Blinds are wonderfully adjustable; the slats are able to stay tightly closed for privacy and light control, or tilt open to allow just the amount of light you choose. When they are pulled up and stacked at the top of the window, they leave an unobstructed view.
People who want an old-fashioned or old-world look generally choose the 2-inch slats, which are reminiscent of older-style Venetian blinds. The slats can be arranged horizontally, like these …
The wood blinds shown here, by the way, have a top treatment that conceals the roll and clutch — always a good idea!
But because woven woods are made with a hard material, I am going to lump them in with blinds. Woven woods come in multiple styles, including grasses, reeds, jute and bamboo, like the ones shown here. Bamboo is a relatively sustainable product, which makes it one of my favorite choices.
Also consider the weight of each slat. Will it ding and bend if you look at it cross-eyed? I am all for comfortable interiors that embrace scratches and dents, just not in my blinds. Are the cords feeble and easily breakable?
The bottom line is: Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish when purchasing blinds. Next time we’ll consider the wonderful choices out there in shades.
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