Making a feature of your windows and framing your outside view doesn’t have to cost the earth. From chic blinds to elegant curtains, pretty lace to bold trim; a little creativity goes a long way, discovers Rosalind Sack
Successful window dressings can make a huge impact on a design scheme and truly set the tone of a room. Every element, from fabric to layering, colour, pattern, length and trim can make a true statement – and a little refresh doesn’t have to cost the earth. We have collected together some of our favourite creative window treatment ideas to inspire you…
(TOP ROW L TO R) SIMPLE HOMEMADE CORDUROY BLINDS BY DESIGNER VICTORIA BAKER OF STUDIO FAEGER; PRETTY ROMAN BLIND DESIGNED BY LAURA STEPHENS. IMAGE: CHRIS SNOOK; COLOURFUL SEATING AREA DESIGNED BY ELLEN KAVANAUGH INTERIORS. IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/@ELLENKAVANAUGH; (BOTTOM ROW L TO R) STATEMENT PELMET DESIGNED BY JENNIFER GRIFFIN. IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/@JENNIFERDIMPLESANDTANGLES; RELAXED ROMAN BLINDS IN DINING ROOM DESIGNED BY KATE GUINNESS. IMAGE: SEBASTIAN BOETTCHER; DOUBLE LAYER BLIND DESIGNED BY MARTIN BRUDNIZKI DESIGN STUDIO. IMAGE: NICOLE FRANZEN
These soft homemade corduroy blinds (top left) in a rich red tone add instant impact in this pretty Cotswold cottage belonging to designer Victoria Baker of Studio Faeger. While interior designer Laura Stephens achieves a very different look (top middle) by using a crisp striped roman blind with pink trim to compliment the wallpaper in the downstairs bathroom. The bold red trim (top right) adds a punchy edge to the otherwise plain blinds in this light-filled seating area by American interior designer Ellen Kavanaugh.
DIY and home decor blogger Jennifer Griffin’s homemade pagoda-style cornices, created using plywood and a staple gun (bottom left), add a smart and tailored touch, paired with simple and inexpensive bamboo blinds. Interior designer Kate Guinness uses bold punches of colour to add interest in this light and airy dining room (bottom middle) and these relaxed roman blinds make for a striking, modern bay window treatment. This beautifully opulent apartment in New York’s West Village designed by Martin Brudnizki Studio features these luxurious double layer blinds with pretty gold trim and bronze fringing.
(TOP ROW L TO R) A BOLD AND COLOURFUL BEDROOM AT THE WHITBY HOTEL, AN ATTENTION-GRABBING WINDOW TREATMENT AT COVENT GARDEN HOTEL, THE ELEGANT DRAWING ROOM AT LONDON’S KNIGHTSBRIDGE HOTEL, ALL FIRMDALE HOTELS DESIGNED BY KIT KEMP. IMAGES: SIMON BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY; (BOTTOM ROW L TO R) A LIGHT-FILLED LIVING ROOM DESIGNED BY BARLOW & BARLOW; STRIPED TRIM CURTAINS IN IAN MANKIN FABRIC AT THE HOME OF DESIGNER MATILDA GOAD. IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/@MATILDAGOAD; FABULOUS TRIM DETAIL IN BEDROOM DESIGNED BY KATE GUINNESS. IMAGE: SEBASTIAN BOETTCHER
When it comes to striking curtains, designer Kit Kemp – co-owner and creative director at Firmdale Hotels – is a fountain of inspiration. The curtains at The Whitby Hotel in New York (top left) are measured to floor-skimming perfection and feature a bold orange leading edge to add interest and colour, without overpowering the room. Kit makes a statement of the windows in the drawing room at Covent Garden Hotel (top middle) by adding yellow flags along the top of the curtain rail, which bathes the room in a beautiful golden light. While Kit single-handedly dispels the myth that pelmets are old-fashioned with this pleated window feature in the drawing room at London’s Knightsbridge Hotel (top right) in Peter Dunham Textiles’ Samarkand fabric.
Interior designer Lucy Barlow of Barlow & Barlow ties in the feathered fabric curtain edge with the sofa cushions in this elegant living room scheme (bottom right). While designer and creative consultant Matilda Goad gives her pink curtains a masculine edge by adding a horizontal panel of striped Ian Mankin fabric; a great trick for repurposing old curtains. Interior designer Kate Guinness uses this fabulous chequered Swing Landscape fabric by Jennifer Shorto as a trim down both edges of these floor-length bay window curtains as well as across the curtain track; known as a covered lath and fascia (bottom right). The result is this stylish framed effect.
Pretty and natural
(TOP RO L TO R) PRETTY TIE-UP BLIND WITH TIES. IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/@STAMPPSANDSTAMPS; IMAGE: SOFT AND SHEER LINEN BLIND IN THE HOME OF MARIA LE MESURIER. INSTAGRAM/@MARIALEMESURIER; SIMPLE LINEN CAFE CURTAINS DESIGNED BY SOPHIE ROWELL, CÔTE DE FOLK. IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/@COTEDEFOLK; (BOTTOM ROW L TO R) PRETTY LACE IN THE KITCHEN OF CLARA LIDSTRÖM. IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/@UNDERBARACLARAS; NATURAL BAMBOO BLINDS ADD PRIVACY AT LIME WOOD HOTEL; PRETTY FARMHOUSE WINDOWS BY MARIA LOUISE DESIGN.
Soft linen, natural bamboo and pretty lace all work beautifully with the light to create a sheer window treatment. Whether covering the entire pane of glass, providing shade from the top of the window, or privacy from the bottom, they are surprisingly versatile and inexpensive.
These blousy tie-up blinds add softness and femininity to this neutral bathroom (top left), while the natural linen sits beautifully in the home of designer Maria Le Mesurier, which is a serene and elegant celebration of natural materials. The Hungarian linen cafe curtains in the kitchen of interior designer Sophie Rowell of Côte de Folk (top right) add privacy without compromising on light. Fixed using curtain pole rings with clips, it’s an effortlessly stylish look.
The natural light dances across the beautiful patterns on this vintage lace in the kitchen of Swedish blogger Clara Lindström. Her gloriously magical and ever-evolving family farm house in rural Sweden is utterly dreamy. Talking of dreamy, Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest is a haven of laid-back luxury and who wouldn’t want a dip in this bath with the privacy of these simple bamboo blinds. This cheap, cheerful and elegant farmhouse window treatment by blogger Maria Louise Design is an internet favourite, for good reason – discover how to create it here.
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