Mixing Window Treatments with Curtains
Window treatments are integral to the style statement of any home décor. That’s why the choice of blinds can make or break the appeal of your room as they not only block out excessive sunlight and provide you more privacy, but they also constitute the fundamental and functional ingredient of decking up any window. You can enhance these benefits of blinds even more by layering them with curtains.. In fact, curtains introduce an element of finesse and elegance to the blinds. But to make a distinctive design, you should be careful in choosing color, pattern, or texture of the curtains so that they blend with blinds as well as the decor in the rest of your home.
Blinds complemented by curtains help you add a distinctive aura to your room. Whether you choose vertical blinds, wood/faux wood blinds, cellular blinds, venetian blinds or plain simple shutters, the right kind of curtains help give a complete, contemporary and chic look to your windows.
Plantation Shutters & Curtains
If you have opted for plantation shutters and wondering whether to go for curtains or not, here are some ideas to resolve your dilemma and add to the warm and snug feel of your interiors:
Do Plantation Shutters Need Drapes for Functionality?
Plantation shutters keep you in control of the flow of sunlight and privacy; they offer privacy from the outside while allowing you to let the required amount of light in. They not only provide an excellent defense against the sun but are quite durable and simple to operate too. Enhancing the value of your home, they can be easily adjusted to let in more or less light. They are highly energy-efficient as they help insulate windows and doors.
Plantation Shutters are self-sufficient as address all your window-related concerns. They look stunning by themselves and you can forego plans of drapes to complement these shutters. Shutters look beautiful in any room and with their light controlling and privacy features they are a great choice of window treatment.
No Harm in Layering Shutters with Drapes
However, this does not mean that you cannot combine them with drapes. When you drape the shutters with curtains, they make for a vintage-inspired interior and make the window a focal point of the room. You can choose bold prints for curtains to juxtapose them with your window shutters to make a stunning picture. Whether you go for them in living rooms, bedrooms, or studies, you can make a distinct style statement, thanks to the look and privacy plantation shutters have to offer, and the design flexibility that comes with curtains. Drapes and curtains have a luxurious appeal oozing grace and elegance. Adding them to any other window treatment will only enhance their aesthetic appeal apart from adding functional value. Since Shutters address your privacy concerns you can experiment with drapes.
Plantation shutters make for an excellent choice for the bedroom where you wish to maximize privacy and control of light. These shutters snugly cover your windows and impart them with a chic look. To embellish the look of your windows, you can layer these blinds with sheer curtains. The result is incredible as these curtains create a magical effect with subtle hues.
It is ideal to combine formal printed patterns of plantation shutters with subtle shades of sheer curtains. The patterns of curtains can be matched to the wall for an ultimate symmetry. Sheer curtains enliven the entire wall by creating an awesome feel with incredible finesse and a nice play of colors.
Plantation shutters are very much preferred for bathroom windows too as they provide much-needed privacy. Easy to pull up and down, these blinds insulate the space against the extreme cold and heat. When blended with pretty curtains, these blinds dress up the bathroom to impart it a soft, subtle look. Take care to choose curtains that mix and match with shutters in your bathroom. A choice of matching curtains will no doubt uplift the beauty of your bathroom.
If chosen correctly, curtains do not distract from the plantation shutters, but rather help to frame and emphasize or enhance the window. The use of right kind of curtains comes particularly handy in case of motorized blinds that can be used to control the workings of your window treatments with a voice command. You can raise or lower your blinds as per the temperature, light, and time of the day to complement with the curtains selected by you.
How to Hang Drapes with Shutters
To achieve the right plantation shutter + curtain combination, you can choose to get the curtain rod installed above the window frame to customize the length of the drapery. The rod can be placed high above the shutters so that the drapery falls to the floor, giving it a picturesque look. You can push the curtains to the side when you want to open the shutters.
The curtain rod should be long enough to push the curtains all the way to the side to open the shutters. Generally, the curtain rod is mounted at a minimum six inches to the side and at least six inches above the window frame. In case you mount your curtain rod further closer to the ceiling, it will make your windows appear taller than they really are, adding visual height to your room, drawing the eye up as high as possible in the room. You may go as ambitious as to hang curtains 10 inches above the window, but given the space constraint between the window molding and the ceiling height, please go only as high and wide as possible.
In case you do not want hanging panels, you can install tiebacks or holdbacks on each side of the windows. Made of rope, fabric or another material, tiebacks are mounted to the sides of the window frames with a hook on the sides to hold the curtains together. A pelmet layered over voile curtains along with matching tie-backs can help you hide not-so-aesthetically sound vertical blinds or shutters. The choice of a geometric print with a Moroccan vibe or fresh and neutral colors creates a unique, sleek look.
If you want to layer shutters with drapes you can go right ahead. There are no questions of over-crowding or loss of aesthetics by doing so. It is however not mandatory because drapes are not required for functional reasons where you have shutters. It is purely for the dramatic impact it helps to create in the room.