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How to Hang Curtains Over Blinds

How to Hang Curtains Over Blinds

Can you put curtains over blinds? Absolutely!

Combining curtains and blinds adds extra depth and elegance to your windows. For some rooms, hanging curtains on their own is good enough. But occasionally, you need extra privacy or light control in your room. Installing curtains over blinds is a great way to meet your needs without sacrificing style.

Whether you opt for curtains, blinds or both, it’s crucial to select materials and styles that work well together. You want to create a cohesive appearance that doesn’t overpower your windows or your room.

Hanging curtains over blinds is easier than you think! Read on for tips and discover styles for inspiration.

For more curtain tips and inspiration, check out our blog.

How to Hang Curtains Over Blinds

Blinds alone can look cold and unfinished, and curtains by themselves can let in too much light or not provide the level of privacy you need. That’s why combining curtains and blinds can help you achieve the look and functionality you want.

First, a few dos and don’ts to start.

DO think about color: Wood-toned blinds with colored curtains can make a room feel cozy. Alternatively, white curtains over white blinds can lighten and brighten a room. What look are you trying to create? The colors you choose for each element can make a big difference. 

Read: What Color Curtains Should I Get?

DO explore textured treatments: Smooth fabrics and woods may not always be optimal. Textured treatments like woven wood shades or velvet draperies can add depth and flair to your room.

DO add curtain tiebacks for style and function: Tiebacks and holdbacks are the perfect addition to your curtains. They add personality to your windows, highlight your blinds and effortlessly showcase the view outside. 

DON’T mount blinds outside the window frame: If you layer curtains over blinds, optimizing your window’s real estate is imperative. Installing blinds outside your window frame reveals ugly mounting hardware and looks sloppy and unfinished. If you want to make your windows look bigger, use an inside mount for your blinds and longer curtain rods to accommodate wider window coverings. 

DON’T go overboard with patterns: Choose one print and one solid for the best effect. Keep in mind that if you raise your blinds during the day, they’ll be out of sight. So if you want to show off a beautiful pattern, make sure it’s on the curtains – not the blinds.

DON’T stick to one scheme for your home: It’s better to not pick the same blinds or drapes for your entire home. If you have identical blinds throughout the house that you can’t replace, select new curtains to give each room a unique personality.

Design Ideas for Curtains Over Blinds

Ready to install curtains over blinds in your home? Here are a few of our favorite looks.

1. Horizontal Blinds

Installing curtains over horizontal or Venetian blinds is a fashionable look. You can open them completely, close them or tilt them at various angles for the perfect amount of privacy or light.

Horizontal blinds are available in many materials, including vinyl, aluminum, wood and faux wood.

2. Roman Shades

Roman shades are a tailored-looking alternative to traditional blinds. Roman shades are usually opaque and can only draw up or down, offering less light control options.

3. Cellular Shades

When you need additional privacy, light control and insulation, cellular shades are ideal. The honeycomb construction lets light in but still provides an opaque covering. Internal cells keep hot air out and cool air in, so they’re a practical, energy-saving option. Blackout options are also available for complete privacy.

4. Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are perfect for sliding doors and large windows since they open left and right instead of up and down.

Vertical blinds are available in an assortment of styles and widths. You can loosely chain them at the bottom to prevent the slats from moving when the windows are open.

5. Roller Shades

Roller shades have come a long way from their white vinyl predecessors. They’re budget-friendly and available in a wide variety of materials, so you don’t have to sacrifice style to live within your means.

If you want maximum light during the day and complete privacy at night, roller shades are your best bet.

Installing Curtains Over Blinds Has Never Been Easier

You shouldn’t have to do double the work just to hang curtains and blinds on one window.

With Kwik-Hang’s no-drill, damage-free brackets, hanging curtains over blinds is easy and effortless. Put up curtains in minutes with just a few hammer taps — absolutely no measuring, drilling or damage. Then, add a matching curtain rod and you’re ready to go!

Your stylish room awaits – get started with Kwik-Hang today!