27 Oct YOUR NINE-POINT GUIDE IN CHOOSING CURTAINS OR BLINDS
Blinds or curtains?
The answer depends on the area of the house. Why might you ask? That’s because of function. Function pertains to what a specific room or space in the house ought to deliver. And these functions are fairly obvious: living rooms are for entertaining, kitchens are for cooking, bedrooms are for sleeping, and dining rooms are for eating.
The basic functions above will give you a fair idea about whether using a curtain or blind is suitable. So here’s a checklist that you can reference.
In the Living Area: Curtains and Blinds
On one hand, curtains tend to have that homey quality that conveniently suits the desired atmosphere in your lounge or living area(s). Curtains also possess a decorative quality because they come in many styles. Some of these styles, you’ll find, are a perfect match to your personality.
Blinds, on the other hand, have been becoming slowly flexible over the years. Now, blinds possess a versatile quality when it comes to function, style, and control of light. It’s also ideal for maintaining privacy and some do come with energy-saving features.
In the Kitchen: Blinds
Consider the kitchen as a high traffic area. It’s that part of the house that has some unique demands. For this reason, blinds are a better option. They’re easy to clean, they can easily be pulled aside to avoid accidents, and they are easy to use.
Yes, we know that the thought of cleaning seems more demanding to you but think about it: you can remove stains rather easily than when you use a curtain (think about that stubborn stain on your linen).
So what do we recommend? Try something contemporary. Something that matches your kitchen’s personality. Start with aluminum Venetian blinds or timber Venetian blinds.
In the Bedroom: Curtains
We recommend using curtains in the bedroom for one reason: cosiness. Bedrooms need to be cosy – something that induces you to rest and to sleep. If you’re a light sleeper, or if you work during the day, you can have dark, heavy curtains to totally block the light, and vice versa.
In the Bathroom: Blinds
The same principles in the kitchen apply to the bathroom. This is especially if your bathroom features high-end function like a steam bath. Now, when it comes to controlling light, blinds are flexible enough to do that. Note that if your bathroom is designed to accommodate only a limited amount of natural light, blinds can help maintain some degree of privacy while allowing an ample amount of illumination.
You’re probably wondering now if there are points that you need to consider when choosing the type of blinds or curtains for each room in your home. The answer is yes, and here’re five of the most important ones.
As mentioned above, curtains or blinds not only fulfill a decorative function. They also have a role when it comes to controlling the amount of light that enters a room. This is especially applicable on rooms that are located east and west of the property where exposure to direct sunlight causes bright lights to enter.
We still don’t have special functions for curtains but we do have for blinds. We now have blinds that can be adjusted through a remote control. And while this brings convenience for homeowners, it does come with a price: the electric bill. So settle for blinds that are affordable and energy-efficient at the same time. With the growing consumer awareness about the importance of investing in green home technology, this is one of the things that you need to consider.
Size and Type
This pertains to your window size and type. When you use curtains, you don’t have to worry about the fabric overlapping with the outer frame of your window. The opposite can be said for blinds as there are measurements that you need to consider.
In addition, the type of window you have also influences your choice on whether to choose curtains, blinds, or both.
Look pertains to aesthetic impact. An aesthetic impact can be assessed in two ways: impact of the curtains in the room and the design of the blind or curtain itself. We’ve mentioned that drapes should complement a room’s decoration and colour scheme. This means that it should lend aesthetic appeal in your home as seen on the inside and the outside.
Perhaps complementing the principle of illumination is the principle of privacy. In some cases, a room may need an ample amount of light but when curtains are drawn or blinds are pulled up, it is very visible from the street. So when it comes to privacy, you need to carefully choose the one that offers you the best private atmosphere while permitting just the right amount of light inside.
Do you have more questions about choosing between curtains or blinds? Are you stumped because you’re renovating your home and you can’t decide which one to choose? You’re right in thinking that every choice you make when renovating a property should directly address your prospective buyer’s potential reaction. So why don’t you give us a call so we can chat?