Figuring out your lighting plan is crucial for the success of your home design. While artificial light plays a huge role in this, natural light is just as important. That’s where blinds, shades, curtains and other window coverings and treatments come in, allowing you to control the amount of light that streams into your living spaces.
But choosing between all these different options can be confusing—what’s the difference between blinds and shades? When should you opt for curtains instead of blinds? What’s the deal with window films? We spoke to industry experts Jei Leong from mc.2 and C.K. Wong from Recherche Furnishings to get their expert insight on the topic.
When it comes to blinds, you can essentially choose between four styles: Venetian, roller, vertical and rainbow. Jei shares with us that the Venetian style is the most popular one in Singapore “due to its functionality, simple design and low cost.” C.K. agrees, adding that Venetian blinds provide “great control of the light while maintaining privacy.” Let’s then have a closer look at all four styles.
Venetian blinds (which historically originated from Persia and were then traded through Venice) come with adjustable slats, which can be moved into each homeowner’s preferred position, achieving a more natural flow of light in the home. “There is generally a huge range of materials and designs to choose from, allowing for more variety,” Jei tells us. This large selection of materials can quickly become overwhelming when shopping, but our experts have some advice to get you started.
C.K. and Jei both recommend opting for PVC blinds in the toilet as the material is waterproof. Jei continues that wooden Venetian blinds are optimal for relaxing living spaces due to their “Zen” aesthetic, while C.K. adds that wood is a great choice in most rooms as the material “will not deteriorate much in our hot and sunny climate.”
But Venetian blinds overall do have some downsides as well, Jei confides, telling us that “they are difficult to maintain, clean and most of the time won’t be able to fully block out sunlight if you’re aiming for a very dark interior.”
In comparison with their Venetian counterpart, roller blinds are “easier to maintain and naturally more affordable,” Jei shares. However, C.K. adds, “they are either open or closed,” with no in-between option for soft lighting, making them much less adaptable.
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