Real wood blinds are light weight with less strings to allow for a better view. These blinds can handle direct sun light better than faux wood blinds, however these are not a good option for bathrooms due to the high humidity. There are a variety of paints and stains to choose from. You also have the option of doing a customizable color. To get a more finished look think about adding decorative tapes that disguise the cords and route holes. For a more elegant look think about adding a decorative valance.