Window dressings aren’t always a top concern when decorating, but they actually make a big difference to your interior. In fact, if you frame your windows the right way you can transform your entire room. And the type of window dressing you choose is also key for controlling how light enters your space.
If you’d like to revamp your window dressings, we’ve got you covered! From curtains to roller blinds and shutters, we've picked the best window dressing ideas to complement your home:
Timeless and stylish, shutters will give your room impact with a chic continental feel. Embrace the trend for natural materials and choose rustic raw wooden shutters, or choose a vibrant contemporary colour to suit your décor scheme. Shutters are especially handy for unusual or awkward shaped windows because they can be made to fit your requirements. Hillary’s has a big selection of shutters in a choice of styles and colours, and they also offer a made-to-measure service.
Glamorous and retro, heavy curtains in thick fabrics like velvet are a showstopping choice that will add a sense of luxury and opulence to any room. For extra impact and the illusion of height, hang your curtains close to the ceiling rather than directly above the window, and leave them long enough to graze the floor. Heavy curtains are great insulators too, so they’re ideal for keeping your home cosy and warm during the winter months.
A modern and sophisticated take on your granny’s lacy net curtains, sheer curtains made from voile or chiffon are a great choice if you want to allow plenty of light into your room. Sheer curtains also prevent passers-by from being able to see inside. They’re ideal for bathroom windows, or for windows that look out onto the street. And for a vintage twist, opt for opaque panels featuring bold floral prints. For more inspiration, take a look at Voila Voile for a great range of sheer curtains in different colours and patterns.
Roller blinds are perfect for the bedroom as they can block out all light. And because they can be tied at different heights they’re also ideal if you need to control how much light your room gets, say in a home office or conservatory. Roller blinds are available in lots of styles and colours. Lighter hues will enhance a spacious feel, but for real impact choose a bold accent colour with matching soft furnishings. Or why not experiment with roller blinds in a funky pattern? Wilson’s Blinds has an eclectic selection of roller blinds in different patterns and colours.
A Window seat can be a beautiful feature for your room, and a great way to enjoy the view from your window or to put your feet up with a book. Concave bay windows are perfect for creating a window seat, but any big window can be turned into a seat with an ottoman and some comfy cushions. Instead of hanging curtains right over the window, hang them in front of your seat to zone the space and create a cosy cocoon to relax in.