Blinds or Curtains?
Blinds and curtains serve more or less the same purpose. They add a decorative element to our home interior, cover up windows for privacy, and add a layer of insulation. Curtains came first which makes them a traditional choice, whereas blinds can be perceived as a contemporary alternative, even though they were invented way back in the 18th century. What you should choose ultimately depends upon your liking and whatever matches the vibe of your living space. Many people use a combination of blinds and curtains to add more depth and character to their real estate.
Both blinds and curtains have their advantages and disadvantages, but blinds do stand out in a few ways. Many people choose curtains for a more luxurious feel, and because they are available in a wider range of colors and designs. You can get customized blinds now too, so the competition is getting fierce. Let us compare the two subjects to demonstrate that blinds are the more practical and versatile choice:
1. They Symbolize Minimalism
Curtains, especially those made from thick fabrics like velvet and silk are quite heavy and bulky. They may look and feel nice in winters, though they do tend to take up a lot of space. Rooms with full-length curtains look a lot more compact than those installed with blinds. Blinds are made to fit snug to windows, rather than covering the entire wall and ground below. They simply look more neat and effortless. Not to mention, long flowing curtains increase the risk of slip and fall accidents.
2. Cleaning them is less of a hassle
All curtains are fabric-based, which makes them a magnet for dirt and dust. You will most certainly have to remove them from a railing and soak them in soapy water for cleaning. Fitting the bulky drapes into a washing machine and getting them dry is a separate issue. Blinds are lighter and typically made of materials that are easy to clean. For example, vinyl and wood blinds can be dusted off with a micro-fiber cloth or vacuum cleaner in a low-power setting.
3. They can Filter Light
With curtains, you either get to block natural light completely or let it all in while exposing your home to the outside. Blinds allow you to adjust the amount of light entering the room, without compromising your privacy. They allow you to filter light according to your liking at different times of the day. Offices and corporate buildings, the hub of white-collar crime, always use blinds for covering up windows.
4. Superior Choice of Materials and Styles
Blinds are available in plastic, wood, vinyl, faux wood, and different kinds of fabric, which makes them the more diverse choice. There is the perfect set of blinds out there to suit everyone’s tastes. Faux wood and vinyl blinds are widely popular because they require low maintenance and look very elegant. There are so many styles to choose from, including horizontal shades, vertical shades, pleated shades, cellular honeycomb shades, etc.
5. More Durable
Curtains made from expensive fabrics are not very durable, so they don’t provide great value for money. Cloth is increasingly susceptible to damage from moisture and sunlight; it may also develop mold and a bad odor due to dampness, or become moth-eaten over time. Blinds, typically made from vinyl or faux wood are immune to such damages, thus they are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Blinds last a long time, and thereby prove to be a worthwhile investment.