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It may be a cliche, 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. Take away all the inspiration you need with our window treatment ideas.
Window treatment ideas for all rooms
When it comes to window dressing ideas for 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 greatchoice for bedroom windows.
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.
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.
Alternatively, shutter blinds are a stylish selection with a continental feel. They're available in many contemporary shades and materials to suit your scheme and similarly to blinds and curtains, can be made to measure to fit your windows.
1. Clash colour and pattern
DIY SOS designer and official 'Friend of Ideal Home' Sophie Robinson has blown our socks off with this genius combo of floral patterned blinds and geometric print curtains. It's a pairing that you might question on paper, but which looks AMAZING in the flesh.
Sophie describes herself as a 'self-confessed colour lover, cushion hugger and pattern clasher' and explains that 'this room ticks all three boxes, giving a high-energy appeal that's the antithesis of polite beige.'
Stylist's tip: Short curtains only really work in cute country cottages – go floor-length wherever possible
2. Make a statement with bold Roman blinds
Blinds in Botaniska in Teal, from £22 per m
For an unfussy alternative to curtains, we always recommend looking to window blind ideas– and Roman blinds are possibly the smartest. Fabric panels are softly pleated for a tailored look with blinds positioned inside a window recess or on the outside. Try lining and trimming blinds in a contrast colour fabric for a chic look.
‘You need way less fabric for a blind than you do for curtains,’ says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd, ‘so you can splash out on a more luxurious fabric to really make a statement.’
3. Highlight a statement window design
Curtains made in Broderie fabric in Spring, £37 per m
Don’t cover up gorgeous French doors or a lovely view outside. Fix up a curtain pole that extends beyond the windows on both sides so that curtains can be pulled back out of the way.
‘Consider if the window is worth celebrating or disguising,’ says interior designer Helen Harry (opens in new tab), ‘some are way too beautiful to be completely covered over by window dressings. I also look at the natural light, the view and the amount of privacy needed.’
4. Use pale blind with black walls for glamour
We know we shouldn't have favourites. But this is ours.
Mad About The House blogger Kate Watson-Smyth has won us over with this combination of soft pink blinds and dramatic dark grey walls. She's had a bit of fun, too – hello and nice to meet you, pineapple floor lamp!
Kate says of her handiwork: 'This trend is all about making and breaking the rules, contrasting hard and soft, mixing vintage and modern and refined sophistication with a rough and ready edge.'
Stylist's tip: Millennial pink is a great neutral that isn't just for the girls.
5. Frame practical shutters with coloured curtains
In rooms where you choose a window treatment based on practicality, such as shutters on the lower half of a living room window to offer privacy, it's best to choose a timeless white design.
To add the colour and decoration you can frame the window with curtains that are there more to add decoration – you might not ever need to draw them, but they become essential to soften the look and add pattern or colour to your decorating scheme.
6. Find a neat solution for roof windows
Skylight windows are a brilliant way of opening up and allowing more light into a loft space. But to ensure a good night’s sleep and to make sure that roof spaces don’t get excessively hot, some kind of window covering is essential.
These blackout roof blinds fit snuggly to the window to provide darkness day or night and come in a range of fabrics and frame colours.
Buy now: Luna blackout roof blinds in shadow black with silver frame, from £19, Swift Direct Blinds (opens in new tab)
7. Use a cafe-style curtain
A dainty cafe curtain or half curtain is the perfect solution for a kitchen window. A voile fabric in a pretty print to coordinate with your kitchen scheme like this feather print fabric is ideal.
This style of window dressing still lets in plenty of lightbut providesa little privacy if your kitchen window is at the front of the house where passers by may be able to look in. Cafe rods that fit easily into the window recess can be picked up for just a few pounds.
Stylist's tip: Make your own cafe blind by cutting a long strip of voile fabric the length of your window, then hem the bottom edge and create a channel the width of your rod at the top.
8. Layer materials in the same tone for minimal luxe
This look was conceived by Daniela Tasca-York, winner of 2017's Great Interior Design Challenge. If you watched the show, you might recall her penchant for curtains. Even the lack of actual windows didn't hold her back.
This light and luxe look combines curtains of different fabric weights and similar cool creamy tones. With the glam factor upped by metallic furniture. Marble-effect wallpaper and a deep-pile rug, this scheme wouldn't look out of place in an LA condo.
Stylist's tip: With this tailored look, it's important to get the length of the curtains just right. Avoid mistakes by buying made to measure.
