What to Know About Window Treatments: Curtains vs. Drapes vs. Blinds

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Are you looking to revamp or redesign your home? Do you need window treatments but do not know what to choose? Do not rush the decision and study all your options before diving in and investing in a window treatment.

It can be quite confusing and overwhelming to decide among blinds, curtains, and drapes, especially if you have no idea what you want your home to feel like. You need to ask yourself: How do I want my house to look and feel like? How will the new windows in my house in Salt Lake City look with curtains, drapes, or blinds? You need to imagine how your house would look like as if the drapes or curtains or blinds were already installed. Do you like what you see in your mind?


These are the natural choice for many homeowners because they are cheaper and easier to install. You can get curtains for as low as $10 per panel, and you can install curtain rods and put up the curtains by yourself. You don’t have to hire anyone to do that for you. If you want a more aesthetically pleasing set of curtains, you can hire an interior designer to choose the best fabric and texture for your homes. Otherwise, curtains are incredibly versatile and fit any homes. Most curtains are made of light material, and they are often used as liners for heavier fabrics such as drapes.


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It is easy for people to confuse curtains and drapes, but there are differences. While both are made of fabric, drapes are heavier and better-textured. They are usually lined and used to block out light from coming into a room. That is the reason why they are perfect for bedrooms. Drapes can also be used in a professional setting since they are more elegant and luxurious than curtains or blinds. They can be used as an accompaniment to the curtains, where the lighter fabric goes between two heavy draperies on the sides of the windows.

The best feature of drapes is not that they block out the light but that they balance the temperature in a room. If you want your room cold because it is hot outside, drapes serve as natural insulators. If you want the room warm because it is chilly outside, drapes can keep the warmth inside the room better, too.


These come in different sizes, orientation, and materials. Blinds used to be made of aluminum material, but those were used only for office buildings and not in residential homes. Today, blinds can be made of fabrics with different colors and designs. Roman blinds, for example, are minimalist in style, and they offer an option to let the light in or block it out.

Still confused? You can actually mix things up a little by combining these three options. Some home stylists actually prefer putting curtains and drapes together and even curtains and blinds as long as they work with the overall theme of the interior design.

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