Curtains vs. blinds
Depending on the level of light control you’re after, as well as the aesthetic of your space, it can be difficult to decide between curtains and blinds.
A curtain consists of a single piece of cloth material that is pulled together from both the ends to cover windows or sliding doors from the top of the frame to the floor.
Blinds (or sometimes called shades) are commonly made from a fabric panel that’s attached to a rod or frame at the upper edge. Blinds can also be made from other materials such as timber, PVC and aluminium.
When it comes to function, both curtains and blinds work to filter sunlight, provide privacy and frame the view outside. However, the look and feel that each can offer is quite different. A far cry from old-fashioned curtains or drapes, modern curtains can add elegance to a space, helping to achieve a relaxed vibe. On the other hand, contemporary blinds can be effortlessly stylish and can make a room feel much bigger than it is.
Benefits of Blinds
Blinds provide a simple solution for light-control and privacy for your home. Plus, they don't have to break the bank, as they're often cheaper to buy and install compared to curtains. Blinds are also much easier to maintain, as rather than having to hand wash a large piece of fabric, blinds can be cleaned by dusting or wiping the material down. Blinds are also a great way to keep the heat in your home during winter. To learn more about keeping your home warm, check out our guide on the best energy efficient blinds.
Types of blinds
There are many types of blinds to choose from when deciding on what is right for your space.
Roller blinds and vertical blinds are two of our most popular blinds as they are versatile and affordable! Both come in a wide range of colours, making it easy to match them with your décor. If you’re after window coverings for sliding doors, we recommend vertical blinds as they’re easy to move along the track to access the door and to open them as little or as much as you like!
Roller blinds are available in a variety of different fabric options including blockout and sunscreen, great for areas like the bedroom which require complete darkness and privacy. If you’re after a day-and-night blind, consider choosing double roller blinds. These blinds have a double fabric layer so you can have even more blockout at night, or if you need a darkened room during the day.
Regardless of which type of blinds you choose, you can relax knowing our blinds are 100% child (and pet) safe!
In addition to our standard range of blinds, Motorised Blinds are a great option to consider installing in your home. Motorised blinds (also known as automated or electric blinds) are blinds which are electronically operated, allowing you to open and shut your window treatments without having to use a manual chain or rope system.
There are many benefits to installing motorised blinds in your home. These include:
- They’re the safest option for kids as there are no dangerous loose cords for them to play with.
- They give your home added security as you can open and close your blinds even when you’re not home.
- They help to create a more energy efficient home.
Motorised options are available on a range of both indoor and outdoor blinds. To learn more, check out our guide to motorised blinds!
Benefits of Curtains and Drapes
Curtains are no longer just outdated and loud fabric patterns. These days, the fabrics and materials available range from stylish and modern, to the more traditional, cosy and inviting styles. Practicality-wise, curtains offer plenty of awesome features like lowering the noise level of a room by absorbing sound. Curtains also do a great job of insulating a room by creating barriers between windows and room interiors, making your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Types of curtains
Depending on the look you are wanting to create, there is a style of curtains guaranteed to suit your space.One of our most popular types of curtains is our vertisheers. Vertisheers are a unique option as they combine the functionality of a vertical blind with the chic appearance and light filtering abilities of a sheer curtain.
Another great option for your space is adding sheer curtains. Despite their name, sheer curtains are a great way to let in an abundance of natural light into your room, while still maintaining privacy. They are great at softening incoming light, creating a natural glow which can make your space feel bigger than it is.
If you’re after privacy or complete darkness in a room, try choosing our curtains with the blockout fabric option. These are great for creating a darkened atmosphere with no risk of prying eyes. Blockout curtains are also great for living rooms or your home theatre.
Blinds vs curtains for specific rooms
Depending on the area of your home, blinds or curtains may be better suited.
For wet areas like your bathroom, kitchen and laundry, it’s best to go with a blind that’s made of aluminium, PVC or a timber-look. These materials are the most durable against water, making them last longer as they are able to withstand humidity, helping to reduce the build-up of any mould.
With good ventilation and maintenance, curtains can be used in your bathroom and kitchen, however it’s important to clean them regularly, ensure they don’t stay wet and have windows opened regularly.
Best blinds for bathrooms, kitchens and laundries:
For your living room, it’s best to have a versatile option where you can let in the natural light when needed, and blockout any light when watching TV. Good options for your living room are our double roller blinds with blockout fabric or, if you’re after a curtain option, go for blockout curtains in a dark colour. Dark colours are best as they add an additional layer of light control by absorbing light rays.
Pairing curtains and blinds
If you still can't decide whether curtains or blinds are best for your space, you can have the best of both worlds by combining them. Pairing blinds and curtains together allows even more flexibility for styling, light-control and privacy. However, don't feel compelled to match your curtains with your blinds, you can play around with colours, texture, and styles until you find the perfect look and feel to suit your space.
Got smaller windows? Going two-toned is an easy way to make your windows feel larger. Simply fit the blinds for your window and then extend the size of your curtains beyond the frame.
Caring for your curtains and blinds
Curtains and blinds are notorious for collecting dust, and if they are in wet areas, they can even accumulate grime or mould if they aren’t cleaned regularly.
While cleaning your window treatments is not the most exciting way to spend a weekend, by regularly keeping them clean and dusting, you can increase their lifespan, decrease your allergies from the dust, and reduce the overall cleaning time down the track.
To learn more about how to clean your blinds and curtains, check out our helpful guide on the best way to maintain your window treatments.
Blinds, curtains or shutters
If I still haven’t convinced you to choose between curtains and blinds, don’t give up yet as there is one other option, shutters! Shutters are a strong and very durable window treatment, while they’re on the more expensive end of window dressings, they are a great addition to any space. At Half Price Blinds we have two types of indoor plantation shutters: Aluminium shutters and Basswood shutters. To learn more about how shutters compare to blinds and curtains, check out our blinds vs curtains vs shutters blog post.
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