When it comes to dressing our windows, many of us stick to just one type of window dressing at each window. For some of us, it’s enough to get the job done, but for a truly practical space, layering up our options tick many more boxes…
So lets think, why do we choose to cover our windows in the first place?
For privacy (stopping those nosey neighbours, or just covering our dignity), thermal protection (windows can be draughty places, and that chill isn’t exactly welcome in winter), blackout (being able to sleep even when the sun is awake) and style (just making a room look lovely, and homely).
But if you want to tackle more than one of those options, you shouldn’t have to compromise. No-one should. Here’s a few of our favourite combos (with a little help from your customer photos of course):
Keeping Light at Bay
Here, Rachel has layered light filtering roller blinds with blackout curtains for the ultimate light control in her bay window. As the sun moves around the house, she can lower each blind to exactly where she needs it to reduce, whilst still letting daylight flood through. And if she want to ramp up the cosy factor, simply draw the curtains and chill out on those lush sofas.
This combo is perfect for those of us that feel El-Groucho if the morning sun wakes up too early. To ensure that the maximum blackout is achievable, try layering a blackout roman blind in the recess, and blackout curtains outside it. Plus, it looks fabulous to layer the fabrics and textures like this.
Putting You In Control
If you’re in a ground floor flat, bungalow or annex, privacy may be an issue you have to deal with on a daily basis, especially if you have passers by right beneath your window. A venetian blind (wooden or aluminium) lets you obscure the view of those looking in, without blocking out all the light. Layering curtains on top adds a softer touch to the scheme too.
Alternatively, if it’s light streaming in as the sun sets that’s the issue, light control from a venetian comes in very handy, especially when it’s through patio doors like Amy’s. Curtains mean that Amy can also benefit from practical linings too. Blackout is great if your sofa doubles as a spare bed for guests, or thermal lining to ensure that the vast doors don’t leave you feeling a draught. Practicality on two levels – fantastic!
Finishing Off The Scheme
If you’re worried about a decor scheme looking too heavy in one colour, doubling your dressings helps to reset the balance. Choose a dressing in each colour to get that balance perfect. Plus, this speaks true for more than just colour. Think textures, patterns or finishes. Mix voiles with thick cottons, velvets and silks, metallic versus pastel, stripes against plains.
What window dressing combos are your faves? Do you make it a design feature or a practical choice? Let us know in the comments below, or better still, send us in your snaps! Tag them on Instagram with #Blinds2GoMakeover.