9. Draw attention to a shapely bay window
Make a feature of a classic bay window with a combination of blinds, to accentuate the shape of the bay, and elegant drapes to highlight the height of the room.
‘Pattern adds interest, but it doesn’t have to be garish or loud. It can be subtle and calming, yet interesting and textured,’ says interior designer Helen Harry on how to dress a bay window.
Buy now: Clarissa Hulse curtains in Dill Ochre, from £46.64, Curtains2go (opens in new tab)
10. Double-up with a ‘day and night’ design
Picture windows and bi-fold doors look stunning, but glare from the sun can be a problem on very hot days. This clever design features a sunscreen to the rear to reduce glare and give daytime privacy, plus a blackout roller blind to the front for night time shading, all installed on one set of easy brackets.
Buy now: Double roller Ore roller blind in grey, from £16.90, Blinds2go (opens in new tab)
11. Seek privacy with classic shutters
For a window treatment that won't date, try classic wooden shutters. Ideal for period properties, shutters look stylish indoors and when viewed from the exterior of the property.
‘Café style shutters are a good option, giving privacy, plus letting natural light in too,’ says interior designer Helen Harry. ‘Shutters can be pricey, so I’d always go for white for longevity.’
12. Make windows look bigger with clever curtain trick
Try this trick if you want to make a narrow set of doors feel wider or a small window appear bigger. Choose a pole wider than the window, so that curtains can be stacked back on each side - having most of the window frame on show creates the illusion of width. Likewise, fixing the pole slightly above the frame will make windows appear taller too.
Buy now: Buckland lined curtains in natural, from £86.99, Terrys (opens in new tab)
13. Create a smart country look with plains and stripes
Here's one for all the countryphiles out there.
Stylist Emily Henson has put together a look that she describes as 'soothing and relaxing, cosy and nurturing'. The elegant double pinch-pleat curtains frame blinds in smart stripes to classy and classic effect, and the layering continues with a generous pile of cushions and throws on the sofa.
Who wouldn't want to snuggle down in that room?
Stylist's tip: Linen curtains are a classic choice that won't date. If you're planning to splash out on curtains, they're a good way to go.
14. Choose practical blinds for a kitchen
Fancy curtains and fussy blinds aren’t the best choice of window covering for a busy kitchen. Aside from the fire risk, heavy materials retain cooking smells and can be damaged by steamy conditions.
These blinds have a moisture-resistant easy-clean finish and come in a range of patterned fabrics including this pretty watercolour design. The range includes matching roller blinds and skylight blinds for a chic co-ordinated look.
15. 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.
Stylist's tip: Selectapole in a coordinating colour to the windows and walls soit doesn'tdetract from the soft nature of the curtains.
16. Set the scene
If space either side of a window is tight, opt for a neat roller blind fixed to the frame or inside a recess. Create wow by choosing a bold colour, lively pattern or a striking pictorial scene.
‘Keep it simple and don’t drown the window in layers of fussy blinds or curtains,’ says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd (opens in new tab). ‘A simple roller blind fixed above or on the window (or even right up against the ceiling) won’t block out too much light.’
Buy now: Wilderness blackout roller blind in topaz linen, from £35.45, Blinds 2go (opens in new tab)
17. Create a rosy glow with soft sheers
Replace weighty winter curtains and blinds with lightweight voiles and floaty sheers over the warmer summer months. An easy way of brightening up a room, sheer fabrics will let natural light in while still providing plenty of privacy.
Stylist's tip: Choose a simple wave curtain heading that will make curtains fall in soft, floaty waves, teamed with a softly pleated blind for a relaxed, laidback look.
18. Go big with a bold botanical
Ditch drab neutrals that blend into the background and make a statement with a bold, standout design. Surface View’s bespoke roller blinds are custom made from a range of unique imagery that includes fine art prints and striking photography.
Stylist's tip: Choose a ‘wow’ fabric and it’s like hanging a piece of art at the window,’ says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd.
Buy now: Roller blind in Timonius Timon by James Miller, from £190, the Natural History Collection, Surface View (opens in new tab)
19. Try tailored stripes for a chic look
Unsure about pattern? A subtle stripe or plain textured weave will always look classic and can easily be incorporated into a new colour scheme. Weaves also have the advantage of being slightly thicker than standard fabrics so are more insulating.
‘Bold patterns might draw your eye and make more of a feature of a window, but they will date more quickly, says interior stylist Charlotte Boyd, ‘and you might tire of them sooner – fine if you like to redecorate every few years, but not ideal if you’re thinking “this is it” for the next 15 years.'
