Plantation shutters and curtains both offer functional and aesthetic benefits, which makes it tough to choose between the two. So why not have the best of both worlds? Pairing plantation shutters with curtains isn’t as tricky as it may sound, and with some helpful tips and expert advice it can actually enhance the atmosphere of your home.
Discover how pairing plantation shutters with curtains could work for your home and get in touch with us at Complete Blinds to discuss our wide range of window furnishing solutions.
Why Pair Plantation Shutters With Curtains?
There are various benefits to plantation shutters and curtains, which is why many home owners choose to utilise both. Plantation shutters are energy efficient in insulating windows and doors, as well as offering a classic look that doesn’t go out of style. Both plantations and curtains can be adjusted to let in more or less light, and can offer a desired amount of light or privacy for a room.
Curtains however, make it easy to change up the design and feel of your room with the variety of fabrics, colours and styles available. Utilising the two will optimise functionality and design flexibility, adding more value to your home – for you and future buyers.
The Right Curtain Choice: Utilise Hanging Panel Curtains
When combining plantation shutters with curtains, it’s important to choose ones that will be accessible and functional. We’d recommend utilising hanging panel curtains over roman shades or roller shades in this situation, as they’ll allow easy access to shutters yet they still have the ability to alter light levels when needed.
Hanging panel curtains will provide that aesthetic appeal with your desired fabric but can be simply pushed aside to increase light. These are also greatly flexible for switching out if you love changing up your room design. It’s a great idea to choose curtains that will complement your plantation shutters, which will help to frame and enhance the look of windows.
Mounting Curtains Upwards and Outwards
We recommend using a curtain rod long enough to push the curtains all the way to the side of shutters. Not only can this make small windows appear larger, it will ensure you’re not wrestling with the fabric when trying to open your plantation shutters. This looks best when mounted considerably above your window frame, which will also make windows appear taller and add visual height to the room.
Whereabouts you mount these is mostly personal preference, although some designers prefer to focus on the six inch to the side and above rule. The space between your window moulding and ceiling might impact this, so it’s best to only go as high or wide as the space allows.
Choosing the right shape and sized curtains for your space is key here, but don’t fret if you’re still unsure – get in touch with us at Complete Blinds for personalised advice on options for your space.
If you’d like to add a more formal look to your home or a specific room, adding tiebacks in curtains can help achieve this. Rather than having curtains hang straight down, tiebacks and drawbacks can add visual interest by being applied to the sides or centre of windows. These are particularly effective for framing something like a bay window, bed or window seat. They can also add an air of luxury and sophistication to a room, without the hefty price tag.
The difference between the two? – Tiebacks wrap around the curtain to gather it together whilst holdbacks are mounted to the side of a window frame to keep curtains at the edge. Holdbacks often use hooks, however you can add character by using other items such as old door knobs. Smaller details like this can make a big difference to a room and enhance the personality of your home.
Incorporate Both in Your Home Design
When applied correctly, pairing plantation shutters with curtains will enhance the aesthetics of your home whilst still enabling the functionality of both. Choosing the best combination may be puzzling, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of an expert in the field. If this is something you think could enhance your home, get in touch with us at Complete Blinds to discuss your window furnishing opportunities.