A client writes, "We moved in over the winter and are finally getting around to replacing our temporary shades with a more permanent window treatment. We've pretty much settled on wood (or faux wood) blinds but can't quite pick a color that won't clash with what we have or what we're planning to do. The walls, carpet and sectional with matching ottoman are all various shades of beige but the windows, molding, fireplace and ceiling are all white. Part of me wants to add some depth and color contrast with a darker color blind like maple or walnut but the other part of me says to keep it safe with a variant of white and just add color via accents around the room. What would be my best choice? Any input would be greatly appreciated."
So, here are a couple questions to help you decide how to proceed.
How long are you planning on living in this house? If you are planing on staying for a while, then the options open up - as you don't need to worry about what another buyer might think. If you are moving within a 1-5 years, then stick with a matching white or bright white. It will bring lots of light into the space, will not risk chasing off potential buyers, and will generally be easier to keep looking clean and new.
How important is heat control to you? If you live in a place where 117 degrees is fairly common, then white will keep the window areas cooler. If heat is not an issue, then you can play with all sorts of color options.
Do you want a clean, bright, modern look or a more classic rich look? And, this is really the crux of the matter. For the clean, bright, modern look stick with a white faux or wood blind. If you like a richer, classic look, then move to a stained wood in one of the darker richer tones.
In today's marketplace, white outsells stains by a huge margin, so it is clearly the preferred style for today's taste and economics. With that said, when we do have an opportunity to complete a project with real stained wood blinds, the results are always stunning.
With any luck, by asking yourself these few questions you can work through the critical thinking process of whether to purchase white or stained faux wood or wood blinds.
We would love to help you with your wood or faux wood blind project. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and thanks for your interest in Latreia Blinds and Shutters!