different changes of paint as they hope to have them up for a long time. For that reason we choose dark blue blinds decorated with stars and planets. But the choice obviously depends on the child, the room and the parents. In other words it’s up to you!

Author:

This is a guest post by Daniel Frank, as UK blogger and interior design enthusiast who is currently writing on behalf of a wooden blinds supplier.