It’s time to decorate the nursery. You’ll be spending a lot of time in there with your bundle of joy and you want your window treatments to make your job as easy as possible when it comes to bed time, nap time and even play time. We take a look at what window treatments will
It’s time to decorate the nursery. You’ll be spending a lot of time in there with your bundle of joy and you want your window treatments to make your job as easy as possible when it comes to bed time, nap time and even play time. We take a look at what window treatments will work best.
Curtains or Blinds?
There’s not a clear cut answer to this question. It depends on several issues and personal preference. Examining the two we find there are advantages and disadvantages for both.
Many children have been hurt with the cords that operate the curtains or blinds. Motorized and remote control blinds were introduced in the 1980’s. Although pricey, it is an option worth considering for your child’s safety. A less costly, but just as effective option is cordless blinds. Cordless blinds have been around for several years now. The cord was replaced with a wand that is usually out of reach for the child. Whatever you choose, safety should be the first consideration.
Generally, a window treatment is intended to protect privacy and control lighting in the room. Both blinds and curtains will protect privacy equally well. However, lighting is better controlled with blinds than curtains. Blinds can be adjusted to control how much light comes into the room and where the light is directed. Curtains tend to be either open or closed, shielding all light or flooding the room with light.
If you are going for a vintage look in the nursery, you might want to use curtains. Although blinds were used first historically, we tend to think of sweet, soft coloured curtains when we think ‘vintage’. If trying to achieve a minimal and clean style (to counteract the mess of the room when your little one gets a bit older!), blinds might be a better option.
There is much controversy over this point – which requires greater care, curtains or blinds? Some believe that curtains collect dust and are therefore can make a child prone to allergies. However, there are just as many that claim dust falls on the blinds, making them just as dusty. What is true, however, is that most blinds (such as blockout roller blinds or aluminium venetian blinds) are usually made from material that is easier to wipe down, whereas fabric curtains must be taken down and machine washed. If you do opt for curtains it’s best to keep them short, coming only as far as the windowsill rather than floor length, as this will keep them away from sticky little fingers.
Pairing curtains and blinds has becoming popular in the last few years. It is the best of both worlds. The blinds take care of the functionality and the curtains soften the look of the room. There are some other options too. Consider outdoor shutters, for example, which will also keep the room cooler if you live in a hot climate, providing shade outside the window rather than inside. The options for a beautiful and functional nursery are endless. When it comes to choosing window treatment, you are only limited by your imagination.