Curtains and blinds have always lived in conflict with one another. At different points in time, one or the other has been the most popular way of controlling light in the home. Traditionally, curtains ruled the roost. Then, blinds broke through and made curtains seem old and outdated. Now, curtains are making a comeback and could be a better addition to your home.
How are curtains better than blinds? Well, let’s look at the arguments:
Better light blocking
Anyone with blinds will know that they struggle to block out as much light as curtains. When you’re trying to sleep, you won’t have a pitch-black room as the blinds still let in a slight bit of light from streetlamps outside. You can get blackout blinds, but they’re very ugly. Curtains block out as much light as possible, and they can remain incredibly stylish at the same time.
More varieties for different interior styles
Again, blinds are definitely a very stylish option. However, they feel almost confined to contemporary interior design. It’s hard to find blinds that fit all other interior styles, while curtains can fit pretty much any interior possible. This is partly thanks to the curtains themselves, but also the design of curtain rods. You can get contemporary curtain rods and modern curtain rods that suit two different designs. What are contemporary curtain rods? Effectively, they suit whatever is currently trendy. What does modern curtain rods mean? In this case, it represents a particular style from the turn of the 20th Century. As you can see, curtains already cater to two different styles from two time periods. But, you also have curtains that fit perfectly with Japanese interior design, Bohemian interior design, rustic interior design – and so on. Blinds do not have this versatility!
Decrease your energy costs
From a practical standpoint, curtains yet again come out on top. The nature of curtains means you have a barrier between your room and the windows. As such, this enhances the thermal insulation of your home. It is harder for heat to leave your property, so it retains a sense of warmth. As a result, your energy costs can decrease during the winter with some thick curtains in your home. Having curtains can also reduce drafts from windows, making you feel more comfortable at home.
Easier to change
Lastly, one of the best things about curtains is that they are so easy for you to put up and takedown. Once you have a curtain rod in place, it’s simply a case of choosing what curtains you want to put in place. This means you can chop and change the designs whenever you want throughout the year. In theory, you could have curtains that match each season. Lighter ones for the summer, but heavier ones in the winter. Blinds are much harder for you to take down and put up, so you don’t get to change the design as often.
Clearly, you can see that curtains do have many benefits over blinds. They’re timeless, very stylish, and have practical advantages as well. If you’re planning an affordable home renovation, maybe swapping blinds for curtains is a smart idea to try?