Curtains are fabric panels that are most often sold in pairs. You’ll find curtains in a wide range of widths, lengths, fabrics, colors, and patterns, making them a versatile and popular choice for every room of the home, even bathrooms and kitchens. Curtains hang from a rod, which can be hidden and plain or decorative and on display, depending on how the curtains are hung. There are quite a few hanging options, including metal grommets, metal or fabric rings, or a fabric sleeve on the top or the back of the curtain panels are the most common.
Blinds lift up and down with a cord or lifting mechanism like shades do, they differ in that blinds are not a solid length of fabric. Rather, they are made of wood, bamboo, aluminum, or vinyl slats, also called louvers, that tilt open to let in light, or close for privacy. Because of this, it’s rarely necessary to lift the entire blind unless you are opening the window underneath. Blinds come in many colors and many wood tones but are not normally patterned. As they block out light very effectively, blinds are a good choice for the bedroom. Topping them with sheer curtains or a valance softens their rigid appearance, which can be somewhat bland on its own.