September 27, 2017
Pairing drapes and blinds can give your rooms a really distinctive look. It also gives you more ways of controlling the light that comes into the room. But to really get the most out of the combination, there are a few things to remember.
The best style of blinds to use with drapes are roller blinds or venetian blinds. Of course, color is important, as you want to choose colors that work together in a window treatment and with the room as a whole.
Blinds made of timber are best if you are looking for a more natural image. Timber blinds have warmer colors and go together well with drapes of similar hues. Subdued colors work well with timber blinds. Or you can use the window treatment as an accent to a room. If, for example, your room is filled with cooler colors, such as blue and white, you could add drapes of a burnt orange tint to add a splash of color, along with timber blinds in more natural hues.
If you don’t care for brighter colors, you can use whites or creams for the drapes to create a fresh and stimulating appearance. These colors match well with many different blind shades.
If you choose a print for the blinds, avoid a print design for the drapes and vice versa. If you choose a print for one, use a solid color for the other. If both are prints, it can overshadow everything else in the room.
One effective use of prints is to use a solid color for the blinds and then a print design for the drapes in the same color as the blinds.
Mixing colors and patterns on the window treatments can really liven up a room if it is done well.
If you have a smaller window, you can use a blind and drape combination to make the window appear larger. Hang a Roman shade a few inches below the ceiling to make the window appear taller, and then install the curtain rod just above the Roman shade, but extend the rod 10 to 20 inches beyond the window.
Blinds under drapes create a natural fullness to a window treatment, adding to the cheerfulness and warmth of a room. Roman shades work very well in delivering this effect. They can be of a more sheer type, textured, or combined with a blockout fabric. Combining Roman shades with sheer linen drapery really helps to nicely frame the window.