Matching your blinds and curtains to suit your room’s interior can sometimes feel like a really difficult task, yet it doesn’t have to be. With a bit of know-how and a few tips on your side, you can soon achieve the look you’ve always wanted with your chosen window treatment to help it fit in with the rest of the space.
Here are our 8 easy steps for doing just that!
1. Think about what you need from your window treatments in this space
It might sound strange, but the requirements you’ll have for your curtains or blinds may differ greatly from room to room, so before you get choosing, it’s important to think about what you need them to actually do. For example, you’ll want ultimate privacy in a bathroom, darkness in the bedroom and shade in the living room. Having a clear idea of what you need/want from your window treatments from the beginning will make the whole process much easier.
2. Consider the different options available
As well as choosing between curtains and blinds, there’s the different curtains and blinds to choose from, whether it’s the material you opt for, the size, texture…etc. Argos have compiled a useful guide for choosing from the different types of blinds which is well worth a read if you’re unsure what’s available. When choosing a type of curtain, the main things to think about are the length and the material in terms of thickness and formality.
3. Look at the colours and textures already existing in the room
If the décor in your room is bold and bright, you will need to think about ways in which you can incorporate a window treatment into the room without taking the edge off or without clashing. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to automatically opt for neutral, plain curtains or blinds, though. Instead, choose a main colour from your scheme and go bold and brave by adding a window treatment to match it exactly. If it is bright, keep them plain and simple like the ones above.
4. Think about your tastes and personality
As mentioned above, even if your room is already brimming with personality, your window treatment doesn’t have to dull this, as the above image proves. Some clashes can actually work really well; just be sure to get that creative balance right. Also, who says you have to choose between curtains and blinds? If you are going for this look, keep one of them more simple than the other, and incorporate an element of the room into each one.
5. Look around to find the latest trends and styles
If you want to keep up to date with the latest window treatment trends, it’s a good idea to have a look around before you make a commitment to buying one. Think about the colours and textures that are bang on trend this season and how you can work them into your space. Curtains and blinds are the best way to add a pop of seasonal statement colour into your room without having to change too much…so embrace it!
6. Look into the practical aspects of your choice
It’s important to think about how easy it will be to maintain the appearance of your chosen window treatment, and whether they’re a good fit for your home. For example, if you’re opting for really thick, heavy curtains in your child’s room who has asthma, you will need to be prepared to wash them regularly to keep dust from lingering. In that case, alternatives like roller blinds might be better as they’re easier to keep clean as you can usually just wipe them down.
7. Consider the shape and size of your windows too
You’ll want to think about how the window treatment actually looks on your window as well as how it goes with the rest of the décor, too. Treating types like bay windows for example can seem more difficult but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid heavy materials where possible with bay windows as this may give the illusion of enveloping the light and airiness of the natural light source. If you have an awkward shaped or sized window, there are also solutions for those that the curtains/blinds manufacturer should be able to help you with.
8. Remember the curtains/blinds accessories
Thinking about the accessories that go with your curtains or blinds is important, as you won’t want a bright yellow curtain rod and lime green curtains, for example! If you’re in a rented property and can’t change things like your curtain rod or wall hooks, work around it and ensure that your new window treatments don’t clash in a bad way.