You can’t simply treat your drapes like they’re secondary accessories in your home. If that part of a room turns out to be a disaster because you hang your curtain or blinds incorrectly, you have an epic styling or decorating fail. So what can you do? The ladies of BG Property Styling, Belinda Grundy and Anna Davis, are chipping in their top tips when hanging curtains and using blinds.

Reach for the ceiling. The rule is for you to leave an inch for access when you need to replace it.

Blinds and curtains are a good combination. If you’re looking to build a personalised atmosphere, you can hang curtains over vertical blinds.

Window sizes are not a problem. If you’re concerned about curtains saturating a space, you can choose a fabric that matches your wall colour.

Go for a complementary relationship. Curtains ought to not stand on their own. Remember that in every room, you are working to create harmony among four elements: the floor, the ceiling, the walls, and the furniture. Then again, only one of these should be the star and the rest relegated to supporting roles.

So a word of warning: you don’t want all four elements to match each other. At worse, you don’t want to hang polka dot curtains just because you have a polka dot sofa.

Bay windows require lots of curtains. Well, you can actually hang curtains on either side before it starts to bay and then put a roman shade on each bay window. Or, if you’re strictly a curtain person, then you can hang curtains on each window.

To have a puddle or not? There’s no rule when it comes to curtain length. It’s only a matter of personal preference. If you want a cleaner look, you can hang a curtain whose length touches the floor. Otherwise, it is recommended that you allow at least three to four inches for the puddle.

Slatted blinds or roman shades? It depends on the amount of light you want to enter a room. Using slatted blinds enables you to adjust the extent of illumination while roman shared totally blocks light from entering a room.

Blinds in the bedroom. Blackout blinds are recommended for bedrooms as they’re made of heavier materials that don’t allow light to come in.

Settle for solar shades. When it comes to blinding light, you can use perforated vinyl to control the amount of light that passes through.