Can we discuss blinds vs. curtains (or other window treatments, such as shades) - benefits and drawbacks of each, what people think and why, whether it's about cleaning them, or their costs, or their durability, or their safety, or attractiveness? Energy efficiency (I know curtains can insulate windows, don't know about blinds)?
Dh and I disagree about window coverings.
When we bought our home, it came with vinyl blinds on all the windows, and we have just left them there. We replaced the windows themselves, but haven't completed the interior remodel part yet. Once we do that, we need to decide what to do with the window coverings. During the day, our windows are opaque from the outside (a glaze on them?) and people can't see in, but obviously at night, people would see right into the house if we didn't have window coverings of some sort. I am inclined toward simple curtains which could be closed in the late afternoon/evening (I could make them) -- dh is interested in the blinds that raise from the bottom up, and are "double blinds." (?)
He loves blinds - I prefer curtains. His style is very minimalist/modern, and I think that's where his blind preference comes in. Simple curtains (think like a shower curtain almost) seem as minimalist to me, but far easier to clean. Since he's not cleaning the blinds, he doesn't notice that part of it.
This is what he wants (some version of these) - his Dad just got some last year, they look and act like blinds to me although the sites call them "shades." Also curious whether people have experience with them and how they are for cleaning:
I suppose we should throw Roman Shades into the discussion too - perhaps those would be a compromise that would work in our home. Thoughts on cleaning, purchasing, installing Roman shades?
I *hate* cleaning blinds! I haven't tried taking these down and washing them in the tub, maybe that would be easier - but I've read on some sites that it's not recommended, on other sites that the metal/vinyl blinds can be washed that way. I hate taking my damp cleaning rag (vinegar water) and rubbing down both sides of the blind slat, and there's always a little collection of dust along the threads of the blinds no matter what I do. Perhaps, if I dusted more frequently, this wouldn't be such a chore. But frankly, I know my cleaning style - I have a sister whose hobby is house-cleaning, and that's not me. I have other priorities, and while I try to keep my house clean, dusting my blinds weekly is just never going to make it on the to-do list. Taking curtains down and washing them every 3 months seems much, much more manageable!
Also, it seems to me that blinds are flimsy and easily bent; or the strings for pulling them up 'knot,' and only one side will draw up for awhile, or the strings that control the slats will break/snap. It's not that I'm rough with them or that the kids are rough with them - for whatever reason, many of our blinds have something blocking much direct access to them (other than turning them open/closed) - whether that's a desk or a low dresser or the kids' play table or etc. BUT, we have several blinds where some of the slats are bent and/or strings have busted so that there are lapses in whether the blinds fully close at night..... I remember an old roman shade at my Grandma's house which was also very temperamental, that said, it was OLD back then and I am nearly 40 so I'm sure that the mechanisms have improved since then.
Soooo - what are peoples' thoughts on blinds/curtains/roman shades/OTHER? Let's discuss!