Q: I really love the look of those thick-slatted wood blinds. My house is an early 1950s ranch and, amazingly, has original unpainted wood trim around each window, which is also wood. I think the blinds should match the wood trim. My husband thinks it will be too dark and that we should pick white! Please help us, what do you think?
A: Since your house is a 1950s ranch, I’m glad you two are at least in agreement considering wood blinds because they will suit the style of your house, and the flexibility to control both light and privacy is nearly unbeatable.
I generally suggest a layered approach to window treatments in order to be both functional and decorative. But for more modern styles, taking a minimal approach with just blinds looks great and keeps things simple.
I often choose a color that will work with either the trim or the wall color if the trim is similar. To me, wood blinds are less a statement on their own but a functional part of your house. And since most blinds fit inside the trim, they generally should match or be slightly darker than the trim.
If you currently have white blinds or window treatments, wood blinds will of course look darker, but won’t necessarily darken the room unless all the walls are dark, too. But since you will actually be reducing the number of visual elements in each room, you’ll have a more calm and cohesive look throughout your whole house. You’ll quickly get used to having great looking, functional blinds!
You could add a layer of softness with decorative fabric drapery panels to customize the look and coordinate with your décor. Patterned full-height panels tie in wall colors to the colors of both the trim and the blinds. For a more traditional look and additional privacy, especially during the daytime, add a billowy sheer layer over the top of the wood blinds, in addition to drapery panels.
Hope this works out for you both and send in a picture so I can see how it turns out!