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Are Drapes Outdated and Out of Style?

Curtains can be the jewelry on the windows.

Blinds and shades seem to be the go-to window covering of the era. Due in part to their budget-friendly cost and their functionality, they are an easy solution to most window-covering dilemmas. But because they are structured and quite architectural in design, they do not contribute to the warmth of a room like fabric does; it is their main disadvantage when designing a room. The position that curtains are outdated can be tempered when the advantages of curtains are examined.


Curtains serve specific functions; they can block all light from entering a room when lined, and they can reduce heat loss and heat gain in a room as much as twice as effectively as a blind. Motorization of curtains removes the problem of moving large curtains by hand, or installing curtains on high or hard-to-reach windows. Some windows are too large for off-the-shelf manufactured blinds. Some windows do not lend themselves well, style-wise or functionally, to blinds and shades, such as oversized sliding glass doors or wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. Only custom-made shades can be used on some of these excessively large windows, and the cost of them could be much more than a fabric curtain.


The design aesthetic of this century is “less is more,” and it manifests in curtain styles that are simpler than in past years. Even as recently as the early ’90s, swags, ruffles and multiple layers were common window treatments. However, classic design and superior workmanship allow the fabric to be the star of the treatment. Just like a short Chanel jacket, classic pleated drapes never go out of style, can be dressed up or down, and never lose their functionality. Overdressed, overlayered curtains that match the overused wall borders are, indeed, outdated.


Advancements in fabric manufacturing have produced easy-care, man-made fabrics that look like expensive natural-fiber fabrics such as dupioni silk or textured natural linen. The new fabrics hang well, are easy to clean, have budget-conscious price tags, and are often resistant to sun-fade. Some have built-in blackout properties, removing the necessity of a separate lining.


Used in conjunction with manufactured blinds and shades, curtains typically provide additional coverage while adding decor panache. A sparsely furnished room is instantly warmed with the addition of curtains, either as functioning window treatments or as side panels for decoration only

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https://www.atlantadiscountblinds.com/contact-us/The selections of colors were far better than other companies that I spoke to and the service was great. During this trying time Mark came out and installed the shades in the house in about 15 minutes. Thank you so much David

I almost always get three estimates when considering a large project (expense) but my second estimate, with Dave, was my second and my last. Dave was easy to talk to on the phone and we scheduled a visit that worked for us. He brought tons of samples and explained the difference between them, offering suggestions without being pushy. He measured all of our windows, 23 in all plus a door, while we poured over the many samples. We decided on which shades we liked and he gave us an estimate right on the spot. With the previous estimate, I waited two days to get it via email and was then very disappointed. We agreed on a price with Dave and two weeks later, Mark, the installation professional, arrived on time and had the shades up, all 23 windows and 1 door, in under two hours. He did an excellent job, moved the furniture that needed to be moved, put it all back exactly as it was and he cleaned up everything. We could not be happier with the entire process, start to finish. The price was extremely reasonable and the product was perfect for our needs. Thank you Dave and Mark. We have no windows left to do, but if we did, we would most certainly have Atlanta Discount Blinds again!! Thank you!

Dave and Mark did a great job from start to finish. Dave came by the house with so many options for my new townhouse windows. I chose the dual shades in white for a softer, modern and minimal look. Mark installed the shades (and blinds for my terrace) very quickly and impeccably. He gave me a tutorial on how to use the powerwand (worth every penny)! I love my new custom shades and blinds. Highly recommend Dave and Mark. Awesome team, professional and great value. Thank you!

We are very pleased with the work done to install our honeycomb blinds! Before contacting Atlanta Discount Blinds we got estimates from a couple of other places and Atlanta Discount Blinds beat them out by a lot. We will definitely contact them for any future work for window treatments. Thank you!

Thanks Dave and Atlanta Discount Blinds. We love our new shades!  They are beautiful, functional, and let just enough light in.  Thank you for your awesome customer service. 

Ruthie in Canton at Bridge Mill

Buying Blinds from Atlanta Discount Blinds was a great choice. Dave and Mark were always friendly and helpful. Very professional and knowledgeable about your blind needs. Fast and efficient from measuring to install. Highly recommend this team. 

Dave came out to my fathers Chiropractic office within the timeframe of us opening the new office. Not only does Dave and Cindy have the pricing that nobody can beat but they went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we got nothing but the best service in the industry. Thank you Dave! 

I have used this company twice and have been satisfied with their work. Dave is helpful and knowledgeable and the installation process is fast and efficient.

From the quote to the install everything was handled with professionalism. The blinds are beautiful and for a beautiful price 🙂 Thanks Dave and team!

Dave came to our home on time and was a wonderful help to us as we tried to get some window treatments for our new custom home in Sandy Springs. I was so happy to have such a personable, friendly experience. He did a great job measuring the windows and offering us lots of elegant options for the windows. I will definitely use him again.

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