If you need a painted treatment faux blinds and shutters can be right for you as they come in solid colors to match most painted trim inside your home. Faux products are less expensive than their real wood counterparts and come in the same solid colors. Faux products are more durable as well. Consider your pets and children when you consider your window treatments. A faux product can take a lot more abuse than a real wood product and are easy to clean too. Faux products are heavier than real wood products, though. This can be an important factor to some homeowners.
If you enjoy raising your blinds to the window header you may want to consider a real wood blind as it is much lighter. The larger your windows the heavier the blinds which can be a considerable disadvantage with faux products. Real wood shutters oftentimes come in larger panel configurations. A lot of times I see windows that are 3 feet wide and 5 feet tall. If a customer chooses a faux wood shutter they will almost always be required to have two panels on this window that close and meet in the middle creating a very "busy" window opening. If they were to have real wood shutters they could have a single panel that spans the entire window for a better view. Real wood products also come in stained finishes that complement stained floors or stained paneling and trim. When compared to faux wood the "look" and "feel" of real wood can also be a deciding factor for some homeowners. Either way, most manufacturers have a beautiful product whether you choose faux wood or real wood.