Curtains and blinds in Melbourne: when to go with which?

When it comes to a home makeover, renovation or building, there’s a lot to consider, not least of which are the curtains and blinds.

The right window furnishings can transform the character of a room, adding softness, colour and style while also providing practical benefits such as insulation and privacy. And with so much to choose from, it’s good to know what’s what when picking out your curtains and blinds.

Curtains – endless choice

custom curtains

Custom design your curtains to give your lounge room the ultimate make over

Curtains are a great way to provide elegance and sophistication to a room, and with designer fabrics and custom builds aplenty, any home can find its perfect curtain match.

More traditional options such as heavier, lined curtains do a great job of blocking out sunlight and are well suited to Melbourne’s stylish Federation homes and Californian bungalows, adding a touch luxury from the lounge to the bedrooms.

On the other end (and very much on trend), sheer curtains let light in while maintaining privacy and look very chic when blowing in a summer sea breeze, making them perfect for street-facing windows. In a wide range of fabrics, like linen, sheers provide any room with softness, giving the home a relaxed appeal.

sheer curtains in living area

Sheer curtains let in the light and give the house a soft look

If you’re looking to restyle the house, some new curtains may well be the only change you need. An endless choice of beautiful fabrics from top designers such as Charles Parsons, Warwick Fabrics and Marco can make for a difficult decision, but just remember to keep it to a few colours and patterns so the room isn’t overpowered.

Blinds – practical and modern

Fantastic for furnishing windows in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, it’s in these mess-prone parts of the house that blinds work wonders.

Cleaning blinds is easy done, and the ability for blinds to be retracted out of the way when not needed means you can often avoid the mess reaching them in the first place, making them the practical choice.

Blinds in Melbourne house

Wooden blinds and shutters keep cleaning easy

What’s more, when in proximity to steam from a shower, bath, stove or kettle, wooden shutters won’t see the fast mould growth that could arise if you don’t properly ventilate these rooms, while also providing privacy that’s essential for bathrooms.

Other rooms, too, can be well suited to blinds: smaller spaces benefit from the ability to retract the blinds into a compact bunch, saving space. Plus, with a huge range of looks, materials and designs, blinds are really proving their worth in the style department, making any room look modern and slick.

Duette window furnishings

Blinds are flexible and easy to adjust

Your power bill can also benefit from the addition of blinds, with Duette Shades utilising an intelligent design to keep the house cool during summer and warm over those chilly Melbourne winters.

Just ask!

Of course, when it comes to furnishing windows, a mix of both curtains and blinds will often be the way to go for giving your whole home a new, modern look. Nicholls have been in the business for over 90 years, providing Melbourne’s best customer service and solutions. With a huge range, we’re sure to have the right product for your home. Give us a call on (03) 9596 2335 or visit us in-store to talk about a quote.

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