If you are redesigning a traditional kitchen or starting from scratch in a new living room, how you choose to dress your windows will be an all important finishing touch. When assessing different options, consider the look and feel you want to create, and whether you prefer to draw attention to window frames and shapes or disguise them. It is also important to address any practicalities, such as retaining privacy, reducing draughts and insulating against cold and noise.
Interior Home Decoration LET YOUR CURTAINS INSPIRE YOUR SCHEME.
A beautiful fabric can make a great starting point for an interior design scheme; try picking out the colours and motifs to help inspire a palette and theme for a traditional living room. Set against a complementary soft and neutral backdrop.
TURN YOUR WINDOW INTO WALL ART WITH ARTISAN FABRIC.
It’s tricky to find space to hang artworks in a bathroom, so why not opt for a gorgeous statement print at the window instead? Pictured is the By the Sea fabric in Saffron/Charcoal which has been made into a roller blind.
ADD WARMTH TO A LIVING ROOM WITH A ROMAN BLIND.
Roman blinds come in different styles, so think about the overall look and feel you want to create. Hobbled Roman blinds are made using dowels so you get a neat pleated look when pulled up. Heavy fabrics like wool work well with this style.
OPT FOR FLEXIBILITY WITH A VENETIAN BLIND.
For an easy way to control light levels in a room Venetian blinds are the perfect option. More affordable than sought after shutters, they have sleek fuss free design and are available in a range of finishes to match your decor. Often period homes have irregular sized windows, so in this case, opting for bespoke blinds would be your solution.
ADD PRIVACY WITH A PATTERNED FROSTED WINDOW.
Working with a front facing living room? Intricate frosted window film will obscure the view into your room but still allow light to flow through. If a frosted film alone feels a bit bare, team it with curtains for a more opulent window treatment. Letting the curtain fabric pool on the floor, as here, will make the look more luxurious.
Frosted windows also work perfectly in a traditional bathroom, especially if it’s a smaller bathroom as you won’t need to overwhelm the space with bulkier window treatments.
CHOOSE A VINTAGE PRINT FOR A COUNTRY FEEL.
Designing a country kitchen? Opt for a lightweight, pretty floral blind like this Roman blind, made up in Cath Kidston fabric. Roman blinds are perfect if you like the softness of a fabric window treatment but don’t have space for curtains in your kitchen.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH BOLD PRINTS.
If you love colourful bold prints, but are cautious when it comes to using them, opting for curtains and soft furnishings in statement fabrics is a great solution, as they are relatively cheap and easy to update as and when tastes change. Covered with a blousy poppy design, Sanderson’s Embleton fabric in Claret/linen brings warmth to this large muted kitchen.
ADD A TOUCH OF LUXURY WITH VELVET CURTAINS.
Velvet’s a huge trend for sofa upholstery and we think it’s just as appealing used for curtains. While roller blinds and shutters both work well in traditional space, nothing beats the luxurious look of velvet curtains with deep swags, lush fabrics and ornate pelmets.
TAKE CONTROL WITH TIER-ON-TIER SHUTTERS.
Tier-on-tier shutters have two sets of panels sitting top and bottom, giving you the flexibility to operate them separately, and greater control over the levels of light and privacy. Furnishing a period room? Pick smaller slats for a more traditional appeal; wider slats for a more contemporary one. These hardwood shutters, are bi-fold opening for enhanced versatility.
BRING IN LIGHT WITH SHEER CURTAINS.
If you’re looking to maximise light then voile curtains are the answer, plus they’re perfect for popping up in summer to keep spaces cool while maintaining privacy. These voile’s from John Lewis & Partners have a slot top so are easy and quick to thread onto a curtain pole or cord.
INJECT COLOUR WITH SOLID SHUTTERS.
Make windows the focal point in an otherwise neutral space by choosing shutters in a bolder colour. Opt for a strong shade that you can repeat throughout the room – we can’t get enough of the olive hues in this bedroom.
MIX AND MATCH PRINTS TO CREATE A CO-ORDINATED LOOK.
Picking fabrics that don’t entirely match but complement each other carefully is easy to do if you shop from one collection. Here, the border on the blind creates a smart finish, exaggerates the prevalence of the blue in the scheme and creates a slightly smarter edge.
USE A BLOCK COLOUR FOR IMPACT.
If you’ve chosen a strong wallpaper design for your room, picking out a block plain for your window treatment will keep the scheme feeling elegantly restrained. Choose a dark colour only if the window is large and the natural daylight is good.
TREAT AN INTERIOR DOORWAY LIKE A WINDOW.
In a period home, there are lots of good reasons for dressing a doorway just as you would a window. Probably the most practical is that period homes can be draughty, and this is a clever way to combat this, plus if you pick a patterned print it’s a really quick and easy way to add some interest to a space.
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