What are blinds and curtains

Curtains, blinds, blinds or shutters: what should be in front of the window?

What should be in front of the window: curtains, blinds, roller blinds, shutters, sliding curtains or pleated blinds? There is a large selection, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. But what are the differences and peculiarities? We present you all the information about these window decorations (that's what the experts call it).

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By the way, good window decoration fulfills three essential tasks:

  1. Sun protection: It protects the room and the furniture from too much sunlight and darkens it at night if necessary.
  2. Privacy screen: As a privacy screen, it gives the residents privacy and protects them from prying eyes.
  3. Design: Ultimately, it is an effective design element in interior design and should optimally complement the respective room and its function.

In the following you will find details, ideas and tips on curtains, blinds, roller blinds, shutters, sliding curtains and pleated blinds.

1. Curtains: Not so "grandma-like" at all

The curtain is, so to speak, the classic among window decorations. It consists of two parts - the store and the decorative scarf.

The store is a semi-transparent, mostly white or at least very light curtain that can be pulled shut and shields glances from outside. The decorative scarf, which is attached to the side of the window, primarily serves a decorative purpose. However, it can also be mounted in such a way that the two lengths of fabric can be pulled towards the middle.

A curtain rod or a thin steel cable is used for suspension. Both are attached to the wall or ceiling with a bracket.

For a long time, curtains were considered to be bourgeois and "grandma-like" and completely wrongly. But with fine cotton fabrics or natural linen, they give modern rooms a soft, casual look.

Practical tip for curtains: If you turn on a small table lamp between the store and the window in the dark, you keep unwanted glances outside, even without closing your scarves.

2. Blinds: slats perfect for the study

The blind has adjustable slats so that the incidence of light from outside can be perfectly regulated. It offers protection from sunlight and unwanted looks and can be raised or lowered with the help of a pull cord.

In order to bring the slats into the correct position, there is a so-called turning bar. A blind can be attached directly to the window frame - either with screws or with a clamp bracket for hanging. Alternatively also directly in the window reveal.

The slats are available in different widths, made of different materials, for example aluminum, plastic or wood, and in countless colors.

Since most blinds still get light into the room despite the slats being closed, they are less suitable for a bedroom that needs to be completely darkened.

They score points in the study by providing glare-free daylight at the workplace, depending on the angle of inclination of the slats, without darkening the room too much.

3. Roller blinds: sun protection and privacy protection

A roller blind is both sun and privacy protection and is easy and convenient to use. It is stretched smoothly either laterally by a rope guide or at the bottom by a weight at the hem. So it does not swing back and forth in front of the window - for example in a light (draft) wind.

It is mounted on the wall, on the ceiling or directly on the window frame. Caution: the thicker and heavier the fabric, the thicker the roller blind is when rolled up.

The choice of fabrics is huge. It is advisable to match the color of the roller blind to the room design. If you want it to stay more discreetly in the background, a neutral white is a good alternative. Depending on where it is used, the fabric can be coated. In the bathroom to make it water-repellent. In the bedroom so that it is opaque.

By the way: The homely variant of the classic roller blind is the folding or Roman roller blind. It is operated with a side pull and, when pulled up, lies in soft decorative folds. This makes it look more like a curtain and makes the room more cozy.

4. Shutter: suitable for almost every shape of window

American shutters have been very en vogue for a few years and provide that holiday feeling in your own four walls. In principle, these are internal shutters with or without a vertical push rod. They are available in various slat widths and regulate the incidence of light and, originally, the air supply in interior rooms.

Depending on the type of wood and color, you can give the room a completely different atmosphere: Dark wood perfectly underlines the exotic colonial style. Light woods create a Mediterranean look. Painted white, they are reminiscent of the stylish holiday homes on Long Island.

Shutters are suitable for almost every window shape, and round, sloping or triangular windows can also be clad very elegantly with them. If they are made of plastic, they offer an attractive solution for window cladding in damp rooms.

Other possible uses: They can also be installed excellently as room dividers or doors in front of walk-in wardrobes.

5. Sliding curtains: potential room dividers

With sliding curtains, wafer-thin vertical strips of fabric serve as protection from the sun and unwanted views. Particularly wide window fronts benefit from their puristic look, because a different form of decoration can quickly appear bulky and overloaded.

Sliding curtains are attached to a rail system with Velcro. The floor-length lengths of fabric, which are available in different widths, are weighted down at the lower hem so that they hang down smoothly. Since several tracks can be installed one behind the other and next to each other, there are a wide variety of possible combinations in terms of fabrics and colors.

Depending on the coating, they are dirt-repellent or washable. The strictness of this system is lifted by varied color and material combinations or eye-catching patterns. Punched out motifs ensure great interplay of light and shadow.

Another highlight: sliding curtains can also be used excellently as room dividers or as a replacement for wardrobe doors.

6. Pleated blinds: accordion in front of the window

The pleated blind is a real all-rounder - it offers privacy and sun protection and, thanks to its rail system, can only cover individual areas of the window if necessary. It is installed either on the window frame or directly on the window glass, accurate to the millimeter.

If it is tightly clamped, it can be operated from both sides, i.e. from above and below. You can pull the folds apart as far as you want like an accordion.

Particularly charming: this technique also enables the combination of several fabrics. For example, a translucent and a darkening fabric can be braced together. Depending on requirements and the time of day, more or less daylight enters the room. Two different colors can also be combined with one another so that the window can be accentuated to match the color scheme in the room.

Another plus: even with difficult window shapes, for example triangles or round arches, the pleated blind can be perfectly fitted.

Energy saving tip: In the so-called honeycomb pleated blind, the folds consist of air chambers that keep the heat in the room and thus save heating costs.