Choosing window furnishings for your space can be overwhelming, however, it all comes down to your specific needs. Between curtains and blinds, each option has a range of pros and cons that will steer you in the right direction, so before making your final decision, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why are you installing them? Is it for security, to block out light or for heating purposes?
  • Which suits your personal style the best, curtains or blinds?
  • What is your budget?

Functionality

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 Not all window furnishings are created equally as they are designed to serve unique purposes. Introducing well-fitting window furnishings can reduce your energy bills significantly. Cellular blinds are the most energy-efficient window coverings on the market due to their pocket design that traps air in the honeycomb-shaped cell between the walls of the blind. They fit snuggly in your window cavity and are a fantastic option for large or irregular shaped windows but do not allow any transparency and must be drawn at all times to achieve maximum efficiency. Double roller blinds or layering a sheer curtain with a heavy drape will allow you to not only help control the temperature of your home but add a layer of security, allowing you to enjoy your view without attracting attention to your home’s contents. The sheer layer of each option will filter the harsh UV light that can fade carpets and furniture, while the heavier layer will allow for greater heat retention in the cooler months. Both well-fitted block blinds and drapes are the best options for creating a dark sleep environment, but the choice will depend on your personal style.

Aesthetic

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Your personal style will most likely play the largest role in how you choose your window furnishings. In the past you would typically see one style of curtain or blind throughout an entire house but now we know that rooms should be siblings, not identical twins and this means that you could opt for a practical roman blind in your kitchen and bathroom that suits each décor then drapes in a complimentary fabric in your living room. If you have children, you may choose heavy block out blinds in their rooms to promote longer sleep and less chance of stained fabrics then sheer blinds in your living areas to maximise the view. You may also choose to layer roller blinds and curtains; this will allow you the light reducing and thermal quality of the blind but the freedom of decorative fabrics in the curtains. Generally, blinds tend to suit the chic, crisp lines of modern design, where curtains add movement and texture to a space and allow you to experiment with a greater range of textiles.

Budget

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Unfortunately, the B-word must come into play when considering your window treatments. Without knowing the specifics of your home and your fabric choices, typically blinds will be the most affordable option as they require less fabric to construct. Below is a guide for what to expect as most to less expensive:

  • Aluminium Venetian Blinds
  • Roller Blinds
  • Vertical Blinds
  • Timber Venetian Blinds
  • Roman Blinds
  • Panel Blinds
  • Honeycomb Blinds
  • Curtains

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