Both blinds and curtains can make your windows more energy efficient and enhance your interior design. They are also available in a great number of colours, styles, and materials, so choosing which is best can be extremely difficult. We’ll try to help you make the right decision by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of every option.
Blinds: design versatility and ease of maintenance
The first thing you need to understand is that there are many types of blinds that are very different. For example, Venetian blinds look cool and stylish, but a little bit impersonal. They work well for offices, but usually require some additional décor elements to fit in with a home interior. Roman and roller are ‘softer’ and cozier design-wise, so they can be a great choice for homes, and vertical shades can look really stylish and will enhance any contemporary interior design.
The most important benefits of blinds in general are:
- They allow you to control the light effectively. You can install blockout shades to keep your rooms dark even in the middle of a day.
- They are great for limited spaces. If the room is small, curtains will only make it look smaller. In this case, blinds provide you with privacy and light cover without looking too cumbersome and taking up precious space.
- They are easy to clean and maintain. The vast majority of shades can be effectively cleaned with a vacuum and a wet sponge.
- They are extremely durable. All our blinds are made from high-quality materials, so they are fade-resistant and will last for years with proper care.
Disadvantages of window shades are:
- Good blinds are more expensive than curtains.
- They don’t look very impressive in luxurious interiors.
Curtains: for warmth and coziness
Curtains can be made from a variety of fabrics, so it’s easy to make them match any interior seamlessly. In general, they create a cozier look and some types of décor require these window covers to ‘work’.
- They can have a great aesthetic value with the right fabric and design.
- This type of window cover is more effective in keeping your house warm during the cooler months.
- They don’t have to be made-t-measure, so making a small mistake in your calculations won’t turn into a disaster.
- If you have pets, your curtains will be covered with their hair. Cats, in particular, might use them for climbing.
- Curtains require more space to install and they may look ‘intrusive’ in small rooms.
- They are easier to stain, and the stains are harder to remove from the material.