Interiors PR jwc do a spot of window dressing.

 

Window shopping is not the mindless activity that many people assume. Indeed deciding on curtains, roller blinds or plantation shutters is a very big decision, having a huge impact on the overall appearance of your room. So how do you get it just right?

The latest window trends urge us to bring the outside in. The glossy interior magazines are full of modern, cubistic homes with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a rugged landscape. The absence of curtains, shutters or blinds is intentional, why interfere with the jaw dropping vistas. Of course this works well on a tropical island or a home flung far up in the highlands where a passing sheep is the only voyeuristic concern, but what about the real world?

Bring The Outside In

Bring The Outside In

 

Your first consideration is to think about how you use each particular room. A room filled with morning sunlight is perfect for enjoying breakfast, but the light is going to become a problem if this is your study area. You also need to think about the summer days, how will you block the sunlight when the temperatures soar? The function of the room defines what type of window dressing is required.

Blinding!

If you still have vertical blinds hanging at your patio doors, remove now…along with the wood chip walls (when are they coming back?) and saloon kitchen doors…you are not a cowboy or in 1980s sitcom!

When it comes to blinds there are three main types for consideration, Venetian, Roman or Roller. Venetian blinds are made from metallic or wooden materials and are great for creating a shutter effect at your window, Roman are more fanciful and Roller blinds are just a complete design cop out…

Wooden shutters are both functional and fanciful but they are definitely not a fad, decorating windows since the times of the ancient Greeks. They work particularly well with rooms honing coastal themes or decorated in pastel or bright coloured shades.

Shuttered!

Shuttered!

Is it curtains?

Heavy oversized curtains which pool upon polished parquet floors are an instant glamour hit. However this look works bests in lounges or bedrooms and not for more functional spaces like the bathroom or kitchen. When choosing a bold pattern, think about how the curtains will look when closed, does it overpower the room?

Is it curtains?

Is it curtains?

Curtains are a decadent addition to any room but the look requires commitment. One size rarely fits all so be prepared to make an investment.

People Just Do Nothing!

So back to the original idea here. Where a room is not overlooked and  covering the windows is a challenge…then a less is more approach is viable. Ill fitting curtains or a badly positioned blind will steal away from the architectural aesthetics, so just let it be.