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Wallcoverings, Curtains & Blinds Singapore

One of the most well-known secret interior designers constantly fall back on to spice up a home is quality wallcoverings, curtains and blinds. From decorative wall finishes, Roman or Venetian styles to simple panels, or even higher tech Motorised blinds, they each make a world of difference and not just from an interior design perspective.

Today, wallcoverings, curtains and blinds are no longer there simply for privacy reasons, they add a touch of sophistication to any home, and even the office. And besides just focusing on your budget, you’ll also want to consider the various types of fabric, materials and colours to complement or even enhance your home’s natural beauty.

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Curtains & Blinds Singapore

So, you moved into your new home with the windows you love. You picked the perfect facing to catch that morning sun. Now comes the question- blinds or curtains. A home interior design is not complete without either (or both), and if you find yourself in a dilemma with the abundance of choice, fret not. This article will walk you through all you need to know about blinds and curtains.

Types of Shades

There are a plethora of different options for shades available in the market:

Roller Blinds:

Roller blinds are made with fabric designed to pleat as they are drawn upwards. They are versatile, easy to use and are often the more cost-effective option. Because they are not composed of separate slats, they are relatively easier to clean compared to their other counterparts. They can help achieve a minimalist and tidy look. Roller blinds come in a range of fabrics that include options with UV protection. If the visible mechanism is too visually jarring, you can choose for the shade to come down over the front of the roller, mostly concealing it.

Roman Blinds:

Roman blinds, on the other hand, add a rustic and luxurious touch to any living space. Because they can be made from a range of fabrics, they are often used as a replacement to curtains. Choose lighter fabrics such as linen to brighten up the room, creating a timeless look. Or heavier fabrics for a more stylish look. For easy maintenance, vacuum occasionally using the upholstery brush attachment. Laundering it might be a slightly more complicated ordeal to manage on your own as you must first unthread it and remove the fabric from the headrail.

Venetian Blinds:

Venetian blinds, which are made from horizontal slats, can be used instead of fabric options. Although thought to be less common in today’s day and age, it is now seeing a revival with the popularity of vintage-chic, Scandinavian-styles and industrial designs. If your walls are dark coloured, having all-black Venetian blinds is undoubtedly a timeless look. It certainly adds character to a home and can serve as an aesthetic statement on its own. Because the slats can be tilted, Venetian blinds often offer more flexibility when it comes to light control. Furthermore, using wood or bamboo slats can aid in noise filtration, keeping out noise from the streets. The slats also cast beautiful shadows when the light filters through.

Vertical Blinds:

Vertical blinds are blinds with lengths of fabric running vertically and are tilted for light and privacy control. They are often found in office spaces but can be used in all rooms, particularly for rooms with long windows. They might, however, be cumbersome for easy window access.

Vision Blinds:

A newer addition to the market, Vision blinds are a hybrid of the roller and Venetian blinds. They are dual-layer roller blinds that allow easy control of privacy and light. Vision blinds may result in higher light leakage, but add a contemporary touch to any living space.

Types of Curtains

For curtains, the full availability might lead to some confusion, but always keep in mind the fabric you would like for the curtains, how often you are planning to use the curtains and the general aesthetic of your home.

Some of the variations of curtains include the pleated box curtains, which are elegant and boasts a tailored look with drapes sewn into deep folds down the length of the curtain. Pinch pleated curtains have a decorative finish at the top. With more pleats, the flare increases and thus fabric and cost. But pinch pleat works well with most materials. Eyelet curtains include rings at the header that a rod will weave through. This enhances the durability of the curtains. It also allows for more effortless opening and closing, making it ideal for children bedrooms. But when combined with a more formal fabric, it can serve as a fuss-free and contemporary addition to any living space.

The length of the curtains can also be varied to achieve a formal or more laid-back look. Curtains can be made to be longer than the window which will pool on the ground. This is known as ‘puddling’ and can create a look of grandeur. If you want to achieve excellent ‘puddling’, use a more substantial or at least a medium weight fabric because lightweight fabric might not puddle as neatly. Hanging your curtains higher than the windows can also help to create the illusion of longer windows.

Blinds or Curtains?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing between curtains and blinds, but there are certain advantages unique to each.

