From soft, flowing curtains and beautiful blinds to stylish shutters, take a look at these ideas and ways to dress up your bedroom windows
Lead image: From the Anthozoa collection: Curtain fabric in Maramo Linens Dusk, £79 per m; Wallpaper in Chaconia Shimmer Pearl, £79 per roll, and chair covered in Momentum Velvet Coral, £59 per m, all from Harlequin; The curtains are in Senkei fabric in two different colourways, from £74 per m; Sabkha wallpaper, £89 per roll, all from Anthology
When it comes to choosing your bedroom window dressings you’ll be thinking about complementing your colour scheme but also matching your window shape, as well as light control, insulation, privacy and making visual impact. Looking at the fabrics and prints available there’s a lot of choice but this can be narrowed down if you start to consider the overall look that you want. ‘Intrigue and interest are threads that feature heavily in the trends for window treatments this season,’ says Claire Vallis, design director at Style Library. ‘From afar, curtains look pale and interesting, allowing the view beyond to do all the talking. However, on closer inspection, threads of gentle metallics, embroidered details or subtle patterns in gentle hues evoke a sense of tranquil luxury.’ Silks, sheers and voiles are ideal for styling this look.
Above Made to measure and fitted by Duette®, prices are available on request and start from around £150
Depending on the style of windows you have in your room, there are various options available if you’re looking at adding blinds including vertical, roller, wood and Roman. Custom-made options let you select the ideal fit for your windows and you can choose the best way to operate your blinds to suit your needs. There are also remote controlled options if you have a loft extension, for example, with awkward or high windows. ‘Roman blinds in the bedroom can have a desired look and more of a relaxed feel to them than solid shutters. My favourite fabric is vintage linen which adds a bit of texture. There are natural linens, creams and greys for anyone who favours the neutral shades to pick from and blues, pale pinks and teals for those who want to add a subtle hint of colour,’ says the founder of Loaf, Charlie Marshall.
Below Vertical blinds, from £179 for the 600x600mm size, Luxaflex
A big benefit of choosing shutters is that they suit all kinds of rooms in both period and modern homes. There are a various types to choose from including café style which cover the lower part of your windows, tier-on-tier with separate adjustments for top and bottom panels, or full-height plantation or solid shutters. ‘One other consideration that’s often forgotten is security. Many people buying wooden shutters like the feeling of added security, as people on the outside have their view obscured. However, wooden shutters offer little in security other than restricting visibility. The Barling Collection is designed as a secure aluminium shutter, reinforced for strength and with locking bolts’. says Annabelle Abrahams, marketing executive at Clement Browne.
Below left: The Golden oak shutters are priced from £290 per m for standard colours and custom finishes (both including at home consultation and installation) from Shutterly Fabulous
Above right: Here, the tier-on-tier MDF shutters in pastel blue offer flexibility and a bright pop of colour. They're priced from £168 per sq. m, at The Shutter Store
Article by: Emma Foale