October 1, 2018
Choosing the right window treatment is as tricky as trying to decide what flooring type is going to match your kitchen table top or what bathroom fixtures looks best. There are so many different types and styles of window treatments to take into consideration when choosing what is best suited for your home. Some treatments to consider include, curtains, blinds and shutters, and each type may vary in style, design and colour. Here is a list of the pros and cons to window treatments and what is the most appropriate choice for you:
Curtains are extremely versatile and the choices of styles, design and colour are endless. Certain types of fabrics or designs can be applied to various environments depending on your needs. Curtains can be used to block out that early morning sunlight and act as an insulator, keeping your home warm in winter. Or you can opt for a curtain that is thin and allows for the afternoon breeze to flow through.
- Curtains can provide insulation and keep the house warm during winter.
- Thinner curtains can keep your house cool during summer.
- Used to block out that pesky early morning sunlight allowing us to get that well deserved sleep in.
- Very easy to clean as they can be detached and washed.
- Endless choices in design colour and style.
- Curtains take up more space and can make a room appear smaller.
- Long curtains are prone to getting dirty or damaged if you have young children or pets.
- Higher chance of getting stained or collecting mould for moist areas like the kitchen or bathroom.
- The endless choices of styles and design can make it challenging when choosing what is best for your home.
Window blinds are arguably the more popular choice when it comes to window treatments. Blinds slot seamlessly into your home and come in a wide range of styles and designs including, Venetian, Pleated, Roman, Roller and Panel. The choices don’t end there, once you have made your mind up on what style you’d like you can now customize the textile/material which includes, bamboo, aluminum, faux or wool.
- Venetian blinds are excellent for blocking out the light and work well in the bedroom.
- Blinds take up very little space and seamlessly slot into your window space making it an ideal choice for apartments, flats or small bedrooms where space is precious.
- Extremely easy to clean by simply removing slats or running a duster over each one.
- Often in hard to reach places away from children and pets.
- Blinds are generally more expensive than curtains.
- Less efficient at insulating and keeping in the heat.
- Plastic and aluminium blinds are easily damaged.
- Water can damage certain types of blinds including, wood and aluminium.
Also known as plantation shutters, is a window treatment that allows owners to achieve an elegant upscale finish to their space whilst retaining a sophisticated classic look. Shutters also come in a wide range of styles and types which include faux wood, vinyl, wood, aluminum and glass. Shutters can be placed in bathrooms, toilets, spacious living rooms and kitchens. But be aware that moist environments can be an issue with wooden shutters.
- Shutters are extremely durable are a built to last twice as long as other window treatment types.
- Can be cleaned easily using a duster or a damp wet cloth if there is any spillage or stains.
- Versatile, customizable and can be measured out to fit your windows seamlessly. Comes in various paints, stains and colours, as well as styles and design.
- Adds value to your home.
- Great for blocking out light and home privacy.
- Shutters are usually custom built and due to their quality make it one of the most expensive window treatments available.
- If your home is overlooking the ocean or has breathtaking views then shutters are probably not the best choice. Shutters cannot be raised and tend to obstruct the view.
- Can hinder furniture placement due to the hinges that allow you to open and close your shutters.
Jupps stocks and install a wide range of blinds and shutter options fit for commercial and residential use. Visit one of our stores or contact us to find out more about our products.