Do You Use Curtains With Wooden Blinds?


Although you love the warm beauty of your wood blinds, you might feel like something is missing. While wood blinds certainly are attractive and add architectural interest to your room, they are all hard surface and straight lines. One idea to remedy the lack of softness and color is to layer curtains over your wood blinds. Curtains will frame the blinds and add texture and pattern to your room.

Curtains Aren't Required

  • You are not required to use curtains along with your wood blinds. On their own, wood blinds provide privacy, block light and allow you to control light by maneuvering the slats. However, if you'd like to add curtains, feel free to do so.


  • Curtains can block light that escapes through the blind's slats, add an extra layer of privacy, help absorb sound in your room or simply look pretty. Curtains come in a huge assortment of fabrics, patterns and colors to help you accomplish your desired effect. From sheers to silk to denim, there is a curtain that will fit your decor and that will work well with your wood blinds. Curtains frame your window and your blinds, giving your window a complete, fully decorated look.


  • Only a few drawbacks concern layering curtains over wood blinds. In the kitchen, curtains are not always appropriate as they can easily become soiled by food. Shorter curtains, as opposed to floor-length ones, help prevent mess. Also, if you want your wood blinds to be the star of your room, curtains cover them partially and can take away from them. An additional drawback is the extra expense curtains add to your decorating budget.

Other Considerations

  • If you'd like to add some color, softness and pattern to your room but aren't completely sold on layering curtains over your wood blinds, use a valance or a cornice board. These two window treatments cover only the top portion of your window and so leave the majority of your wood blinds out in the open for all to see. Another consideration is the design of your wood blinds. Curtains layered over wood blinds look best when the blinds are the type that fit inside your window casing as opposed to blinds that are wider than your window and overlap onto the wall.

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