Dressing a window has a variety of benefits for any room, including adding privacy to the space, making it easier to maintain the correct temperature and helping to ensure the right lighting decisions are made. Here we take a look at what works best and why.
Curtains are one of the most popular ways to dress a window in any room of your house. They are available in a wide range of styles, patterns, fabrics, weight, lengths and colours. Whether you have double glazing in Hereford or sash windowpanes in Walthamstow, curtains can offer the perfect interior decor for your windows.
Generally made from denser material than curtains, the formality of drapes makes them the perfect choice for dressing the windows of the master bedroom, living room and dining room. They can also help those who have trouble sleeping in a light room as well as prevent heat escaping from windows or draughts from finding their way into a room.
Made from sheer fabric, these curtains look pretty in cottage-style homes, affording an open, airy and dainty feel. However, if privacy and light issues are important to you, then sheers aren’t for you.
If old-style charm is at the heart of your home, choose painted or natural wood shutters. Fitted within the window frame – whether that is double glazing in Hereford by Firmfix or a more traditional casement – levers can filter the light and hinges are in place to open and close them. And with the continuing rise in utility bills, window shutters can help reduce heat loss in your home.
Unlike sheers, blinds are an excellent choice for aiding privacy and blocking out light and therefore are a good choice for bedroom windows. Made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, or vinyl, the slats can be opened and closed or the entire blind lowered or lifted.
For more formal spaces, cornices can be fitted over the top of a window frame to hide the curtain pole and rings. Generally made from wood, this can be either painted, natural or covered in material to match the room’s furniture.
To add a touch of elegance and drama, use valances – fabric that is draped at the top of the window frame.