Wood Blinds serve as a natural alternative to traditional window shades and are available in a wide variety of styles, finishes, and sizes to suit the individual tastes and room décor of virtually any consumer. Custom wood blinds come in a variety of slat widths including 1″, 1 3/8″, 2″, 2 5/8″, and 3″ and there are also cordless models that are generally easier to operate while also offering a certain degree of aesthetic enhancement to the room they are placed in.
Wood blinds provide the valuable added benefit of energy efficiency, due to the natural insulating properties of wood. By creating a natural barrier between the hot South Florida sun and the room they are located in, wood blinds can directly result in a considerable amount of savings with respect to energy costs. They also prove to be highly effective against the intrusion of light into a room that one wishes to keep darkened.
Natural Wood Blinds are usually constructed of one of two different materials, North American hardwood or Ramin Wood.
In addition to being made available in natural finishes and stains, wood blinds are also available in a variety of colors, providing the consumer with a substantial amount of flexibility when selecting blinds to match the décor of any room.
Contempo also offers these additional innovations in wood blinds as viable alternatives to conventional models:
- Routless Wood Blinds: Also known as de-Light, NoHoles, and LightMaster, routeless blinds are named for the absence of the routs, or small holes, through which the cords in conventional models typically run. When routed blinds are shut, light is still able to permeate through these small openings, a problem that routless wood blinds effectively address.
- Cloth Tapes: Cloth Tape wood blinds also are able to largely eliminate any light permeation. These blinds are named as such because they are controlled with a cloth tape that connects the slats without the cord holes of traditional wood blinds. This option is usually available on the wider slatted wood blinds.
- Cordless Wood Blinds: Cordless wood blinds avoid many of the common problems associated with conventional wood blinds by virtue of their design. They are generally a good choice for homes that have small children that could easily reach the cords of conventional blinds and damage them or accidentally choke on them. Cordless wood blinds do require “hands-on” operation but are usually worth the peace of mind of not having to be concerned with cords potentially being pulled and the subsequent damage this can cause.
Wood blinds are typically made available in four basic types of finishes:
- Painted Finish: Wood blinds come in many different colors and lacquers for a wide variety of looks.
- Wood selections: Basswood is generally the most common type of wood found, but maple, oak, and cherry are good choices when one seeks a more authentic look.
- Sandblasted Finish: Blinds with sandblasted finishes enhance the grain of wood, which helps provide a very detailed and vivid finish.
- Stained Finish: Stained finishes are the most popular type of option for wood blinds, particularly for their ability to replicate the look and feel of wood.