How to find the best curtains and blinds
Your curtains and blinds can change your entire room with the flick of a cord. Here’s how to suit up your windows with style.
STYLE TIP: “And tie-backs can really add a sense of elegance to the space, while motorised accessories certainly add wow-factor.”
STEP ONE: Which room?
Your choice of window treatment starts with your room. Is it a living, dining or bedroom space? From there you can layer the love with a curtain and a blind to create a beautiful and practical element in your home.
- Which direction do your windows face? The amount of natural light will affect your choice of window covering.
- Lots of light: textural linen and patterns paired with a roller blind or roman blind for casual elegant mood.
Enhance the light: shimmering sheers that filters light in the room but also provide cosy ambience – matched with shutters or opaque blinds.
- Light control: Blockout fabrics in lighter colours keep morning rays at bay and also keep the room looking bright. “I love a mix of textured pattern with pleated roman blind for a knock-out combination that takes you through all the different seasons,” says Kate, buyer for freedom. Floor-length treatments also add a certain sense of style to the space, and elongate your walls.
Studies, Kitchens, Laundries. Functionality is the order of the day. Think venetian blinds in wider slats for a long-lasting, easy-care window solution.
STYLE TIP: Don’t spare the rod – because it too can add a special something to a room. If you have light coloured curtains, hang them from a dramatic black rod, for a smart and statement-making contrast. The different seasons,” says Kate, buyer for freedom.
STEP TWO: What style?
1. Patterns and prints.
“Blockout fabric are an absolutely necessity for bedrooms and nurseries,” advises Kate, buyer for freedom. But just because you need to keep some too-early light at bay, doesn’t mean you have to forego soft pastels and luminous whites. Pattern looks perfect in bedrooms, but canny decorators carry the same look to living areas for a cohesive style statement throughout the home.
Think of a sheer as the ultimate layering accessory. It’s a beautiful way to play with natural light throughout the day, and helps maintain privacy, too. For the ultimate in Hamptons-esque chic, pair with plantation shutters or roman blinds.
Don’t underestimate the power of blinds – it’s the only way to protect your beloved furniture from sun damage and the best method to stop your home from losing heat during winter. Go for statement styles like roman and shutters in living and bedrooms, and functional verticals for studies and laundries.