Buy now: Blackout lined eyelet curtain in Aurea Red, £27.50 per m, Loom & Last (opens in new tab)
20. Frame a gorgeous view
Build a bench seat into a window recess so you can make the most of a glorious view outdoors. Keep the window treatment neat and tailored by opting for an unfussy pleated blind that can be pulled up out of the way without obscuring too much of the glass.
Buy now: Cotton blackout Roman blind in dark natural, from £40, Next (opens in new tab)
21. 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, you could even make one yourself with this simple how to make a Roman blindtutorial.
Stylist's tip: 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.
22. Add an accent colour with shutters
The traditionalshutter is an inspired and effortlessly stylish choice of window dressing and has become increasingly accessible. There are many different styles on offer, including full window shutters, the half cafe design and full solid shutters to completely block out light - ideal for bedrooms.
For kitchens and bathrooms, opt for waterproof vinyl shutters to ensure water and humidity doesn't damage your purchase over time. If you're looking for value for money, crafted shutters are the way to go as these are made from medium density fibreboard, where as hardwood is the classic choice.
Stylist's tip: Paint your shutters in a bold shade for a statement window dressing that coordinates with your unique room scheme.
23. Create an airy vibe with sheer curtains
A modern take on traditional lace curtains, sheer curtains made from voile or chiffon fabric are an excellent option for dressing windows in rooms thatyou want to allowlight into, but don't want passers by to be able to see in like glazed outside doors or cloakrooms.
Use a narrow rod that fits the frame so it's virtually invisible and hem curtains just below the glass. Fit the curtains a pane or twofrom the top to let in light above where people can see in.
Stylist's tip:Use a voile fabric with a subtle embroidered detail for a frosted effect - perfect for windows at the front of the house or bathrooms.
24. Use a wave heading
Soft waves of fabric create a smart but simple finish that's easy on the eye. A wide Tempo heading pleat makes curtains fall in soft, regular waves, so they will always look just right. Team it with a sleek, modern suspension rail that the curtains glide below and let the curtains sit flush with the floor so they'll look neat open or closed.
Stylist's tip:A cut-velvet pattern adds a luxurious edge to this otherwise pared-down window treatment.
25. Hang a double pole
A clever double pole design means you can hang both a sheer and a curtainaround the bay window, but draw them independently. Brackets normallyget in the way of curtain rings being pulled around a bay, but thisdesign uses passing rings that allow the curtains to be drawn all the way round.
A standard heading tape left ungathered on both curtains creates a soft, informal effect. Keep the sheers sill-length for a neat finish and go for floor-length curtains to create real impact in a bay.
Stylist's tip: Team a bold, modern, floral curtain fabric with a floral patterned voile for a modern take on a curtain and sheer.
26. Use a pelmet
For acontemporary take on a traditional curtain finish, use a flatpelmet layered over voile curtains sporting coordinating tie-backs. This style provides a neat finish to your windows as it hides curtain poles and other fixings.
Recreate the look of a sophisticated hotel bedroom by selecting pillows to match yourpelmet and tie-back fabric. Opt for a simple geometric print with a Moroccan vibe to echo the design of an ornately shaped pelmet, but keep colours freshand neutral for amodern look.
Stylist's tip: Install a venetian blind behind the pelmet for extra privacy and to keep light out of thebedroom when required.
27. Style with single curtains
If you have a sequence of large windows in a room, choose single curtains instead of pairs hung centrally to give a contemporary, laid-back look. Omit holdbacks for a further relaxed feel, instead opting for a lightweight fabricsuch as linen as itgathers and drapes beautifully.
Allow plenty of length on the curtains so they pool on the floor to complete the look.
Stylist's tip: Use a narrow chrome pole with small curtain rings so as not tooverpower the overall effect. Small curtain rings will also allow you to gather the curtains more tightly to let in more light in the absence of tie-backs.
28. Combine curtains and blinds
Printed Roman blinds layered with plain curtains are an elegant way to dress a bedroom window. Go for a bold pattern that coordinates with your room scheme and choose a complementary plain fabric for the curtains.
Combine with pretty tie backs for added detail to your window dressing. If your blind isn't made from black-out material, or you're especially sensitive to the light on bright mornings, the curtains can be drawn in addition to the blind at night time. For a contemporary look, choose a sleek metal pole and curtains with coordinating eyelets.
