Blinds and Curtains - Top Styles
Design Pros & Cons
Curtains and blinds are a defining feature of any room and if you choose the wrong ones; they won’t go unnoticed.
However, with so many different styles and designs it’s often difficult knowing where to begin. Each has a unique list of pros and cons and care should be taken to make sure that you know what you’re letting yourself in for:
Venetian blinds: Venetian blinds have come a long way from their medieval roots in the Far East. Today’s blinds come in such a variety of styles that they are as happy in the office (white) as they are in the bathroom (painted wood) or the kitchen (brushed aluminum). On the downside they are a headache to clean and prone to getting tangled easily.
Roman blinds: Ok, so your front room is unlikely to share the same dimensions as the Coliseum, but that shouldn’t stop you investing in a set of Roman blinds. Lord Byron once commented that “When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; And when Rome falls - the world.” Unfortunately the same can’t be said of Roman blinds, which have a reputation for becoming easily snagged and permanently hanging at a lopsided angle.
Roller blinds: Roller blinds need no introduction. They’re the quintessential blind defining the template from which all others are moulded. Advantages: they’re cheap, Disadvantages: they look it.
Pleats galore: Pencil pleated curtains are the quintessential accessory for the English country home. Much of their popularity is no doubt down to the fact that they contain acres of material and they do create an undeniably cosy ambience. On the other hand they are slightly dated.
Voiles: Voiles encompass all forms of translucent material and are consequently popular with nosy neighbors across the globe. They run the gamut from sophisticated muslins and silks to cheap synthetic ‘nets’. If used well voiles can add an unmistakable touch of class; used badly and your window soon resembles a cheap wedding dress.
Hookless curtains: Tab tops, eyelets and Velcro are all sounding the death-knell for the humble curtain hook. Next in the firing line is the curtain rail (replaced by cord or wire) if today’s style-watchers are to be believed.