4 Simple Tips for Choosing Curtains and Blinds

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A home makeover doesn’t have to be expensive and labor-intensive. You can use window treatment elements like curtains, blinds, sheers, swags, and tiebacks to add pattern, texture, and color to your space. Before checking out the curtain prices in Eastleigh, Kenya, or via the internet, it is important to consider some factors. In this article, Reny Interiors gives you tips on how to pick out the right blinds, curtains, and sheers for your windows.

1. The Room

In which room would you like to install your curtains or blinds? This is an essential question to ask yourself when planning for window treatment items. Horizontal blinds, for example, wouldn’t suit a small window because their features wouldn’t be as pronounced as you’d want them. Similarly, the short curtain you’d install on your kitchen window wouldn’t do justice to the large windows in your living room.

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room with curtains

Light curtains and blinds are ideal for living rooms and other spaces that need natural light throughout the day. Thick sheers and curtains, on the other hand, are perfect for bedrooms. They offer privacy, warmth, and block out sunlight – allowing for a good afternoon nap when you need one. If you have to install blinds in your kitchen, go for Venetian blinds. They will add a chic look to your kitchen window and resist damage from water and soot.

2. Material

Most blinds are made of wood, bamboo, vinyl, or aluminum. Curtains are primarily made of cloth or plastic material. These materials have their pros and cons, making them suitable (or unsuitable) for specific spaces.

When choosing curtains, you want to make sure you pick a material that offers your desired aesthetics and functionality. A tightly-woven cotton fabric would do great in a bedroom as it offers desirable light-blocking properties. Light curtains and translucent sheers are perfect for dining areas, stairways, and living rooms. If you’re looking for window treatment solutions for your home office, you can never go wrong with horizontal blinds. They allow enough light to pass through while offering you privacy.

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On the same subject of materials, you should consider the hoisting method for your curtains. If you have curtain rods, for example, it’d be wise to get curtains with eyelets or tape tops. This choice will save you the hassle of installing eyelets or purchasing curtain rings so that you can hang your curtains.

3. Design and Color

You need to understand the style, color, and design of your space before purchasing curtains and blinds. Take a good look at your ceiling, walls, floors, and furniture to decide whether you want curtains that match or contrast with the current colors. To determine the best curtains for your living room, for example, it is advisable to consult a professional interior designer. They’ll help you pick curtain colors that improve the appearance of your space.

4. Type

There are different types of window blinds and curtains. Standard blinds, otherwise known as mini-blinds, have a depth of between ½ an inch and 1 inch. Venetian blinds have a depth of 2-inches, or thereabouts. The length of blinds typically depends on the size of a window, thus they’re custom-made to suit specified window dimensions.

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On the other hand, curtains are made of cloth with additional fabric to account for curtain gathers and pleats. The different types of curtains include:

  • panel curtains
  • blackout curtains
  • door panels
  • lace curtains
  • outdoor curtains
  • pinch pleat drapes
  • sheer curtains
  • valances

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Curtains in Kenya

While looking for interior design solutions, you may have some questions about curtains. Here are 3 of the most asked questions relating to curtains and blinds.

• What are the differences between curtains, drapes, blinds, and shades?

Many people, including some interior decorators, use the word ‘drapes’ in place of ‘curtains’ and say ‘shades’ to mean ‘blinds’. These words aren’t synonyms.

Curtains are fabric panels that often come in pairs. Drapes are also fabric panels sold in pairs. However, drapes differ from curtains in that they are lined to block out natural light when closed.

Shades are made of soft, solid-length fabric with a lifting mechanism to regulate the sunlight shining into a room. Blinds are also made with a lifting mechanism but not with a solid length of fabric. They have louvers made of aluminum, bamboo, wood, or vinyl slats.

two-toned curtain panels

• Do I need to get curtains for all my windows?

Your home should have a warm feel to it. Hence, it’s advisable to have curtains for every window on the ground floor and in areas where you sleep or study.

• Are curtains expensive?

Yes and no. Yes, because some materials cost more than others. Therefore, you’d have to spend more on high-quality material than regular low-quality curtains. Stylish designs can also cost more than plain curtains. No, because with the right budget you can find affordable and durable curtains and curtain rods for your windows.

In Conclusion

Choosing the right curtains and blinds is important to the overall aesthetics of your home. You need to take your time to check out the curtain material, color, and design. Also, you must consider the nature of the room you want to add the curtain, sheer, or blind to.

Reny Interiors specializes in curtain designs, window treatment selection, and other interior design works. If you’d like to install a curtain or blind in your home or workspace, contact us on 0706244085 for a free quote. We will give you affordable prices and deliver high-quality work.

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