As trends and influences come and go, one of the quickest and most reasonable ways of revamping a room, to keep up-to-date with seasonal changes, is to update your window dressings. But with such a massive choice on offer, deciding on the right one can be tricky.
Windows are often the main focal point in a room and the choice of dressing plays a significant role in the atmosphere created, so it’s important to get it right.
As most window dressings have to satisfy three key elements – privacy, practicality and personal style, it’s a good idea to start by asking yourself a few questions before choosing.
What goes on in the room?
TV, computer, cooking, children playing? All will have an impact on how much light you want to come into the room or whether you need a window treatment that works well in certain conditions.
Function or visual appeal?
Perhaps you have a view you want to make the most of and therefore prefer a simple treatment like a roller blind that rolls up neatly out of the way.
Fabrics set the tone for a room and curtains are often the backbone of a scheme bringing in colour, pattern, texture and mood. Curtains give a lovely cosy feel to a room, especially if you team them with a co-ordinating Roman blind to create a lovely luxe look.
Is privacy essential?
If this is your number one priority then consider Venetians or shutters as these will both allow plenty of light in but keep prying eyes out! The trend for sheer fabrics will also have the same effect during the daytime but you will need to bear in mind that these become translucent when lights are on during the evening.
How much do you need to control the light?
Perhaps you need to keep a baby or a young child asleep for longer, especially during the light summer months? In which case either a roller blind with a blackout lining or a fully lined Roman blind are your best options.
What’s the shape and size of the window and which direction does it face?
You may have a lovely big bay in your living room or a beautiful but unusually shaped window in a kitchen or loft extension. Shape and size will have a bearing on which treatment works best. Pleated blinds can be made to almost any shape and come with special insulating properties, which also make them perfect for north facing windows as well as a popular choice for conservatories and glass extensions.
Shutters are a great solution in a bay window as they fit snugly into the recesses and give a fabulous clean and uncluttered look that really draws attention to the window. A simple vertical blind can also work with a curved or sloping widow.
Do you have an attractive period window?
When you have lovely feature windows, it’s often better to accentuate rather than dominate. Simple roller blinds or neat pleated blinds fit inside the frame to maximise the use of space and with clever use of translucent fabrics, the design of the window itself is clearly visible whilst maintaining privacy inside the room.
For more information on window dressings, or to make an appointment please call Hillarys on 0800 916 6516 or visit our website www.hillarys.co.uk