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Window Dressing

PUBLISHED: 14:30 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 February 2013

Blinds are an alternative to curtains

Blinds are an alternative to curtains

When it comes to window dressing the choice is yours. Whether drapes, shutters or blinds suit your home, quality and detailing is most important. Sam Grey advises what is in vogue right now

ONCE upon a time every house had the traditional net curtains and heavy drapes around the windows. But with the biggest interior design trend of the 1990s - minimalism - and with it the rise of the 'Ikea look,' rooms began to suit different styles of window dressing such as wooden blinds and shutters.

Now that bespoke curtains and soft furnishings have returned to interior fashion the choice is wide open. Depending on the style and function of the room, anything can be used - made-to-measure curtains, shutters, roman blinds and, among the more alternative, beaded curtains and ornate screens.

People are regarding soft furnishings as integral to the overall look of the room now and are prepared to pay for high quality - focus is now on attention to detail and design.

Once again there has been a return to traditional decorative dressings with lots of trimmings, pelmets, swags and tails. It seems we are no longer afraid to be bold with interior design in the 21st century and the window has become a fantastic place to add a block of vibrant pattern or colour to a room and compliment more neutral furniture and decoration.

Roman blinds are still a firm favourite in homes as they provide a softer look than wood or metal Venetian blinds and look better when combined with dress curtains, a trend which is growing. Using poles to hang curtains is a fashion still very much in vogue. Poles which are stained or painted metal with intricate decoration are very popular, especially those with integral tracks or covered in a matching fabric.

Shutters come in a range of shapes and sizes but, in recent years, they have been moving away from traditional country-style designs towards a more modern continental style. They can be painted or covered in suede, leather or fabric to suit interior colour schemes. For those with dust allergies, shutters are a great option as they don't harbour dust and dirt in the same way that curtains and blinds can.

Article taken from August issue of Hertfordshire Life


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