Wooden Blinds: The Biggest Window Trend this Decade!

Wooden window blinds have long been a popular choice for interior stylists the world over. Elegant yet practical, they have an impressive durability. This lends them perfectly to use with children or in high-traffic environments while also injecting a premium feel into any room. And, to top it all off, wooden blinds can regularly be found nestled in the yearly interior trends that swarm designer newsletters. Every single year, they pop back up in a variety of different colours or styled in a unique manner to further capture the eye of those who love their homes.

An image showing off-white wooden blinds fitted into a neutral kitchen space to match the walls

So, let’s take a look into wooden blinds and why they are continuously viewed as the biggest window trend of the decade.

What are wooden blinds?

With their self-explanatory name, wooden blinds are just that – window blinds made of wood. They normally take the form of Venetian-style window dressings with individual slats that rotate to block out both light and heat. A simple pull or twist cord operates the slats and gives control of light distribution to the owner. And, as with a wide variety of window blinds available on the industry, they can be made-to-measure for the ideal fit.

What different styles are out there?

As we have mentioned before, wooden blinds tend to take on the appearance of Venetian blinds. Although style stays relatively similar, there are ways two main options when it comes to adding a personalised edge – slat size and colour. Let’s take a deeper look into each of these now.

Slat Size

Real wood slats make up the main body of these window dressings. They may seem simplistic but choosing the right slat size for you drastically alters the visual appearance of your wooden blinds. Here at Lifestyle Blinds, we offer our made-to-measure wooden blinds in 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 65mm widths. What size you choose falls entirely down to personal preference but here are some of the main differences you’ll find between the different options.

25mm

These slats are very narrow and ideal for smaller windows. The best way to visualise them is to grab the nearest ruler and measure out 25mm. Here, the wood is cut in fine slats that are worked intricately into the body of the window blind. They take up minimal space on windowsills, giving more scope for you to personalise your interior style. Smaller slats also allow you to slowly filter light into the room. With more potential openings for light rays to pass through, they give you greater control – especially in low-light conditions.

It is worth remembering that 25mm wooden slats will create a larger stack at the top when pulled all the way up. On smaller windows, this can darken a room at the time you need light the most. Make sure to consider all factors when opting for these slimmer slats.

35mm

Slightly thicker, 35mm wooden blind slats are a modern compromise. Sitting in the middle of the size scale, they allow more light to filter in than the 25mm options. You will still need to consider the top stack when styling them into a smaller room.

50mm

These are by far the most popular size option for wooden window blind slats. They allow for optimal control and let a lot of light into a room due to the need for less slats. When pulled all the way up, they produce a much smaller stack than 25mm or 35mm alternatives. In turn, this makes them perfect for darker rooms. The main downside noted for 50mm slats is the space they take up on windowsills. Ordinarily, this measures at around 6cm which may seem significant. However, for most standard sills, this will still provide you with space to display your cherished accessories.

65mm

If you’re in the market for a shutter-like design, opt for 65mm slats. They holds a higher price tag than the popular 50mm options but they are a significantly cheaper alternative to shutters. These thick slats provide optimal light control along with a thick and minimalist style. The perfect choice for those with more demure interior style. However, if you still can’t get the idea of shutters out of your head, we have a range of made-to-measure options available to browse here.

Colour

As with any interior design choice, colour is an important consideration to make. Your decision will likely be influenced by the other home accessories you choose. And the wide variety of different options help any interior stylist to tie together a room effortlessly. It is important to keep in mind that natural wood grains can add a charming and rustic beauty to any room. For this reason, the majority of the colours we have here at Lifestyle Blinds are variations of brown. Cream and beige through to dark wood options – all styles have a powerful beauty and can be styled effortlessly into your house.

Now we’re going to pause for a minute to focus on two increasingly popular options we’ve noticed over the past few years – white wooden blinds and grey wooden blinds. Let’s look into each one individually.

White Wooden Blinds

An image showing white wooden blinds fitted in a neutral coloured bathroom

Turn up in any home and you’re near on guaranteed to see white being used somewhere in the interior design. Some people opt for a full white out, connecting with their inner calm and creating a room that is both modern and understated. Others use it sparingly, as accentuating highlights to make other colours pop. However its used, white home accessories make a powerful statement. And, white wooden blinds are no exception – in, fact, they’re pretty much the epiphany of this concept.

