Should you have curtains, blinds or shutters?

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Elizabeth Goodall, PAUL MCCREDIE and JANE USSHER

Bright curtains can be a means of adding colour to a room without having to paint a wall.

Light and translucent, in a place such as the bathroom where insulation isn’t a must, these curtains provide a bit of privacy whilst still letting the light in.

Roller blinds are a good solution for unusually shaped rooms.

Neutral curtains do not have to match the colour of the wall.

Kate Rogan, of Rogan Nash Architects, says children’s bedrooms are great spaces to experiment and “go a bit crazy”. She says to be careful of the fabric used as it should ideally age with the child – stripes, or geometric shapes work well.

Rogan says shutters are clean and less fussy.

Drapes can be used in conjunction with blinds for day to night use.

Blinds are helpful for controlling light.

When the room’s decor is understated, add interest with patterned curtains.

A curtain wouldn’t have worked for this window because of the size and position in the middle of the wall.

Rogan says window seats can be tricky because of their shape.

The curtains in this room were chosen to match the statement wallpaper.

This bathroom combines shutters and blinds for a combination of light control and decor.

Neutral curtains were a good choice to center this busy room.

For a small window, blinds are the better choice – they take up less room are more manageable.

These floor length curtains are a neutral colour but make a statement in their size, adding height to a room.

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Blinds, shutters or curtains? And if it’s curtains: should they be full length or mid length , opaque or translucent, patterned or plain? When it comes to window treatments there is an abundance of choice, so how do you decide what’s best for your room?

CURTAINS:

Kate Rogan, of Rogan Nash Architects, says choosing curtains depends on the room. “In a cosy, or small, space you don’t want a whole lot of different types and patterns of curtains, it can be overwhelming and sometimes make a space look smaller,” she says. Sticking to one colour and type of curtain (ie pleated, floor length or gathered) can make a small room look larger. A few specific styles of homes do suit a melange of styles – “English country can handle a mixture of colour, style and patterns” – but in general Rogan advises to stick to one style throughout the house, “otherwise it gets too complicated.”

When wallpaper is already making a statement, it's a good idea to stick to neutral curtains.

Jane Ussher

When wallpaper is already making a statement, it’s a good idea to stick to neutral curtains.

When deciding whether curtains should be neutral or a statement piece she says, “stick to the general rule that there should be no more than three things going on in a room at once.” Using this guideline, if there are already three signature items in a room, curtains should be a neutral colour. However Rogan does note this is merely a general rule and some spaces are able to take a myriad of statement pieces without looking overdone.

Curtains should always make contact with the floor says Rogan, "you don't want them to look like trouser pants that are ...

JANE USSHER

Curtains should always make contact with the floor says Rogan, “you don’t want them to look like trouser pants that are too short.”

To give the impression the room is larger, take the curtains all the way up to the ceiling, or above the height of the window frame. This technique lessens the visual choppiness of the decor.

Curtains provide good thermal insulation, soften a room and block more light out than a blind. For this reason they are well suited for bedrooms.

BLINDS:

For a small window it is unpractical to have a curtain, blinds are a much easier solution.

Jane Ussher

For a small window it is unpractical to have a curtain, blinds are a much easier solution.

A good combination for the bedroom is the dual use of a roller blind with a drape over the top. This way you can let the light in during the day, while maintaining privacy, and draw the curtains at night to keep the heat in. If a room doesn’t suit drapes however, double blinds (one see through and the other with black out backing) can be used for the same purpose.

Rogan says, “blinds with a lot of horizontal lines can be visually overwhelming” and suggests they shouldn’t be used in excess.

SHUTTERS:

“Shutters are crisper and less fussy”, Rogan says, and are a good solution for a door. “Blinds on a door would just be a nightmare”, instead shutters, which can be attached to the door, move with it and can be opened and closed easily.

Shutters with wide slats are perfect for windows where you don’t want to loose the view. They can control light and allow good airflow, which is important for a healthy home.

 – Stuff

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