Curtains Or Blinds

Curtains Or Blinds

Curtains Or Blinds

Some rooms just need blinds, other rooms just need curtains, and then some rooms look best with both. But how do you decide which rooms need what? There are a number of factors to consider when you’re picking window treatments for rooms in your house, from price to insulation to style to orientation within the room. Price Adding a combination of blinds and curtains on your windows may seem like the best idea for almost any room in your home. But that can get pricey. Basically, you’re doubling up the cost of the treatments for each window. So when you’re deciding on a budget for your treatments, be methodical. Guest bedrooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms, or any uncommon, informal areas in your home are good candidates for either blinds or curtains, not both—you likely don’t spend much time in these spaces, they don’t need to be the most styled part of your home and/or they don’t require a high level of privacy. Save the money on these areas and choose a treatment that gets the job done. On the other hand, living areas, formal dining rooms and master bedrooms are places where a combination of both can add ultimate style, privacy and temperature comfort, and it could be worth the money to invest in these high-impact areas. Insulation Sunlight can be a blessing and a curse for your home. It can fill living areas with wonderful natural light. It can liven up dining areas or kitchens. But, harsh sunlight can also heat up a room late in the afternoon, it can fade furniture, or it can wake you up too early on the weekends. When it comes to blocking out the sun, faux wood blinds and heavier curtains should be considered. Wood blinds or faux wood blinds block out a great deal of sun, but not all of it. If you want complete darkness to grab a few more winks on weekends, add some curtains over the binds to double up the sun defense. Consider the positioning of the windows throughout the house and protect the windows and rooms that bear the brunt of the sun, while making it easy for natural light to shine through when you want it. When it comes to curtains and shades, there are a number of sun-blocking options. Cellular shades filter out the sunlight while still letting enough natural light into the room. Roman shades, sheer shades, and curtain fabrics all have different thicknesses, which block out different levels of UV rays and sunlight. If your living room faces west, you will certainly want some thicker shades to block out that evening sunshine and keep the temperature in the room manageable. Style Just about any style under the sun is available when it comes to choosing window treatments. Gone are the days when curtains were the only way to add style, warmth and luxury to a room. Many options in shades and blinds can achieve the same effect. Whichever you choose, you want the window treatments to accent the furniture in your room, not vice versa. For example, if your furniture is heavily patterned, choosing solid colors for blinds and curtains is the way to go. If your furniture is solid, light patterns and designs could accentuate certain colors or themes in the room. Keep theme and tone in mind: You wouldn’t choose earthy bamboo shades for a room with a sleek, industrial vibe, or beachy plantation shutters for a room with a modern artsy feel. Choosing the proper window treatments for each room in your home comes down to a handful of factors. Don’t break the bank or overspend where you don’t need it, make sure you know where the sun is most intrusive in what rooms, and go with a style that fits the vibe of your home. Blinds and curtains can complete the look of a room, and make it feel like home. Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a frequent public speaker on Social Media Marketing, Social Customer Care and profitable company culture. An active blogger and early social technology adopter, you can find her online as ‘happykatie’ sharing home décor, yoga, parenting and vegetarian cooking tips. If you're interested in window blinds like those described by Katie, please go to the Blinds.com website.
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DesignCurtains add style and texture to a room. They can be chosen to coordinate in color with the rest of the furnishings or stand out as a contrasting element. Blinds come in many styles, colors, and textures, but they are not as versatile in design as curtains. Curtains can give a sense of warmth and coziness to a room. The fabric of curtains also acts as a sound buffer to quieten a room. Blinds, on the other hand, make a room seem larger because they are less intrusive, folding out of the way more easily.Some homeowners choose to apply both curtains and blinds for a combination of design variety and functionality. Another option is to install a valance, a length of decorative drapery hung over a window, to add style to the blinds. These are more expensive options, but they may meet all the needs of the home.
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Ack! Answers just breed more questions, huh? Denise, we would switch out your lighting above the sink for something with more bulbs so you can get more light in there. Other than a skylight or punching out a window it’s the way to go. Susan, we would definitely suggest creating the look of one long rod across the entire wall and softening the windows and the door with curtains. I don’t have a picture to show you, but removing the finials on the ends of the rods that meet should do the trick. Kori, you can just skip the blinds and go for curtains on either side or hang them higher as you suggested so they don’t interfere with the door. TB, this is a toughie. I would actually just play around with things (maybe purchase bamboo blinds and curtains and rods and save the receipts and see what works in such a tight space). You might want to just go for bamboo blinds mounted to the molding and leave the curtains for another space since they’ll be under a soffit anyway. Hope it helps! xo, s
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Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds come in vinyl, wood, plastic or metal. When installed inside the window frame, vertical blinds effectively create a seal on the window that can prevent the hotter or cooler air against the window from circulating in the room. The insulating qualities of the vertical blinds depend entirely on the materials used to make them. Thicker vinyl and wood blinds offer greater thermal efficiency when compared to slim plastic or metal vertical blinds.
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Curtains Or Blinds

Thermal Backed Curtains Do not confuse thermal backed drapes with blackout curtains. Blackout curtains keep the light out, but do not have the extra layers that provide insulating benefits. True thermal backed curtains contain more than a solitary layer of foam on the window side of the curtain. Thermal curtains include the outer fabric layer, a plastic vapor barrier, one or more layers of a polyester fiber material and a fabric lining. When installed correctly, thermal backed curtains provide the best temperature control over most window treatments, including vertical blinds.
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Curtains Or Blinds

Curtains Or Blinds