Blinds in a Livingroom

The choice between blinds or curtains will typically depend on the furnishings and style of your home. When deciding between curtains or blinds, curtains are often made of fabric while blinds come in a wide variety of styles. Here are some of the factors to consider when deciding between curtains and blinds: 

 

Blinds Vs Curtains 

Blinds and curtains can be seen in most households across the country. Blinds will usually come with a headrail, a bottom rail, and adjustable slats. They’re often used to keep out light and ensure privacy, but can also be used to open up and allow light into your home. 

Blinds are the most affordable window covering options. If you’re on a budget and shopping for new window coverings, then you definitely should consider blinds. Some of the options we have available at Iconic Blinds are: 

  • Cellular Shades (Window treatment made of “honeycomb” cells) – These shades are known for their clean and contained look that allow them to match a variety of decor styles. Cellular shades come in a variety of pleat sizes, colors and light control options from sheer to blackout. They do all that while providing the highest level of insulation due to their honeycomb-shaped air pockets.
  • Zebra Shades – These are roller shades that allow you to transition between sheer and privacy. The blinds can be adjusted so that 3” zebra stripes line up, offering privacy, light control, and insulation. Zebra shades can allow you to adjust the natural light levels by simply pulling the chain. They are a great addition to a living room window to give a spin on a regular Roller Shade or Horizontal Blind. 
  • Roller Shades – These are exactly what they sound like – blinds that unroll to cover your window. The blind itself is a single piece of fabric that is wrapped around a casing installed across the top of your window frame. In some homes, that might be inside the window recess, while others might have the casing across the outside of the recess. Roller blinds are one of the most popular blind options on the market because they are versatile, easy to operate, durable, cost-effective, and low maintenance.
  • Roman Shades – These are elegant and simple window covers that remain flat against the window and straight down when drawn closed. When raised, they form soft pleats that stack up neatly at the top of the window. They can be operated using a series of tailored vertical cords. Roman shades have been around for many years and suit any style of window.

 

We have many other options, but those are some of the blinds that we offer! Not that this will happen often, but if blinds do get damaged, they can be easily glued together (warranty). They are easy to clean and maintain, which makes them less likely to fade or stain over time than other types of window coverings. 

As for curtains, they’re often used for decorative purposes. Unlike blinds, curtains are often installed outside of the window and may only cover a small portion of the window. They often can become a focal point of a bedroom. Some curtains are short and only reach the bottom of the window sill while others touch the floor. 

Although we’ve been comparing them, there’s no one stopping you from making these two options a dynamic duo. Curtains can be used to protect your blinds, and in fact, you may be prolonging the life of both these window treatments! Curtains also act as dust repellents. While you should still clean them regularly, they’re easier to remove. 

Curtains can be the perfect complement to your blinds. They can also add an interesting element to the colours, patterns, and textures of the materials used in your blinds. They’re also ideal for adding colour to any space. 

 

Costs of Installing Blinds and Windows 

The costs of blinds or curtains depend on the materials, quality, and ease of installation. Curtains are usually made from cotton or a cotton blend and often cost less than $10. However, curtains made from woven linen or other luxurious fabrics can cost around $1000 and up. Blinds cost as low as $8 without installation. 

Both blinds and curtains are ideal for DIY projects or with someone who feels comfortable with most basic tools, home improvement projects, and skills. 

On the other hand, the installation of curtains may range from $400 to $600 for most DIY projects. Professional installation can range from $2,000 to $5,000. Whether you want to install curtains or blinds, it’s best to have professional installers take several measurements since they can’t always guarantee the fit. Contact Iconic Blinds today to get your free estimate & consultation! 

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