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Curtains or blinds? Plain or patterned? Simple or decorative? Pelmet or swag-tails?
Really… deciding on how to dress a window can be daunting and a trip to John Lewis can be overwhelming. But it’s not just the choice of the fabric, there are many more considerations: Is your room cold, or warm? How does the light affect the room? Are small children needing to sleep whilst the summer sun is glaring through? Will they wake up too early in the morning if their blinds or curtains lack blackout lining?
When it comes to headings there are plenty of options to suit your style. We think these double pinch pleat headings provide such a lovely structured, clean look allowing your curtains to stack back beautifully.
Pelmets can be contemporary – beating the floating valances of yesteryear – and are particularly useful in a bedroom where they block out unwanted early morning light that can creep in around a pole. In this instance the choice of velvet gives the room extra warmth and texture, and adds a touch of luxury.
Voiles can be a stunning way to dress a large expanse of window. These wispy voiles defuse the light and look very elegant. There are some lovely designs too with little details that can pick up on a scheme. Goodbye net curtains!
Romans blinds definitely have their place. Narrow windows in halls can look super smart with a nice small pattern repeat design. With children’s rooms it’s a chance to have a bit of fun with fabric prints and the blinds are a neat and tidy look. But don’t forget the blackout fabric.
Details are just as important as the fabric choice. These poles caught our eye at a design show, the finials are stunning and an amazing way to tie into the fabric colours. There are tie backs to consider and trimmings too. So much fun can be had with designing window treatments.
Curtains and blinds really have the ability to change the feeling and impact of a room, so if you’re struggling for inspiration and would like to discuss a window or two with us please do get in touch. We’re offering a free consultation, we’ll bring fabrics and plenty of ideas.
Niki Schafer Interior Design
07782 256 444
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