Aside from the practical considerations of privacy and warmth, curtains have the ability to add that extra dimension to a room, the finishing touch that works effortlessly in creating atmosphere and introducing charm. So how do we choose the right style, fabric and length? With so much choice out there it’s hard to know where to start so it’s best to decide what tone you’re trying to invoke and take it from there.
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As we head into summer Voile is the go to fabric to enhance your living space. Light and sheer they add instant personality to a room as they move softly in the breeze while at the same time maximising natural daylight. Voile works equally well in both small and big spaces – in small areas they don’t take up much room and in larger areas they can increase the feeling of airiness and space.
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A SENSE OF PRIDE
Curtains can make a statement in a room, this is especially true in period properties where period features are enhanced by the formality of a tailored window dressing. From tie backs to the dipped hems of luxurious fabric gathered in folds at their base, curtains become the feature in a formal space and set the tone for how that space will be used.
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Increasingly popular and equally dramatic in home furnishings is the use of fabric blinds to dress our windows. Neat and compact they serve their purpose unobtrusively without taking up any unnecessary space. Subtle in terms of volume they still add dramatic impact through the use of colour, be that accent shades from your chosen interior soft furnishings or block colour to create contrast, blinds work well on many levels.
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FORM & FUNCTION
If you want to exaggerate your window space, mount your curtain pole higher than normal, adding extra inches to give an illusion of height. The same applies to a smaller window where light might be compromised by the use of curtains – allow for extra length of your curtain pole on either side of your window so that curtains can be pulled right back.
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Once confined to use in office buildings, Venetian blinds now come in many guises and provide practical solutions for areas of high volume traffic. Wooden blinds in particular are great for use in kitchens and bathrooms, where steam from hot water and residue from cooking can play havoc with traditional fabrics. Easy to clean, they are a versatile and practical window dressing option offering privacy and shade when needed while at the same time allowing natural light to shine through.
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