Win­dow dress­ings

From beau­ti­ful, draped cur­tains to pretty pleated Ro­man blinds, pick a win­dow treat­ment that is func­tional and fab­u­lous

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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.

Botan­i­cal beauty

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.

Pat­terned pleats

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.

Flex­i­ble friends

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.

soft touch

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. ➤

Go­ing green

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.

Easy up­date

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).

Colour pop

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.

shaped shut­ters

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.

Cli­mate con­trol

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.

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