Which one will add more luxury to your home?

When it comes to interior décor elements, there are many options to choose from. From accessories and focal colouring to furniture and even trimmings: all these things add significant value to your home, including the atmosphere, softness, depth of colour and even the energy. Of course, the possibilities are limitless.

However, when it comes to window treatments, the options largely fall into two camps: curtains and blinds. While choosing between them is a matter of personal preference, there are certain practicalities you need to familiarise yourself with before making the choice:

Curtains:

Pros Cons
  • Block-out curtains can provide total darkness, eliminating all light
  • Provides privacy
  • Looks more romantic and soft
  • Customisable to your design and fabric preferences
  • Beautifies the room whether open or closed
  • Requires additional elements like a curtain rod to be hung
  • Needs to be taken off and washed every 5 months or so
  • If you have allergies, they’ll need to be vacuumed often
  • Without a liner, sheer curtains provide virtually no privacy
  • Little control over how much light gets in

Blinds:

Pros Cons
  • More control over how much light enters a room
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Easy to clean with a damp cloth or duster
  • Obscures outside view into your home while allowing light in
  • More modern
  • Can look quite severe or clinical
  • Not as many design options available
  • Bigger windows mean heavier blinds to lift or manoeuvre
  • Not as pretty as curtains
  • Makes a noise when opening or closing

Even with this information on hand, it can be hard to determine which is the way to go. So, aside from the practical pros and cons of blinds and curtains, we take a step into each room to give you an idea of what works and what doesn’t.

Lounge:
For those that prefer a wider range of styles and fabrics to choose from, curtains are a great choice for lounge and living areas. Curtains can be made to match any décor and can be dressed up with padded pelmets or headings.

Lounge Curtain vs Blinds

Blinds have a much more stylish, classic look to them – Roman Blinds in particular look chic in a living room. For open plan lounge and living areas, wider blinds work wonders.

Lounge Curtain vs Blinds

Kitchen:
Blinds are a better option for this space as they are easier to clean if they get splashed from cooking, and can be pulled out of harm’s way when needed. Venetian blinds are the most popular for the kitchen with their versatility and maintenance free options.

Kitchen Curtain vs Blinds

Bedrooms:

Although curtains are the traditional favourites for lounges and bedrooms, the use of blinds is becoming just as popular.

Bedroom Curtain vs Blinds

For bedrooms that are smaller, you can add depth and height by mounting timber or Roman Blinds a few inches below the ceiling to “cheat” a window up. This creates the effect that the ceiling is taller, the room feels brighter and windows look huge so when in doubt, go wide and high.

Bedroom Curtain vs Blinds

Bathrooms:
Like the kitchen, curtains are very rarely used in this space. However, if you’re looking for the best of both worlds without the expense of paying for both curtains and blinds, roman blinds make for a great alternative.

Bathroom Curtain vs Blinds

Still having difficulty deciding? Visit our brand new showroom in Kramerville, Sandton, and let our home décor specialists help you find the best solution for your specific home requirements. We also stock a variety of pre-designed curtains and blinds to help inspire your decision.

For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225. Visit our website at www.ddl.za.com to view some of our products, or send an email to info@ddl.za.com.

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