Stylist's tip: Hang your blind within the window recess and install the curtain pole on the outside leaving a good gap above the top of the blindto provide a soft framing effect.
29. Use a leading edge
A curtain with a leading edge is a real show stopper. A contrasting fabric from the back of the curtain is continued to the front, and simple holdbacks allow even more of it to be on show when the curtains are open. Use a simple pencil pleatand an unfussy pole to keep all the attention on the curtainsthemselves.
You can enhance the effect of this stunning treatment bychoosing a pole that's slightly wider than the window, which tricks theeye into thinking that the window is bigger than it really is and allowsyou to hold the curtains back without blocking light.
Stylist's tip: A satin-finish fabric for the leading edge gives it even more attention-grabbing shimmer.
30. Enhance decor with decorative panels
A fabric with a pretty illustration is a great way todress up a window with an uninspiring view. Use plain fabric fortwo-thirds of the length, with the panelled pattern on the lower third.Create visual separation between the two with a ribbon braid, finishing off with a trim below.
An eyelet heading on a pole means the fabric won't fold up, so the illustration can be seen clearly. Keep the curtains to sill height so they hang properly, draw easily and don't block heat from the radiator.
Stylist's tips: Choose a plain fabric in a paler contrasting colour and trim the join to make the print stand out.
31. Layer patterned panels
Add layers to dress windows to the max. Voile fabric panels featuring bold floral prints in coordinating colours have been layered to create beautiful sheer curtains that still let the light through. To further the eclectic feel, hang using a narrow iron pole and small curtain rings to match and a tieback for the perfect finishing touch.
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 downso that they sparkle on the inside and out.
There are many different varieties of curtains to choose from, it's easy to get a little bamboozled. How will you be dressing your windows? Let us know your thoughts!
Additional words: Amy Cutmore
What is the most popular window covering in 2022? ›
Undeniably, Roller Shades continue to be forecasted as the leading window covering trend in 2022 largely due to their minimalistic style. Roller shades are also available in a variety of earth tone colors, textures and hardware options, making them an ideal choice for the trending naturistic color pallet.Can you put curtains and blinds together? ›
We often get asked the question 'do curtains and blinds work together? ' The answer is, for the most part, 'yes' – when paired, the two can bring out a flexible décor and ensure adequate blocking of light and privacy control. However, there are some style guidelines to follow to get the look just right.What is the trend in window treatments? ›
That's why one of the hottest window treatment trends for 2022 is cordless blinds. These are exactly what they sound like – window blinds without cords! They operate with a simple mechanism that allows you to raise and lower the slats without any cords dangling down.What is the curtain color for 2022? ›
In line with a more minimalist approach to drapery, 2022 curtains are trending towards cleaner, earthier colors. Rather than multicolored or patterned curtains, select drapes in neutral colors like cream, white or slate gray. You may also wish to go even more natural with olive, forest green or deep blue.How do you dress a window in 2022? ›
- Clean lines in the living room.
- Stripes or florals for the kitchen.
- Natural fabrics in dining areas.
- Mixed materials in the family room.
- Light and sound-filtering curtains for bedrooms.
- Shades for the home office.
- Trending colors for 2022.
If you have windows with blinds, that could be an excellent place to start. Hanging curtains over blinds adds extra depth and elegance to your windows, as blinds alone can look cold or unfinished. Sometimes hanging curtains on their own is sufficient, but occasionally you need to add extra privacy or light control.What kind of curtains go with blinds? ›
For a bedroom, sheer curtains can be paired with blackout blinds or shades that will block out sunlight, keeping the room dark for better sleep quality.Should all blinds in a house match? ›
While you don't need to choose the same style or fabric for each room in your home, sticking with a common element can help make the design process a bit easier.Are sheer curtains outdated 2022? ›
Thus, sheer curtain fabrics are here to stay if minimalistic living is going to be the way. With such brilliant options and choices available, there is no doubt that sheer curtain fabrics are going to be in extremely high demand through the year 2022.Are plantation shutters Still in Style 2022? ›
It's no wonder that although classic plantation shutters have been around for many years, they continue to trend as one of the most often chosen and purchased blinds in 2022.
