Using Blinds and Curtains Together
It doesn’t have to be a case of either or when it comes to blinds and curtains; the smart people know that they can create some great looks and effects by combining the two. You can’t just throw the two elements together and hope for the best, though; you need to do it wisely, so here’s how.
Choose your blinds carefully
There are literally hundreds of different combinations of sizes, styles, materials, fabrics and designs to choose from, so it’s worth having a word with bespoke suppliers like Make My Blinds to get some advice. You need to look at the size of the room you’ll be decorating, the colour scheme you’ll be using and what function your blinds will be fulfilling.
The colour is important. You could have a neutral colour on the walls and a vibrant or deep red for your blinds. Then again, you could have a sky blue overall theme for the room and then add a pop of yellow on your windows – instant sunshine!
Watch your patterns and plains
You should never use patterned curtains and blinds together, especially if the room is on the smaller side as it’ll just look crowded, busy and dull all at once, which is quite an achievement. One element should be plain, the other patterned – it’s up to you to decide which way round you go.
Get the size right
For smaller rooms, you should use blinds that sit just inside the recess and curtains that stop a few centimetres below the ceiling to make the walls seem wider and higher. It really makes a difference.
You can add extra features to your window dressings, like tie-backs, hooks or similar if you like, but make sure that they fit in with your existing colour scheme and theme.
Aim for a cosy feeling
Layering blinds, curtains and other drapes creates a warm, intimate feeling, especially during the winter – there’s nothing like closing the curtains on a dark night. Using different textures and layers is quite luxurious and opulent, and this is also useful for keeping out the cold – and keeping out the heat when it’s summer.
You can use several styles throughout the house
If you like, you can use the same style throughout your home to bring the place together, but alternatively, you can have a different feel for the different rooms. You can have lush and billowy in the bedroom and clean and efficient in the kitchen, for example.
Do be careful to match the curtains and blinds to the curtain rod colour
This doesn’t mean that they have to be the same colour, but that they should work together. If you’re going for a rustic look, then a plain wooden rod will look great with rough linen curtains and a chequered blind, for example. If you’re going for a more luxurious look, then a golden or copper-coloured curtain rod will stand out against bright white drapes. Experiment a bit before you settle on your final colour scheme.
Happy curtain shopping!
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