How Should Curtains and Blinds Work Together?

When designed with care, curtains and blinds together can make a room look cozy, welcoming and thoughtfully decorated. But you don’t have to choose between the two — you can have both!

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How can you expertly execute your interior design so you don’t feel stifled or overwhelmed? And how can you coordinate your curtains and blinds?

Always Begin with Blinds

When beginning your quest for the perfect combination of window treatments, always start with blinds. The blinds are the functional piece of the design, giving you the necessary light control and privacy you prefer, based on which room you’re decorating.

Think about the way you use the room. If it’s a bedroom, you may want to think about blackout shades. If it’s a kitchen, you want blinds that can provide privacy at night, but let in natural light during the day.

When you start with blinds, you have a wide range of options and your choices aren’t limited by your curtain selection.

Too Many Patterns Lead to Confusion

Patterns on curtains and blinds can add a tasteful decorative touch, but beware of going overboard — it can be taxing on the eyes. If you’re going to pick a patterned product, make sure the other product is a solid. Layering patterns is an uncertain choice. Only take this design risk if you’re sure it won’t overwhelm the room.

Go for Effect

Using both curtains and blinds is a great way to make your windows look taller and wider. This can add dimension to the room and enhance your overall design approach.

After you put up your blinds, install the curtain hardware above the window, extending 6 to 8 inches beyond the side of each window. When you push the curtains aside so that they are framing the window, the window looks much bigger and it lets in more light.

Think About Your Hardware Choices

Not all colors have to match, but all colors must be considered. This includes the color of the material or finish of your curtain hardware. Make sure it blends in with your window treatments.

If it sticks out, it could detract from the other window design elements.

Contrast Texture Too

Wood blinds pair nicely with a thick, knotted curtain material, giving a beautiful, rustic look to a room. Sheer curtains pair well with blinds of a heavier fabric. Don’t just focus on color choice — think about texture too.

Have a Design Question?

At Utah Blinds Gallery, our friendly staff has years of experience matching curtains and blinds. We can help you achieve the look you’re going for and fill you in on the benefits of each of our products.

Call today or stop in to our showroom — we’re ready to help.

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