Blinds, Curtains or Both?September 9, 2013
Sunshine! We love it, don’t we? It’s a great mood booster whatever the time of year. Blinds are perfect for those long lazy days of summer, providing privacy whilst allowing sunlight into our homes. When shorter daylight hours arrive, however, we draw the heavy drapes to shut out the winter chill. So which to choose? Both can be supplied with blackout, thermal or regular linings, to banish intrusive street lighting and to keep out the cold. But what are the differences?
Blinds give you privacy but allow light into the room, and don’t restrict your view. They can protect your furniture from the effects of strong sunlight, and some kinds have the advantage of being less prone to fading than a curtain might be. They are easy to fit and to maintain, and are economical to buy. Additionally, they have the effect of making a small window look bigger than it really is, so can complement a small flat.
Venetian blinds come in a variety of colours and materials, including the warmer look of wooden ones in several finishes. These work especially well in kitchens and bathrooms, being easy to wipe clean in a steamy atmosphere. Vertical blinds are incredibly stylish and come in a wide choice of fabrics. Slat widths vary, with wider slats admitting more light while allowing you a better view when tilted open. If you prefer a more traditional style, go for the luxury look of Roman blinds. In strong colours or delicate patterns and offered in contemporary chic or classic designs, they can be coordinated with accessories to make a bold statement.
Roller blinds are simple to use and more economical, and with the addition of a blackout lining, are ideal for a nursery. Child safety devices are also available for all types. Pleated or Venetian blinds are the most popular choice for conservatories and can be fitted to the roof or side windows and control light, shade and temperature. The same advice applies if you have a skylight.
Curtains serve most of the same purposes, but have a richer and cosier appeal. They are often chosen for a more traditional country look, or for older houses. Heavy fabrics give a warmer feel to the room and draw the eye towards them, making a large window a focal point. Linings of any kind will make them hang better, as well as providing the usual benefits of insulation. A range of matching accessories is available, including corded or fabric tie backs, and cushions.
Hanging both together is particularly on trend right now. It can provide extra warmth, but care should be taken. It works best if the curtain complements not only the blind, but also the colours in the room. Heavy material or deep colours can obscure the blind, so use tie backs to pull them back to either side of the window. Or if the curtain fabric is very thin, try placing narrow strips on either side and one in the centre, with all three pulled in and tied halfway lengthwise. This can look very pretty and shows off your unique sense of style!
This combination is cleaner and more contemporary than dust-gathering nets and curtains. It admits more light during the day, but offers better protection from unwanted light and low temperatures at night, particularly if blackouts are added. Wooden venetians are particularly attractive for this
Whatever you decide, or whichever combination you go for, we offer a completely comprehensive consultation and fitting service, tailoring blinds which are made to measure and designed to reflect your individual needs, tastes and budget.
So give the specialists at Simplicity Blinds a call today for more information or visit our showroom to see our impressive range of blinds and curtains. One of our professionals will be more than happy to offer advice and arrange a consultation at your convenience.This entry was posted in Blinds, Curtains, Design Trends and tagged Blinds, Curtains, Simplicity Blinds, window blinds. Bookmark the permalink. ← The 6 Most Popular Flooring Solutions for Your Home We’re an Official Supplier to ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’! →