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.
Another factor in the decision to go with blinds or curtains has to do with the purpose of the room. For instance, bedrooms tend to benefit from the use of blinds, since they are very effective at blocking outside lighting sources. That means no matter when you need to sleep, drawing the blinds will help make the room be much more conducive to sound sleep. Oh the other hand, a window over the kitchen sink may be an example of a window where curtains are preferable, since you want to have access to the natural light most of the time. A third consideration in the choice between curtains or blinds is the décor of the space. Obviously you want the blinds or curtains to complement what you already have going on in the room. Older homes with tall ceilings and period furniture would do much better with heavy draperies and perhaps window shades. However, bungalows with shorter ceilings and windows would probably benefit from the airy feeling that blinds can give both the room and the window as well, accented by nothing more than a simple valance. Finally, your preference for window treatments will be the determining factor between blinds or curtains. Some people prefer a minimal amount of dressing for a window, but still want it to be functional. If that is the case, then blinds are your solution. If you see your windows as a place to add a splash of color, then curtains are the obvious choice. In the end, blinds or curtains can look attractive and add to the ambiance of the room. Make your choice based on your taste and the functional needs for the room, and you will be happy with the choice.
It may be that your wife is thinking more in terms of aesthetics than function. Think of it this way. When the blinds are drawn, the appearance of all the windows from outside the house is uniform. That is, no one can tell you have red curtains on one window and blue curtains on another window. From the outside, the windows present a uniform appearance that works better with the exterior elements of the residence. It could also be that she simply likes the look of blinds and curtains together. And it may be that the inclusion of both elements on the windows provides a greater sense of security for her. The only way to know for sure is to ask her. From a practical approach, a combination of blinds and curtains often is employed by people who work at night. Being able to draw the blinds and close the curtains helps to shut out daylight, and often make it easier to sleep during the day. view entire post
Curtains and blinds serve two different purposes in my view. Blinds are for privacy. You close them to keep the outside in check, whether it is because there is too much sunlight, or it is dark outside and you do not want to be on the stage, so to speak, in the evening. Curtains on the other hand, are used for aesthetic purposes as mdt mentioned above, but partially they also give a little privacy too. During the day when you open your blinds you can not see fully from the outside through the semi-translucent curtains. To me a window with blinds and without curtains looks naked.
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
Finally, your preference for window treatments will be the determining factor between blinds or curtains. Some people prefer a minimal amount of dressing for a window, but still want it to be functional. If that is the case, then blinds are your solution. If you see your windows as a place to add a splash of color, then curtains are the obvious choice. In the end, blinds or curtains can look attractive and add to the ambiance of the room. Make your choice based on your taste and the functional needs for the room, and you will be happy with the choice.