Curtains & Blinds: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Montgomery

Choosing the right curtains or blinds for your home is essential if you want to get the best results from your interior design theme. However, lots of people make mistakes and end up ruining their efforts by purchasing the wrong styles for their properties. With that in mind, this article will set the record straight once and for all, and provide you with some tips and advice for getting things right. Hopefully, all readers will manage to create a stunning aesthetic at home if you pay attention and use this information when it’s time to invest in new curtains or blinds.

The Good

Before you do anything else; you need to decide if your room would look better with curtains or blinds. That decision will depend on a range of factors including the interior design of your home, and whether or not you have any privacy issues. Lots of people live on main roads, and so they want something at the window that prevents strangers from glancing into their living rooms. Curtains are the most suitable choice in that instance. However, blinds can work well too if you also get some net curtains.

Curtains are perfect for large windows as they block out any unwanted light and help your home to retain as much heat as possible. So, there is a decent chance that you could reduce the amount of cash you spend on heating each month if you select that solution. Blinds are ideal for small windows as they don’t take up as much space and they can appear stylish and straightforward.

Here is a list of questions you should answer when buying curtains or blinds to ensure you make the right decision:

  • How do you want the product to function?
  • Do you need to create privacy?
  • Would you like to block light?
  • What type of room are you renovating?

If you manage to answer all those questions, the right choice should become apparent. Those who think that blinds are the best option will have to think about whether or not they want to purchase made to measure designs. That is usually the best solution because those items will fit your windows perfectly and add to the aesthetic you try to create. You just have to make sure you take accurate measurements before contacting your chosen retailer because the blinds are going to look terrible if you get things wrong. That brings us to the next section of this article.

 The Bad

This section highlights some of the mistakes people make when buying and hanging curtains and blinds in their homes. With a bit of luck, reading about these errors now will assist you in making the right decisions and improving your home with any purchases you make.

Measuring the window incorrectly

As mentioned a moment ago, made to measure blinds or curtains are going to look terrible if you don’t measure your window correctly. We at Montgomery offer a service where someone visits your home and takes the measurements on your behalf. If you have any concerns; it's recommended that you book a measuring appointment with us to ensure you get the correct measurements for your made to measure curtains or blinds. However, in most situations, you’ll have to undertake the job without any professional help - read our measuring guides to help you out with this.

Getting curtains that are too short

While your curtains don’t have to reach the floor in most instances, lots of people purchase products that are too short for their windows. That can make the items unusable and mean you have to send them back to the retailer. Never make the mistake of settling for curtains that are too short because they will not provide the level of privacy you expect, and they’re going to look rather silly.

Choosing the wrong fabric

Curtains and blinds come made in many different fabrics and materials. So, it’s vital that you make the right selection if you want to improve the aesthetic in your home. There are three primary options for you to consider. They are blackout, sheer, and translucent fabrics. Depending on your requirements, you’ll want to make the decision with all your interior design aspects in mind.

The Ugly

Now we move onto the last section of this article that discusses the ugly side of curtains and blinds. Yes, that’s right folks! Sometimes people manage to make their homes look terrible by making bad decisions and forgetting the basics of interior design. If you don’t want your property to appear weird or unsightly, make sure you never make the following mistakes. These actions will make your home look ugly.

Opting for multicoloured solutions

You should feel free to select any colours that suit your interior design ambitions. However, be sure to steer clear of curtains and blinds that look too busy due to using lots of different colours. You need something that will compliment the aesthetic in your home, but multicoloured solutions could have the opposite effect, and they’re going to stand out like a sore thumb.

Choosing the cheapest products on the market

Everyone loves a bargain, but you need to be careful when it comes to buying curtains and blinds. There are lots of products available on online auction websites where the manufacturers use inferior materials. You should always request fabric samples before ordering your curtains so that you can see the quality of the fabric.

After reading that information about the good, the bad, and the ugly; you should have enough tips to find the right curtains and blinds for your home this year. If you use the list of questions published towards the top of this page, nothing can go wrong. You can also speak to team members at curtains and blind stores if you need some extra advice. Anyone working for a company of that nature should have a vast array of knowledge, and so they should manage to point you in the right direction with any issue.

Have fun!