Covering Up – Curtains, Blinds and Somethings In Between

When should you use a curtain and when would a blind look better? What are the types of blinds and where would they work best? Covering up the windows may not be the first thing on your mind when planning your home, but when it comes down to it, you may realise that there were so many options you just didn’t know about.

The debate between blinds and curtains have gone on since blinds first came out, and with so many different types of blinds available now, the list just goes on. So when and where would a curtain be better, and when should you side with the blind? Well we’ll take a look at a few examples and what goes best there.

Day Curtains

Day curtains, the first step to curtains in living spaces. These curtains are useful for when you want to let some daylight in, but don’t want it getting too hot. The day curtain acts as a light diffuser, spreading the harsh beams of sunlight through its translucent material and giving the room a softer glow to it.

These curtains look best in shared spaces like living rooms where you’d appreciate the natural lighting in the day. Patterned day curtains are readily available, and if you aren’t too fussed about the light coming in at night, then these alone are fine. The porous nature of these curtains also allows for good circulation, and keeps the room cool even when they are drawn.

Night Curtains

Pairing up with day curtains are night curtains, which are also known as ‘black-out’ curtains. They have this nickname because they’re meant to create a black out in the room. As a fully opaque fabric, these thick curtains are perfect to complete the elegance of a decorated bedroom, giving you the shut eye, you need for a goodnights rest.

But, because of this, the heavy fabric is nearly impossible for air to pass through when the curtains are fully drawn, cutting off the circulation from the windows. A combination of day curtains and night curtains can also be considered if you plan on staying in the room for extended periods during the day, that way you get the best of both worlds.

Roller Blinds

Unlike curtains, blinds are a lot harder to clean and wash. Most of the material is part of the winding mechanism and can’t be easily disassembled. This also means they can be more easily maintained with just surface cleaning and dusting.

Roller blinds can be seen as the modern curtain. Making a splash with modern decorative styles like Scandinavian and Minimalist movements, the blinds have a sleeker and sharper look to them as compared to curtains. For blinds, material is the most important, the thicker the material, the lighter it blocks out, and this may not be too clear as compared to day and night curtains. So be sure to check the opacity of the sheets before deciding on it.

Rainbow Blinds

Rainbow blinds are kind of like a combination of day and night curtains combined and made as a blind system. These blinds have alternating strips of varying opacity, and sometimes colour too. While not particularly useful at blocking out strong sunlight, these trendy and colourful options would lighten up your room as a divider, or even on north or south facing windows which don’t get too hot in the day.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds come in such a variety, from plain wooden slates to decorated plastic to shimmering metals, these are the choice for spaces which aren’t really shared spaces but are meant to look a little more serious.

Great for studies or even bedrooms, the blinds are the most flexible in terms of shade and circulation. They go up, down, slant and you can adjust the amount of light you’re letting in very finely. This kind of flexibility is just non existent in typical blinds and curtains.

The casual look with wooden blinds is perfect for completing the look and feel of a snug bedroom, especially if the windows point away from the bed. But unfortunately, as flexible as these blinds are, they are just slightly better than day curtains at blocking out the light, so if you’re a light sleeper stick to night curtains or thick roller blinds.

Sliding Panels

Not the best at blocking out light, but definitely a statement piece. Sliding panels are the up and coming trend. These thin screens may not offer much in terms of shade, but the style and taste they offer can easily make up for them. Plus, these panes can be stacks back to back, making for a pretty good shade while still allowing for natural air circulation, so another great plus for them.