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Many people use the terms “woven wood blinds” and “bamboo blinds” interchangeably.

While it’s true that bamboo is one of the most popular materials for woven blinds and shades, there are plenty of other options available to get the right look that you need.

The styles and options available have certainly progressed past the clunky, unattractive styles of the past.

Today, you can find woven wood shades in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns.

Consider using woven wood shades in your home; simply follow these tips to choose the right ones.

As an alternative to Venetian blinds, woven wood blinds and shades offer natural color, texture and warmth in your home.

Selecting Woven Wood Blinds

Woven woods now come in a variety of styles and materials. You can purchase natural, environmentally friendly materials such as bamboos, jute, reeds, and grasses, or you can go with real or faux wood blinds. Combining them with curtains will give your window covering a stylish, one-of-a-kind look.

The material you choose will affect how the blind moves and looks. Very slim grasses or reeds will result in what’s called a matchstick blind. It’s very flexible and can offer a smooth or stubbled surface depending on the material. Larger wood or bamboo blinds will provide an increasingly more textured look with progressively lower levels of flexibility.

If you add a valance or curtains to your woven wood blinds or shades, you can create a very unique and stylish window treatment!Woven wood and bamboo blinds naturally have gaps that will let in the light. If you plan to install them in a dining area, this might not be a problem, but in a bedroom (or a living area that doubles as a guest bed when family comes to visit), it could be a major issue.

Some styles come with a liner that will help to filter out the light. Depending on the style you select, the liner may or may not show from the inside of the room.

As with the other types of window blinds, you have many options available regarding how they will open and close. One of the most common styles for woven wood blinds is the Roman shade, which pulls up into long pleats.

There are some varieties of the Roman shade which offer tighter or looser pleats as well. Roller shades obviously just roll up. Generally, they’re controlled by pull cord, although you can also find versions with decorative ties. The ties are really visually attractive, but they’re a pain to use and probably not the best option if you plan to be opening and closing the blinds frequently.

Taller windows and French doors can be covered with long panels that fold off to the side, similar to the operation of drapes.

Colors and trims can really make all of the difference for woven wood blinds. For example, a light-stained bamboo blind with natural tone binding will give a very different look and feel in comparison to a green-tinted matchstick with black binding. By incorporating valances and binding choices into your design, you can come up with a truly attractive option.

There are also woven wood shade choices out there which incorporate two or more types of wood, usually of different sizes and colors. These provide an almost striped look and can really pop in the right room.

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