Since the pandemic that changed the world, working from home or remote working has risen in popularity. Lockdowns and self-isolating needs made it necessary to adapt to a new mode of working, and it seems it is here to stay. Both employers and employees have seen its many benefits, and are now putting this flexibility to good use. Naturally, this means you want your home office to be enticing. Curtains are a simple and surefire way of doing just that.
You want to improve productivity in your home office, which can be tough if it is not set up right. Fortunately, you need not break the bank to get there. You can achieve this with a few simple steps. One of these is with window furnishings like curtains.
Here is a look at how they can be used for upping the ante in your home office.
1. Blockout curtains
As you might have guessed by the name, blockout curtains do just that. They block out mainly light and to some extent, sound. They are especially great for rooms that face harsh light during the day, as they reduce the glare from the screen. Their secret lies in their lining, which also incidentally makes them great insulators. So they also help with some extra warmth during the colder Winter months.
Blockout curtains also come in a series of fun, bold colours, which you can mix and match. That can help amplify the texture and character of the room as well. Patterns can also add interesting characteristics to a space.
2. Sheer curtains
These are the complete opposite of blockout curtains. Again, their name gives away their functionality. Made out of a lighter, thinner fabric, these curtains give off a completely different ambience. Hence, they can be used in a variety of ways.
For starters, they can be used on their own. They are wonderful for gently diffusing light and are soft and delicate, so blow beautifully in the breeze. Since they let in natural light even when drawn, they can be great mood-lifters too. Their elegance also makes them suited for any and all spaces, with wall-to-wall sheer curtains exuding sheer luxury (excuse the pun).
As a more modern style of curtain, they can also be paired with blockout curtains for double the looks and functionality. You can draw back the blockout curtains during the day when you want some light in, with the sheers closed. This will help filter the level of light coming into the room. It can help with controlling glare on your screen when working, which is very beneficial.
Lastly, sheer curtains can even be used outdoors on the patio, or to create a dreamy book-nook/ bedspace. Your imagination here is really the limit!
3. Curtains and blinds
There is a world of options available to you here. Pairing curtains with blinds not only elevates the look of your home office, but also improves functionality. With the incredible range of blinds available, there are various combinations you can opt for.
A good place to start would be to assess your needs. How much flexibility over light and privacy do you need? For instance, Venetian blinds and vertical blinds have rotatable and twistable slats and panels. These help with controlling light and privacy precisely as needed when compared to say, a roller blind or Roman blind.
Visual appeal too, is a consideration of course. The good thing is that all blinds can be customised to your unique needs if you get them tailor-made. This is a far cry from readymade versions, which limit you. Customised blinds and curtains can also be created to go hand-in-hand together for the perfect fit. This is incredibly important when it comes to window furnishings.
Layering curtains with blinds also adds texture, character and personality to an otherwise boring space. You also have more room to play with colours and patterns, mixing them up as you please. Think honeycomb blinds with sheer curtains, or sheer curtains with roller blinds for instance.
4. Styling Curtains with Headings
Now that you have an idea of what you can do with both curtains and blinds, it is time to add details. How can you give your curtains a little extra style and pizzazz? Well, simply with a little help from heading styles of course.
You would have figured out that heading styles refer to how the top of the curtain or ‘header’ is designed. In other words, the way the fabric is sewn/ finished at the top. Some options may even have come to mind from having seen them before. When you get yourself custom-made curtains, choosing a style is one of the fun parts of the process.
Aside from having a direct relation on the impact and look of the room, heading styles are also functional. They guide the way the fabric drapes/ hangs, as well as how they stack when drawn back. Of course there are various options to choose from, which we have listed below:
- Box pleat (inverted pleat)
- S-Fold (wave)
- Flat panel
- Pinch pleats: Single, double and triple
- Pencil pleat (gathered header)
A handy tip to keep in mind is that different heading styles suit curtains on tracks and curtains on rods. Be sure to choose based on this.
5. Accessories for Curtains
Last but not least, you can also accessorise your curtains. There are a few different ways to do this, including with tassels and tiebacks for instance. The first can amp up the glam of the space, although you can keep things classic and go without if you wish. Tiebacks are fantastic for letting in some sunshine, and beautifully pair with panel curtains.
They can be used for allowing fresh air to flow through easily too. You will also find that they are made out of a wide range of materials, such as cord, ribbon, rope and the like. They can be tailored to match your curtains perfectly, and though seemingly insignificant, make a huge difference. Floor-to-ceiling curtains with tassel tiebacks are one way to add a dramatic and regal vibe.
You can also opt for other embellishments, such as trims and fun tiebacks that include flowers and petals. Create further colour contrasts with these, for extra texture and flair. You can also drape tasseled ropes across the top of your curtains if you really want some oomph.
Once you have done all this, you can consider adding ‘finials’, the knobs you see typically on the ends of curtains. These can be as dramatic or simple as you like.
This guide should help you try something different for your home office. What works for each person is unique, so go for what is best for you. At the end of the day, you want to improve productivity and enjoy spending time in that space. This can help alleviate spells of boredom during the day, which can happen if the room feels uninspired. Get creative, and see what that looks like for you!