Windows bring light into your home, and they give you the chance to view the outside world. But apart from being functional, windows can also be beautiful. Make them a feature using clever window dressing and you’ll appreciate them even more.
Blinds are perfect for rooms where you need privacy or flexible lighting. In your bathroom, a roller blind will protect your modesty but can simply be rolled up to brighten the room when that isn’t necessary. Choose waterproof blinds for bathrooms, to avoid problems with mold.
Venetian blinds look great and give you the most flexibility. Open them for maximum light and minimum privacy, or have only slats open to allow in light without making you visible to anyone passing by. Venetian blinds come in the traditional metal but can also be found in wood which adds warmth and timeless style to your windows.
Nets or voiles give you a little of both light and privacy. They both diffuse the light coming in and obscure the view into the room from those outside. You could also consider only hanging nets in the Café style, from a decorative bar about one-third up the window.
As an aside, make sure your windows are looking their best. Contact a reliable company such as www.keanewindows.ie/ to have them repaired or replaced if necessary.
Traditionally on the outside of the window, modern shutters are a more solid alternative to curtains and blinds. Usually made of wood, they are a versatile way of managing light and privacy with French or patio doors. There are some beautiful examples of window dressing with shutters in this recent article from House & Garden.
Perhaps the most traditional form of dressing seen on Dublin windows and doors, curtains are extremely versatile. Whether you choose plain fabrics to complement your wall decoration or a patterned design to contrast with colour, you can easily create stunning effects.
In winter, heavy curtains like velvet or brocade can make you feel warm and cosy, whilst in the summer using sheer fabric allows you to make the most of the last rays of the sun. When designing a window dressing with curtains, you can also consider tie-backs and using a pelmet. Bring this up to date with swags of fabric rather than the traditional, tassel design.