Shades

Now, let make this clear. When we talk about white, we aren’t just talking about a single colour. Much like other options out there, white window blinds come in a wide range of different shades and hues. And, trust us, there are a whole load more than you probably even imagine! Starting from one end of the spectrum, our Pure White Wooden Blinds are probably the image of what you’d expect. Bright white, clean and sophisticated, they really will bring light into any room. And then, if we move to our Divine Wooden Blinds, here you have a more muted version of this popular colour. Leaning more towards the grey/taupe end of the scale, these blinds are slightly warmer in their colour and have a classic charm. They are the perfect option when styling off-white walls or looking for a brighter alternative to traditional greys. Finding the right white for your room will help to create a seamless look overall.

Textures

Along with the different shades, you can personalise your look further with different textures. For example, our Glacier White Wooden Blinds are entirely smooth – ideal for those with minimalistic or modern style. In contrast, and if you’re willing to move over to faux wood options (which we’ll go into in more detail later), take a look at the True White Grain Faux Wood Blinds. Here, each slat has been finished to resemble natural wood, complete with a gently embossed grain pattern. Choose your texture to suit the other accessories in your home and the particular look you’re aiming for.

Tapes

If you’re worried that white window blinds are too plain, our tape options step in to help. Fitted during the construction process, tapes are a visual way to personalise your wooden blinds. They provide a degree of support to the frame while covering up unsightly fittings. And, you can choose from a wide range of colours to suit your style. Our Glacier White with Smoke Tape blinds will surely catch the eye of any monochrome lover out there. Or, for those who truly appreciate the charm of wood, our Glacier White with Canvas Tape blinds bring together the beauty of two contrasting hues.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, our True White Wood Grain Faux Wood with Lulu Tape Window blinds provide a vibrant pop of pink – perfect for your little girl’s bedroom. Or our Envy Tape options breath life and zest into dingy offices, keeping you focused throughout the day. Tapes allow you to personalise the look easily and find a style that suits the entire family.

Grey Wooden Blinds

An image showing a dark grey wooden blind fitted into a striking office space

And now, another favourite – grey wooden blinds. This hue has proven to be continuously popular and our blinds are no exception. As with white wooden blinds, there are a whole host of different options to choose from. And, each one has been designed to perfectly fit in with your interior style and design project.

Shades

Our grey range of wooden blinds starts from the taupe end and teeters into nearly black. So, no matter the look you’re going for, we have something here at Lifestyle Blinds. The Mallow Wooden Blinds have a slight warmth to them and one that styles effortlessly alongside other neutral colours. And, right at the other end of the scale, our Empire Wooden Blinds are one stop away from stark black. Style them alongside clean white walls or use to add a touch of luxury to any bedroom or living room.

Tapes

In a similar way to our white wooden blinds, tapes can be used to further personalise grey wooden blinds. Our Pavilion with Arctic Tapes beautifully blur two popular colours together to create a versatile window dressing option. And if you’re looking for a dark and luxurious style, consider our Empire with Smoke Tape design. Here, we blend deep grey and black to create a decadent statement in your home.

Real or Faux White Wooden Blinds?

Choosing whether to go with real or faux when it comes to window blinds comes down to three main factors – price, style and location. Real wood blinds such as our Polar Wooden Blinds are priced to compensate for the weighty and natural material. With this, you get a premium feel and the perfect finish for wood lovers. They have a remarkable durability; ideal for busy homes and will last throughout the years as your family grows. In contrast, Our Cirrus Faux Wood Blinds are equally beautiful but will feel lighter to operate and therefore, are priced slightly lower.

When we talk about style, it entirely comes down to personal preference. Some prefer the feel of natural wood against their fingers and opt for real whenever possible. Real wood blinds give you a luxurious look and one that will stand the test of time for many years. On the other hand, many favour practicality and achievable style. This is where faux wood options come in to play. They are a lighter, more easily manipulated option which works best in environments with children and those with limited mobility.

And, finally, consider location. Real wood blinds will be treated for durability but remember, wood is a porous material. It Is not suitable for high-moisture environments such as kitchens or bathrooms. In these settings, the slats will absorb moisture, odours and stain easily. So they are best placed in dry environments such as bedrooms and living rooms. For areas where water is frequently used, faux wood blinds provide the beauty with a practical edge. They can be wiped clean and maintained easily – perfect for busy, high-traffic homes.

Over to you

Wooden blinds are a firm favourite here at Lifestyle Blinds and we’re sure you can see why. From their durability through to the luxurious finish, they have something to offer every single room. And, a versatility that ensures they’ll continue to be popular for many years to come. If you’re looking for high-quality wooden blinds, we have an extensive range of made-to-measure options available on our website today. Contact us today and let our helpful advisors point you in the right direction. You’ll create the home you’ve dreamed of in no time at all.

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