When to Use Curtains vs Shades on Windows

When to use curtains vs shades on windows?  Here is how to add character and charm to your home with window treatments.  Let's answer the question when is the right time to use curtains versus shades on your windows.  Not only do window treatments add so much to the look and feel of your home they have a variety of functions.  

The decision to add curtains or shades to your windows depends on several factors, including your personal preference, the style of your home, the amount of natural light you want to let in, and the level of privacy you need.

Reasons to Add Curtains

Curtains are a popular choice to add a decorative touch to a room and creating a cozy atmosphere. They come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and fabrics, allowing you to customize the look of your space. It is a great way to be creative in your home and show your style especially when they are used as decorative pieces.  

You can elevate curtains with a decorative rod.  A decorative rod adds so much to the esthetics in your home.  If you are installing working curtains use gorgeous curtain hooks.  They make opening and closing much easier, plus they are pretty.  

Curtains are also great for providing privacy, especially if you opt for thicker fabrics or blackout curtains. They can be easily opened or closed to adjust the amount of natural light in the room.

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I have these beautiful curtains in several places in my home.  They are a great price, the perfect amount of weight and look good in so many spaces.  I found them at Ikea.  I'm not a huge Ikea shopper but had heard about them so I drove over and picked them up.  I've since purchased more for other rooms in our home.  I am not affiliated with Ikea but because I love them so much here is the link to the Ritva curtains.  

A Variety of Shades

The styles, shapes and designs of shades are endless.  Usually if you are adding shades to a window it's for privacy or to block. the sunlight.  Lighter shades like bamboo will block some light but you will still be able to see through them.

There are so many options, roller, roman, bamboo or plantation shutters.

Shades are a practical option for controlling the amount of light that enters a room.  They come in a variety of materials, including sheer, semi-sheer, and blackout. They are an excellent choice for rooms where you need more control over the amount of light and privacy, such as a child's bedroom or bathroom.

Ultimately, the decision to add curtains or shades to your windows will depend on your personal preferences and the specific needs of your space. You may even choose to combine both curtains and shades to create a layered look and maximize the benefits of both options.  Check out these beautiful bamboo blinds / shades.  They are custom made for your window size.  

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Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters serve a double purpose.  They are practical, keeping out the light and providing privacy.  Plus they are so pretty.  Because they fit in the window they can be seen outside you home, creating beautiful curb appeal.   

They are practical, giving you all the privacy you will need and can be adjusted for light.  Most of them have a variety of options to let in or block light.  

Here are the 5 benefits of plantation shutters.

1.  Plantation shutters can be adjusted to allow in natural light while still maintaining privacy. They can be opened fully to let in maximum light or closed tightly to block out all light.

2.  Plantation shutters can help to insulate your home, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This can lead to lower energy bills and a more comfortable living environment.

3.  Plantation shutters are typically made from high-quality materials such as hardwood or PVC, which makes them long-lasting and resistant to wear and tear. They are timeless and can be enjoyed for many years, making it worth the investment.

4.  Plantation shutters are easy to clean and maintain. They can be wiped down with a damp cloth or dusted with a soft brush. 

5.  Plantation shutters are a stylish window treatment that can add a classic and elegant look to any room. They come in a variety of styles and finishes to match any decor.

All of these reasons make plantation shutters one of my favorite window treatments.   Here is a link to custom made plantation shutters available on Amazon. 

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Curtains vs Shades

Shades and curtains can be used strictly as decor, but they can also serve a practical purpose.  You start by deciding the need, decorative or practical.  When looking for decorative you can be really creative with patterns and curtain rods.  Decorative shades are also fun to incorporate in your home.  

There are so many textures and colors available.  A beautifully decorated window adds a lot of style to your home.   If you want a minimalism look keep the colors and patterns simple.  I have kept the decorative curtains in my living space simple in color and patterns.  


Decorative or practical shades are a great way to add texture to your home.  If you are wanting to control light, create privacy or insulation to your space shades would be the best choice. 

If you are looking for something decorative curtains are the way to go. There are black out curtains that will manage the light, give you privacy and offer insulation.  

The curtains in my home are decorative.   The bamboo shades are practical blocking out a touch of sun but they are also decorative. Blocking the morning sun but also keeping the view. Any of my windows that require privacy and sun protection have roman shades or plantation shutters.   

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