When you need to choose window treatments for any room of the home, you want to ensure you take the time to compare all your options, and really understand the differences between curtains, blinds, and shutters. Window treatments can be expensive, and they can also make a difference in how well you enjoy the space, as they control light and air circulation in the home; this is why it's important to do some research on your choices before making a purchase. Note a few important differences between popular window treatment options so you know you make the right choice for your home.
Thick and heavy curtains may offer the most insulation in a space, as they can keep out drafts even around old and leaky windows. Blackout curtains are also often used by those who have migraines, or for rooms where you want total darkness, such as a bedroom or home theatre. The fabric of curtains can also add softness, which is especially good next to leather furniture or modern pieces like a metal and glass coffee table.
However, oversized and billowy curtains can easily overpower a room, and it can be difficult to coordinate the fabric of curtains with furniture upholstery. Many curtains also need dry cleaning, and they may easily show marks from the oils on your skin, pets and children rubbing against them, and other such stains.
Shutters are more compact than curtains and are good for smaller rooms. They also have a traditional and even a rustic look. Shutters with slats that you can twist open will allow in some light, while still offering privacy. Consider their maintenance if you decide on shutters, however; wood will absorb moisture and may then expand and shrink, causing cracking and other damage. The colour of wood shutters may also fade over time, so they will need a fresh coat of paint on a regular basis.
Blinds can also help you control the amount of sunshine in a room; unlike curtains, you don't need to open blinds all the way to let in light, but can adjust the slats and their angle. Blackout blinds can also do just that; block all the light coming into a room. Blinds are also very slim and fit in a small room, and vinyl blinds rarely need maintenance; they can also usually be wiped clean with a cloth when needed. Motorized blinds are also more convenient then shutters, as you can open them remotely and adjust the lighting in your room without ever getting up!