Curtains are made of cloth and are hung on a rod. Some are made of material so light that they flutter at the slightest of breezes, but some are made of heavy material as well that no light can enter the room when they are drawn. They need to be replaced once every few weeks, washed and dried. Blinds, on the other hand, are usually made of plastic and are drawn up or down (versus side to side). There is no need for you to replace them every once in a while: clean them where they are with a damp cloth or a feather duster.
It is undeniable that the pieces of cloth (or non-cloth) we hang on our windows contribute greatly to the mood of the rooms of our homes. It is then very important to choose proper trappings when decorating the house. So which one is better than the other? Read as we discuss the perfect partner for your window for each room of your house:
Living and Dining Rooms
Use curtains… when going for that homey and welcoming feel. If you’re going for the traditional Filipino look, use curtains in your living and dining room, serve a cup of local coffee or a comfort dish to your guests and make them feel right at home.
Use blinds… if your living and dining rooms are dominated by straight lines and blocks of plain colors, giving off a modern vibe. When going for that clean, sleek look, using blinds is highly suggested.
Use curtains… for kitchen windows near the sink and far from where fire is lit. Draw your curtains before doing the dishes, letting the breeze help dry your cups and plates and while baking a pie, letting the aroma waft from your kitchen to your backyard.
Use blinds… if your window is near your stove or oven, your kitchen is used very frequently and needs cleaning most of the time. Pull up those blinds before frying a chicken and cooking up a storm.
Use curtains… when aiming for proper ventilation and still wanting to achieve that soft, comfortable vibe. Choose lacy curtains for a more feminine feel. Choose neutral shades with geometric patterns for a more masculine look.
Use blinds… if you have kids in the house, if you usually use the air conditioning in your room or if you work during the night and sleep during the day. Blinds are easier to clean, accumulate less dust and block sunlight better than most curtains.
Use curtains… for windows that do not get wet when the bathroom is used. Cloth, when not dried out properly, accumulates mold and that is never a good thing.
Use blinds… if the bathroom window is big enough for the world to see you doing your business. This is quite unlikely and if your window is the small, rectangular type placed at the top part of your bathroom wall, then leave it be.
When choosing between curtains and blinds, keep these tips in mind and see how your windows light up your rooms in a way that no light bulb can do.