Blinds versus curtains - Which one to choose and when

Thinking of new window furnishings but don’t know whether blinds or curtains are right for you? Amanda Stewart, Lahood Window Furnishings Showroom Manager, shares her advice.

Enjoy the style and convenience of quality curtains. Curtains are the more energy efficient of the two window coverings. “You can’t beat curtains if your main objective is insulation,” says Amanda. Good curtains completely wrap a window and provide the best insulation. Curtains are also beautiful and add a distinct style and softness to a room that blinds and shutters simply can’t match.

“Curtains are ideal if you have your heart set on a statement print, and there are many stunning textures and patterns that can really transform a space,” says Amanda. Additionally, curtains are often the better choice if you’re after a sun-blocking solution, especially for bedrooms in summer, with the ability to choose a blockout lining. “Sheer curtains are still very on trend and are the perfect solution for adding softness to a room as well as daytime privacy,” she adds.

The many benefits of beautiful blinds
It’s important to note that there are many styles of indoor blinds, including; roller blinds, sunscreens, soft shades, vertical and venetian blinds. And, there are many benefits to internal blinds which provide good aesthetics and functionality, and allow you the choice of a dual system for light during the day and privacy at night.

“Roller blinds are a cost-effective solution for window coverings and are available in an extensive range of neutral tones, textures and densities,” says Amanda. Blinds are a great choice if you don’t have a lot of space or are after a minimal look. “If you choose blinds and insulation is priority, then a Luxaflex Duette blind is a great solution,” recommends Amanda.

“Otherwise known as celluar blinds, Luxaflex Duette blinds look great and keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.”

Discover Automated Solutions
Both modern curtains and blinds can be motorised. Lahood Window Furnishings are the experts in motorised curtain and blind installation and work with many leading architects and developers at the planning stage to include these in new builds.

“Motorisation has become much more affordable and perfect for eliminating unsightly chains over large sliding or bi-fold doors,” says Amanda.

“Motorisation has come a long way in the last ten years and offers the ultimate convenience for operating your curtains or blinds,” says Amanda. Lahood offer both hardwired or battery-operated motorised solutions for blinds and curtains. Battery operated motorisation gives you the benefits of easy installation with no need for wiring.

“We have solutions that allow you to control your blinds from work or while you are on holiday. We love that you can even link to your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to operate your blinds with voice control.”

Talk to one of the Lahood experts about what is right for your home and this month get 15% OFF automation and FREE curtain making on selected fabrics.

Book a FREE in-home consultation online, or visit their showroom at 104 Mt Eden Road,

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