A New Look For Your Windows by Katherine Sorrell

Window treatments can complement a room’s architecture, disguise a poor view, link the inside to the outside and add texture, colour and pattern.

Curtains, blinds, shutters and more

  • Curtains can be made in a range of styles. Its heading determines how a curtain hangs, usually via a tape sewn onto the curtain back that is pulled to form pleats, gathers or other shapes.
  • Tap-tops, tie-tops, deep hems and eyelets slide onto a curtain pole and are often found on ready-made curtains.
  • Roller blinds are practical in bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories and children’s rooms, while Roman blinds suit many room types. Venetian (slatted) blinds are available in natural wood or eye-catching colours.
  • Shutters provide privacy and security and block out sound and light. Shaker-style shutters are ideal for a Georgian or Victorian home. American shutters, with tilting louvres for letting in the light, work virtually anywhere.
  • Window film is an inexpensive option for a variety of situations – for example, the window of an overlooked room can be covered in opaque or patterned film that still allows light in.

STOCKISTS

247 Blinds: 01484 443 790; 247blinds.co.uk

Artylicious Home & Gifts: 01274 421 410; artylicious.co.uk

Blinds: 2go 0800 862 0464; blinds-2go.co.uk

California Shutters: 0800 195 0196; californiashutters.co.uk

English Blinds: 0121 439 6770; englishblinds.co.uk

ILIV: 01772 65 11 99; i-liv.co.uk

Purlfrost Window Film: 020 8992 4024; purlfrost.com

Stitched: 0330 133 1455; Stitched.co.uk