Curtains vs blinds: what’s the best option for your space?

Window treatments are one of the most important design elements in a living space. With the current trend towards building light and airy homes, windows, and by default window treatments, can tend to dominate a room. It can be difficult to decide what works with the design look you’re after – do they blend into the background or make a statement (and is it the right statement).

However, it’s also very important that you carefully consider the practical functions that your window treatment serves. Most window treatments are installed to block the light, either partially or completely depending on your preference and the room’s use. This light might be constant for north or south-facing windows, or it might vary drastically throughout the day in east and west-facing windows. They may also need to provide privacy in windows that are overlooked by neighbours or that face the street.

Size matters

The first thing to consider is window size, shape, and location. If you have odd-shaped windows (maybe they are arched or slope parallel with a vaulted ceiling) then curtains are most likely to be your best options. Blinds are seldom a good option for very large windows because they become cumbersome and difficult to open and close.

If you have an awkward or overlarge space, you have considered all the constraints, and you still have your heart set on blinds then it would be a good idea to find a custom supplier in your area that could give you some advice on the options available to you. Lookup a range of suppliers in your area by searching online for something like blinds central coast.


Curtains are easier to change if you change your look. They are often more affordable than custom blinds and for an instant makeover, you can buy ready-made curtains for standard windows in most department stores and home stores.

Work with the light

If your room gets a lot of natural light, then it is best to choose an option that controls the amount of light coming in. In this instance, some types of blinds are more versatile than curtains. Panel blinds, vertical blinds, and Venetian blinds are a very popular solution because you can control light and privacy, but you can also retract them completely.  Venetian blinds are available in aluminium, wood or wood-look options.

Panel blinds and vertical blinds are made from block out, translucent or sheer fabric and the varieties of colours and patterns are impressive. On the other hand, sheer curtains would be more suited to an overlooked room with very little natural light – the curtains would not darken the room even further but would provide some privacy.

Teamwork makes the dream work

Common middle ground is to use curtains to soften the appearance of the blinds so that when they are retracted the window area still looks complete and in keeping with the room décor. Roman blinds and panel blinds are a good option here because they are more compact. They also have the advantage of blocking light and retaining heat so you could have lightweight curtaining that suits your property style with roman blinds tucked away for night time use or when it’s cold outside.