We all like to try and make our home look as beautiful and presentable as possible. One dilemma that often presents itself when considering a makeover is how to choose to dress your window in the best possible way.
There are a number of choices available, such as whether you go for blinds, shutters or maybe you prefer curtains. Of course it is not always as simple as that, as you can also combine several of these options to get the look you want and there are some great tips on how to pair curtains and blinds well, available on the CurtainWorld website.
Choosing your window furnishings
Many interior designers will be quick to say that window treatments represent one of the largest statements in your interior space alongside wall finishes, so it is important to try and get it right.
There was a time when traditional swaggers, tails and valances were to be found in many homes. Homeowners are much more willing to experiment these days and are not afraid to choose functionality in equal measure to the aesthetic qualities of the window dressing.
A good starting point would be to consider the style of your space and decide if it is either classic or contemporary and whether you are looking for a more formal or informal look. Once you have this angle covered, you are in a much better position to make an informed choice on which window furnishing will work well in your particular environment.
If you are looking for a contemporary style then you will often find that simple window treatments with clean lines general tick all the right boxes when it comes to contemporary spaces. You should ideally aim to incorporate an element of harmony with your wall and floor colours and maybe even experiment with different textures through the furnishings and décor.
Your contemporary look will be complete when you fit something suitable like roller blinds or shades. You might also consider roman blinds or sheer panels. The aesthetic appeal of a contemporary look is clean lines and a fresh feeling. Your choice of window furnishings combined with a suitable colour scheme will help you to achieve a desirable.
If you are looking for a more classic look then you are more likely to be using curtains than blinds. As pointed out already, you can successfully combine the two for an elegant look that works for your chosen décor.
If you are looking for an off-the-cuff ambiance then table-top curtains might be a good choice. Valances can provide a stylish dressing and really complete the classic look of your room when used in the right way.
Another really stunning look is when you combine plantation shutters with curtains. You see a lot of plantation shutters in coastal areas in particular but they are practical and functional and suit many types of climate and lifestyles. This combination is well worth considering.
When choosing your window dressing you need to consider cost, style and function and if you get all of that right, the look that you want to achieve will probably follow.
GUEST BLOGGER: Sonia Freeman always walks around with her sketchbook in hand. As an interior designer, she’s constantly on the lookout for inspiring designs for functional and beautiful rooms.