Curtains and other window covering treatments are the eyebrows of interior design; they’re often the last thing you add but they can dress a room up or down. A full drape adds elegance to a room while roller shades and blinds keep things streamlined.
So how do you decide which to use? First a little refresher of the vocabulary you should arm yourself with before shopping for window treatments:
- Drapes: Generally, drapes are floor-length fabric panels with a backing that gives them structure. They hang on a rod (or tracks either annual or automated) attached to the wall and create a more formal look.
- Curtains: Offering a more relaxed style, curtains typically drop below a windowsill and are of a lighter fabric that can move in the breeze, though sun-blocking curtains are common as well. Like drapes, they hang from a rod.
- Shades: Also made of fabric, shades are attached to a rod or frame at the top, and there’s a lifting mechanism (usually a cord) that raises the panel to let light in. As the fabric raises, it will either roll around the rod at the top (roller shades which include, zebra/day and night, sunscreen, blackout, embossed shades) or bunch into a neat stack (Roman shades), depending on the style. These can also be automated and then operated with remote control.
- Blinds: Like shades, blinds are attached to a frame at the top and also have a lifting mechanism. However, instead of fabric, they’re made of hard slats or louvres that tilt to let light in. You can find them in an array of materials, such as bamboo, plastic, wood, aluminium, or vinyl.
Now that we have an idea of the various types of window coverings, let’s dive right into the tips shall we😁:
- Consider Function and Style: Consider how often you’ll be opening and closing the treatments in any given room. Is it a bedroom where you want to block light during the night but let sunlight in during the day? Is it a dining room where the drapes will be more decorative than functional? Or is it a playroom where the floor-length fabric would get in the way? You need to have answers to these so your window covering expert can propose the most suitable fabric and style that will cater to your needs.
- Consider Architecture: Sometimes, the shape of a space dictates what window treatments you should use. If the architecture of a building doesn’t allow for a rod to be hung across the wall—for instance, the room has slanted ceilings, or there’s a group of windows around one corner—blinds are typically the best choice. However, with detailed measurements and expert tailors, you can still have drapes.
- Consider the theme of your space: Choose colors that flow with the theme of the space. When layering drapes, use the same sheer and lining all through a building to give it that organised look from the exterior. If you haven’t bought furniture yet, stick to neutral colors to be safe. Or choose colours that flow with your wall or floor covering.
- Consider Budget: Generally blinds are much more affordable than standard drapes!
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