Some of our suggestions we make when you are looking for your ideal curtains or blinds

TOP TIPS for choosing the best option for your apartment…

Pret A Vivre – dressing London’s windows for 20 years!

At Pret a Vivre we have a fantastic internal team of expert designers to help you make your choice of new curtains or blinds. We have listed our top 10 tips for choosing curtains or blinds for your apartment or house based on some of the most frequently encountered issues. However, if you require further help in making an informed decision then please do get in touch and speak to one of our team who would be happy to guide you through the process.

  • Avoid roller blinds on wide floor to ceiling glazed areas. Roller blinds are cheaper initially to purchase but are expensive to maintain long term as they become unbalanced and fray on the sides and components can wear out. Roller blinds can mark easily but cannot be cleaned like voile curtains.
  • Simple voile curtains can make the access to your Winter Garden easier with no hindrance of rollers at the top of the opening or chains hanging at the side. Voile curtains will stack back quickly and efficiently but still provide privacy and diffuse any bright sunlight while using the Garden.
  • Curtains soften and dress the apartments making them more homely.
  • Keep the same fabric and colour through the apartment to create a harmonious flow.
  • Choose either a pleat or Wave heading to obtain the most efficient stack back of your curtains especially if the glazed area is very wide.
  • Curtain tracks should extend beyond the glazed area so that they stack on any wall space to maximise the light in the apartment.
  • Curtains will provide much better blackout in bedrooms which is very important for lettings in London.
  • Blackout lining is not only essential to prevent light in rooms it is also effective sound insulation.
  • Wave headings on curtains gives a very clean contemporary look but will not provide best blackout solution.
  • Consider using heavier voiles only for Living Rooms instead of voiles and curtains. Heavier voiles will allow light in but still give privacy in the evening.

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