Should I buy blinds or curtains for my home?

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Window dressing can completely change the mood of a room. Before you commit to buying, consider the function and style first!

When dressing up windows, the most common types of window treatments are blinds and curtains. But which one is the better choice? Whether it’s for a bedroom or living room, here are a few ideas to help you choose the best styles for window treatments.

13 types of window treatments

1. Shutters

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Shutters are among the most common types of window treatments that are applied to homes, especially living rooms and kitchens. Simple in design but effective in performing their function of blocking out light, it’s easy to match them with your home’s decor by choosing the appropriate colour and material.

2. Curtains

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Curtains are one of the most versatile types of window treatments that can add personality and style to your home by just being there. The type of material, thickness and colour all play a part when setting the mood and tone of a room. Furthermore, they are also good at providing noise reduction, which is particularly useful if you live near a busy street.

3. Shades

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The ease of use and range of styles available makes shades as a popular choice for window treatments. It’s a single sheet of material that’s coiled around a rod. And it unrolls by pulling a cord. Pretty simple!

4. Vertical blinds

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Why vertical blinds are one of the most practical types of window treatments is because it doesn’t gather dust when opened. For sliding doors or windows, this is a better choice for ease of access if you need to air the room out.

5. Drapes

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Similar to curtains, drapes are made from heavier material. The fabric is usually hung on a string so it can be pulled open or shut with ease. They’re also a more formal option compared to curtains, so they’re especially suitable for a living room or master bedroom.

6. Sheers

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These lightweight curtains give a whimsical and airy feel to a room. But because of their transparent nature, they’re best placed in rooms that don’t need privacy like an office.

7. Valances

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While valances don’t necessarily cover the entire window, they can give extra character to existing window treatments. They cover the top of the window where railing would typically be.

8. Panel Tracks

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Also known as window panels, panel tracks remind us of Japanese sliding doors. They also offer a complete solution to provide a door, as well as a decorative window.

9. Window sunglasses

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Officially known as solar shades, these act like a tint that allows you to see outside while controlling the amount of light that seeps into the house.

10. Roman shades

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These types of window treatments that combine features from other styles create unique effects. Roman shades are basically a single piece of fabric that unfolds itself to cover the window, like a shade. But the material and its mechanism give you the feel of drapes.

11. Cornices

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While they might give off an old-school vibe, cornices help to make window treatments become more streamlined.

12. Pleated shades

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This affordable and lightweight option that lets gives a casual feel to a room. It’s also cordless, which means there won’t be any accidental yanking from children or pets.

13. Café curtains

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Imagine valances, but suspended in the middle of the window instead. Café curtains are great if you need to let in light but still need privacy. Suitable for dining rooms or guest rooms.

Written by

Vinnie Wong