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Decorating With Curtains and Blinds

Updated on September 23, 2014

Adding Curtains and Blinds to You Home

Adding thick curtains or drapes in rich plush fabrics and colours to your windows creates warmth and atmosphere to your room with simple blinds to adjust for light.

These not only look beautiful and decorative they are great insulators as they keep the warmth in in winter and the heat out in summer time.

I like using the two together as blinds on their own can be too bland but are useful with a thick full length curtain which adds depth, texture and colour to suit your room.

Curtains and Blinds

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Choosing Material and Colour of Curtains

Styles and Designs

People have been decorating with curtains and blinds for generations.

Needed for privacy and home décor they come in many different styles and designs.

Some people like, light pretty lace curtains which are soft and feminine, others bright and loud. There are many styles to suit you home and of course your income as they can be, depending on the fabric and how much is used, quite expensive.

I love wooden blinds that can give you light when needed, when pulled right up or slates adjusted, giving you great privacy and protection from the elements and look stunning with those heavier decorative curtains falling to the side.

There are half curtains, curtains that only fall to the windowsill, full length curtains on tracks or on wooden or metal rings, the choice is yours.

To choose the fabric of your curtains take a good look at the space in your room.Is it a small room that needs light or large? Do you want to go for a lighter look or a heavier curtain?

You could choice the colour from a painting, rug or throw cushion you have ,so when the curtains are up they blend in with all the other decorative elements in the room.

Get yourself down to a good haberdashery store and have a look around before you buy. If you are having your curtains made, ask for a snippet or two of fabric that you like, take them home and put them up on the wall near the window to see if any have potential to become your new curtains.

Buying the right curtains for your home is a big and sometimes expensive decision, so take you time, do some research and look in as many home décor magazines that you can until find the look you want to get it right.

Curtain Designs

Bring On The Blinds

Styles of Blinds

Blinds come in many shapes,colors and styles, their one main aim to give privacy and screening to your windows.

Venetian blinds have been around for a while now and today they are made in a modern slim style with clean lines that look smart and sophisticated on you windows. Great for kitchens and bathrooms if you like this look.

Wooden blinds, my favorites, have a quite heavier look but if you are like me and go for that look of wood these are the ones for your.They slide up and down with ease and have adjustable slates like venetian blinds to filter light.They are good for blocking out the elements, noise and neighbors.

Holland blinds are a simple yet good looking practical blind that moves easily up and down and are quite inexpensive, looking good on all windows, especially bedrooms and lounge rooms.

Take a good look at your windows to see what blinds would suit your windows .Keep in mind your color scheme that you are working with and whether they will suit the curtains you have chosen or would like them as they are, standing on their own.

So many combinations and possibilities to choose from and some hard decisions to make.

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© 2011 Julia M S Pearce

Thanks For Stopping By! What kind of curtains and blinds do you have in your house?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have curtains in the living room, dining room, and master bedroom but blinds everywhere else. I enjoyed reading this very interesting article.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I like curtains (although the Bali wooden blinds look appealing) and I have 4 sets of strong insulated drapes to protect my house in these sizzling Summer months

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Curtains or blinds, I find it depends on the room. My bedroom has curtains, the living room wood blinds. Great lens, thank you.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Now that I live in a country that gets cold in the winter, yet has no central heat (and single pane glass) I want my curtains to keep me warm. Looks are important, but insulation comes first.

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      Carol 7 years ago from Arkansas

      I like blinds for privacy but feel they look too cold on their own so I always add curtains. Nice lens.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Curtains do make a difference to a room. I like changing curtains once in a while, easier than changing furniture!

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      You have motivated me; time to get new curtains!

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      Jen 7 years ago from Canada

      I love lace curtains. They always seem so feminine to me.

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      GiftsBonanza 7 years ago

      Some great ideas here - I just love wooden blinds :)

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      AbsoluteJeanius1 7 years ago

      Wow this is a wonderful lens!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 7 years ago

      Lovely lens. You did a great job

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      so many good choices here - I love that one of the full length net curtain

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Our choice of curtains, drapes, and blinds really makes a difference in the overall look of our interior is sort of like the icing on the cake. Blessed by the Interior Design Angel.