How to Choose Curtains and Blinds?


One fact that everyone is unanimous about is that – A house becomes a home only when curtains and blinds adorn its windows and doors! Through this blog, Gharpedia shares a brief on how to choose curtains and blinds and where it should go up in your home sweet home!

Tips to Choose Right Curtains and Blinds

01. Selection of Fabric and Design

If walls are painted in plain colours, then curtains can be patterned in harmonious or contrasting colours, but proportion is extremely important when using a pattern. As a rule, large patterns need large areas and small patterns work best when they are seen at close range.

Coloured transparent fabrics look pale with daylight shining through them, but their colour looks stronger in the evening, especially if the windows are fitted with roller blinds. To achieve a perfect balance between daytime softness and evening richness, consider the elegance of linen curtains. Linen’s natural texture and subtle hues can create a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout the day while maintaining a cozy ambiance during the evening hours.

Roman Blind

Window Blinds are a good way of adding colour to a room, and a contemporary-styled room with a row of windows looks good with a different colour blind in each one. A blind fitted into the window recess can remain in place if curtains are added, but it will also look good on its own.

Roman blinds are very easy to make – they hang in folds and can be made in most fabric weights from heavy canvas to soft voile. They are also the most economical treatment as they hang as a flat panel to match the dimensions of the window.

When in doubt, choose a plain neutral colour and a classic window treatment rather than something wildly fashionable if you are buying a good quality fabric, as this will not date. If you are on a tight budget, investigate alternative fabrics, especially from street markets near garment-making districts, example unbleached calico, bed sheeting, felt, fleece or suit linings.

Blinds can be very useful for glazed doors that are frequently used, for example, a kitchen door leading out to the garden.

Try teaming up a Roman blind with simple curtains; the door can be left open.

02. Light Control

Be it admitting the light on sunny days or closing the blind down and shutting the curtain to provide shade when the temperature rises… the key element here is flexibility.

03. Colour Co-ordination of Curtains and Blinds

A monochrome colour scheme can look bland without the right type of soft furnishings. One solution is to choose a range of patterned fabrics that are not usually seen together in a single colour. This could mean mixing classic patterns such as toile de jouy, stripes, tie-dye circles and floral damask to make a set of unmatched cushions. Keep the rest of the room neutral and leave the cushions to make the colour statement. The beauty of this style of colour co-ordinating is that you can usually buy remnants of expensive fabric in amounts sufficient for cushion covers at a fraction of the cost of buying it off the roll. Make it a rule to build up a treasure chest of fabric for future soft furnishing projects.

Important Cues about Curtains and Blinds

  • The success of creating a Japanese look means taking a no-frills, minimalistic approach to both colour and design. Cream, red and black is all the colours you need.
Gold and Red Curtain
  • A thick gold and red curtain can soften the hard edges of the doorway; and the same colours can be picked up in the soft covers of the dining chairs in the background. A band of contrasting colour could be used to join short remnants of superior quality fabrics and create a luxurious draped curtain at a bargain price.
  • Yellow-coloured fabric offers you an array of textures and weights.
Floral Roman Blind
  • Team up floral Roman blinds with a dark border with simple sprigged muslin curtains for glazed doors.
  • When full-length curtains framing a window are drawn, they can almost fill the wall.
  • Design a light and harmonious living room around a single shade of lilac. The furniture, woodwork and soft furnishings should all match each other to the perfect tint; and opt for gingham and plaid checked curtains to prevent the effect from becoming too bland!

On a concluding note, whether you opt for curtains or blinds or even a mix of the two … what is guaranteed is a warm and sophisticated hue to your abode!

If you are planning to install new window treatment in your home, don’t forget to read below article:

Home Soft Furnishings Importance in Interior Design

Author Bio

Huta Raval – An English Literature and Journalism Topper, Huta Raval has graduated from the L D Arts College, Ahmedabad. Post serving for 23 years in the NBFC and Public Library Sectors her desire for ‘writing the unwritten’ brought her to the creative field of content writing. Her clientele comprises of NGOs, Blogging Platforms, Newspapers, Academic Institutions, et al.

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