When it comes to dressing your windows, you have three main choices: blinds, curtains or shutters. While some people will instinctively prefer blinds to curtains or curtains to shutters, others will really struggle with the decision. While all three options provide the same basic service, the look and feel of each type of window cover is very different. Choosing the option that’s right for your home will help you to create the interior you’ve always dreamt of.
Blinds allow you to create a clean, modern aesthetic while blocking out light and retaining your privacy. Blinds come in a huge variety of colours and styles and can be made to fit pretty much any type of window. Blinds are easy to keep clean and easy to use. If you want to keep the space as dark as possible, you can invest in blackout blinds and turn day into night. This is ideal if you’re a light sleeper or if you’re trying to convince your kids to go to sleep when it’s still bright outside.
Curtains are probably the most traditional choice when it comes to window dressing. Used to shut out the light – and keep the warmth in – for centuries, they’re a great option for those who want to add a little visual interest to their interior. If you want to make a feature out of your curtains, choose fabric that runs from your curtain rail right down to your floor. This will frame your windows and help them really to stand out. Curtains are available for all budgets. Although you can spend a small fortune on luxury fabrics and bespoke designs, it’s easy to find affordable and attractive curtains in a range of styles.
Shutters are becoming an increasingly popular window dressing choice. Often made to measure, shutters should fit neatly into the window cavity. Shutters can be made solid to block out light completely or slatted to let some light into the space. Slatted shutters are generally designed to stay in place while solid versions can be opened to let the light flood in. One of the main benefits of shutters is that, once fitted, these long lasting, durable pieces should last for years, potentially saving you money in the long run.
Another option is to leave your windows bare. As @housetrends writes: “Not every room needs or should have window treatments. If you have a room with a killer view, that doesn’t require privacy, or with beautiful windows or woodwork that should never be hidden, then there’s a good chance window treatments are unnecessary.”
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