While perhaps not as obvious a focal point as other furniture in your home, the window is the main source of light to every room and the type of window dressing you choose can have a massive impact on the way the room is set up. But what effect are you looking to achieve? Are you trying to change the whole dynamic of the room with a bold statement? Do you want something a little more subtle to blend in with the rest of the décor? Perhaps it is more a matter of practicality over style. And, as with any other aspect of home furnishing (as with anything in general!), cost will always be an important consideration.
Generally speaking, the type of window dressing you want will be a case of mixing style with practicality in varying proportions. The balance of the two will be dictated by the room in which the window in question sits. The lounge is a good place to start, as this will tend to be where you spend most of your down time and where most social events will be based. A bold and attractive set of curtains can really add depth to a room, but there are further choices to be made. If you are looking to make more of a feature of your curtain poles, you could go for tab top curtains, whereby the curtain hangs by a fabric loop exposing more of the pole. If you decide to go for a particularly heavy set of curtains, chrome ring poles are the best option. A heavier set of curtains will also provide insulation from drafts in the colder months, and also help to block the sun from hitting other furniture in strong sunlight. Naturally the more sumptuous your curtains, the more expensive they can be.
Where blinds come into their own is in the kitchen and bathroom. These rooms naturally suffer from a greater level of humidity and condensation due to the steam that cooking and bathing or showering generate. For this reason curtains may not be the best option as the condensation can collect on the fabric and sometimes spoil the curtains. Blinds avoid this problem and are easy to keep clean and dry. Which type of blind you go for is down to personal choice. Venetian blinds are easy to maintain and look great whatever the room, bamboo blinds offer a unique and stylish look.
A bit of both?
When it comes to the bedroom, either option can come into consideration. Both can look fabulous in the right setting; if your room is full of deep shades and has a very opulent feel, curtains may suit best. For a lighter room with a minimalist feel, blinds will have a better effect. Other points to consider may be if the room faces the sun for most of the day, or if somebody in the house works night shifts, in which case blackout blinds are an option.