Should you choose blinds or curtains?


As you can imagine, our lovely customers ask us a lot of questions, which we love to
answer. Topping the list, ‘Is it better to have blinds or curtains?’

Choosing between blinds and curtains can be rather puzzling. You can give the Norwich
Sunblinds team a call with any of your questions. We’re here to help.

Here are five questions you can ask yourself to help you along the way.

1. Are blinds or curtains suitable for my style?

When choosing between blinds or curtains, a lot comes down to personal preference and
how you style your interior.
In general curtains suit more traditional homes, think heritage floral prints and nautical
stripes. However, curtains made from neutral fabrics or modern prints can also suit more
contemporary style homes.
A solution for a traditional home could be to have a Roman blind and/or curtains.
Blinds work really well in contemporary spaces, from the ever-popular roller blind to vertical
blinds which are available in a host of modern colours. That said, our bespoke venetian
wooden slat blinds made from high quality bass wood will add a luxe touch to your décor
whatever your style.

At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing blinds or curtains, go for something that
suits your style. However, you also need to consider the functionality of the blind you
choose, for example, when choosing blinds for the kitchen or bathroom, you might want to
check whether they have moisture resistant properties.

Curtains in heritage prints really suit traditional style homes Countryside fabric by Clarke & Clarke

Curtains in heritage prints really suit traditional style homes

2. Are they easy to clean?

If a major priority is convenience of cleaning, then for you blinds might be the best choice.
Blinds are much easier to clean than curtains. To keep venetian blinds dust-free a regular
going over with a feather duster will do the trick. Most other blinds can be kept clean by
using a cloth. Don’t forget to clean both sides of your blind!
Your curtains will most likely need to be dry cleaned which will involve a trip to the dry
cleaners and a fee.

Before attempting to clean your blinds and curtains, it is best to seek advice to avoid
damaging the fabric. When you buy from Norwich Sunblinds, our team will advise you on the
best way to keep them clean.

Decora venetian blinds, Timberlux

You can dust your venetian blinds to keep them spotlessly clean.

3. Are blinds or curtains suitable for the room?

A key question you need to ask when deciding whether to have blinds or curtains is ‘Are they
suitable for the room?’ Think about how blinds and curtains will function in the space and ask
yourself how you use the room.

If you are dressing windows in a home office, then blinds are more suitable than curtains,
helping to keep glare off your computer screen and increasing privacy. Blinds offer a flexible
way to filter light and add a stylish touch to a home workspace. Blinds rather than curtains are the best option for kitchens and bathrooms as these rooms experience a lot more moisture. Curtains would be affected by mildew. Moisture resistant roller blinds are ideal for kitchens and with so many fabrics, colours and finishes to choose from you can really bring some personality to your styling. You might like to consider venetian blinds for the bathroom, as they are easy to wipe down.
Venetian blinds are the most versatile blind type as they are suitable for all room conditions
and allow reflected light through while preventing sunlight from streaming into the room.
They are especially good for living rooms and home offices.

Curtains and roman blinds are ideal for living rooms and bedrooms. Roman blinds are made
from curtain fabric and add a luxury touch to any room. When paired with curtains they can
help keep out draughts on chilly evenings. So, if being cosy in the bedroom and living room
is your idea of heaven, you might like to consider having both.
Blackout curtains or roller blinds with blackout lining are ideal for the bedroom and work
especially well for children’s rooms and shift workers, helping to promote quality sleep when
it’s light outside.
Remember your conservatories and garden rooms, where blinds are definitely the best
choice. In this space you will want to open and close the door without disturbing the blinds.
Perfect fit blinds are ideal as they fit onto the panel of the window or door so do not move
when these are opened. Perfect fit blinds can be moved down as well as up.

Not sure which blinds to choose for which room – ask the Norwich Sunblinds team!

Have some fun in the kitchen with a roller blind in Coffee Time fabric by RA Irwin

Are blinds or curtains best for an awkward shaped space?

When it comes to dressing awkward spaces, blinds are best.
Pleated blinds might be the solution if you have an awkward shaped space to dress. They
work well for bay windows and windows such as skylights. You can also opt for insulating
fabrics to help prevent draughts on colder days.
At Norwich Sunblinds, we bring our customers the latest technology for blinds and curtains.
We offer Equi-Pleat, a unique permanent-pleat system that stops sagging and maintains
equal spacing between the pleats.

Pleated blinds are ideal for awkward shaped spaces

Pleated blinds are ideal for awkward shaped spaces

Your blinds will be made in Norfolk to your exact specification by expert craftspeople at
Norwich Sunblinds. So, don’t worry if you have a challenging space!All our blinds come with a five-year guarantee, giving you peace of mind.

5. How much light do I need in the room?

When deciding whether to choose blinds or curtains, it helps to ask: ‘How much light do I
need in the room?’
If your priority is ease of light control, then you could opt for vertical or roller blinds which
filter the light. Whereas with curtains you cannot filter the light, only open or close them on
bright sunny days. Curtains are ideal for bedrooms; you can close them at night and enjoy
the morning light when you open them at the start of a new day.

In the bedroom, especially if it is a Children’s Blinds or a shift worker’s room, you need something that blocks the light. You can choose blackout blinds or blackout fabrics with curtains.
By using blinds in a home office, you will be able to maintain privacy and prevent sun glare
on your computer screen while also letting the light in.

You might want to consider motorised blinds which offer complete control at the touch of a

Not sure what will suit your home? Contact the Norwich Sunblinds team team can create blinds and
curtains to suit your lighting needs.