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Blinds or curtains, which is better? It’s a lifelong debate and many people sit on the fence, but blinds come with a series of benefits you don’t get from curtains. They look much better and can give your home interiors a contemporary look. They’re also far better for people with allergies as blinds aren’t likely to harbor pet fur or other airborne allergens.
When you start shopping around, you get a massive choice of blinds, so which ones are the most practical for your home? We’ve got three quick tips to help you figure out an answer to that question!
Pick an energy-efficient blind material
One complaint about blinds versus curtains is that the former doesn’t provide the energy-saving qualities of curtains. A lot of blinds will not be that insulative - but you can find some that act as a barrier between the window and your home, stopping a lot of heat from escaping and preventing cold air from coming in.
It all depends on the material you choose and some of the best wood blinds are exceptionally energy efficient. They soak up a lot of heat and help your rooms stay warm during the cold months. Other materials do a similarly good job - like metal blinds - just avoid materials that are prone to letting heat escape.
Choose a style with excellent light control
Blinds let you have more control over how much light is let in your rooms. However, certain styles are better at this than others. Roller blinds are typically quite poor as they only let you roll up or down.
The best option is to go for Venetian blinds or vertical blinds. Both give you two ways to control the light levels inside your house. Firstly, you can pull the blinds down or across the window, choosing how much is covered. Secondly, you can have the entire window covered by the blinds, then open them up, letting light through the slats. It’s the perfect level of light control throughout the day.
Select blinds that are easy to clean
Again, many blinds are easier to clean than others. It tends to come down to the material here - fabric blinds may look nice, but they’re much harder to clean as dust and things get embedded in the material’s surface.
Opt for any blind that’s hard to the touch. This means dirt, dust, or stains won’t sink into the material and can be wiped away with a cleaning cloth. Look, cleaning any type of blind will be a bit annoying, but choosing the right material will make a huge difference. It’s still better than cleaning curtains anyway!
Use these three tips when shopping for new blinds. It’ll be very easy to remove certain styles or materials from the conversation, giving you a shorter list of options to pick from. Practicality should always be the main thing you think about with blinds - after that, pick whichever ones suit the interior design style of your very humble abode.
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