Tips to Selecting the Right Curtains and Blinds

Window coverings are an important practical and decorative consideration when putting together your home. There are a variety of options that come in many different colors so there is something for everyone. Changing out your window coverings is a great, cheap way to refresh your interior space as well.

Important practical considerations include the amount of light allowed through, insulation provided by some window coverings and ease of use. Curtains are generally the best at insulating and blocking out light although there are those that are quite thin and airy as well. However, they can be more difficult to use and less appropriate for smaller windows.

From an aesthetic perspective, curtains are often the best choice. They come in a variety of types and colors and can be fitted to the overall design of the room. Long, silk curtains add elegance to a sitting room in a traditional manner while patterned curtains give a more country home feel. Lacy, delicate curtains could belong in a little girl’s window while solid matte curtains in a nice forest green or deep blue could belong in a man’s room.

Curtains can and do get dirty, dusty and faded over time. They should be washed relatively regularly in order to remove the dirt and dust. They will also need to be replaced when they start to fade or fray. The sun’s rays are hard on fabric and curtains are no exception.

People with allergies might find blinds to be a better choice. The main reason for this is that they can be cleaned without being taken down and do not require washing and drying. A quick run over them with a damp cloth will take care of most of the allergy-provoking dust.

Wooden blinds are attractive and classy. They come in all natural colors of wood and stains or might be painted. However, they are a more expensive option than vinyl blinds which will generally last longer as well. Blinds may need to be custom-fitted to certain oddly shaped windows but are available in most standard sizes.

It is important to keep your windows clean and well-maintained if you want the full aesthetic impact of the window coverings. Even the nicest curtains have a hard time looking their best when the window is dirty and the paint is coming off of the sill. Make cleaning the windows part of your regular routine and it will become a valuable habit.

Author Bio

Burton owns and operates a home remodeling agency helping clients with questions regarding curtains and blinds in Perth Australia. Away from the office,he enjoys surfing, relaxing at the beach and spending time with his best friend and wife Rita.

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