Blinds or Curtains for Your Living Room? Here’s How To Choose

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Your living room is probably one of the rooms in your home you use most. It’s usually the first area guests notice upon entering and where your family gathers for game night, watching TV, or catching up with friends.

Window treatments, like custom window shades by The Blind Broker, don’t just block out light and ensure privacy — they enhance the look and quality of your living room. You might also consider blinds or curtains for the living room, as they’re two of the most popular options. But which one should you go with?

Blinds vs. Curtains: What’s the Difference?

Before deciding on blinds or curtains for the living room, you’ll want to know their distinguishing characteristics:

  • Blinds consist of tiltable slats made from hard materials like wood or aluminum that control the light entering your home. Blinds fit inside the window frame, making them popular for custom-fitted window treatments.
  • Curtains are made of fabric and provide an elegant window treatment option to soften the space. Unlike blinds, curtains hang over windows on the inside, meaning they cover more surface area than blinds.

Reasons To Choose Blinds

More Budget-Friendly

Room blinds tend to be less expensive than curtains, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious homeowners. This extends to installation times, which can take as little as 10 minutes when hiring a professional.


Blinds are easier to clean than curtains thanks to their harder surface material, so removing dust and stains is relatively straightforward.


In addition to being affordable and easy to maintain, blinds are incredibly durable. This means you can easily get more mileage out of wooden blinds, for example, than curtains that may rip or wear out at a faster rate.

Better Light Control

Blinds are the superior option when it comes to controlling or blocking light. This can be useful during bright, hot summer days when you crave a cooler, dimmer environment.

Reasons To Choose Curtains

Superior Insulation

Curtains provide superior insulation thanks to their softer, thicker material. Depending on your chosen fabric, curtains can retain heat about 23% better than blinds.

More Flexible Designs

Curtains offer more customization than blinds, thanks to a broader range of materials, colors, and patterns. These can give your room a more graceful appearance than blinds.

Using Blinds and Curtains Together

If you want the best of both worlds, you can use blinds and curtains on your windows. Curtains and blinds can work great together by combining the benefits of light control with a wider selection of color and pattern options for your window treatment.

Choose Custom Window Treatments From The Blind Broker

Whether you decide on blinds or curtains for living rooms, The Blind Broker has several options for you to choose from. With over 40 years of combined experience, our team brings quality and expertise to every project for your satisfaction.

Contact The Blind Broker today at (636) 970 7283 to receive free in-house consultation with one of our professional designers, who can teach you the benefits of using custom blinds and help you realize your living room’s potential!

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Melissa Jepsen

As the experienced owner of The Blind Broker St. Louis, she leads the team with a focus on quality products, personalized services, and decades of expertise in window treatments.

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