Close-up venetian blinds in fauxwoodFaux wood or timber-look venetian blinds are a beautiful and cost-effective alternative to real timber blinds, which are not only more expensive but also a lot harder to maintain. At Barrierscreens we have designed a range of elegant, practical and durable faux wood venetian blinds Brisbane that look and feel exactly like real timber but without all its natural weaknesses to moisture and weather.

We make all our timber-look venetian blinds at our local manufacturing facility from the finest synthetic materials, which are all rigorously quality tested to ensure the finished products are of the highest standard. Your home deserves the best, so don’t settle for anything less than the best. Have a look at our style gallery to see just some of our quality venetian blinds Brisbane installations, and choose a style that will give your windows and doors an upgrade that you’ll love looking at every day.

Timber-Look Venetians

Our venetian blinds are made standard with a blade or slat size of 50mm, but if you prefer a wider look we also offer a 63mm blade which mimics the elegant appearance of traditional plantation shutters at a more affordable cost.

Our venetians are specially manufactured with smaller than normal gaps between the ladders that hold the slats, for maximum strength and support. Inferior venetian blinds will have a gap of 150mm or more before the first ladder support, but our exclusive design requires a gap of no more than 100mm.

Like all our blinds, our faux wood venetians will significantly reduce the amount of light and heat that enters your home through your windows and doors. However because of the unique design of venetian blinds, it is common for the slats – especially for those covering large areas – to not close completely flat. This means that you will get small light leaks coming through the closed slats, which will add a subtle glow to the surrounding area. But if you are looking for a total light blocking solution, talk to one of dedicated professionals who can advise you about other ways of achieving this.

Faux wood offers a number of benefits over real timber which makes them a much more practical solution for today’s modern household and busy lifestyle.

Faux wood:

Looks and feels exactly like real wood. Our high quality faux wood is practically indistinguishable from real timber, and will provide your home with the same warmth and richness of timber. It has a simple, elegant appearance that can be fully customised to match your paintwork and furniture.

Costs less. Faux wood generally costs 10% to 30% less than real wood, which means you get to enjoy all the aesthetic benefits of timber at a fraction of the cost. You can cover all of your windows and doors with our beautiful timber-look blinds at the same cost of covering fewer with real timber blinds.

Stands up to wear and tear. These blinds will last a lot longer than their timber alternative, and are much more durable. They will stand up well to high traffic areas and rough play because of their natural flexibility and resilience, which makes them a great option for kid’s rooms and wherever young children or pets are running around.

Is resistant to moisture and heat. Real wood is easily affected by moisture and humidity and will warp, swell, crack and fade over time. Its protective finish will wear off and it will be left exposed to environmental conditions, which makes timber an unsuitable material for exterior blinds. But our faux wood blinds are moisture and UV resistant, so you can install them virtually anywhere inside or outside your home including rooms that are exposed to heavy sun, and areas that are subjected to moisture and steam such as bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.

Is easier to clean. Faux wood is easier to clean and maintain than timber, because it is resistant to moisture and can handle harsher cleaning agents. With timber blinds you need to take special care with the cleaning products you use and how much water you apply to them, because they will react badly to excess moisture.
Some simple care and maintenance instructions for your faux wood venetian blinds Brisbane can be found further below.

Despite their name, venetian blinds did not actually originate in Venice. While the Ancient Chinese used bamboo to create a very similar style of window shades, and the Ancient Egyptians used reeds, it was the Persians who first came up with familiar slatted design of the venetian blinds we currently use today.

As Persian and Venetian merchants travelled between the Middle East and the Eastern Italian coast, the blinds started arriving in Venice and began to take over the Roman designs used in most windows to keep out dust and dirt. The blinds were further developed to become wooden slats laid across ribbons of fabric.

They then spread from Venice to France, carried by freed Venetian slaves. The French renamed the design to ‘les Persiennes’, which they still use today despite the English-speaking world preserving the Venetian title. The style spread from France to most of the Western world, including the UK and America. In 1761 St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia was fitted with venetian blinds, and soon after in 1967 the first shop started selling them. They began showing up in artwork and paintings, including a 1787 painting by J. L. Gerome Ferris and several illustrations of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia at the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

The design caught on quickly throughout the US, in part because curtain fabric had to be imported from England which also meant an unwelcome import tax. The Americans further developed the design to include a mechanism to control the angle of the slats in 1841, and the introduction of the first aluminium venetian blinds in 1936. In 1970 it was altered further by narrowing the slats to approximately 2.5cm, which is a style still often used today.

Their popularity continued to grow, and today many world-famous buildings are fitted with venetian blinds in their windows including the Empire State Building and the White House.

Our faux wood venetian blinds are easily maintained with a regular dusting to prevent dirt and dust from building up.

– Run a microfiber mitt, feather duster or similar over the surface of the blinds by closing the slats in one direction and wiping them over, and then closing the slats in the opposite direction and repeating the process.

– If you haven’t dusted regularly, the dirt may be harder to remove. In this case, use a soft wash cloth soaked in a mixture of warm water and detergent to wipe over the slats. Wipe over them again with clean water to remove any detergent residue, and then with a clean dry cloth to remove all water and prevent water stains from forming.

– For tougher stains, spot clean with a cloth dipped in the water and detergent mixture.

We have supplied a general blinds measuring guide on our main Indoor and Outdoor Blinds page, but venetian blinds require a few alterations to this process to gather the correct measurements. Please use the information below as a guide only, as the design of your particular window or door may alter slightly. Contact us if you would like assistance, and we can send a professional to your home to get the correct measurements.

You will need:

– A tape measure (preferably metal, which won’t need to be held on both ends)
– A pen and paper to write down your measurements

To measure for face mount blinds (fitted on the outside of the window frame):

1. Measure and record the width from the outer edge of the architrave to the opposite edge.
2. Measure and record the drop from the top of the architrave to where you want the blinds to finish. If measuring to the floor, deduct 15mm so the base rail is free to rotate when you close the blinds.

OR, if you don’t have architraves around your window:
1. Measure and record the width and add at least 20mm for the blinds to go past the opening.
2. Measure and record the drop and add at least 50mm for the blinds to be mounted above the opening. If measuring to the floor, deduct 15mm so the base rail is free to rotate when you close the blinds.

To measure for recess mount blinds (fitted on the inside of the window frame):
1. Measure and record the width from the inside of the window frame from the left side to right side.
2. Measure and record the drop from the top of the inside window frame to the base of the inside window sill.

Note: You will need a depth of at least 65mm for the blinds to fit neatly inside the recess.