Win­dow dress­ing

Re­vamp your win­dow treat­ment for an in­stant style up­date, says Les­ley Tay­lor

Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

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.

HOME FRONT

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.

CUR­TAIN COUTURE

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

A great win­dow seat could add value to your home

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