Key Differences Between Blinds, Curtains, and Shutters
We are all being told about the importance of insulating our homes to keep costs down this Winter – with solutions which range from expensive fixtures to small lifestyle changes such as drawing the curtains and keeping both internal and external doors closed.
But with so many different types of window dressing now available on the market, is one really better than another when it comes to insulating? And how do each of the window dressing options play into interior trends and at-home styles?
Let’s take a closer look.
Which window dressing should I choose?
From framing office windows to ensuring optimum privacy in the home, there are a number of reasons why we choose to hang covers in front of our windows – and there are a number of solutions designed to offer different advantages.
Curtains are perhaps the most popular in home environments and can soften the presentation of any interior space with ease.
Blinds meanwhile are inexpensive and offer a way of controlling both the flow of natural light while retaining some privacy, and shutters offer a more durable and stable layer which keeps the warm and keeps intruders out.
Considerations when choosing window dressings
When it comes to identifying the best window dressing for your space, it is important to consider location, the flow of light throughout the room, and the style of the surrounding interior design and décor.
For example, if you are dressing a small room and want to add a cover to your windows then you may find that curtains feel too overwhelming and bulky while blinds are a more compact and accessible solution.
On the contrary, using blinds to dress a large window in an open plan room can feel quite cold (suitable for work spaces) whereas curtains serve to warm up and give the space more of a homely feel (ideal for living rooms).
By taking account of the way your window coverings interact with the surrounding space, you will be able to pair your home or office environment with the solution which suits both its practical and aesthetic needs.
Advantages of blinds, shutters, and curtains
The window dressing is broad with all three main categories splitting down into further subsections according to weight, size, colour, fabric, and fitting.
For the most part, however, here are just some of the biggest advantages of each type of window covering:
- Curtains are easy to match with your interior style and offer optimum privacy when closed. They are also the best window dressing solution for insulating your home and add warmth and character to the aesthetic of the room.
- Blinds are easy to operate and inexpensive, plus they have the benefit of light control as they can be up or down, as well as open or closed. This makes them ideal for office use.
- Shutters are the most effective at creating a layer to detract intruders, adding security and protection to your home. They are also durable and attractive and can raise the value of the property.
Window dressing from Concorde Blinds
The best window covering for you will depend on the space you are looking to fill and the window you are hoping to dress.
Here at Concorde Blinds, we recommend that customers consider their priorities before settling on the right dressing for them – with consideration of the amount of light they want to allow into the room, the importance of privacy, and whether they need their window covering to offer extra benefits such as insulation or security.
With solutions for all environments and finishes for all budgets, our team are primed to offer advice and guidance on selecting the best window dressing for you. Simply get in touch to find out more.