It’s always a good time to redecorate. With a whole myriad of options out there, picking and choosing the right one for your bedroom, or any other room is just a matter of time.
Slouching back, relaxing with a sip of your favorite drink, and googling away on your phone is phase one. But finding what would be ideal for you is the tricky part.
Knowing what to look for requires a lot of info, and starting by, differentiating between curtains, drapes and, shades is a good start. While they may seem similar at first glance, they all have their benefits and usage.
1. Blinds VS Curtains
For starters, the main advantage of blinds is, that they are the least expensive of the three options here.
As it’s one of the most commonly found design items around your windows, the technology behind it is easily available. Quick to install and simple to maintain are what’s next on in the line.
With just a simple dust cloth that’s partially wet, you can simply swipe over them and keep them neat and clean.
By design, they offer the lightest control and, you can easily adjust the exact amount you want to have in your room.
And of the final touch, they are very easy to repair, as their how-to guides can be found online with minimal effort and, you can do it yourself.
With such overwhelming positives, it may seem that curtains cannot beat them but, they are not ready to throw in the towel yet.
Curtains are more of a decorative choice. As blinds are installed all over the window, they can sometimes ruin the view from a designer’s perspective. Curtains are on the side and, you can adjust them how you wish.
They are also much better in sound and light blocking as their materials can vary a lot. They are usually built from lightweight fabrics that are easy to maintain and can be a delicate touch to any room.
Also, if you already have blinds or shades installed, curtains offer an additional layer of protection.
2. Blinds VS Shades
Consider shades next level of protection against light, noise etc. when compared to blinds. They offer higher privacy protection as their design limits the amount of light that can enter your household and deters prying eyes.
They come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. As such, they can be rolled up around rods, or bunched up. Roman style of shades means that they can be pulled up and tied or secured in bulk.
Blinds also follow them in design here as there are also roller blinds, that can be both vertical and horizontal, in case you want to try out different things.
As shades are designed to be low profile, you can consider them a supplement to your window design and choices.
A bit more expensive than classic blinds but well worth the investment if you need added privacy and isolation.
3. Curtains VS Shades
While window shades can be dressy enough to use on their own, many people like to use them underneath sheer curtains or topped with a valance.
As with curtains, you can use shades to add a pop of colour, a dash of pattern, or a dose of texture to the space.
When comparing the two, it’s all about personal choice and preference as you can’t go wrong with either.
You can choose curtains to be two-part and then a shade in between. Both choices have a wide array of colours, designs and materials to pick and choose from, so there is no shortage of options in that department.
Generally speaking, it’s best to combine different elements and, in the process of doing so, you can create a unique look for your rooms.
As curtains and shades can be used on the sides, blinds can always fill in the middle. Or you can opt for all three options stimulatingly for where you want to build up your privacy and isolation.
Some windows are built or are better suited for other options. For example, relatively small or kitchen windows are perfect for blinds.
As there is a lot of steam and other produce coming as byproducts from cooking, getting them out of curtains and shades can be a real pain.
On the other hand, blinds can be easily cleaned and maintained with a simple piece of cloth and, the smell is a non-issue as their material does not absorb it.
On the other hand, your bedroom can surely use a touch of privacy and class, at the same time, so combining curtains or shades is all you need.
Plan B can always be to stick with your preferred choice of the two, as you can go wrong with either of them.
And one more thing that’s worth pointing out is how easy it is to install each of the choices. Curtains and drapes require a rail to hang from and as such need additional space above the selected window.
As such, they can’t be placed everywhere because space is tight or limited in certain areas. Blinds, on the other hand, have no such restrictions and can be installed on pretty much any window or surface, so also consider that when you are weighing your options.
When making your home picture-perfect as you envisioned in your dreams, there can be no obstacles. Informing yourself about various choices only helps you along the journey to your dream house.
Rather than drawing a rigid line and adhering to only one choice, you can expand your design portfolio and include as many options as needed.
That’s why they all exist and are designed in a way to fill certain needs and spots around your home.
Even better outcomes may be achieved when you mix them and emphasize their strengths.
When considering that all three options come with near-limitless choices in color, shape, size, and material, the sky is the limit. All you have to do is find the right ones that best suit your needs.