Revamp your window treatment for an instant style update, says Lesley Taylor
YOUR window treatment has a huge impact on your home’s style, but it’s easy to overlook them.
After all, changing your curtains or updating your blinds can be hugely expensive; even if it does reap the rewards in the style stakes.
Fortunately, whatever your budget, there are plenty of solutions to give your windows the wow factor.
Take a walk down your local high street and check out the shop window displays. Right now, I bet there are all manner of rich autumnal colours bursting out of the shops. Visit the same high street in a few weeks and everything will have a festive feel to it.
Apply the same principle to your home. Now, I’m not suggesting you invest in a few life- size mannequins and use them to display your AW18 clothing collection, but make the most of your window spaces with your own seasonal display.
Let your window sills take centre stage, designing a look that echoes the rest of your home décor.
You could opt for fresh flowers in a showstopping vase in the living room, a plethora of potted herbs in the kitchen, or even a miniature library in your bedroom. And don’t be afraid to mix it up; add some different coloured flowers depending on the season or even some decorations. Anything goes.
Just a word of warning though; don’t be tempted to mix candles and window sills. It might look romantic but it brings with it a world of danger.
TAKE A SEAT
Who doesn’t love the idea of a win- dow seat? Relaxing on a sumptuous cushion gazing out across your beautiful surroundings?
Well, it all sounds very romantic when you put it like that, but what if your view isn’t of rolling fields or forests. What if your view is simply of the house across the road?
Window seats have long been a mainstay of big country piles. But in more suburban homes they don’t always have the same appeal.
Nevertheless, a seat close to the window could work just as well. Invest in a plush occasional chair that you could lose yourself in. Place it near to your window, but looking into the room instead of away from it. Add a beautiful cushion and some throws and voila, a new reading nook.
Replacing tired or lacklustre curtains will instantly revamp your window space. And while it can be costly, it’s worth the investment.
Made- to- measure solutions, be them blinds or curtains, will likely be more expensive than an off- the- shelf alternative, but they will fit the space beautifully.
If you do plump for ready- made options, give them the wow factor by investing in a stunning curtain pole to showcase the drapes.
Blinds are hugely popular at present, with more options on the market than ever before. Throw into the mix our current love affair with wooden shutters and your choices are endless.
SO WHY LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE?
Layering your window dressings is one of the hottest looks of the season. If you’re opting for fabrics, combine a roller blind with a curtain to add drama and don’t be tempted by patterns on both materials. Choose a pattern that will complement the block of colour on the contrasting window covering.
Lesley Taylor is the author of 10 interior design books and has appeared on a range of TV shows, including This Morning, giving inspirational advice on home styling. Visit lesleytaylor. co. uk
Layering your window coverings is hugely popular; here a patterned blind beautifully complements white shutters to create a stunning window scene. Blinds are Beach Huts 226490, £ 35 per metre from Sanderson Home, Stylelibrary. com/ Sanderson Use made- d to- t measure curtains t i t to highlight a beautiful window. Masato 132807, £ 69 per metre from Harlequin, Stylelibrary. com/ Harlequin
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