Faux wood blinds with tapes look great in any of the rooms where you have decided to install this décor. Tapes have a timeless feel to them. Many of the older homes in the States installed tapes with wood blinds as far back as the 1930s, and somehow manage to still look smart, modern and neat.
Tapes are wide strips (usually standardized at around 38 cm) that hang vertically down the faux wood blinds. Its purpose is to hide the strings or cords that propel the slats to turn at an angle of up to 180 degrees. Slats and the colour of the tapes should always match.
To make sure the colour match works, each tape is colour coded with a matching set of slats. Faux wood blinds have a sense of sophistication and style but whether one chooses to use tapes or not, depends entirely on choice. Some will love the idea of how the tapes look, others will not warm to them in any way, shape or form.
A faux wood blind without tapes is often referred in the trade as “braided”. The wood finish on the slats is often so heavily appreciated by homeowners and interior designers that tapes are a cumbersome and unwelcome addition to the blinds.
It is true that wood blinds – fake or real – do look fantastic in any home and tapes can hide away a great deal of the wood effect. Of course, the tapes are not made of wood (faux or real), so having no tapes means seeing more of the splendid wood.
Faux wood blinds come in so many colours and designs that it is often difficult to get the right colour tapes to hang down from the blinds. Even if you do select to go tapes, make sure you are not going to have a change of heart at a later stage. Tapes cannot simply be cut off or removed once the manufacture has included them onto the blinds.
Adding tape to faux wood blinds does offer a custom feel and traditional look that shouts out quality. Plus, the tapes help to reduce the amount of light that enters a room through those tiny holes that feed the cords through.
Tapes are probably ideal for bedrooms and study areas, where the entire faux wood blinds and tapes can act together to shut out unwanted light.