It’s ‘cur­tains up’ for a cosy home

In­te­rior De­signer, Paula Gundry, talks about how to dress a large win­dow for bright days and warm, cosy evenings

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Of­ten when peo­ple visit a prop­erty for the first time, large win­dows or bi-fold­ing doors with a pretty view might be the first thing they no­tice. Win­dows bathing rooms in nat­u­ral light might seem very ap­peal­ing as they usher the out­side in with pic­turesque views.

But, as in­te­rior de­signer Paula Gundry ex­plains, when day turns to night, it can leave many peo­ple crav­ing a lit­tle more warmth and comfort. “Some­times our clients don’t con­sider that a big, beau­ti­ful win­dow turns black at night,” she says. “While they don’t want to lose the view they en­joy in the daytime, they still want pri­vacy, se­cu­rity, cosi­ness and warmth.”

When it comes to dress­ing a win­dow, Paula and her team do what they do best: they get to know their client. With a wealth of op­tions avail­able, from sheer and solid cur­tains to Ro­man blinds and man­ual or mo­torised track­ing sys­tems, they’re able to sug­gest the most suit­able style.

“We can help and guide our clients to­wards what is best suited to their en­vi­ron­ment,” says Paula. “These days, there is so much choice; cur­tains don’t have to be heavy un­less this is what you want. They can be semi sheer and light weight and don’t have to fully block out the view you love. This is where we come into our own, of­fer­ing guid­ance and pro­fes­sional ad­vice to our clients.

“The right cur­tains or blinds can help a room tran­si­tion from

day to evening and can be used to com­ple­ment other el­e­ments of the space,” says Paula. This can in­clude ac­cent de­tails, such as a state­ment ta­ble lamp, or other soft fur­nish­ings. “Metal­lic tones are par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar at the mo­ment, es­pe­cially those in muted hues such as cop­per, or bur­nished and brushed to cre­ate a more time­less feel.”

As well as adding warmth and lay­er­ing to a room, cur­tains and blinds can pro­vide another level of comfort and style. “There are also acous­tic ben­e­fits of adding cur­tains to a room, even those that are sheer, not to men­tion in­creas­ing the feel­ing of height” Paula ex­plains. “Sheer cur­tains, lay­ered, can also di­lute the sun, pro­tect­ing fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tions from fad­ing.” Their ben­e­fits are vast and can ei­ther be re­viewed through an in­spi­ra­tion visit or de­vel­oped as part of a full room de­sign.

Of­ten, an in­stal­la­tion of new cur­tains or blinds will be op­er­ated at the touch of a but­ton, thanks to the team’s spe­cial­ist knowl­edge of so­phis­ti­cated elec­tronic track

“The right cur­tains or blinds can help a room tran­si­tion from day to evening”

sys­tems, which are a grow­ing sec­tor of the mar­ket. Al­ter­na­tively, they can be hand drawn – it de­pends on your pref­er­ence.

Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary, Paula’s show­room in Westle­gate, Nor­wich, will have a se­lec­tion of man­ual and mains-pow­ered or bat­tery-op­er­ated blinds and cur­tains in­stalled, which will al­low visi­tors to try out the sys­tems for them­selves.

If you would like to find out more about how Paula and her team could help you trans­form your space, con­tact the Nor­wich of­fice on 01603 628077.

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