Any creative person can find some excitement in decorating their space and learning about interior design. Picking out decor, designing colour schemes, and picking out themes for a room in your home can be a very fun and fulfilling experience.
After you’ve worked on improving your space’s windows, you’re probably wondering what to do about curtains and blinds.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the idea of finding just the right set of curtains and blinds for a room, whether it be your living room, bathroom, bedroom or kitchen.
Window coverings can change the warmth and ambiance of your home, so making the wrong choice can affect all the work you’ve done to design the interior of the space.
Luckily, we put together a how-to guide just for people like you on how to select the ideal curtains and blinds for your space.
Are you ready to get educated? Check out our handy how-to guide on curtains and blinds below:
How To Select The Perfect Curtains And Blinds For Your Home
These handy tips will have you on your way to a beautiful space.
Consider Colour, Light, and Fabric
These two things are major factors in interior design. Let’s break down all three and how they apply to curtains and blinds in a space.
Don’t be put off – colour theory is actually very simple in its basics!
When considering a colour scheme of two or more colours, consider their complementary colours.
Complementary colours are the direct opposite of one specific colour. These two colours tend to look absolutely beautiful together.
Complementary colours in a nutshell are as follows:
- Red looks great with Green
- Purple looks great with Yellow
- Blue looks great with Orange
- White looks great with Black
Pretty simple, right? Try applying this basic principle to how you design your space when it comes to colour, especially for your curtains and blinds.
With curtains and blinds, however, you should consider light and fabric as well.
With colour theory in mind, consider how different types of light can change colours in a space.
When your space is filled with natural light from windows, it looks much different than it does when there is no natural light and only artificial lighting within the space.
This is because light and colour are not mutually exclusive. Light can have its own colour, especially artificial light. The light from a fluorescent bulb and a tinted light bulb look totally different and, in turn, will make the colours that compose a space look different with their coloured light.
Since we’re talking about curtains and blinds, consider how light on a bright sunny day will project onto a space through curtained windows. Will the colour look nice projected through your curtains, will it even come through at all due to the thickness of the fabric, and do you even have that much natural outside light to begin with?
Consider all these things and experiment with fabric swatches.
Which brings us to our next point – fabric!
The type of drapery fabric you choose for your curtains are another major factor.
First of all, quality fabric is key. Cheap fabric looks like cheap fabric when it is incorporated into a space, especially if there is outdoor light shining through it. Invest in high-quality drapery fabrics for your space.
Sheer fabrics will let more light through, and thicker drapery fabric will not. Consider this when evaluating the amount of light in your space.
Just as well, fabric that is too heavy will simply not fold well. And pleating is a big part of drapery– nothing is quite as pretty as well-folded curtains against the windows of a room.
Before purchasing your curtains or buying the supplies to sew them yourself, figure out exactly how high above your window you want the drapery to start.
Starting your drapes in line with the top windowpane can look a little confined. Consider hanging your curtains a few inches higher than the top of your windowpane or more. Experiment with holding a blanket up at different lengths in front of your window to decide what would look best for your particular windows.
Also, tall curtains give an essence of length to a room. If you’re dealing with a small space that you want to look taller, consider placing your drapery higher up.
If you want a sort of puddled look to your drapery where they sort of pool effortlessly and elegantly on the floor, remember to add a few inches to your measurements.
When it comes to measuring, be sure to get some help, especially if you have very tall windows to deal with.
Also consider light once again– do you live in a sunny area? If you want to block creeping light, consider extending the horizontal measurements of your curtains.
Make Sure Your Window Glass Is High Quality
Out of date, dingy windows are far from trendy. Scratches accumulate over time and deteriorating windows can affect the sound ambiance in your home as well.
If your windows need to be replaced soon, look for a high-quality glass company to do some professional work for you. New windows can affect the light, sound, and warmth of your space, so invest in it!
Custom Curtains and Blinds Or Ready-To-Use
If you want to invest in hiring a professional, do so! Custom window treatments are a dream and can significantly affect the look of your new curtains and blinds.
However, if you are confident in your ability to do your own measurements, pick your own fabric and trim, and install the window treatments yourself, it’s worth trying.
If your DIY work doesn’t pay off, there’s always a professional willing to do the work for you.
Get Your Decorating On!
Hope these tips come in handy in bringing you closer to the designing the perfect space when picking the right curtains and blinds for your home.
Do you have a curtains and blinds decorating tip? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below.