From framing windows to blocking out light to improving insulation (which is especially important for those Melbourne winters), there’s a lot to consider when you’re weighing up the pros and cons of curtains and blinds. The decision will largely come down to practical considerations and personal tastes.
So, let’s have a look at some of the factors you should bear in mind when deciding on your window coverings.
When it comes to cost, curtains are generally more expensive than blinds. That said, the prices can vary dramatically depending on the material you decide on. For example, linen curtains will be much more expensive than polyester,while timber blinds will be more expensive than plastic.
Room size can play an important role in deciding on window dressings. Curtains tend to suit large rooms as they add softness and texture and break up the large flat surfaces.
For smaller or minimalist rooms, blinds may suit better as they take up less space and can fold or roll up so as not to clutter up the room.
Curtains are generally better suited to living spaces like bedrooms, living rooms and TV rooms, as they help to create a cosier aesthetic.
Blinds, on the other hand, are better suited to functional spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. Blinds are easier to clean, less susceptible to moisture damage and less of a fire risk than curtains.
One of the primary functions of blinds and curtains is to control the amount of light that can enter a room. Heavy block-out curtains will keep out more light than blinds and so are better suited for areas like bedrooms and TV rooms, where light control is most important.
Blinds can be great for diffusing light and reducing glare without completely blocking out the natural light.
Window size and placement
Small windows, hard-to-reach windows, windows that don’t reach the floor, and windows blocked by furniture are best suited to blinds. Blinds won’t get tangled in or caught on furniture like curtains can. They are also easy to open and unobtrusive.
Large windows and windows that reach to the floor work well with curtains. Curtains help to decorate large windows and add softness and style. They can also help to elongate a space.
In general, wider windows suit blinds and taller windows suit curtains.
In Melbourne, we’re dealing with cold winters and hot summers, so it’s important to make sure your window dressings offer good insulating properties.
When it comes to keeping the heat in during winter, curtains can help to reduce the amount of heat lost through your windows. Thick curtains can also help to block draughts.
Blinds are not as energy efficient as curtains, but some blinds are better at blocking radiant heat than curtains. It’s important to think about which windows get direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. These are the windows that would benefit most from either heavy curtains or specially designed heat reflective blinds.