Everyone makes mistakes. But when you’ve invested in your home, only to find out you’ve made the wrong choice, the regret can be total. We’re here to help make sure you get it right – so here are the top window furnishing mistakes to avoid.
Mistake: non-waterproof furnishings in a wet area
While they may not be directly in the shower space or the splash zone of the bath or vanity, there is still a lot of moisture that drifts through the bathroom air. And this moisture can wreak havoc with your window coverings.
Choosing blinds or curtains that can’t cope with wet areas simply means you’ll be replacing them often. Either they’ll warp or develop mould and that’s the last thing you want.
Shutters, roller blinds or venetians are good options, obviously depending on the style and design of your bathroom or even kitchen.
Mistake: not investing in quality
As the saying goes, ‘buy cheap, buy twice’. Our window coverings are constantly moved, lifted, dropped and expected to just cope with everything. You need your window coverings to withstand a lot – sunlight, heat or simple wear and tear.
Investing in quality furnishings including your window coverings is a lifelong commitment. Spend the money wisely and it’s unlikely you’ll have to spend it again.
Mistake: style over function
Make no mistake, there is a way you can combine function and style because let’s face it, we want our homes to be practical and beautiful.
For example, sheer curtains may look absolutely striking in a lounge room, but you wouldn’t have them on their own in a bedroom – where’s the privacy or light control in that?
At the end of the day, it’s about choosing the right kind of window furnishing for the particular space and room.
Mistake: all windows have to match
One of the most important elements of interior design is ensuring rooms are unique yet cohesive. This doesn’t mean that everything absolutely has to match throughout a home.
Each room has its own personality and you need to let it shine. But choosing cookie-cutter window furnishing options for every window of the home, you’re lumping every space together, when in actual fact, each space serves a different purpose and therefore has its own requirements.
Whether it’s choosing the same or complementing styles, finding colours that match together or making completely different design choices according to the requirements and style of the room, it’s entirely your choice – just don’t assume that everything has to be exactly the same.
Learn from it
At the end of the day, you can’t entirely avoid mistakes. Everyone does it, even the top designers, with many saying a lot of mistakes have to do with scale, learning how to edit out – less is more after all – and finding the balance between matchy-matchy and contrasting choices.
Learning from their mistakes we can see that when it comes to your own window furnishings, figuring out what each individual room requires, and then choosing a style and colour that compliments the use and design of that room ensures you make the right choice, first go.