Curtains or blinds? That is the question on many new BTO homeowners. Both curtains and blinds serve the same purpose – to filter sunlight and breezes, provide privacy and frame the view outside. However, they offer a different look and feel from one another.
Benefits of Curtains
The fabrics and materials available for modern curtains ooze elegance and style. They add texture to your living space. They can be chosen to coordinate in colours with the rest of the furnishings or stand out as a contrasting element. This helps you achieve a warm and relaxing vibe for your home.
Practicality-wise, curtains can insulate a room. The material helps to lower the noise level of a room by absorbing sound, leading to a more peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Curtains also help to reduce the transfer of heat by creating barriers between windows and room interiors, making your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Benefits of Blinds
On the other hand, modern blinds are not only an ideal choice for a crisp and stylish design but are also less intrusive because they fold out of the way more easily. This is why blinds tend to make a room feel much brighter and bigger.
Practicality-wise, blinds are cheaper and typically much easier to maintain. They provide a simple solution for light control and privacy – give you more control over the amount of natural light entering the room. Choose from Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, roller blinds, roman blinds, and even child-friendly blinds, which are safer for children and pets.
The right window treatment can elevate the appearance of your home. But is it better to go for curtains or blinds? Read these tips before you decide!
1. Natural Light
Natural light bathes your interiors in a special glow. However, too much sun can be detrimental to your space and furnishing. Imagine sun-bleached wood furniture!
To shade rooms with too much sun, go for heavy and thick blinds such as roller blinds. Consider if you would need blinds to keep out the heat as well. Remember, dark fabrics absorb heat while light-coloured fabrics are better for reflecting the heat away. Mr Wong, Marketing Manager of Onna Prima, a specialist in blinds, suggests wooden blinds to redirect light. “Wood blinds can reflect sunlight to the ceiling; just tilt the slats.”
2. Sound Insulation
Those living on the ground floor or close to major roads are more directly affected by noise. Materials that can keep sound out better are wood and bamboo, over metal or plastic.
The perfect window treatment for your home doesn’t just look good on its own, but also looks good with the room. It has to harmonise with the other design elements in the space. For example, getting an overly decorative fabric on your blinds and shades for a room that focuses on subtle decorations will be jarring.
4. The View
If the view outside your window is stunning, consider blinds that frame the view rather than block it. This means blinds that can be pulled up and tucked away, or pushed to the side. But if the view is nothing worth mentioning, purchase blinds that can act as a decor feature when closed or get them in the same shade as the walls so less attention is drawn to it.
Cleaning shades and blinds is a relatively easy task compared to the laborious task of washing curtains. Of course, it also depends on the material it is made of. For common materials such as aluminium and fabric, simply vacuum the blinds and give each panel a quick wipe with a dry cloth. Cleaning your blinds once a month is more than enough for most homes.
6. Cannot make a decision? Why not both?
Still cannot decide between curtains or blinds?
Curtains AND blinds can work cleverly together in a variety of ways, giving you even more flexibility for styling, light-control and privacy. And there is no need to match your curtains with your blinds – you can always play around with colours, texture and styles until you find the perfect look and feel to suit your space!
What about smaller windows? Going two-toned helps and is an easy way to make your windows feel larger. Simply fit your blinds for your window and then extend the size of your curtains beyond the frame!
*This article repurposed from Curtains or blinds? We help you decide. from Home & Decor Singapore.*