20 Jul 2011, by AileenWaller in Blinds

When selecting blinds for windows in your home, business or workplace, consider the use and location of the room as well as thinking about appropriate colours and fabrics. Also look at the window itself, its position in the wall and if any window openings result in window panes turning or leaning inwards or outwards – depending on the age, style and location of the window(s).

Sometimes a combination of both blinds and curtains can work well togethercurtains Examples of blinds and curtains in bedrooms

In general things to consider when specifying blinds include:

  • Will the blind be fitted inside or outside the window recess ?
  • Are there any handles on the window whose location might impede the blind moving easily – such as to open/close, raise/lower it ?
  • Will the window look bare if the blind is fitted inside the recess?
    If so, perhaps just a single width of curtain hung on each side of the window would artistically “frame” the blind and the window, softening the potentially harsh effect of just a recessed blind alone. Such curtains needn’t be designed to close, merely to improve the overall appearance of the window as seenĀ  from inside the room.

One piece of good simple advice is this: When buying curtains or blinds for windows in your home, try to look afresh at each window – as if it is the first time you had seen that window. Try not to be influenced by whatever has been there in the past, perhaps as part of a different style or when the room was used in a different way.