Choosing the right window treatment for you

UK Home Improvement

Choosing The Right Window Treatment For You

Refurnishing a room is a long process that should be well thought out and not rushed by any means. Choosing the window treatments is one such decision that should be given thought, and the regular dilemma many people face is whether to choose blinds or curtains.

The purpose of the room will play a huge part in any decision, as different rooms benefit from different styles. For those seeking a relaxed, warmer atmosphere in a living room then curtains may be the best window treatment of choice. Conversely, a kitchen would probably benefit more from the light and space, as well as durability that wooden Venetian blinds offer.

It’s not all plain sailing though, and choices of window treatments – blinds in particular – come with a number of other choices to consider before making a purchase. Materials and styles are just two things to consider, and the differences between Venetian, vertical and roman blinds mean that the pros and cons need to be analysed and weighed up. Here is a brief guide to the pros and cons of a number of window treatments.


Venetian and Vertical Blinds

Pros of Venetian and Vertical Blinds

  • Extremely handy for people who have limited space, as when they are drawn, these blinds rack up into each other.
  • The versatile positioning of the slats means the homeowner has total control over the amount of external light entering a room.
  • The amount of varied designs and colours means that they should effortlessly fit into most homes.

Cons of Venetian and Vertical Blinds:

  • They collect dust easily, so require frequent attention to look good.
  • The slatted design can allow light to filter through even when closed as much as possible.
  • They struggle to keep heat in a room.
  • They are prone to breaking on occasion.

Roller and Roman Blinds

Pros of Roller and Roman Blinds:

  • Effective at blocking out all types of light.
  • Extremely compact and, as a result, barely take up any room.
  • Can last quite some time without requiring cleaning.

Cons of Roller and Roman Blinds:

  • Although cleaning is less regular with these, when the time actually does come it’s a bit of a pain as different fabrics require different treatment and chemicals.


Pros of Curtains:

  • Provide the best insulation for any room in any home during the winter months.
  • Are available in practically any colour and pattern, making them more versatile in terms of design than any other window treatment.

Cons of Curtains:

  • They take up more room than almost every other window treatment.
  • The material from which they are made makes them an inconvenient option for rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. This is because they are prone to moulding from the moist.

There’s no right or wrong choice, and everything should be chosen on merit. This guide should help provide a good starting point for anyone wishing to overhaul their window treatments.


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