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.
Curtains have always been used to cover windows. They change the atmosphere of a space, add depth and modify room temperatures. While they started out being short, frilly and flowered/patterned a few decades ago, they are now longer, simpler and have a more subdued elegance. Blinds on the other hand have always be an option in offices and other corporate spaces. They are considered more sober, solid and professional. Off-late, things have changed in the way home windows are decorated. Whether for a new home or renovation of an old one, below are a few insights based on individual rooms.
Advantages of Window Blinds
Alluring – An apartment gets an increased beautiful look, if a chic, modern set of blinds are installed in it. Most interior decorators suggest it to their clients. If yours is a office cabin, it will offer a soothing and more professional look. If you need some peace of mind, you can use blinds made from bamboo stems. Bamboo is believed to bring some extra peace, in vastu. If you want to decorate you room in cost effective manner, you can use blinds slates of fabric.
Ease To use – Window blinds are extremely easy to use.Practically, anyone can cover and de-cover the windows without any special technique. Even more, some of the window blinds are automatic, and are remote functioned. Even a small child can control the blind curtains by just pressing the specific button. Even the installation of these curtain systems is also quite easy.
Comfort – Like traditional curtains, the blinds do not dance in the rhythm of fans. The stay firm, and maintain the full privacy, even if the fan is set at full speed.
Disadvantages of using Window Blinds –
* Window blinds do not look good in traditional, classic homes or set ups. In traditional large windows, only heavy fabric traditional curtains will look good.
* Difficult to Clean – It is quite hectic and tiring to clean window blinds. You need to clean them one by one, which seems like a great wastage of time. While, with traditional, you can put the whole curtain set in your washing machine and clean them, using lukewarm soap water.
* Though, using window Austin blinds are quite easy to use, but at times the wires of the blinding system, gets messed up, and it becomes impossible to set them back in their position. The same happens with the ones with remote function as well. To maintain blinds in working condition, you need to pay a little extra care.
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.
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.
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.
Curtains have been a significant buying choice for living rooms, one of the main reasons being guests coming over. Curtains are relaxed, homely, and decorative. Curtains are great for lounge and living areas because they are available in many different designs. But in recent years, blinds are quickly taking over curtains in this area.
Bedrooms do well with both blinds and curtains. Smaller bedrooms look good with high wall mounted Roman blinds which is easier to manage and yet affords privacy. Blinds have less design and color options, but need minimal maintenance and have a longer life. Blackout curtains or roller blinds are great for keeping the light out.
Kitchens undergo much stress and anything put on windows have to stand up to the arduous demands. Blinds are better options than curtains, since they are easier to clean in case of stains or splashes. Venetian blinds are most popular because they are verstaile and maintenance free. These blinds are available in myriad materials and designs.