Faux vs. Real Wood

Choosing Between Real Wood and Faux Wood Window Treatments

Faux vs. Real Wood

Decades ago, faux wood didn’t fool anyone. Laminate furniture, fake wood blinds and vinyl wood floors cheapened decor, diminishing a home’s wow factor. But times have changed. And thanks to advancements in materials engineering, faux wood looks practically identical to the real thing.

When shopping for window treatments, particularly wood blinds or shutters, it can be difficult to choose between real wood or faux wood styles.

Let’s take a look at each type to help you decide which is the best selection for you.

Faux Wood Benefits:

Faux wood is simply imitation wood; hence the word “faux” which means imitation or artificial. Although it looks like real wood, faux wood is actually made of either a composite wood material or a PVC/vinyl material.

Faux wood blinds and shutters are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after window treatments on the market. To most observers, they look identical to real wood, while offering some distinct benefits and advantages.

Depending on the space, faux wood blinds and shutters can be the best choice. Direct sun exposure, fluctuations in temperature and persistent humidity can wreak havoc on wood window treatments, causing them to warp, crack, yellow and bow overtime.

This makes faux wood an ideal product for bathrooms, kitchens, garages, kid’s play areas, etc. In a composition of vinyl and wood for added strength, faux wood blinds and shutters provide superior insulation. Because faux wood is made from a synthetic material it also offers easy maintenance and care.  If durability is what you are looking for, faux wood is the product for you!

If you have a large or oversize window, you might struggle when raising or lowering a faux wood blind. However, they are the economical, inexpensive choice to give your home the “natural” look you want to achieve.

Faux wood blinds and shutters continue to be one of the most popular window treatments for their versatility and uncomplicated design.


Real Wood Benefits:

Real wood, on the other hand, offers a warm and inviting look to any decor. Wood has long been associated with strength and aesthetic beauty.

Richly stained or painted wood blinds or shutters offer a wider selection of colors than faux wood, as well as other upgraded options and features. Real wood can be a better choice if you need to match a particular wood stain or a custom paint trim color.

Depending on your chosen finish, Real wood may have organic characteristics such as subtle grain patterns, fine lines, knots or burls. Real Wood is a beautiful choice for living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms or bedrooms,

This upscale look does need some love and care as harsh chemicals need to be avoided when cleaning. Wood blinds and shutters do provide excellent insulation because of the strong wood construction and they offer superior privacy and shield furniture and art from harsh sunlight. Real wood is lightweight and long lasting and is available in more varied size options, an important factor when covering large or oversize windows.

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What’s the Verdict?

Overall, both Wood and Faux Wood have their strengths. Faux Wood is often a more cost-conscious solution and offers more versatility in heavily trafficked rooms of the home, like the kitchen and bathroom. While Real Wood offers a timeless style that’s unmatched.

Both faux wood and real wood blinds and shutters are aesthetically pleasing choices to dress up your windows!  It really comes down to personal preference and/or budget.  With either selection, you can’t go wrong!

Still having a hard time choosing between real wood and faux wood window treatment styles? Give us a call at 262-643-8484 and schedule your complementary in-home consultation.

We will help you select the perfect window covering solution for your home and lifestyle.