Which is Best? Blinds or Curtains?

Which is Best? Blinds or Curtains?

When chosen correctly, either curtains or blinds have the potential to provide a significant improvement to your home. Both curtains and blinds for homes have their own merits, and are suitable depending on the window that you are intending to dress as well as the overall room environment.
As a general guide, you should consider functional factors such as the amount of light control, privacy and cost effectiveness. Aesthetic benefits should not be overlooked either, these include the size of the room, interior design and size of the windows.

Why Decorate Your Windows?

Windows are a critical yet complex part of any home. They perform several functions, including that of admitting light, fresh air and connecting occupants visually to the outside world. Additionally, as with any other design or furnishing in your home, windows provide an additional opportunity to enhance the ambiance of the room.
On its own, windows are limited as they are built to allow light in, before forming a two-way peek into the home and out of the home. In certain situations, these perks sour as too much light may increase the heat in the room while privacy of the inhabitants is compromised. Furthermore, there is a limit to how good your windows can appear on their own. Afterall, they are made of hard materials, which have design limitations.
To retain the benefits of windows while overcoming its shortcomings, complementary products such as curtains and blinds can be used. Functional benefits provided by these two products are increased light and privacy control. Moreover, the aesthetic advantages are numerous as curtains and blinds certainly add to the ambiance of your room.

Which is better? Curtains or Blinds?

There is no clear answer is to whether curtains or blinds are better overall. Instead, the choice between the two products is highly situational. You should begin your decision by inspecting the room in which they are to be paired with your designated windows.
As a general guide, you should look out for
  1. The size of the room
  2. Light control required
  3. Interior design
  4. Maintenance & Cost

The Size of the Room

Curtains complement larger living, dining, study and bedrooms as they have sufficient space to accommodate them. In particular, curtain drapes have the value-added effect of creating a cozy environment within these rooms. By having more space, curtains do not overpower the other aesthetics of the room, nor do they create a visually congested space.
On the other hand, blinds occupy less space, typically only covering the window when at full length. Without layered fabric or drapes, blinds give off a simpler appearance. As such, they work better in smaller spaces where less visual distraction and physical space is needed. For example, they are commonly paired with windows that have desks or cupboards placed directly below them.

Light Control Required

Light control and privacy control are particularly important for bedrooms. This is because it affects both personal space and prevents an interruption to your sleep. Often times, homeowners find themselves conflicted between needing to block out light from the bed room and wanting to introduce natural light to liven it up. As such, bedroom windows usually employ two layers, one for filtering light and attaining privacy during the day, and the other to fully block out light at night or in the early morning.
Curtains are an excellent option for completely blocking out light. For homes with overpowering sunlight invasion, a wall to wall curtain would provide “hotel grade darkness”. Typically, these blackout curtains are made from heavier materials such as brocade or suede. Additionally, fitting curtains into a recess or pelmet would further block any light that enters form the top.
On the other hand, blinds provide you with more control over the amount of sunlight entering your room. Simply put, you could wind up for allow for the full amount of sunlight to enter or use the various blinds mechanisms to attain the desired level of sunlight. Depending on the types of blinds chosen, they could control sunlight based on mechanics such as slants or layers.

Interior Design

Your current home’s interior design style must be factored in when choosing between blinds and curtains. As mentioned previously, curtains have a bigger impact than blinds, taking more attention away from visitors.
This makes the choice of colour, patterns and materials crucial for curtains as they must complement the existing furnishings of the room. When done right, they can have a major positive impact on the look and feel. For example, light sheer curtains can help to exude a light and airy mood when paired with a Scandinavian or minimalist interior.
Meanwhile, blinds make up for the lack of relative variety by being the easier of the two to fit in any environment. With less visual focus being paid to blinds, they often take on a functional and structural role. If you are looking to get a clean cut ambiance, then blinds would make a great addition to your room.

Maintenance

In most cases, curtains require more maintenance than blinds. Other than the usual dusting, curtains may need thorough steam cleaning or chemical wash on occasion. This is highly dependent on the environment that they are placed in as well as the material used. Conversely, blinds are relatively easier to maintain as they typically only require dusting and a wet wipe down.

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