Choosing Curtains Or Blinds For Your Home?
Blinds or Curtains – Which should You Choose?
Decorating your home is loads of fun. After all,
you get to go shopping and buy all new things.
But, it can also be difficult at the same time,
because you will see so many nice things it can
be hard to decide which ones to use. Take window
treatments for instance. There are some
beautiful curtains and drapes available, but
blinds look terrific too. Which are you going to
use? Some of the things to consider when making
your decision include:
Ultimately, what you choose should fit in with
your decorating scheme. If you have a house
filled with antique furniture, or your
decorating style is elegant, curtains may be the
best choice, because they look beautiful and
finish off a room nicely. You can choose from
heavy drapes, sheer curtains, etc., and they all
come in just about every color and style
imaginable. Blinds also come in many different
styles and colors, and there is sure to be
something to go with any decorating style.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to what
you like best.
No matter what your decorating style is, you are
sure to find curtains that will suit it
perfectly. For instance, if you have a Cape
Cod-style home, you may want to choose curtains
that are sheer and light. On the other hand, if
your decorating style is ornate, you will
probably prefer heavy drapes made from velvet or
another rich fabric.
Blinds will also look great with most decorating
styles. While most people are used to seeing
typical mini-blinds in solid colors, there are
actually a number of different styles of blinds,
and they can be made from many different
materials, including plastic and wood. If you
have modern furnishings, plastic or vinyl blinds
will look great. Wooden blinds are ideal for
rooms that are richly decorated.
Whether you choose curtains or blinds, there is
going to be some installation work involved. In
most cases, it is going to be easier to install
curtains. All you have to do is put up a curtain
rod, and then hang the curtains. With blinds,
there is a bit more work involved. If you get
cheaper blinds from a department store, you can
install them easily yourself in just a few
minutes. For more expensive blinds, it may be
better to have them installed by a professional.
There is a lot more involved in installing
blinds, and unless you are experienced, they may
not look quite right once you get them up if you
choose to do the installation yourself.
Maintenance should be one of the most important
factors when deciding between curtains and
blinds. How easy are each to care for? If you
choose curtains, you don't have to worry about
dust, but you will have to wash them three to
four times each year to keep them fresh looking.
They shouldn't be washed more than this to avoid
staining, unless of course something has
happened and there is a stain that you need to
get out right away. If you have lightweight
curtains, you can easily toss them in the
washer. For larger, heavier drapes, it may be
necessary to have them dry cleaned. It is also a
good idea to spray them with fabric fresheners
every few weeks to keep them smelling fresh.
Blinds are also relatively easy to maintain, but
they do need to be cleaned more frequently than
curtains. Blinds accumulate dust, so they will
need to be cleaned every week or two. If you
smoke or have pets, the blinds will likely need
to be cleaned more often. Each slat will need to
be wiped down, either with a feather duster or
even better, a damp cloth.
Something else that you need to consider when
trying to choose between curtains and blinds is
functionality. The two main functions of either
are privacy and the ability to control how much
light enters a room. If you prefer sheer
curtains, you aren't going to have a lot of
privacy or darkness. But, they are ideal for a
kitchen where you want it to be nice and bright.
Heavy curtains will block most of the light
coming in from outside, but if you open them to
get more light in the room, you won't have a lot
of privacy. Blinds are great for both light and
privacy. You can open them a little bit or all
the way, and you will still have a degree of
privacy. They are also easy to use. To open or
close, all you have to do is twist the rod.
Curtain and Blind Checklist
One thing you can do when you are trying to make
this decision is to create a checklist. Write
down everything you like and don't like about
both curtains and blinds. Then, look at the list
and see which category has more of the things
you like. For instance, you may like the modern
appearance of blinds, but that look may not fit
in with your decorating style. On the other
hand, you may like heavy, room-darkening drapes,
but that style may not work with your modern
furniture. It is a good idea to create a
checklist before you actually go shopping. That
way, you can really narrow down your decision.
When creating your checklist, write down the
pros and cons for both curtains and blinds. Here
are some of the items that should be in your
- Weight (curtains/drapes)
- Your decor
- Your lifestyle
Consider a Combination
There is one more option to consider. If you are
having a really difficult time choosing between
curtains and blinds, why not use both? Yes, it
is going to be a bit more expensive, but it is
going to look terrific, and you will have all of
the functionality of both. Basically, you will
be getting the best of both worlds. You can open
the blinds all the way to get more light into
the room, but have the curtains closed for
privacy. Also, having curtains over blinds is
going to give any room a more finished look.
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