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POLL: Curtains or Blinds?

Tom Flanagan
5 years ago
last modified: 5 years ago
We've been debating the merits of blinds vs curtains here at Houzz UK, but now it's time to hear what our community thinks!
Are you a fan of dressing your windows with curtains or do you prefer the simplicity of blinds? What have you opted for in your home?

Vote and let us know your decision!
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Comments (83)

  • Emmeline Westin
    5 years ago
    Tough one! I like curtains in some rooms and blinds in others. Having said that, those blinds look really, really nice!
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    Lynnwood Interiors
    4 years ago

    I prefer the blinds as the over long curtains look very untidy.

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    The Great Shutter Co. Ltd.
    4 years ago

    Blinds are great but shutters are even more versatile.

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    Paul Christian
    4 years ago

    roman blinds work so well in most areas and will be in fashion for years to come

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    MsJacqueline
    4 years ago

    I think it depends on the room and the overall look your going for. I'm loving the voile roman blinds and curtains on the outside look at the moment. But I think it really depends on the room layout.

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    Docklands Bathrooms
    4 years ago

    I like the straight lines and neatness blinds can offer. Although I like rounded edge chairs and other piece of furniture, prefer straight lines on windows.

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    Grants Bespoke Blinds and Shutters
    4 years ago

    We like Blinds for Shaped Windows;

    Motorised Honeycell Blackout Blinds have been fitted to this bedroom gable window with stunning effect




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    Walk Interior Architecture & Design
    4 years ago

    the sooner architects & builders get over the 'trend' for glazed apex's the better. they look great externally but always pose problems for bedroom window treatments. these blinds are clever - but expensive and ideally better to side step the need in the first place. they don't increase the view - only add light in a bedroom?

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    Highbury Design Ltd
    4 years ago

    personally I think the only blinds that look ok are 'Perfect Fit'- when pleateds are done as in the photos they usually look pretty disastrous in reality in my 30-year experience (we've never done them this way!)... Italian-strung curtains look good but clients who have fully glazed apexes usually don't want curtains.

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    Black Oak Builders Ltd.
    4 years ago
    last modified: 4 years ago

    This one is really a toughie! Curtains can bring so much to any room and are much easier to maintain than blinds. Saying that, blinds can be as spectacular as it gets. For me curtains everywhere but the office.

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    e-Hardware
    4 years ago
    Tough one as the out of the photos the blinds are better but in most spaces curtains look better.
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    Laura Felicity Design
    4 years ago

    Love both! Depends on the type and style of the room.

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    Sara Agar Interiors
    4 years ago

    They both work - depends on your own preference and style along with the look you are trying to create.

  • nappies
    4 years ago
    I think both have there beauty
    I've done many ways With both
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    Acme Blinds
    4 years ago


    Both can be functional and also make your window beautiful.

  • Tess Wijy
    4 years ago
    I love conservatory blinds, you can bring them down from the top and from the bottom, making you decide how much privacy you need letting in light. you can use them anywhere in the home.
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    Estilo Design Dublin
    4 years ago

    I prefer the luxury of interlined curtains but it really depends on the space and style of window.

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    Let It Be Sew
    4 years ago

    Interlined blinds give luxury to any room

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    Create Perfect
    4 years ago

    like many of you.. i would say it depends on the window, the user and of course the view.. but for me, nothing beats a gorgeous white voile letting light shine into the space whilst still offering privacy.

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    Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home
    4 years ago

    It depends on the windows - in your photo of the roman blinds the windows are shorter so blinds is ofcourse the best option. For a doorway - like in your curtain photo, curtains are ofcourse best. I like to use both sometimes to make a focal point of a window - and it also helps to keep out drafts in an old house. Blending the two can also give you an opportunity to combine two fabric prints that complement one another. Our collections by colour at zoeglencross.com illustrate how to blend your fabrics for a balanced scheme. www.zoeglencross.com

    Zoe


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    Pamela Langbridge Curtains and Upholstery
    4 years ago

    The curtains give a very cluttered at this window. They also make the window look very narrow. The blinds are a good example of how to dress a kitchen window.

