If you are preparing the fixtures and fittings on a new build, the question of screening will arise and there is always a choice between curtains and blinds, which can be a challenging decision. Both have their good points, which we will examine in this article and hopefully, you will be able to make an informed decision as to which type of screening is best for your new home.
Traditional curtains with a lining are great for blacking out a room, yet thick fabric can be heavy and that puts a strain on the tracking. Then there’s the question of how the curtains hang, which can be more than a little challenging; the best solution is to have made to measure curtains that are fitted by professionals.
The Downside of Curtains
Most curtain fabric cannot be washed and has to be dry-cleaned and curtains do pick up a lot of dirt and grime from the atmosphere, harbouring pathogens that could be harmful to your health. Curtains usually require ‘weighting’, inserting heavy coin-shaped weights into the hem, otherwise they just don’t hang right. Another minus for curtains is the lack of ability to fine tune the shading; blinds allow you to slightly alter the angle of the slats to finely tune the lighting, whereas curtains are either open or closed.
There are many different blind styles, which include the following:
- Venetian blinds
- Vertical blinds
- Roller blinds
- Roman blinds
- Pleated blinds
The material can be a fabric, while Venetian blinds can be made from timber, aluminium or acrylic and with so many shades and patterns, blinds add essential colour and depth to a room. If you are looking for stylish and functional blinds, search online for a company that makes blinds, curtains, shutters, awnings from a wide range of materials.
Resist the temptation to buy those blind kits you saw in the supermarket; not only are they flimsy and made with inferior quality materials, getting them to fit is a challenge. Invite a specialist firm that makes blinds to fit the window or door; they are always happy to send a technician to your home where you can sit down and discuss the many options and when everything is agreed, they can quote an all-inclusive price.
When you visit friends, take not f their choice of screening and if you want to see endless images of trendy blind designs, Google Images is your best friend.
Blinds or curtains, the best solution is to call in a bespoke company and choose from their many design and style combos for a tailored screening solution.