Curtains and Blinds: Handy Tips to Selecting the Right Window Furnishings

Posted on: 21 November 2016

When it comes to buying curtains and blinds, not many homeowners put a lot of consideration into their choices. Instead, they simply factor in the aesthetics of the furnishings and whether they will fit their windows. The reality is there are a number of other factors that you need to consider if you would like to make the most of the functionality of your curtains. Rather than selecting the first window furnishings that catch your eye, you should ensure that they can meet the individual needs of your home as well as the room that they are being installed in. Below are some of the handy tips that you can use when it comes to making a selection of window furnishings for your home.

Factor in light illumination

A factor often overlooked during the selection of curtains is how they will affect the illumination of natural light in your home. Before you can start considering the different fabrics available, you need to determine what your primary illumination needs will be. For instance, in the living room, you may want curtains that will allow in as much light as possible so as to decrease your dependency on artificial lighting during the day. This is especially true if you have small windows, which would make your living room darker than usual. On the other hand, if you are buying the curtains for the bedroom, you may want to consider fabrics that will block out the sun. This will ensure that your sleep is not disrupted early in the morning, especially if you sleep in close proximity to the window.

Factor in privacy

Another essential factor to consider would be the degree of privacy that you would want your curtains to provide you with. For instance, would you want to have some privacy but still be able to enjoy unobstructed views of your property? If this is the case, you should consider blinds, which will give you the option of opening the slats at different angles. This allows you to see the outdoors while still blocking the view of outsiders into your home. On the other hand, if your home is in a solitary location, then you could consider sheer curtains. These will give you maximum views of the outdoors.

Factor in insulation

A little known functionality of window furnishings is that they can actually provide your home with additional insulation. These types of curtains and blinds would be an ideal option for homeowners who live in predominantly cold areas and would like to decrease the thermal loss of your home. Thermal window furnishings can also help in decreasing your heating bills.


Having a naturally inspired interior design theme

Our holiday home is placed right in the middle of the bush and has a beautiful natural surrounding. We loved that natural backdrop when we bought the house and have been really eager to make sure that the natural beauty of our area is reflected in our interior design. We are introducing the colours of the native landscape into our rooms via the window fittings, furnishings and floor coverings. I love these natural colours, and seeing them every day helps me to feel calm and relaxed. This blog is all about taking a very Australian process to integrate landscape colours into your interior design.