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The Evolution of Wood Window Blinds

Venetian Sun Blinds is how Thomas Jefferson was referring to his homes wooden blinds back in 1767, when this type of window covering was all the rage.  From that time until the 1970’s, wooden blinds were modified to fit changing trends, yet still were a top choice for consumers.

The reason for the initial popularity of wooden blinds over curtains is purely economical.  The colonial states were full of trees that could easily and cheaply be made into a blind, while the fabric needed for curtains was coming from across the pond and very expensive.  Colonial Americans adapted by converting such woods as oak into a functional covering for the windows in their homes.

Over the next 200 years, wooden blinds persevered and even adjusted to fit changes in popular styles, the first being the introduction of the bold lines of Georgian architecture.  This was a coveted wooden blind of choice until the late 1700’s.


The signing of the constitution provoked many changes in the new nation, including a shift towards a more delicate sister of the classic wooden venetian blind.  In addition, Federalists now liked to paint the wooden blinds, and chose white and stone colors to be more elegant.

Starting in the 1850’s the design of wooden blinds became more complex in reaction to the evolution of home decorating brought on by the Victorian era.  The exterior of wooden blinds were carved with intricate balustrades while routed and crested casements were found on the interior. 

The use of wooden blinds did not diminish at the turn of the century. Instead their versatility and practicality were embraced by home owners until the 1970’s and the introduction of the metallic mini blind.

Today there is a resurgence in the popularity of 2 inch slat wood blinds, thanks to faux wood and its likeness to natural wood, without the expensive price tag.  Homeowners are finding this classic window treatment to be a great way to add a feeling of warmth to the home that is evident from both inside and out.

Wooden blinds offer complete light and privacy control when closed completely.  You can adjust this to suit your needs easily by adjusting the angle of the slats or you can open them completely to fully expose your room to natural sunlight.  Faux wood is also more durable then real wood, not prone to warping or bending and very easy to clean.

You even have the option of choosing the colors for faux wood blinds.  Light shades for cheery rooms, and darker tones that invoke a feeling of sophistication.  Your home will feel completely finished when you outfit the windows with versatile faux wood blinds.

That lack of affordable fabric during colonial American history, forced the creation of a window treatment that has stood the test of time and continues to be an important decorating element in many modern homes.  Their good looks coupled with their multi uses makes faux wood blinds still a great choice in the American home.