Curtains or blinds? Why not curtains AND blinds! Not only can you use both in the same room on separate windows, you can also use them together on the same window to great affect. Here’s how…
Using both on one window
Choose the type of blind first
When pairing curtains and blinds together on the same window it’s usually for a purpose, eg. better light control, sun blocking and/or heat retention. That’s why it’s better to decide on the type of blind first, as that will determine how well you achieve this. It will also influence your choice of curtain fabric to sit alongside. Consider how the blind will operate and avoid anything that is going to be fiddly or interfere with the curtain. Blinds that move up and down are best and you will also need them to be mounted inside the window frame so they’re out of the way.
What works with what?
Take this with a grain of salt as it could vary depending on your windows, but here is a basic list of configurations we’ve found work best when you want both on one window:
- Curtains over Venetian blinds (this option offers the most versatility as you can have the blind completely raised or lowered but with the slats tilted to let in light)
- Curtains over roller or sunscreen roller blinds
- Curtains over honeycomb blinds
- Curtains over sheers
- Sheers over Venetian blinds
- Sheers over roller blinds
- Sheers over honeycomb blinds
- Sheers over shutters
- Roman blind over sunscreen roller blinds
- Roman blind over Venetian blinds
Avoid print on print
Having more than one pattern in a room is fine if they’re on different windows (and preferably not in too small a space). But layering a patterned blind with pattered curtains on the same window can get messy and overwhelming. It’s probably better to choose the pattern for one or the other; we recommend the curtain, as when the blind is raised you won’t get to enjoy the pattern like you still do with curtains.
Tie it all together with a pelmet
Pelmets add a stylish, decorative finish and help to boost your curtains and blinds’ thermal insulating properties. Recessed pelmets offer a really streamlined finish because they’re actually built into the room and hide any tracks and operating mechanisms up in the ceiling. It’s a very slick, elegant finish.
Using different options in the same room
Mix it up
Don’t pick the same curtains and blinds for across the house. Different rooms will have different demands both practically and décor-wise. You might want bedrooms to be dark and cosy but your living area to be light and airy, for example. Ultimately it’s your choice but here’s a thought starter; make your decision based on window size, perhaps opting for curtains across big windows and blinds for small ones.
Make sure they’re all the same height
If you’re using a mixture of both on different windows but in the same room, hang them at the same height or risk a very lopsided look. If you have windows in a room that are at different heights, simply hang one window treatment higher to match the other.
Making multiple patterns work
Follow our tips to make more than one pattern in a room work very well:
- Know what kind of look you want to go for, eg. florals have a feminine vibe, stripes can be either contemporary or classic, animal prints are exotic and eclectic.
- Use at least three patterns and vary the scale.
- Try to use colors of the same intensity or hue, eg. don’t mix pastels with jewel tones.
- Distribute patterns evenly throughout the room, don’t let them dominate one side more than any other.
- Break them up with solids. Using too many patterns on top off each other can feel chaotic.
- Patterns don’t have to be different colors, try tone-on-tone patterns for elegance with character.
- A ‘pattern’ could be as simple as a new texture, eg. wood grain in Venetian blinds.
Coordinating colour schemes
Another way to have curtains and blinds existing harmoniously in one space is to co-ordinate the colour scheme. Here are some suggestions:
Repeat the wall colour – either choose a patterned fabric in which the wall colour features or go for the same shade (or one or two lighter or darker) to blend the wall and curtains together and give the illusion of more space.
Go monochrome – this means ‘one colour’. Choose solid coloured curtains in a noticeably lighter or darker shade the same colour as your walls, eg. mint green with forest green.
Complementary colours - these are the colours directly opposite one another on a colour wheel. Choose a patterned fabric that features a complementary colour to the feature wall, eg. a yellow feature wall contrasts beautifully with a fabric with splashes of mauve. Or vice versa, a patterned wallpaper teamed with curtain fabric in a solid colour found within that pattern.
Embrace the versatility of neutrals - neutrals work well with almost every colour and with other neutrals too, regardless of whether it’s a block colour or pattern. Just make sure you have multiple shades happening around the room to avoid a stark look. Neutrals also work well to tone down very strong colours.
Our style consultants are really skilled at knowing what works best where so when it comes to choosing the right curtains and or blinds for each room of your home, they can help guide you through your choices. Book your free in-home consultation today.