Perhaps one could start by considering the size of the space. Curtains often dress up a larger room, making it look more complete, while blinds free up space in a smaller place. The size of the window should also be considered, taking into account the frames and how the window opens. It is also useful to consider the placement of furniture. If there are low shelves, tables or any other furniture at the base of the window, blinds would be your best bet and would not clutter the space. Unless you are going for a cottage-style aesthetic, in which case, short, frilly curtains will match your aesthetic.

It is also essential to consider personal preference for light control. Curtains afford greater light control. Should you prefer complete darkness, wall-to-wall fit blackout curtains would be your best bet. Fitting your curtains into a pelmet or recess will also prevent light entering from the top. Versatility can also be enhanced by adding a layer of day curtains. This will allow natural light in during the day while maintaining a sense of privacy. It also adds a romantic touch to any bedroom. Although lined blinds will help block out light, there will always be some light entering from the sides and the base. However, because of this reason, it will be a lovely addition to brighten up a living room with natural light.

Ease of maintenance is another consideration. For curtains, it is relatively easy to launder, only by taking them down from the rod. However, detaching the curtains from the rod might be a tricky task depending on how it is being held to the rod. Venetian and vertical blinds see the problem of dust accumulation, so you will have to clean each slat individually. This is relatively easy to do but maybe time-consuming. However, if your blinds are not made of fabric, they will maintain lustre longer than curtains, as the material will suffer sun-damage and fade over time.

When it comes to sound insulation, curtains may be better than blinds, especially if you are using a heavier fabric. Similar to the concept of light, gaps in the blinds allow sound to pass through more easily. Furthermore, if you are one to open your windows to let in a breeze, you have to anticipate the sound of the blinds hitting the windowsills on windier days.

If you have young children, curtains might be more comfortable for them to toggle with compared to blinds. A loose cord from the blinds may also be dangerous when left unsecured. However, there are solutions to secure your blind cords. Fixed in window cords ensure that the base of the window cord is locked and screwed into a permanent fixture. Cordless or motorised blinds can also be used.

Blinds or Curtains?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing between curtains and blinds, but there are certain advantages unique to each.

Perhaps one could start by considering the size of the space. Curtains often dress up a larger room, making it look more complete, while blinds free up space in a smaller place. The size of the window should also be considered, taking into account the frames and how the window opens. It is also useful to consider the placement of furniture. If there are low shelves, tables or any other furniture at the base of the window, blinds would be your best bet and would not clutter the space. Unless you are going for a cottage-style aesthetic, in which case, short, frilly curtains will match your aesthetic.

It is also essential to consider the overall lighting interior design plan and how everything should naturally come together. Curtains afford greater light control. Should you prefer complete darkness, wall-to-wall fit blackout curtains would be your best bet. Fitting your curtains into a pelmet or recess will also prevent light from entering through the top. Versatility can also be enhanced by adding a layer of day curtains. This will allow natural light in during the day while maintaining a sense of privacy. It also adds a romantic touch to any bedroom. Although lined blinds will help block out light, there will always be some light entering from the sides and the base. However, because of this reason, it will be a lovely addition to brighten up a living room with natural light.

Ease of maintenance is another consideration. For curtains, it is relatively easy to launder, only by taking them down from the rod. However, detaching the curtains from the rod might be a tricky task depending on how it is being held to the rod. Venetian and vertical blinds see the problem of dust accumulation, so you will have to clean each slat individually. This is relatively easy to do but maybe time-consuming. However, if your blinds are not made of fabric, they will maintain lustre longer than curtains, as the material will suffer sun-damage and fade over time.

When it comes to sound insulation, curtains may be better than blinds, especially if you are using a heavier fabric. Similar to the concept of light, gaps in the blinds allow sound to pass through more easily. Furthermore, if you are one to open your windows to let in a breeze, you have to anticipate the sound of the blinds hitting the windowsills on windier days.

If you have young children, curtains might be more comfortable for them to toggle with compared to blinds. A loose cord from the blinds may also be dangerous when left unsecured. However, there are solutions to secure your blind cords. Fixed in window cords ensure that the base of the window cord is locked and screwed into a permanent fixture. Cordless or motorised blinds can also be used.

Consult Expert

Choosing the perfect blinds or curtains may be daunting, but visiting your interior designer may help ease the process. This might reduce the burden of ensuring the blinds and curtains match the overall aesthetic of your home. Whatever your choice is, whether it be curtains, blinds, or a combination of both, they both offer a touch of comfort and will complete your home.

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