Have you ever felt like your house is missing something but you don’t know what? You purchased nice furniture and worked hard on the interior design but that’s still not IT. The key to your satisfaction might be one thing you didn’t think of before – the window treatment!
Not many people consider the window treatment as one of the essential home improvement parts, which is a huge mistake. It is as important as the materials and colors of the walls.
Two of the most popular window treatment options are drapes and blinds.
This article will analyze both of these and help you decide which one to choose! On the way, you will also learn about the importance of this improvement and see some impressive examples!
Drapes (also known as draperies) are often confused with curtains because they are both fabric panels. However, they are not the same. Drapes, unlike curtains, are lined and often made of a heavy fabric that completely blocks out the outside light. For that reason, they are ideal for bedroom use.
Drapes usually extend from the top of the window to the very bottom, almost touching the floor. The heavy material mentioned above is one of their main characteristics. They usually look very luxurious thanks to the prestigious fabric like damask, velvet or silk.
This window treatment follows a classic, sophisticated style. Although you can get patterned, shiny and glittery drapes, they are usually solid, with a pleated drapery panel top. You can find the pleat in many different styles and colors, making it match the rest of the room and look more appealing and formal.
It is a very popular type of window treatment. Not only because of its appearance but the ease of installation (only hanging from the rod on rings, grommets or hooks at the top of the panel) and other benefits.
One of those benefits is the ability to block out the light and leave the room completely dark. People with light sleep, night shift workers and those in need of a good sleep during the day really appreciate it.
Is this window treatment only meant for bedrooms?
Of course not! The same way you can purchase dark-colored drapes to make your bedroom darker, you can get light-colored drapes that will light up your living room! The picture below shows an impressive utilization of drapes, combining the traditional and modern style.
Contrast walls are very popular and present as a part of the modern interior design and they also show us the importance of the right color blending. Neither too light nor too dark is pleasant for your eyes so you can choose the drapes that contrast the rest of your living or dining room and incorporate this window treatment into your home.
In contrary to the drapes, blinds are made of sturdy materials, such as wood, aluminum, bamboo or vinyl slats.
Introducing this window treatment to your house is surely more expensive but also more durable. It affects the appearance and feeling of the whole property.
You can customize it according to your needs, requirements, and budget as it comes in a variety of colors, wood tones, and styles. They are usually not patterned but if you have a special idea of your drapes, all you need to do is find a professional team that will produce customized products for you.
You can find blind slats in three standard depths: ½-inch, 1-inch, and 2-inch slats. The width and length of your blinds depend on the window frame.
As for the safety and ease of use, blinds are well-designed! You can tilt open and light up your room or close the blinds completely and block out the light completely.
They are also a great choice for a bedroom but not inclusively. Most people use one window treatment for their whole house and you wouldn’t make a mistake by choosing the blinds! As the picture below shows, it is an extraordinary window treatment that adjusts to the environment and makes the whole room look outstanding.
However, you should also know that blinds alone don’t look complete from the inside of your house. It is recommended to buy nicely designed curtains or even drapes to make it look more home-likely.
Making a Decision
Both drapes and blinds have properties that make them a good window treatment. However, you should know what exactly you need.
If you are satisfied with your current windows, shades or blinds but you want something more, you should definitely find high-quality drapes that will fulfill your rooms. They will make it look richer, more comfortable, modern and classic at the same time.
On the other hand, if curtains and drapes don’t seem effective enough for you and you want something sturdier, go for the blinds! There are many ways to decorate your interior window treatment once you are satisfied with your durable and stable window treatment.
Did this article help you make your own decision? If you tried it out or have any comment, please let us know!