With all the available options out there today it can be quite difficult to decide while decorating your home. But if you know what you are looking for choosing can be easy if you know what you are looking for along with what looks good in your home. The two most basic window treatments are curtains and blinds, while blinds are newer they offer functionality at economic prices, curtains have been around longer and offer a luxurious look through their materials. The following is a list of the pros and cons between curtains and blinds to find out which is the better option for your home.
Blinds vs Curtains: in your decor
Nothing quite compares to the elegance and style of a large, full set of curtains that are draped over a window. Curtains can come in a wide variety of styles, colors, materials and sizes. Basic panels can start from $20 at home improvement stores while custom draperies can run a couple hundred dollars depending on size and fabric choice. A pro for curtains is the vast amount of options to choose from to better suit your home, they can be suited for any home from a laid back beach style home to more formal homes. Curtains can turn any window into the focal point of every room.
Blinds add a more functional style to a room as well as business and commercial properties, they also add a more professional look along with being more affordable. They can also be paired with valances and other window treatments such as curtains, by combining the two you can add style to style.
Blinds come in many styles, from wood-blinds, shutters, honeycombs, etc. Even the higher end blinds can be cheaper than most draperies which is a plus for those with a budget in mind.
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Blinds Vs. Curtains: Function
When it comes down to it window treatments need to fulfill at least one of two main functions, light control and privacy. Depending on the type of curtain used it can greatly affect they way they block light and obstruct any views. Sheer curtains are more for decoration since the provide minimal light control and privacy, but add a soft and subtle style to any room. Heavier curtains lined with blackout provide almost 100% light control when they are closed.
When it comes to functionality blinds cannot be beaten. With a twist of a rod you can have complete control over how much light enters a room, while also providing security. Blinds have the advantage over curtains when it comes to control over light and privacy.
Most curtains do not require frequent cleaning apart from vacuuming off the dust every month. For heavier stains, spot cleaning is the easiest option to avoid the hassle of taking down the panels and having them professionally dry cleaned. To spot clean use a mixture of detergent and water and using a clean cloth wipe the area. Make sure to take the detergent mixture off with a clean damp towel.
Blinds on the other hand require a weekly dusting with either a duster or vacuum. Make sure to clean every slat and be careful not to damage or bend them.
Installing blinds or draperies is a straightforward process. You can call us at Florida Blinds and Drapery and we can send out a licensed installer to professionally install all your window treatments. If you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of person, installing blinds can be quite simple with the right knowledge.
Combining Blinds And Curtains
For the ultimate display of blinds and curtains try combining the two on a window. Blinds are usually mounted in the inside of the window while curtains are places on the outside. This allows you to enjoy the functionality of a window treatment and the style of draperies. It can cost more than having just one, but it does have its advantages.
When both blinds and curtains are closed there should be virtually no light shining through, compared to when the curtains are open and you can control the amount of light coming through. The blinds can also be pulled completely up to make it look as if there are only draperies. Having both blinds and drapery is great choice for those who are undecided between the two since you are combing the best of both worlds.
Deciding between blinds and curtains does not have to be a production. When trying to decide on what window treatments to purchase weigh the pros and cons of each and choose what fits best for your home. Stop by our showroom to see the many styles that are offered and maybe some combinations you have not seen before that would make a great addition to your home.