Wood Blinds – Are They Still “In”?
Blinds with plastic slats are out in modern interior design. Real wood blinds are in.
Most people envision blinds as being the plastic strips with string woven in that always get tangled up. This type of blind transformed into what we know so well as mini-blinds or vertical blinds.
They are very hard to clean and can make a space appear messy and shabby just by being tangled up, bent, or crooked. Children and pets easily bend the vinyl or plastic, also creating an ugly look.
Wooden blinds are classic, and will always be in if your home suits them. Wood blinds go best in homes that have good trim work along the walls and window frames. They look great in a natural stained color, while the molding or trim of the house is painted an off white. Colored walls surrounding will bring out the richness of the wood and make the whole space sophisticated and comfortable.
Today, the variety of available venetian blinds includes a range of different designs, textures, and colors. Manufacturers are producing blinds in fresh colors and interesting textures today. They can accomplish this by anodizing, painting, or coating slats.
Black blinds, that were once in style during the 1990’s, and the neutral beiges of industrial looks are now often considered no longer in style. Plus, expert designers seem to agree that these colors make the space look drab and impersonal.
But these blinds are still worth keeping if partnered with special lighting treatments, bulbs, and dimmers. The light treatments can soften the stark look of the blinds so the contrast is less apparent.
But why waste money on lights when you can update your spaces by just choosing the right blinds for your spaces? The new, neon colors will look perfectly retro if paired with 60s’ and 70s’ design elements.
Colors including metallic bronze, gold and silver blinds are hot right now and will add instant glamour to any space. Instead of putting black or white venetian blinds for a wood paneled office, richer and more luxurious colors like deep wine or burgundy are advised.
Brown and olive blinds are deemed best for earth toned spaces. Industrial spaces like offices look sleeker and more updated with blinds of celadon or cherry red. Believe it or not, blue and brown look great together, especially in an office or masculine setting and the right tones are chosen.
If the more adventurous and bolder colors are not your style, you can still update your blinds by choosing different textures. Wooden slats are good for Asian-inspired or bohemian-themed spaces.
Leather covered slats look sleek and collected for offices. Plastics are still okay for uplifting the retro look. If your spaces still look dated, the problem might not be the color or texture of your blinds.
If you are still using vertical blinds, especially those that are floor-length, then you’ve found the culprit. These venetian blinds look unfashionable and outdated and are a pain when they easily come off the connectors.
As well as being mostly the same in color, they also look impersonal. They can interfere with other decorative accents in your home. If you are still saving money to replace vertical blinds, choosing sheer curtains or drapes will do the trick.
While you have many choices in blinds, you’ll never get the look and feel of a true wood blind. If your style leans toward traditional or comfortable, wood blinds are still a hit for you.