A lot of thought goes in the process of choosing the right window treatment for your bedroom as they not only control light and ensure privacy but also improve the overall decor of the room. Whether you are moving into a new home, renovating, or just looking for a way to spice up your existing room decor, the right window treatment can make all the difference. From updating the aesthetics of your room and improving privacy to cutting energy costs, a great window treatment does it all. The common types of window treatments include curtains that hang vertically from a rod and blinds that are made-to-measure as per the window size. Both curtains and blinds possess the ability to bring a home to life and add a personal touch to your home. But which one of the two is best for your home? Fret not; we will be comparing and contrasting the two which will help you decide once and for all – are blinds better than curtains or the other way round?
- Colors and Designs
Curtains come in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and materials. Light, sheer curtains are best for exuding light and airy mood in a minimalist interior. However, heavy curtain fabrics like those in velvet are a perfect fit for contemporary style decor which works well for rooms with classic interior design styles.
Blinds are available in a limited range of materials and styles which makes them a perfect fit for a modern and minimalist look. They impart a sense of structure to space with their clean-cut looks.
So, from the design perspective, curtains add a layer to your room environment offering it a warmer and elegant appearance. Irrespective of the color theme and decor of your bedroom, you will always find a wide variety of choices in curtains.
- Light Control
Let us not forget the main purpose of having a window covering: optimal control of light entering the room. Curtains may be great at keeping the light at bay. However, they don’t contribute much to controlling the amount of light passing through them as they can only be adjusted to cover the window or leave it open.
On the other hand, the slats present on the Venetian blinds can be operated vertically or horizontally by just pulling the lift cord hanging from the top to allow the desired amount of light in. The slats can also be rotated by twisting the tilt wand to change the angle at which light enters the room. While blinds provide several ways to control light, their slatted design still allows some light to come in even when the blinds are completely closed. this is important because you would want some amount of filtered light in your room even while protecting the privacy.
So, when it comes to controlling the light entering your room, blinds tend to offer a better choice with more light control options.
- Ease of Maintenance
If you desire a more hassle-free way of maintenance, then curtains would be a better choice than blinds. Cleaning curtains consumes less time. You can easily retain its lustre by cleaning it in the washing machine or dry cleaning, based on the type of fabric.
Venetian blinds on the other hand need regular maintenance as the slats tend to gather a lot of dust and should be cleaned regularly.
So, if you would like to save the efforts of manual cleaning, then fabric curtains are the ones you should consider!
When it comes to durability, blinds take the crown. Well-maintained blinds keep their looks intact for more than a decade. The synthetic material of blinds, be it vinyl, plastic, or polymer-coated wooden blinds, makes them resistant to discoloration and staining. Also, they are more rigid and rugged which makes them less prone to wear and tear.
However, curtains, be it cotton, linen, velvet, or silk, are more prone to staining, wear and tear, and fall prey to molds. Curtains, like all fabrics, tend to fade over time, due to sunlight exposure and frequent washing. So, they often require replacement within a decade.
Therefore, in terms of durability blinds last longer than curtains that are susceptible to fading.
- Insulation and Sound Control
Insulation and sound control are equally important for bedrooms. You want a well insulated bedroom for a comfortable living. Too cold or too warm a bedroom is not desirable. Bedrooms should be noise-free to ensure a good night’s sleep. Outside noise can disrupt sleep which affect the quality of sleep.
Curtains, as well as blinds, boost the overall insulation of windows, thereby balancing the heat within the room in winters. But, due to the absence of slats through which heat escapes, curtains tend to reduce the loss of heat to a greater extent during winters compared to the blinds.
Curtains, as well as blinds, also aid in sound absorption to keep out outside noise. However, heavy curtains made of velvet or velour, perform better than blinds as they are thicker and do not possess slats through which sound enters.
- Space Consumption
Blinds are a popular choice for rooms with limited space. They can easily fit inside the recess of the window so that they don’t take up more space in the room by protruding out. This makes them more preferable for those living in apartments or for small bedrooms in your home.
However, curtains are more intrusive in a space and can make a room look more layered and even smaller.
There is no clear answer to which one is better between blinds and curtains as it solely depends on your preferences. However, the interesting part about both is that they can be seamlessly coupled together to add depth to your windows. To gain the benefits of both and create a perfect aesthetic for your room, feel free to install both. This can be done by layering both the curtains and blinds in a single room to increase privacy and produce a more intimate setting. The blinds can be installed first followed by curtains hung on a rod.