How to dress a window to enhance your space


A vital part of any room, yet often accidentally ignored, correctly dressed windows have the potential to entirely transform the feeling of any space, especially if they provide a stunning view over your garden or local area.

But if you’ve never helped dress a window before, how do you know where to begin?

Well, to help you get started in this area, we’ve come up with five core tips you can follow when dressing a window. From the latest trends to classic styles that never go out of fashion, our window-dressing ideas are sure to get your creative juices flowing.


1. Classic window dressing ideas

First things first, let’s look at some classic window decoration ideas that you simply can’t go wrong with. Such as floor-length curtains that can conceal French doors or larger windows.

In rooms with these features, floor-length curtains are an absolute must. Not only will they block out as much light as possible, but their added thickness can act as a secondary layer of insulation, helping to keep the space heated in those colder months.

And best of all, floor-length curtains come in a range of styles and colours, making it easy for you to find a shade and pattern that will work well with your home’s specific aesthetic.

But as for classic curtain materials, while you could go with the typical linen or cotton, if you want something more luxurious without being too ostentatious, then you might want to have a look at using velvet.

Ideal for creating a cosy and inviting space, velvet can warm a room on a visual level as well as a physical one. However, you need to be sure you don’t go overboard when using this material, otherwise, your room might become too bold. So, keep the velvet around your window and use other matching colours and materials to accent the room.

Finally, they might be a bit old-school, but when it comes to lighter window decoration ideas, you might want to try your hand with a café curtain. Bringing with it the classic continental look, café curtains can work well in your kitchen, bathroom or anywhere with smaller and narrower windows, bringing with them a distinct sense of refined privacy.


2. Modern window dressing ideas

Looking for a style that’s slightly more modern and on-trend? Perhaps something to go with a contemporary or industrial aesthetic? Well, the good news is that you can still easily dress a window with curtains to match this décor.

First and foremost, if you have full-length windows in your home, but you want to keep an air of privacy in your space without using heavy hanging materials, then voile curtains are a must. Made from thin cotton or linen, voile curtains let in plenty of light yet completely block the view to the outside.

Alternatively, if you do want to hang thicker but shorter curtains without letting in too much outside light, then you should invest in a pelmet. A pelmet is a board of fabric jutting out of the wall, allowing you to pull your curtains out and around to minimise the amount of light that escapes. They’re the perfect alternative to blackout curtains.

Finally, for those more interested in a blind’s aesthetic, then vertical blinds that run close to your windows might be just what you’re after. Well-suited for use with sliding doors or bi-folding doors, this type of blind can lend a sense of refinement to your room while still matching the aesthetic.


3. Different window blind ideas

Speaking of blinds, there are many more types you can make use of in your home besides vertical displays. For example, Roman blinds are a simple yet effective way to create a smart look in your kitchen, office, or bathroom with their easy pull-and-halt feature.

Or, alternatively, if you want a more sustainable and calming option, you could invest in bamboo rollers. Coming in numerous blind types, they’re a great way to allow light to filter in without exposing your room to those early morning rays.

Of course, blinds are not your only option when it comes to window blind ideas. Shutters are another window feature that’s only grown in popularity in recent years. And for good reason. Shutters combine the flexibility of blinds with the light-blocking characteristics of curtains, allowing you to get the best of both worlds in a beautiful wooden structure.

Now, while you could invest in any form of shutter and get a similar effect, if you want the most versatility in your shutter layout, then we suggest investing in a set that can be opened in segments. That way, you can allow light to filter into certain areas of the room and not others, such as the space around your bed in the morning.


4. Roof window dressing ideas

Perhaps a type of window you might not consider decorating, dressing a window on your roof is just as important as those on your walls, especially if you have roof windows in your bedroom.

Naturally, you can’t typically install curtains with these sorts of windows, but you do have your choice of blinds. Whether they be Roman, Venetian, or just a simple raise and lower option the choice is yours. You could even opt for a pull-down shutter if you’re so inclined.

However, one type of blind you should definitely invest in, particularly if you have these sorts of windows in your bedroom, are blackout blinds. Not only will they help you get better sleep, but they can also prevent a room from overheating, making them a sound investment for rooms with roof lanterns as well.

5. Other window dressing tips

Finally, we couldn’t leave you without also offering up some simple window covering ideas that will work well in any setting. For example, any room with curtains can make use of layering, which provides a much more textured feel to a space while giving it more depth.

And speaking of providing your rooms with more versatility, you can enhance the privacy provided by your shutters or curtains by combining the two features together. This allows you to fully block out light in the evening and morning with your curtains, while still allowing some light in during the day while blocking outside views with your shutters.

Finally, if you have large windows, such as bay windows, then you can turn such a space into a dedicated social or relaxation space. Why not read our article on how to dress a bay window for more ideas on this suggestion?

And there you have it – those are top ideas for how to dress a window to enhance your space. Hopefully, these have given you plenty of inspiration to get started, and if you’re considering updating your windows to match, then get in touch with our team of experts today. In the meantime, discover even more from our experts, including the latest kitchen window ideas, over on our blog.

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