Blinds vs Curtains: The Pros and Cons of Window Furnishings

When it comes to redecorating a room, one of the big challenges is which window treatments to go for. There are a huge number of options out there but the question effectively comes down to do you want blinds or curtains.

The answer depends a lot upon what you want to use the room for. In your living room curtains will probably be best as they will help achieve a warm and relaxing effect. On the other hand when it comes to your kitchen where you will want a lot of light and space blinds are probably better options as they will fold away nicely when not being used. In addition an environment where there is a lot of steam moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms can cause mold to build up on fabrics, making blinds a healthier choice.

To help you decide on your choice I’ve listed the pros and cons of the different types of window treatment below.

Vertical and Venetian Blinds

Choosing blinds can be a complicated issue as there are several different styles and materials. Slatted blinds such as venetian and vertical blinds are typically made or plastic, aluminum or wood. Venetian blinds are made of horizontal strips and work well on medium and small windows whereas vertical blinds (as the name suggests) are made of vertical slats and work well on larger windows. For this reason they are often seen in offices.

Pros:

  • Slatted blinds stack up when drawn, ensuring that they take up much less space than curtains.
  • They offer the greatest degree of control over how much light and heat is let in or out.
  • They go well with a wide variety of different colour schemes and furnishings.

Cons:

  •  They require regular cleaning as they accumulate dust very quickly.
  • The slatted design may allow light to leak through even when they are fully closed.
  • They don’t retain heat as well as curtains in cold weather.
  • The individual slats can bend or break very easily, especially with plastic and aluminium blinds.

Roller Blinds and Roman Blinds

Roller Blinds are another blind with a self-descriptive name. They consist of a sheet of fabric that rolls up out the way when not in us. They are great for bedrooms as they can be coated in blackout fabric ensuring that external lights don’t disturb your sleep. In addition they often have a cassette system which means they completely block the window. Roman blinds are similar to roller blinds but usually contain slats inside the fabric or are made of tightly woven slats meaning that they fold up rather roll.

Pros:

  • Block out light with greater efficiently than either slatted blinds or curtains.
  • They take up less space than curtains.
  • They don’t require regular cleaning.

Cons:

  • If not made of a wipe clean fabric then they are difficult to clean
  • They can prevent some windows from being able to open.

What About Curtains?

Curtains not only provide privacy and a block to light and heat. They can also frame the window creating a striking and sophisticated effect and drawing attention to the view. They come in a variety of thickness, from sheer curtains which are little more than decoration to heavy drapes.

Pros:

  • Done well curtains are aesthetically striking and give the room.
  • In winter curtains help keep the room warm better than blinds do.
  • They come in a wide range of colours and patterns.
  • Kids can hide behind large curtains when playing hide and seek.

Cons:

  • Curtains take up more space than blinds, making rooms feel smaller.
  • In rooms like bathrooms and kitchens there is a risk of mould and staining due to the moisture in the air.
  • Kids can hide behind large curtains.

I hope this guide helps anyone trying to redecorate choose their window treatments. Done well both blinds and curtains can add a lot to a room.

This article was written by Daniel Frank on behalf of Wooden Blinds Direct. Daniel blogs regularly on home improvement and green issues.

 

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