To Curtain or Not to Curtain, That Is the Question
What do you think about when you move into a new home? Most people think about how they will make it look. They choose paints, furniture, garden items, and more. It is hard work, but also a lot of fun. One thing that many people don’t really pay a lot of attention to, however, is their window treatments.
In reality, deciding what to do with your windows is probably the hardest thing of all. Do you want blinds, shutters, curtains, netting, all of it? Each option has pros and cons to it and, at the end of the day, only you will know what is right for your overall look. But there are some guidelines that you can follow nevertheless.
Choosing Window Treatments
Most people have blinds and/or curtains in their home. Blinds are really useful, because they give you a lot of control over how much light you let in and out of your property, and the allow you to control your level of privacy. Blinds come in a range of different materials that are suitable for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories, and more. They also come in a range of prices, with anything from exclusive to budget window blinds being available.
Curtains can also be used in virtually any room, although they are less common in kitchens and bathrooms. Curtains are excellent insulators, even better than blinds. They also protect you from outside noise, and they make a room sound less hollow. They add a touch of warmth to a room as well. They do not, however, give you any control over light and privacy. They are either open, or closed, after all.
It will come as no surprise that a lot of people choose to have both curtains and blinds in many rooms. The averages show that:
- Kitchens have blinds
- Bathrooms have blinds
- Utility rooms have blinds
- Bedrooms have curtains
- Living rooms have curtains and blinds
- Dining rooms have curtains and blinds
The reason why some rooms have curtains (as well as blinds) is mainly because they make those spaces cozier. Bedrooms are sanctuaries in which you either let all the light in to clean out the air, or want to keep all of it out because it is your personal space. Living rooms are a combination of the two, which is why you would have both blinds and curtains. During the day, you want to at least let some light in, but not too much, so you will need blinds. During the night, however, you want to close yourself off from the outside world in front of a roaring fire. Similarly, in dining rooms, it is common to only have the blinds closed, unless you are hosting a private and intimate dinner party, in which case curtains create a much more luxurious look and feel.
At the end of the day, it is your home to do with as you please, and only you can decide what is right and wrong. There are no laws to state that you must have curtains or blinds, after all!