Pairing Curtains and Blinds – The Do’s and Don’ts

One of the most common questions in the Curtain and Blinds business is; “How can I make my home look great with both curtains AND blinds?” CurtainWorld knows how to nail the look and shares their guidelines below!

It’s no secret that the right curtains or blinds for your Perth home can change the look and feel of a room dramatically, but what about when they’re paired together? We often get asked the question ‘do curtains and blinds work together?’ The answer is, for the most part, ‘yes’ – when paired, the two can bring out a flexible décor and ensure adequate blocking of light and privacy control. However, there are some style guidelines to follow to get the look just right.

Do – Choose the Type of Blind First

When matching curtains and blinds together, it’s best to decide on the type of blind you want for the space first. The most common styles are roller blinds and venetian blinds as they pair well with drapes and provide a basic, solid block of colour to work with. It’s important you pay attention to the colour and fabric selections, and how these work together in the room.

Popular blind materials in WA tend to be timber and aluminium. For a more natural look in the space, timber blinds feature warm colours and pair well with curtains that have the same attributes. Consider a muted shade of your main colour with the timber or use the window dressings to introduce an accent colour to the rest of the room. For example, if you have cool colours in the room (blues and whites) try burnt orange curtains around the natural tones of the timber blinds to add a pop of colour. If bright colours aren’t your thing, white or light crèmes for the drapes create a crisp look that works well with a variety of blind styles.

Choose blinds first when pairing with curtains
Choose your blinds first when pairing with curtains

Don’t – Pair Print with Print

If you’re going for prints, pairing curtains and blinds together looks best when a solid colour is chosen for one and a print is chosen for the other. Combining prints on both the curtains and blinds can look too overpowering in a room, especially if the space is small or subjected to a lot of prints already. An ideal combination if you’re opting for prints, is blinds in a single colour, paired with patterned curtains that feature the colour on the blind.

If you love the natural texture of timber, install a solid colour curtain to balance the look or create layers of texture by adding patterned drapes to contrast it. Mixing the colours and patterns of window treatments can add a lot of flavour to a room and look very artistic – when it’s done correctly. Knowing what colours and patterns work best together is crucial when properly mixing curtains and blinds.

Do – Go High and Wide

One of the biggest advantages of combining curtains and blinds is how they can change the perception of the size of your windows. This is perfect if your home is quite small. A standard size window can be turned into a large one when drapes and blinds are paired well together and your ceiling made to look much taller than it really is. For example, install roman shades a few inches below the ceiling to change the height perception. Then, mantle the curtain rod at the same level as the blinds but extend it 30 – 60cm beyond the window.

High and Wide Blinds and CurtainsDon’t – Be Afraid to Accessorise

The combination of curtains and blinds add a stronger style statement in a space and the accessories you choose should go along with this. Don’t be afraid to accessorise, just keep it humble. For tiebacks, a simple fabric tieback can create a draped effect or install a wall-mounted metal or piece that can be easily hid behind the curtains. Overall decorative pieces, like huge metal holdings attached to the wall or tiebacks with tassels can look awkward against natural shades like timber.

Pelmets are another fantastic way to accessorise your window dressings and add a stylish, decorative finish. Because they are actually built into the architecture of a room, recessed pelmets hide the curtain tracks and operating components in the ceiling space to achieve a streamlined finish. Accessorising with pelmets also provides better insulation in the room and complete blockout. Whilst all window dressings can benefit, roman blinds with pelmets are most popular with their sophisticated, clean look.

Do – Make the Room Feel Cosy

Being such a powerful room feature, it’s important you really consider the effect you want your paired curtains and blinds to have. You want it to feel, cosy warm and inviting so keep this in mind through the decorating process.

Fullness is important in transforming the look and feel of the space and this is created when blinds are layered beneath curtains. For a real cosy, layered effect roman blinds provide an ideal solution. They can be sheer, textured or bonded with a blockout fabric. Linen sheers are best paired with roman blinds to frame the view. Pair sheers without a heavy sheen or metallic threading with timber blinds for a more relaxed and simplified effect.

Roman Blinds and Sheer Curtains PairedDon’t – Pick the Same Curtains across the House

When you want to get your decorating sorted quickly, it can be easy to find a decent pair of curtains and use them across the whole house. But, from a design perspective, this can make the spaces seem disjointed.

Pairing blinds and curtains can tie the whole space together, so you want to make sure they match the atmosphere you want to create, and for most of us the atmosphere is different in every room. Be sure to play around with the light each space gets too; this can help you to experiment with neutral fitted sheers on different styles.

Do – Match the Curtain and Blind Colour with the Rod Colour

As with matching accessories to your curtains and blinds, it’s important that the hardware complements the window dressing too. Once you have decided on the colours, make sure you specify the exact tints so the curtain rod can be matched.

High-shine rods, like bright silver or gold can look too much with curtains and blinds so avoid these. Opt for hardware with a matte finish to keep with the overall look of both styles of window treatments you’ve chosen.

Curtains-and-Blinds-and-Rod-Colour-PairedFor many homeowners, windows are often viewed as an afterthought but their power to make or break a room is inevitable. Add a dressing to a window, and the room becomes brighter, softer or dynamic. When it’s time to retreat in your space, Perth homeowners want to be able to control the effects of curious eyes and sunlight without completely feeling cut off. The combination of curtains and blinds can help to frame and enhance your view, whilst give you all the internal benefits too.

Curtain and Blind Style Trends for Autumn/Winter 2014

The cooler months are finally here! Time to get those neutrals and florals out to keep up with the trendiest interior design in Australia.

As the staleness of summer begins to disappear, so do the old and outdated trends of design. The leaves are turning and the seasons are changing, bringing with them a whole new range of design styles, ideas and trends. Autumn is up first, followed by winter and it is time to change a few things around the house, including your curtains and blinds. 2014 is bringing with it all kinds of new and brilliant style ideals that are sure to give your home the new and fresh facelift it needs.

Colours and Styles

Neutrals or Colours?

Radiant Orchid has been selected as Pantone color of the year.
Radiant Orchid has been selected as Pantone color of the year.

The blandness of neutral is old and very much a thing of 2013. The Pantone Colour of the Year has been signalled as Radiant Orchid, a vibrant and luscious pink. Pinks of all shades are used sparingly in interior design, most probably because people are just too scared to take the risk. Not this year. Designers around the world are embracing Radiant Orchid in all aspects of design. Be bold and give this great colour a place in your home with statement colour curtains.

Indigo blue is also on the rise as being a popular choice for 2014. Blues are a great way to add an element of coolness and classiness to your home. Indigo is a rich colour that will immediately add a sense of depth and luxury to your home. Even if you accent this colour into your curtains and blinds, it is still a fantastic choice.

Pair White Curtains with Bold Blinds

Classic white curtains are still a fashionable statement for 2014. They are a guaranteed success and pizazz can be added by throwing splashes of colour into a room. You can pair your white curtains with colourful blinds, or even make daring colour choices in the trimmings of your curtains. All shades of grey are also being used, in blinds and curtains, in order to create a very sleek and sophisticated feel in your home. If fuchsia pink and indigo blue intimidate you, go for the more basic colours that will ease your home into the new seasons.

Floral is Back!

Designers are also calling on floral print as a design style must have for 2014. Floral has been off the scene for a few years, being predominantly associated with bad style decisions made in the 80’s. This is definitely not the case anymore and floral has come back with gusto, being used not only in curtaining, but also with fabric blinds. If you want your curtains to remain somewhat plain and neutral, give your windows a bit of an edge by using floral fabric blinds.

A Bold Statement: Mis-Matched Blinds

Combining different coloured blinds in the same room is also a great way to accent your house as well as to add depth of colour. It no doubt adds a certain richness and feel to your home so if you are brave, try using different colours in your blinds.

Adding Winter Warmth

In terms of the changing seasons and your curtains, you can add some warmth and elegance by adding padded pelmets and curtain headings. This will frame your windows and curtains beautifully and are a definite must for 2014.

Curtains with padded pelmets


Winter Curtain Fabrics

Luxury is the name of the game this season and the time is here to add to your sheer curtains with layers of rich, thick and fabulous materials. Warm and comfortable fabrics are being used a lot more this year, as they not only add a luxurious style to a room, but these energy efficient fabrics also work great to keep cold draughts out.

Welcome Autumn with Timber Tones

In terms of blinds, last year’s trend of white, basic and practical blind application is out. The natural look and feel of wood is a great way to enter Autumn and this can be accomplished by having exposed wood grains in your blinds, using bamboo, timber, wood or even faux wood. Timber Venetian blinds are a definite and if wood doesn’t take your fancy, the trends suggest that sheer shades and fabrics are also a great way to go. You can tone down your luxurious and curvaceous curtaining by taking this option.

Timber venetians

Be Lazy on Cozy Days

Considering that summer is fizzling out, bringing with it the coolness of autumn and winter, peeling yourself away from the comfort of the fire and your couch to go and close the curtains and blinds just seems unnecessary. Why not give your home that extra edge and install remote controlled blinds and curtains?

So, with a new year upon us, and new seasons approaching, the time has never been better to tackle your home’s design needs. The new styles and trends are fabulous and will make a facelift in your home effortless and easy.