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
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.