Blinds are some of the best light control options you could have for a home. But they don’t need to work alone. With the right set of blinds and curtains, you may find that combining them elevates both your décor and your heat control options significantly. But one cannot just go around and start pairing blinds and curtains willy-nilly, not unless they want to be disappointed with the results! The process of buying curtains and blinds really is not that complex and allows a lot of room for your own choices, but there are a few variables that must be considered to avoid being stuck with a combination you won’t like So let’s talk about a few things you should and shouldn’t do when choosing blinds and curtains.
Blinds Come First
• The first step to choosing blinds, shades, drapes or curtains is to choose the blinds first
• These window covers need to have an adequate amount of light control, and choosing the blinds first will help you account for the kind of light control you need
• Given that your blind is sure to have some moving parts it is advisable to get that out of the way first before deciding upon what curtain you wish to use over them
• Blinds that can be raised and lowered vertically are the best option to make sure you can use both your blinds and curtains without them interfering with one another
• When choosing a curtain, make sure you get the right size and dimensions depending on your window
• It is also advisable to invest in a pelmet which will keep those moving parts out of sight while also giving your window a cleaner look
• Not only will a pelmet turn your windows and blinds into a single unit, but pelmets can be incredibly ornamental as well, which gives you an additional attractive option in the same room.
What Pairs and What Doesn’t
• When it comes down to actually choosing the designs or patterns you want in your home there are some effective suggestions we can offer that will help you pick
• Never pair patterned blinds and patterned curtains together. Patterned blinds and patterned curtains are some of the most beautiful options you can find but putting them together is not a wise option.
• Not only will patterned blinds and curtains clash with one another, they usually have a tendency to overpower the atmosphere in a room
• A good way to pair your curtains with window blinds would be to choose one pattern and one plain, this will cause them to complement and highlight one another, adding to the décor in your room
• We suggest you pick patterned curtains as opposed to blinds so you can enjoy them even when your blinds are up, but this is more of a personal preference than anything else
• A good way to color co-ordinate is to match the curtains and blinds to the color of the rod, so choose wisely
So that covers one window, what about the rest?
• While it is great to have uniformity, it is not as important when you get window coverings for the entire home
• This is because each room has different demands and will need different designs and light/temperature control requirements to ensure you have the best experience possible
• For example, you might want your bedroom to be dark and cozy but that may not work in your kitchen or study. You may want a light and airy living room as a contrast.
• If you’re using a blind and curtain combination in the kitchen, then make sure to consider the possibility of water-resistant blinds and fireproof curtains (if your window is actually right over your stove then perhaps curtains are unadvisable for use in that particular area)
• While this is a personal choice, it comes highly recommended as it brings more variety to your home and gives it a certain fashionable freshness
• Make sure to explore different themes and styles before you settle on what blinds or shades you want for which room.
So that covers the bare basics of choosing curtains and blinds. Not only do they brighten up a room, but they also work especially well with smaller windows by making them seem bigger than they really are (this only happens if you choose a wider set of window treatments). Installing your curtains at a height just a few inches below the ceiling will also make it look like your ceiling is higher than it really is.