From beautiful, draped curtains to pretty pleated Roman blinds, pick a window treatment that is functional and fabulous
Get your home ready for winter with our round-up of stylish blinds, curtains and shutters
An extra layer
Large windows and doors flood a room with light, but can be draughty in older properties. Floor-to-ceiling curtains are great draught excluders if you opt for heavy lined fabrics that hang well. Clarke & Clarke’s Oriental Garden range features bold geometric prints, like the Bhutan design in Denim, £25 per metre, used to make curtains for these charming French doors. ➤
Mix and match
Below: Go bold and experiment with contrasting colours to make a statement with your window dressings. Pick a fabric that matches the accent colour of accessories rather than the main room shade, which will add impact while tying the look together. The mustard hues in this bedroom have been picked up in these floor-to-ceiling Java Pair lined eyelet curtains, from £80 for H137xw167cm at John Lewis. Mix with sheer fabric roller blinds to balance the look.
Right: Window seats are wonderfully inviting and provide a great opportunity to create a stunning focal point using a mix of fabrics. Floral and nature-inspired prints in a palette of apple green, taupe and terracotta in the Parchment Fern fabric used for this Roman blind, £21.50 per metre from Iliv’s Sketchbook collection, beautifully link the room to the garden. It has been paired with a plain window seat cover in Kendal fabric in Willow, £30 per metre, and a mix of cushions to create a gorgeous place to retreat.
Right: Roman blinds come in different styles, so think about the overall look and feel you want to create. Hobbled Roman blinds are made using dowels so you get a neat pleated look when pulled up. Heavy fabrics like wool work well with this style, such as this Legacy, Broadway design in Mustard, £53.95 per metre from Moon.
Left: Tier-on-tier shutters are similar to full-height café-style designs, but with two sets of panels sitting top and bottom you have the flexibility to operate them separately, giving greater control over the level of light and privacy. These hardwood shutters, which cost from £397 per square metre at Apollo
Blinds, are bi-fold opening for enhanced versatility.
Left: A cool palette of greens, duck egg blues and creams gives a nod to the water’s edge and so works well in bathrooms.
The combination of blind and curtains in contrasting patterns delicately frames the window in this scheme by Sanderson, and doesn’t overpower the room. The curtains are made from Seashore in River Mist, £49 per metre; the blind is in Nest Egg in Eggshell/ivory, £56 per metre; and the panel is in Estuary Birds in Blue/grey, £56 per metre. ➤
Right: Looking for a solution that is both sustainable and stylish? Bright, bold and made from a blend of natural fibres, these vibrant green upcycled silk Brunei blinds from Stitched are made from a mix of wool, flax and recycled silk, creating a soft, luxurious material. They are milled in the UK so have a low carbon footprint and are produced with zero landfill.
The material features a geometric dobby weave coupled with a classic three-tone tweed effect, and is available in eight vivid colours. Made-to-measure blinds start from £50 per metre.
Below: Adding window film to glass is a quick and simple DIY project. A great alternative to curtains or blinds, it adds colour, makes a statement and aids privacy all at once. This Violetta window film from Purlfrost is a beautiful design that is a modern take on stained glass. You apply it with soapy water and the tool is provided with your order. Prices start from £11.50 for a H50xw25cm section of frosted film. ➤
Light and dark
Above: Controlling light and privacy in one go is made easy with the Day and Night Enlight roller blind from Hillarys. These striking blinds combine Venetian and roller in one with a combination of opaque and translucent horizontal stripes. Using the cord you can align the stripes with spaces between to allow light in, and close them up at night or if you want some privacy - ideal if you are overlooked or have a street-facing room. Pictured in Diffuse Denim, prices start from £142 for H76xw61cm (includes measuring and fitting).
Above: Roller blinds are a quick, affordable and easy way to add a burst of colour to your scheme. You can use contrasting colours or colour match your decor, like this cerise Gala Divine roller blind from English Blinds, which has been paired with the kitchen cabinets. Mould resistant and waterproof, the plain-coloured blind costs £37.98 for an average sized window of H120xw120cm.
Right: Portholes, arches or triangles – don’t be perturbed by your unusually shaped window. Custom-made shutters can be the perfect solution. They can be individually designed to fit any shape, are versatile and add style to your statement window. These Pure White shutters with 64mm louvre and centre tilt rod start from £310 per square metre at Just Shutters, including design, fitting and lifetime guarantee.
Left: Cool rooms in summer and warm in winter – that is the ideal. These Duette energysaving blinds have a honeycomb structure that traps air inside to help retain heat, as well as a special fabric coating that reflects heat. They are perfect for a conservatory, which is often a tricky room to keep at the right temperature. The blinds can be custom-made to fit your conservatory roof and windows, and you can pick from a palette of pastels, earthy tones or vivid brights. You can even choose to operate the blinds from a phone or tablet. Prices are on application.