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    Laurel House Interiors
    4 years ago

    I produce both Curtains and blinds as there is as much demand for both.

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    s2 design . architects
    4 years ago
    last modified: 4 years ago

    blinds are so much tidier when they're open

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    DUNNE AND NUGENT BLINDS AND CURTAINS LTD
    4 years ago

    ROMAN BLINDS ARE A BEAUTIFUL SOLUTION FOR SMALL ROOMS THAT NEED TO TO HAVE ITS SPACE OPENED UP.

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    Jessica Higgins Interiors
    4 years ago

    Very difficult to say....depends on window, feel required and house style

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    Bolton Blinds
    4 years ago

    As a company who sells both curtain and blinds we have an experience that different people go for different products.

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    Cotton Tree Interiors
    4 years ago

    Always have floor length, never sill! Romans over rollers generally but each client is different ...

  • Aron
    4 years ago

    Nice Romans but not fond of curtain heading

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    Curtains.com
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    It's a common discussion, why don't you try and look at our website?

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    Duo Interior Design Ltd
    3 years ago

    Depends. Blinds are more contemporary and curtains can make the room look cosier.

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    Hehku
    3 years ago

    Depends on the room but more often than not blinds.

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    Ruler Interior Design
    3 years ago

    I love to see blinds in a bedroom, with curtain voiles to finish it off!

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    NORR11
    3 years ago

    I prefer Blinds!

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    Perring Design Limited
    3 years ago

    depends on the window

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    Pamela Langbridge Curtains and Upholstery
    3 years ago

    I would like to have seen pelmets over the roman blinds to hide the side view of the headrails and give a neater finish. The curtains are not hanging well and maybe needed interlining and a tie back so they draped better

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    Ratcliff & Burridge Construction Ltd
    3 years ago

    Prefer curtains as blinds collect too much dust!

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    Isidora Markovic
    3 years ago

    It all depends on the room and the look you are after, but I feel like curtains are harder to get right. Big fan of louvred shutters

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    Hummerston Ward
    3 years ago

    Definitely blinds.

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    STIL HAVEN INTERIORS
    3 years ago

    Depends on the room, I love luxurious curtains in a big airy room! Blinds are great for windows.

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    Ergonomic Office Solutions
    3 years ago

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    Definitely blinds with such a wide range of styles and finishes available, beats curtains everytime

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    A-Joiner
    3 years ago

    Prefer blinds to curtains as they give a much more modern and cleaner look.

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    AJS Estates Ltd
    3 years ago

    Much prefer the blinds

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    Wildcroft Interiors
    3 years ago

    I spend time with my clients looking at the window style to decide whether curtains or roman blinds are more suitable


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    Ergonomic Office Solutions
    3 years ago

    There is room for both I guess depending on the look you want, maybe in a traditional lounge environment drapes / curtains may look better in a home office blinds shutters may be more contemporary, where also light, heat and glare need to be considered, check our web site

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    KRA Visionary Project Partners
    3 years ago

    Blinds - always have a better variety of choice and style.

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    VLS Curtain Makers LTD
    3 years ago

    It really depends on the shape/size of the window and the style/age/location of the property. For instance we would not recommed putting toile de jouy swags and tails in a modern London apartment. Blinds suit a certain style of room/window/decor compared to that of curtains. That said however it is still possible to have both together and look good. I think the simple answer is put up what YOU want and like

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    Wildcroft Interiors
    3 years ago

    Totally agree with VLS Curtain Makers Ltd. Whether you choose curtains or blinds to dress a window they should be what you like and want, suit the property and your lifestyle. I have clients with pets who would rather have a blind so that the fabric doesn't get covered in dog hair, whereas other clients prefer to have curtains trailing across the floor simply because they like the look and it suits how they live and the style of the property as well as their other furnishings.


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    The Blind Shop
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    We're called The Blind Shop so blinds all the way! Simple, modern, functional.

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    No Naked Windows
    3 years ago

    It depends entirely on the room and the look you are trying to achieve, however our personal favourite at the moment is unlined linen curtains, in whatever colour fits.

  • Bonnie 99
    3 years ago

    I voted for curtains, but i like both, just depends whats in the room! :)

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