Blinds are some of the most popular window treatments in America because of their clean lines and classic aesthetic as well as their insulating and view through light control capabilities. Most commonly blinds, both wooden and mental, are in neutral shades like white and browns. The neutral finishes of blinds make them ideally suited as the base for layered window treatments because they can harmonize with several different window coverings and work in a variety of interior design styles. So, when layering blinds consider the following tips to ensure a successful pairing.
The risk with layering blinds is that if done incorrectly the two window treatments will clash rather than be complementary. So, when pairing blinds and a second layer remember that contrast is key to harmonizing the colors of the two window treatments.
Layering blinds not only adds functionality to window treatments as a whole (increasing energy efficiency, light blocking, and sound reducing abilities), it’s also a fun way to play with design in your home. That’s because modern window treatment come in a plethora of materials from fabrics and natural textiles to solid woods and state of the art plastics and vinyl, so there are nearly endless texture combinations to explore.
Take for example the textural variety created when layering blinds with drapery from the Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Drapery. The combination of blinds and drapes mixes hard and soft treatments, and the fabric selection from the Design Studio suite of products includes expansive selection of different fabrics and natural materials in a variety of weaves and textures.
Blinds are a great neutral base to play against pattern, in fact because they are such a solid foundation you can play with bolder or more dramatic patterns. So, when layering blinds with side panels don’t be afraid to be bold; the Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ Side Panels are available in variety of prints with traditional and modern patterns.
Rebecca Atwood, a contemporary textile artist working out of New York, has created a unique line of prints for the Hunter Douglas Design Studio suite in which she utilizes her unique watercolor and stamping process to create one-of-a-kind prints. Atwood’s handmade prints harmonize natural motifs and traditional design elements just as layering blinds with patterned side panels harmonizes a dramatic accent neutral background.
Layering blinds doesn’t have to stop with two layers, there are additional window treatments that can add a whole new dimension to layered window fashions. Custom valances can give the layered window treatment a more polished look, while frosted privacy film can add new layers of privacy and security. Motorization adds another layers of convivence and control, and Hunter Douglas PowerView® Automation works with most styles of blinds.
If you have any questions about layering blinds in your home contact the design experts at Blinds & Designs. With over 16 years in the industry, Blinds & Designs has the best, top of the line blinds and can help you style and layer them to best suit your home decor. Located near Fletcher, North Carolina, Blinds & Designs serves all of Asheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, and Fletcher, NC.