How to Choose Window Coverings

Have you ever wondered how to choose window coverings?   This is one of the easiest ways to make a statement, and create an enhanced feeling of style and comfort in any room. A well-designed window covering can augment your existing décor, and make a statement to match your personal style. However, correctly choosing and incorporating new blinds, shades or curtains can be a challenge. Our experts suggest the following tips if you’re exploring your window covering options:

Style & Function

Set aside style considerations and identify the main purpose your window coverings will serve. In a bedroom, you may want to block unwanted light filtering through.  Privacy may be the goal in the living room, while a kitchen or bathroom might need just a simple decorative shade. A window treatment can fulfill all of these functions simultaneously, but knowing the main purpose of your new window covering will help to focus your options.

Blinds, Shades or Curtains?

Once you have decided on the function of your window treatment, you can then consider whether to go with blinds, shades or curtains, or a combination thereof. Curtains tend to offer more of a traditional look, and light blockage will vary. Blinds present a clean, minimalist look and more light control. Using both blinds and curtains together for a picture or bay window is a popular method of bringing style and warmth to any room. However you decide, both options offer a variety of styles to showcase your personal taste.

Colour & Texture

Do you want your window coverings to blend with your existing décor or add an exclamation point? A room generally consists of four main style elements: flooring, paint colour, furniture and ceiling. Whether you decide to blend or go bold, your window covering should complement these four elements without competing.

When it comes to colours and patterns, remember that there can only be one centerpiece in any given room. If you have elaborately coloured furniture or rugs, consider choosing solid coloured curtains that won’t compete for attention. Small, neutral designs like dots or pinstripes add subtle energy, while more daring patterns can have a spectacular affect.

The type of material you choose will also help set the mood of a room. If going for a more formal atmosphere, consider using heavy velvet or silk. Polyester blends, rayon and cotton sateen are practical choices that wash easily and don’t fade, while linens and cottons add a clean, crisp and casual look, especially when paired with simple slatted blinds.

Shades are typically made of softer materials and typically serve practical purposes only – as the name implies, shade prevent light from entering the room, and/or diffuse light. Shades aren’t usually intended to draw attention as part of a main design element, and are often accompanied by curtains if texture and form is needed around the windows. If crafted mouldings or custom window frames are a main feature, curtains are often not needed.

Blinds on the other hand, are more commonly used to make a design statement. Quality blinds can transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary. They are typically made of natural wood or other synthetic and more cost effective materials such as plastic or aluminum. Blinds are low maintenance, only require dusting, and once placed, rarely need to be removed.

At Canadian Home Style, we offer a wide selection of beautiful blind and shade window covering choices to help your home live up to its full potential. Visit our North Vancouver showroom today to view inspiring options that suit your lifestyle. www.canadianhomestyle.com