When you want to redecorate your room, often one of the biggest challenges is which window furnishing you should opt for. There are a wide range of options out there but the question you should be asking yourself is this: do you want blinds or curtains?
The answer will depend on what you want to use the room for. For example, in your living room you’d be better off choosing curtains as they will most likely be best to achieve that warm and relaxing effect. However, with regards to your kitchen – a place where you will want a lot of light – space blinds are probably the better option as they will fold away neatly when not being used. Furthermore, an environment where a lot of steam moisture exists, such as a bathroom and kitchen, can cause mold to build up on fabric surfaces, making blinds a better choice.
So, to help you decide on your final choice we’ve listed all the pros and cons for the different types of window treatments available to you.
Vertical and Venetian Blinds
Choosing blinds can be a difficult task as there are several styles and materials to choose from. Slated blinds such as venetian blinds and vertical blinds are usually made of aluminium, wood or plastic. Venetian blinds are made of horizontal strips and are great when installed on medium and small windows, whereas vertical blinds are made up of vertical slats and are much better suited to larger windows. For this reason alone, you will often see them in offices.
- Slatted blinds fold up when drawn, ensuring that they take up less space than curtains do
- They provide the greatest degree of control over how much heat and light is let in or out
- They combine well with a wide range of different furnishings and colour schemes
- They need regular cleaning as they get dusty very quickly
- The slatted design can let light in even when they are completely closed
- They don’t keep the heat in as well as curtains do in the cold weather
- Individual slats can bend or break very easily, especially with plastic and aluminium blinds
Roller Blinds and Roman Blinds
Roller blinds are another type of blind with a self-explanatory name. They are made of a sheet fabric that rolls up out of the way when not in use. They are particularly good for bedrooms as they can be coated in blackout fabric ensuring that external lights don’t disturb you when you are sleeping. In addition to this, they often have a cassette system which means they are able to completely block the window. Roman blinds are similar but are usually made up of slats inside the fabric or are made of tightly woven slats meaning that they fold up rather than roll.
- They block out light with greater efficiency than either curtains or slatted blinds
- They use less space than curtains
- No need for regular cleaning
- If they aren’t made of a wipe clean fabric, then they can be extremely difficult to clean
- They can prevent windows from being able to open
So…What about Curtains?
Curtains can not only provide privacy but also block out light and heat. They are also able to frame the window by creating a sophisticated and striking effect, whilst drawing attention to the view. Furthermore, they come in a variety of thickness, from curtains which are generally used as decorations to heavy drapes.
- When installed properly, curtains are aesthetically please and can give a room a much needed lift.
- In winter, curtains can help keep the room much warmer than blinds can.
- They come in a variety of colours and patterns
- And, most importantly, kids can hide behind large curtains when playing hide and seek
- Curtains can take up more space than blinds, making rooms feel significantly smaller.
- In rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, there is a significant risk of staining and mould due to the increased moisture in the air.
- Kids are able to hide behind large curtains
Hopefully this article will help those of you out there who are looking to redecorate their house interior with new window treatments. When done well, both blinds and curtains can add a lot to a room and really make it pop.