Whether you have a bay or straight window, discover the best way to dress it up. From curtains and drapes to Roman blinds, we've picked the best window dressing ideas to inspire your next project.
Looking for window dressing ideas this maypole season? We can see why! It may be a bit cliché, but windows really are the eyes of your home and the way you dress them can make or break your room scheme. Not only does the design you choose need to be attractive, it will ultimately dictate the light that’s cast into the space, so a versatile window dressing is your best option.
First things first, begin by cleaning your windows before you start dressing them. Get rid of those cobwebs and sticky finger prints with a thorough wipe down so that they sparkle on the inside and out.
1. Use roll up and Roman blinds
Roman blinds and roll-up varieties are a simple yet stylish solution for conservatory windows. They can be hung over each panel of glass and can be tied at different heights depending where the sun hits to create shade and prevent the room from getting too hot. Lighter colours will maintain a feeling of space and reflect heat, or why not choose a blind fabric to coordinate with other textiles in the room, such as upholstered furniture and accessories? This style offers such simplicity.
For a luxe feel in a bedroom, try a real or faux silk or for a traditional look, opt for a crisp linen in stone or cream. Intensions special range has dipped and printed quirky poles / finials, which come in a variety of maypole colours, perfect for a nursery or kids bedroom.
2. The best blinds for your bedrooms
When it comes to bedrooms blackout curtains are a popular option as they are lined to prevent extra light pouring into the room and spoiling your sleep. Similarly, roller blinds with a blackout lining are another great choice for bedroom windows.
For a cosy bedroom feel opt for a off-white, cream or light pastel colours.
3. A contemporary look for your kitchen and bathrooms
Venetian blinds are a smart idea for kitchens and bathrooms, with varieties including metal, plastic and wood. These can be tilted to let more or less light in and for extra privacy, plus, they are easy to wipe clean. For conservatories, vertical blinds are a practical solution, but can look a little dated and roller blinds are often chosen in favour for a contemporary look.
Go for a chalky white, charcoal grey or a natural clay colour, perfect to easily match all types of interiors, even if in the future you decide to change your rooms colour scheme. You can complement the room with some brightly coloured furniture and accessories.
4. Wanting more privacy at home
There are many different varieties of curtains to choose from, it’s easy to get a little bamboozled. For French doors or patio doors, thermal curtains are a good idea to keep your room cosy and warm. A stiffer curtain fabric will create an elegant drape, however, lighter voile curtains are ideal for teaming with blinds at windows that require a little extra privacy.
Mix and match your blinds and curtains with pretty botanical designs, using earthy or bright colours, following current interior trends.
5. Use printed panels
French door blinds and curtains can be difficult to select, however these sheer panel curtains are a pretty pick for a vintage-inspired interior. Voile fabric panels featuring bold floral prints in coordinating colours have been joined to create beautiful sheer curtains that still let the light through. To further the country feel, hang using a narrow iron pole and small curtain rings to match.
Team with a neutral blackout blind in a bedroom for added privacy during the daytime. For a selection of curtain accessories and poles, Intensions has a wide selection from Vintage, to Industrial and Artisan ranges.
6. Use tie top curtains
Tab top curtains in a subtle print are a laid-back solution to dressing large bay windows. They’re easy to make yourself as you don’t need to attach curtain rings or hooks. They’re also easy to remove when you fancy a change as you just need to untie the tabs and swap to a new design. This style of window dressing works best with lightweight or sheer fabrics. Tab top curtains offer a similar look and are available readymade from many retailers.
Select a pole in a coordinating colour to the windows and walls so it doesn’t detract from the soft nature of the curtains.
Window decoration; accessories, poles and blinds are available in many contemporary shades and materials to suit your scheme.