In America, wood blinds were first introduced during the Georgian era (1700-1750). At that time, it was popular to stain the wood blinds a rich cherry or walnut color. The style was a Venetian blind made of wood slats held together with a wide tape.
Along about the 1970s and early 1980s, the wood blind lost its appeal in favor of the more economical and less cumbersome miniblind. Since then, woodblinds have made a strong comeback as people have become more willing to spend additional money on window treatments to achieve a particular look. Wood blinds provide the streamlined look of miniblinds, while including the richness of a wood finish. Nowadays, blinds made of faux-wood, a polymer composite which has the look of real wood, are a welcome addition to bathrooms and kitchens, where high humidity may cause genuine wood blinds to warp.
As appealing as the look of real wood at the window can be, doing wonders to add warmth to an interior, a note of caution is that they do reflect indoor noise. This can be counterbalanced by the inclusion of a soft treatment at the window.