You may have to be prepared to be flexible here – you may be governed by existing architectural limitations – but we can usually suggest a good compromise that will still deliver you the look you want. We are good at “thinking outside the box” to come up with all sorts of solutions to a decorating dilemma.
- What is the room to be used for? (Sleeping, watching TV, office, multi-purpose)
- If it is a bedroom – what sort of mood do you want to create? Romantic? Soft and feminine?
- Masculine, clubby? Peaceful and restful? Fun Kids room? Cool funky teenage boy bedroom?
- Chic fashionable teenage girl room?
- Is block out from sun important in this room?
- Do you need privacy during the daytime in this room but still want light coming in?
- Do you need to cut glare but still be able to see out?
- Is sound proofing important?
- Does it get very hot in this room when sun hits the window?
- Does it get very cold in winter?
- How is furniture going to be placed in this room?
- Where will art work & TV screens to be placed on walls?
- Where will air conditioners sit on wall, security sensors?
- If considering motorized curtains/blinds: is there power close to the top of window for the motor?
- Do you have odd shaped windows within the same room?
- Do your windows have an architectural feature that you want to show off (like an arched window or bay windows?)
Should I have Blinds or Curtains or a combination of both?
Here are some points to consider:
Roller Blinds when rolled up will almost “disappear” – giving a clean line to the window and a minimalist look to the room.
Curtains and drapery fabric have come a long way in the last few years – and many designers are using them in preference to blinds as they add a luxury and style that create a unique individual look. A popular look is to use both – a roller blind for sun block and privacy, teamed with floaty sheer curtains facing the room – this is a designer trick to soften an otherwise hard look.
There is better energy insulation in curtains, especially in winter and even more so if you have a pelmet above the curtain, as these trap the warm air and helps to prevent heat from escaping through the glass.
There is better light correction is block out curtains as there are no gaps, even more so if you have a pelmet above the curtain, as this prevents the “halo effect” of light bouncing out above the curtain.
Acoustics – a room with all hard surfaces and no softness will echo. Curtains absorb sound.
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