When it comes to choosing window treatments for the home office, many people have issues deciding whether curtains or blinds are a better option. Truth be told, both of these options are great. However, if your room doesn’t get enough natural light, blinds are more suitable because they feature lighter colors and the materials are thinner. Curtains on the other hand, are thicker and are more appropriate in large, tall rooms. Before making any choices, let’s have a closer look at the following tips. Then you can decide which of these – curtains or blinds – you’d like to have installed in your home office.
Curtains and blinds – how do we decide?
In general, blinds refer to window treatments made of hard materials, such as vanes or slats. These are easy to adjust by remote control, manual pull cord, or wand. What we like most about blinds is that they adjust to our needs pretty well. In case you need more light into the office you can easily open them up or pull them up entirely. There are all kinds of blinds available in the marketplace – horizontal, vertical, striped, blinds with thicker or thinner slats and more. It’s up to you to decide whether these can fit into the décor of your home office or not.
As far as curtains are concerned, these are made of fabric – cotton, damask, silk, etc. They feature all kinds of patterns and colors, and they’re usually meant to keep too much light at bay. If you’re office is positioned by the window and the intense light doesn’t let you work, then a nice set of curtains will bring things back to normal. Quality materials are the best because they don’t shred; furthermore, when buying curtains make sure they fit the width and length of your window.
Some would say that curtains are more suitable for a home office because they fill up a room, making it seem chic and modern. Others on the other hand, are fond of the old-fashioned sense of style. Blinds have a vintage-like allure that many homeowners like. They’re more convenient than curtains, easy to fold and quite alluring when matched with a suitable décor. Curtains are not encouraged if you have a home office that’s small with small windows. Rather than cover everything up, you need to create structure with blinds by shaping only the windows, without “cutting” from the walls as well.
Blinds make rooms feel “naked”
In some case, this can be true. Because they don’t cover the walls and don’t touch the ground, blinds might make your office seem rather dull and empty. But then again, if you don’t want to overcrowd your space and leave it looking spacious, then stick to blinds. However, ditch neutral shades and go for livelier variants of baby blue with golden accents, burgundy and yellow, or purple with lilac. Place flower pots by the windows to make them look less “naked”, and make sure there’s an additional plant on the floor as well. It will fill up the places too, and your office won’t seem boring anymore.
Curtains or blinds, or both?
If you can’t make up your mind and choose between blinds and curtains, then you should do both. However, to create balance and not make the windows seem overly crowded, your need to rethink your options. In this case, light blinds in hues of beige, white and pastel pink are advised; that’s because we need a stronger color for the curtains. To maximize privacy and not overload the windows, you might want to go for cellular shades. These are opaque and they’re ideal in home offices where you don’t want to have a lot of sun. As for curtains, it’s always best to stick to simpler models and patterns. To add height, striped curtains might seem like the best choices; and for some width, curtains with thick, horizontal stripes can instantly widen your space and make it feel more breathable and fresh.
Whatever you choose – curtains, blinds, or both – just make sure to use your creativity as well to make the home office your own. The web is filled with DIY projects and tutorials. Use them and transform your personal space into a productive work nook.
By Charles Goodwin and VanessaArbuthnott.co.uk!