What Is Better: Faux Wood Blinds or Cellaur Shades?

By Shelly McRae

  • Overview

    Your window treatments are like accessories for an outfit; without them, the look isn't complete. Choosing the right window treatment depends on your decorating style and what you need the blind to do regarding light control and privacy. Two choices of window treatment are faux wood blinds and cellular shades. Both options will provide privacy, control light and complement a variety of design styles.
  • Identification

    Faux wood blinds are made of horizontal slats, a bottom rail and a head rail. Faux is French for fake; the slats are designed to mimic wood but are made of plastic. Slats can be 2 inches or 2 1/2 inches wide. A valance is used to cover the head rail, providing a finished look. Cellular shades are made of lightweight fabric. They are sometimes referred to as honeycomb shades because of their construction. From the front, the shades appear pleated. From the side, you can see the honeycomb shape.
  • Function

    The slats on faux wood blinds can be tilted up or down to control the light. They can also be raised to stack at the top, revealing the view without obstruction. Faux wood blinds are lighter in weight than wood blinds. This means they are more suitable for wide windows as they can be made wider than real wood blinds. Cellular shades can be raised or lowered. Some manufacturers offer a top-down, bottom-up option. This option allows you to lower the top of the shade downwards; the lower part of the window remains covered. Cellular shades are lightweight and can also be turned vertically to allow for a vertical application. These open from side to side.

  • Features

    Faux wood blinds are durable and easy to clean. The slats are easily wiped down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or staining. Because they are made of plastic, the slats do not warp as wood blinds may do when exposed to heat. Cellular shades can be dusted but occasionally require vacuuming with the upholstery attachment to remove dust from the interior honeycombs. But it is that honeycomb construction that gives cellular shades their biggest advantage. The design reduces heat loss in the winter and retains cool air in the summer. Their shape allows for a process of air exchange that aids in maintaining the interior temperature in a room.
    What Is Better: Faux Wood Blinds or Cellaur Shades?
  • Types

    Some types of cellular shades are lined, providing maximum blackout when pulled down. These are the most effective for temperature control. Other styles provide a filtered-light effect, which may be appropriate for living rooms and family rooms. The lined cellular shades may be more appropriate for bedrooms. But cellular shades do not provide the variety of light control faux woods blinds do. The slats on faux-wood blinds can be turned upward, allowing light into the room without sacrificing privacy.
  • Benefits

    Faux wood blinds closely resemble the classic style of shutters. They are compatible with numerous decorating styles, from French country to modern. They come in a wide range of colors, from basic white to bright red to ebony. Cellular shades also come in variety of colors. They are compatible with a number of styles, such as modern, eclectic and Mediterranean. They are not suitable with any country styles or vintage styles such as Victorian or arts and crafts.
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