How To Style Wooden Blinds

Fri 23 Feb 2018 Amy Kilvington

Real wooden blinds are a welcome addition to every space in the home. From the bedroom, to the living room, to the conservatory (and everything in between), wooden blinds will bring elegance and warmth to your room.

When choosing your window dressings, the first thing you need to consider is functionality. Do your blinds need to block out all sunlight? Maybe you should consider a style that offers warmth? Perhaps the room will benefit from extra privacy, or it’s important that the fabric is water resistant? Once you’ve established the needs of your space, it’s time to narrow down your options and think about looks.

There’s a good chance that wooden blinds will be the front runner. Offering beauty, durability, privacy and easy maintenance, this classic design is the champ of window blinds. Whether you want a light white finish, a warm oaky glow or a deep, rich mahogany, there’s plenty to choose from. Coupled with this is your choice of slat size (narrow, medium or wide), and the matter of tapes. So how should you style your chosen wooden blinds? We explain everything…


How to style wooden blinds

Contrast

Every interior designer knows that contrast is the secret ingredient to creating an impactful space. The juxtaposition of tones, textures, shapes and influences will bring interest and excitement to your room. Contrasts also create drama and depth, which are perfect for rooms that need to feel warm and cosy.

To effectively achieve contrast, you need to place two or more strikingly different items beside one another. This can work wonderfully with wooden blinds, especially when you select a deep, rich wood tone like Premier Walnut or Designer Bronzed Oak. Install these wooden blinds into your neutral space for an eye-catching contrast against the light walls.

Alternatively, white or pale wooden blinds work well in a more colourful space. If you’ve adorned your walls with patterned wallpaper, or you’ve opted for a bold shade like turquoise or navy blue, consider light coloured blinds to complement the darker, busier elements. Your wooden blinds will also tone nicely against other items of furniture, not just in terms of colour, but in the types of materials and finishes. For instance, a metallic accessory will stand out brilliantly against simple and classic wood.

Applying contrasts to your interiors helps to emphasise all areas and create a space that’s much more visually exciting. Of course, contrast shouldn’t be overdone – if you throw too many into your room, it will appear cluttered.


Layering

Just like we layer our clothes to create a more personalised, interesting (and weather-appropriate!) outfit, we can layer our interior furnishings for a similar effect.

Layering is a way to tie together various elements for a cohesive and charming look. It is also highly functional, helping to improve insulation and warmth.

Layering is vital if you want to achieve a cosy and comfortable space. You can layer various elements of the room, from the rugs on the floor, to the cushions and throws on your sofa. Each of these elements helps to create an interior that’s balanced and welcoming. Try to mix up the colours and textures you use for a more stylised space. For example, a brightly covered weave will work beautifully against a soft neutral knit.

When it comes to window dressings, layering is a brilliant design option. Not only does it look great, but it also helps with noise reduction and energy efficiency. The advantages of wooden blinds sitting neatly in the recess of your window also allows plenty of room for curtains on top, ensuring that your window isn’t overwhelmed with layers.

Once you’ve installed your wooden blinds, consider pairing with a bold contrasting curtain for a dramatic effect. For a lighter, airier feeling, you could consider a sheer voile. There are endless opportunities when layering your window dressings, from heavy drapes to window scarves, so you can achieve your desired look no matter your taste or requirements.

 


Understated

Simple and understated design is a wonderful option for every aspect of your space. These refined styles have staying power, steering clear of fads and trends, and making for a look that will last well into the future.

Understated interior design is elegant and practical. It doesn’t need to shout loudly to be heard. Instead, it is quietly confident in its functionality, along with its timeless appeal. The style focuses around high quality, durable and environmentally friendly pieces that are presented in a minimal manner. For instance, a fuss-free coffee table made from reclaimed wood, with only two or three ornaments sitting on the surface.

Some great examples of understated interior design can be seen in Scandi looks, which have become tremendously popular in recent years. Scandinavian design is inherently simple and fuss-free, focusing on quality over quantity.

Wooden blinds are the perfect choice if you want to achieve this type of space. This window dressing is minimal and durable, providing a strong investment along with its subtle style. A grey wooden blind, such as the Premier Light Grey, is one of our favourite  solutions. This tone will coordinate with the rest of your space whilst maintaining a light, bright feeling. If you’re looking for understated style, this is the way to go!

 

 


Find out more about styling our high quality, real wooden blinds by contacting a member of our interior design team: interiordesign@interiorgoodsdirect.com or 01924 848739 (8:30-4:30 MON-FRI). You can also take a look at our full range of wood blinds here.


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