Blinds are a practical way to block out sunlight and provide privacy in your space, but can sometimes feel cold or industrial. If you’re looking to infuse more personality and style into your home, curtains are a great option for framing your windows or blocking out any light that blinds can’t prevent from entering the room. They can also completely hide blinds when they aren’t in use and help to soften the look in a room, but on their own may feel a bit dated or too traditional.
The good news is, you don’t need to choose one or the other. While both styles of window treatments offer their own benefits on their own, together they are a dynamic duo. Choosing the wrong combination, though, can cause the window to look too busy or overwhelming, so read on for our tips and tricks on how to properly choose and hang curtains over blinds.
Step 1: Selecting Blinds
If you already have blinds on the window, your first step is to check to see if your blinds are mounted inside or outside the window frame. This will determine how you need to mount the curtain track or drapery rod for the curtains. If blinds have not been chosen or mounted yet, we recommend opting for inside-mounted blinds, as they are the easiest for hanging any style of hardware and curtain over top.
There are many window treatments to choose from and it’s best to go with an option that complements your existing decor. Some options to consider include Vertical Blinds, Wood/Faux Wood Blinds, Roller Blinds, Cellular Blinds, Venetian Blinds or simple shutters. Our favourite are zebra blinds, as they are clean, versatile and sophisticated looking and provide privacy when needed as well as blocking out the most light.
If you really want to ensure your room is dark, there is a great product called “Better Fit”, which is a frame that can be mounted inside the window frame for roller blinds or cellular blinds and prevents light from coming through in the sides. This helps to protect your carpet, wood floors, furniture and art, which can be damaged by overexposure of sunlight.
Step 2: Selecting Hardware
Your options for hardware will be based on if your blinds are mounted inside or outside the window frame. If mounted inside the frame, you can use either a curtain rod mounted above or in front of the frame or a track on the ceiling. If the blinds are mounted outside the window, you will have to use a curtain rod on the wall above the window frame or a track on the ceiling. In either case, when you are using a drapery rod, you will have to use brackets that are at least 4” to bring it out further than the window to ensure that the curtains have enough clearance to cover the blinds. The nice thing about using a drapery rod is that it allows an additional infusion of personality and customization. We have a huge assortment of options available when it comes to drapery rods, brackets, finials and end caps. Another thing to consider is installing motorized blinds or drapery, which is a very modern feature – and a huge convenience.
Step 3: Selecting Drapery
We have thousands of fabric in a vast assortment of colours, fabrics, patterns and styles, including blackout curtains. Depending on how much light or privacy you want, there is an option to meet your needs. Side panes are a great way to achieve a more sophisticated look, while sheers provide a touch of elegance. All spaces are unique, so use your own judgement to decide what best suits your needs – and know that if you face any difficulty while choosing products or installation, you are always welcome to contact us for our professional advice and services.
Dos and Don’ts When Hanging Curtains Over Blinds
- Choose the type of blind first
- Match the curtain and rod colour with the blind colour
- Get creative
- Pair a print with another print
- Be afraid to accessorize
- Choose the same curtains for the whole house
Prestige Decor is a one-stop-shop that has everything you need to get started. All our products are high-end, good quality and Canadian-made, so you know that you are getting the very best. If you have any questions or would like help selecting blinds, curtains or hardware, we have professional designers who can help you in the store or even make home visits to give their best recommendations. So what are you waiting for? Get started today. We’re here to help.