The only moment when you would see a window free of them was, when the lady of the house was cleaning. Each house was proudly displaying the local best market deal for curtains and women were gossiping about neighbourns not changing theirs!It was hey ‘Halleluja’, she hasn’t washed her curtains. It was such a shock to me when I arrived in Holland, and seen so many windows with absolutely no curtains, just blinds in several occasions. It drove me nuts and my little head couldn’t understand…like.. Are they washing the windows ALL the time? I had to ask someone and the answer was actually quite surprising, and I would never expect that. I was told this was due to a quite funny legend. Many years ago, a dutch prince return from his long journey and caught his wife cheating. He was of course sincerely P** off, so he changed the law. Since then, no one was allowed to have curtains whatsoever, so such a situations won’t happen again. Is it true? Hmm, is here any Dutch on board?Please tell! In Dutch culture, not having curtains is definitely popular, it allows plenty of natural light but also it shows the openness and honesty of the homeowner.. Gosh, I wouldn’t want my neighbour watch me dancing and singing half naked while getting ready, despite how ‘open and honest’ I am! Oh noo! Back in ancients, not having curtains also helped marines to find their homes, as they return from long journey, If the wifey didn’t forget to put the light near window of course. Dutch people however use sheer fabric, windows shutter and blinds to control the light. I think I love that in Dutch people, they so easy going. It was time of my live when I used to live there. We can see curtains mostly in contemporary or modern design but it’s very rare to see them within industrial or Scandinavian design. I personally took off mine. I had dirty, ugly blinds that my landlord wouldn’t change , and I couldn’t decide on new blinds just yet, so I have artistically displayed 2 beautiful pomp-poms… oh give me a rest! You can see my results in the Bedroom makeover post.
Let’s have a look a few examples of it.
Transitional Home Office
There are also window shapes that is just impossible to put any curttians and your only solution is to have made to order blinds or shutters.
Contemporary Bedroom by Melbourne Interior Designers & Decorators Sisalla Interior Design
To control natural light, you can use simple blinds. There so many beautiful examples! Who needs curtains ha?
Contemporary Dining Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Drew McGukin Interiors @drewmcgukin
For an attic room is usually most difficult to find the perfect curtains and blinds so most people op just for blinds. I personally think this looks awesome!
I absolutely love the latest products of company called VELUX. I have come across their latest collaborations with Dutch designers Scholten and Baijings. They created together stunning Colour Collection, you can see on both pictures above! It includes 6 different designs, interchangeable fabrics and Pick&Click! system. I love the ombre style design! So on trend! In my home there are no curtains. I love amazing curtains, don’t get me wrong and I have nothing against them but I believe you can live with blinds. I always believe in this less is more. If you need to buy blinds, also check out Next.co.uk latest collections!
Would you prefer blinds only or curtains? or both?