Should curtains be lighter or darker than walls? ›
What is the Best Color for Curtains? The best color for curtains is at least one shade lighter or darker than the walls with similar undertones. For example, dark-colored curtains in deep, rich shades look stunning against light-colored walls painted warm-white, cream, light-gray or light taupe.How do you dress multiple windows in a row? ›
How To Dress a Row of Windows | Southern Living - YouTubeAre window treatments out of style? ›
Modern types of window treatments have become more and more popular over the year. But, even though curtains are from the past, they will never go out of style. They are classic window coverings that can adapt to modern design and style.What curtains are fashionable? ›
- Neutral Colours. When it comes to colour, neutrals reign supreme in 2021. ...
- Curtain Patterns. ...
- Airy Curtains. ...
- Linen Curtains. ...
- Silk Curtains. ...
- Blackout Curtains. ...
- Layered Curtains. ...
- Pom Tasselled Curtains.
#1. White. Yes. White is the most popular curtain color.Are draperies in style 2022? ›
In 2022, simplicity and minimalism are emerging in curtain and drapery styles. Less fluff and more flow are the way to go when choosing new curtains for your home. Classic materials like cotton and linen are top of the trend list to match the light, relaxing, naturalist themes this year.Are outside shutters out of style 2022? ›
Window exterior shutters have been around for the longest time, and they aren't going anywhere. If you think of having window shutters installed, you are better off going for the black window shutters. They are fast becoming the go-to, and in 2022, the situation isn't different.Are shutters outdated? ›
Absolutely not, and many, many houses would look much better without shutters, rather than with “today's” shutters. What do we mean by that? For starters, many shutters today serve no purpose, other than to add an accent color, and to fill in space around windows.What blinds are trending? ›
Some of the styles rising in popularity at the moment include soundproof and blackout blinds, as well as eco friendly and privacy blinds. And there are also brand new trends, such as external blinds, and smart blinds – which are particularly popular for people looking for a stylish smart home.Are sheer curtains outdated 2022? ›
Thus, sheer curtain fabrics are here to stay if minimalistic living is going to be the way. With such brilliant options and choices available, there is no doubt that sheer curtain fabrics are going to be in extremely high demand through the year 2022.
Are Roman shades Still in Style 2022? ›
Woven Wood Shades and Roman Shades continue to be popular with decorators who are looking to prioritize style over strict functionality (although these two styles are plenty functional as well!)Are plantation shutters Still in Style 2022? ›
It's no wonder that although classic plantation shutters have been around for many years, they continue to trend as one of the most often chosen and purchased blinds in 2022.Are window treatments out of style? ›
Modern types of window treatments have become more and more popular over the year. But, even though curtains are from the past, they will never go out of style. They are classic window coverings that can adapt to modern design and style.Should curtains be lighter or darker than walls? ›
What is the Best Color for Curtains? The best color for curtains is at least one shade lighter or darker than the walls with similar undertones. For example, dark-colored curtains in deep, rich shades look stunning against light-colored walls painted warm-white, cream, light-gray or light taupe.What type of curtains are in fashion? ›
- Neutral Colours. When it comes to colour, neutrals reign supreme in 2021. ...
- Curtain Patterns. ...
- Airy Curtains. ...
- Linen Curtains. ...
- Silk Curtains. ...
- Blackout Curtains. ...
- Layered Curtains. ...
- Pom Tasselled Curtains.
Mount your curtain hardware as close to the ceiling as possible for a high-end look. Longer panels will be able to reach the floor from a high rod, and make your space appear taller.What are zebra shades? ›
Zebra blinds, also called dual blinds, are a modern roller blind alternative to horizontal blinds. Consisting of alternating horizontal opaque and sheer fabric stripes, these blinds transition from day to night easily. By adjusting the stripes, you're in control of how much light and privacy your room receives.Are shutters outdated? ›
Absolutely not, and many, many houses would look much better without shutters, rather than with “today's” shutters. What do we mean by that? For starters, many shutters today serve no purpose, other than to add an accent color, and to fill in space around windows.Should you put curtains on every window? ›
"It all depends on the amount of color and pattern in a room," she explains. "If there's a lot of it, by skipping window treatments you can make everything still feel fresh and not overdone."How do you dress up plantation shutters? ›
How to Dress Up Plantation Shutters - YouTube
Which is better curtains or blinds? ›
Full-length curtains are best suited for spacious rooms while blinds are a better option for compact spaces and other moisture-laden areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Note that if there are any furniture pieces like a bed, or a sofa below the window then it is advisable to go for window blinds.Are plantation shutters going out of fashion? ›
Plantation shutters won't go out of style anytime soon. They've been around for centuries, and they still look great regardless of whether they are used on traditional Victorian homes or in modern construction. These window treatments can last for years.