When the curtains come down in the living room for their bi-annual wash, we are always struck by how different the room looks. Bigger, far more airy … or perhaps a little bare, with something of an echo.

Window treatments in a room are like the clothes we wear. They’re not just functional items to keep us warm and decent, any more than our window treatments are there to keep nosy neighbours at bay.

Indeed, our choice of window treatment is a reflection of who we are, our style, and our personality. They also dictate the mood of the room; how should this space be used? How do you want to feel in this room?

The question of whether to choose blinds or curtains is a common one.

When deciding between blinds or curtains, you need to consider a few factors.

For example, what is the room used for? A bedroom or a comfy lounge area would benefit from the warm luxury that curtains offer. Curtains come in every shade of every colour you can imagine, with an incredible array of designs, textures and patterns. If you want a bold splash of colour, or a muted palette to complement the décor of the room, curtains will be your first choice.

Older homes with high ceilings can get away with the decadence of drapes and heavy fabrics. On the other hand, a small apartment may enjoy a sheer and filmy fabric to keep the room light and airy.

Pricing is always a consideration when deciding between blinds and curtains. Traditionally, blinds offer a cheaper alternative with a variety of lightweight materials. This makes them useful for large spaces – especially in an office environment. If you are on a budget but still want functional and beautiful window treatments, blinds may be your new best friend.

What is the style of your home? If your space is more modern, or you like the light and minimal look that blinds offer then you will be spoiled for choice. Venetian blinds, roller blinds, vertical blinds, roman blinds – or even those clever options that roll up from the window sill – there are loads of options open to you. An unfussy and uncluttered look will be yours with window blinds.

When it comes to function, it’s hard to beat window blinds. A wee twist of the rod and sunlight floods your room, while still offering a level of privacy. Curtains are either open – or shut. However, sheer fabrics can be used in addition to heavy curtains (if that’s your first choice), allowing you sunlight and privacy.

When it comes to cleaning, curtains come out as the firm favourite. A spin in the washing machine a couple of times a year is usually sufficient to keep your window treatments clean and pretty. Blinds tend to attract dust and need frequent cleaning, which can be a bit of a bore.

So the answer to your question, “Should I choose blinds or curtains”, is this:

It depends. Your style is unique, as are your needs.

However, if you want some advice – and some gorgeous options to choose from – then chat to Bonetts Interior Projects. Call us on +27 83 290 1757 or visit www.bonetts.co.za to tap into years of experience and a flood of great ideas.