Wooden blinds are commonly known as Venetian blinds. With these blinds, a number of horizontal wooden slats are joined together by corded pulleys. These pulleys either gather all of the slats to the top of the window, allowing the outside to be seen, or the slats can be positioned at an angle which allows light to travel in while privacy is still retained.
Wooden blinds can come in a number of woods and finishes. As far as size, there are three frequently used widths—25mm, 35mm, and 50mm. Venetian blinds are also available as vertical blinds. These are usually made with wider slats, but they operate in pretty much the same way as their horizontal counterparts. They draw to one side and gather in a vertical bunch rather than being drawn upwards.
Another type of wooden blinds are Pinoleum blinds. These are made from small wooden twigs which have been laid horizontally and are joined together by vertical threading. Because of the weave of these blinds, they are only flexible vertically, and are drawn upwards, either as a roller blind or in a similar way to how Venetian blinds are drawn.
In recent years, faux wooden blinds have become a better option than they used to be. While in their early days, that had a rather cheap look to them, materials have improved greatly, allowing them to be more interchangeable than they previously were. They have become more warp-resistant and look more natural. Some faux wood blinds have a UV rating of as high as 500. As far as aesthetics, they can be found in a range of colors hard to find in natural wood. Their resistance to warping them makes them a wise choice in areas with a wide temperature range or a lot of excess moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens.