When it comes to dressing your windows, it’s not simply a matter of choosing between curtains and blinds – sometimes you can have both.
Design always incorporates mixing both style and function and the same goes with curtains and blinds, so we talked to Harrisons in-house expert interior designer Anita Shirley about choosing combinations and the effects of specific pairings.
A popular choice is to layer voile or semi-sheer fabrics with a separate lining on a double track. By installing the semi-sheer on the front track and lining on the back, this enables you to let in the light during the daytime while maintaining privacy and filtering out the sun’s glare and harmful UV rays, while keeping the option to pull the linings at night for full privacy and to lock in the warmth.
“It comes down to personal preference,” Anita says. “Some people like bold patterns while others like softer, flowy fabrics. But when you layer, you are usually looking at the dual-functionality of daytime privacy and the practical ability of being able to draw the curtains at night to keep the heat in.”
For full-length windows, French doors or ranch-sliders, the double-tracked curtains work well, but for shorter windows there’s also the option of combining rollerblinds or roman blinds with a sunscreen.
Anita’s main reminder to homeowners wanting to double up sunscreens with blackout rollerblinds is to check that their window reveal is deep enough to accommodate the double bracket, generally about 100 mm.
Doubling rollerblinds creates a sleek, clean, minimalistic look in a room.
Layering curtains and blinds has also received the stamp of approval from Kiwi eco-design adviser Nelson Lebo, who told Stuff website that it was as effective as buying thermal curtains.
If you want to advice on whether layering curtains and blinds offers you the mix of style and functionality your home needs, book an in-home consultation with one of our experts on 0800 102 004 or via the website.