Beautiful Window Dressing Ideas

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Whether you have a bay or straight window here are some ideas of the best way to dress it up with curtains and drapes to Roman blinds.

Windows are essential for letting daylight in and allowing inhabitants to see out, if only to spy on what the neighbours are up to!  The way you dress them can make or break your room scheme so choosing a design to be attractive and versatile is a must.

First things first, begin by cleaning your windows before you start dressing them. Get rid of those cobwebs and sticky finger prints with a thorough wipe down so that they sparkle on the inside and out.

Types of Blinds

Venetian blinds are a smart idea for kitchens and bathrooms, with metal, plastic and wood being the most popular for ease of cleaning.  Tilt them to let more or less light in and for extra privacy.  For conservatories, vertical blinds are a practical solution, but can look a little dated and roller blinds are often chosen in favour for a contemporary look.

Shutter blinds are a stylish selection with a continental feel and they are available in many contemporary shades and materials to suit your scheme.  Similarly to blinds and curtains, they can also be made to measure to fit your windows.

Roman blinds and roll-up varieties are a simple yet stylish solution for conservatory windows. Hang them over each panel of glass and tie at different heights depending where the sun hits to create shade and prevent the room from getting too hot with lighter colours reflecting heat.

Mixing curtains with blinds

Blackout curtains are a popular option for bedrooms as they are lined to prevent extra light pouring into the room and spoiling your sleep.  Roller blinds with a blackout lining are another great choice.

For French doors or patio doors, thermal curtains are a good idea to keep your room cosy and warm. For an elegant drape use a stiffer fabric, however, lighter voile curtains are ideal for teaming with blinds at windows that require a little extra privacy.

A dainty cafe curtain or half curtain is the perfect solution for a kitchen window, letting in plenty of light but also providing privacy if your kitchen window is at the front of the house.  Use a voile fabric in a pretty print to coordinate with your kitchen.

Using single curtains instead of pairs on several large windows in a room, hung centrally can give a contemporary, laid-back look.  Omit holdbacks for a further relaxed feel, instead opting for a lightweight fabric such as linen as it gathers and drapes beautifully. Allow plenty of length on the curtains so they pool on the floor to complete the look.

Using Pelmet finishes

For a contemporary take on a traditional curtain finish, use a flat pelmet layered over voile curtains sporting coordinating tie-backs. This style provides a neat finish to your windows as it hides curtain poles and other fixings.

Installing a venetian blind behind the pelmet for extra privacy keeps light out of the bedroom.  Opt for a simple geometric print with a Moroccan vibe to echo the design of an ornately shaped pelmet, but keep colours fresh and neutral for a modern look.

Applewoodinteriors.com have a wide range of made to measure curtains, blinds, pelmets and soft furnishings to choose from with a free of charge home consultation to help you with your choice.

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