For most of us, high fashion, high style interior design seems far away from the realms of our real homes. Our homes are places of practicality and relaxation not plumped pillows and chaise lounges. Whatever your budget and whatever your tastes, it is very simple and moderately inexpensive to lift your rooms and create a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced space. By selecting coordinating and well fitted curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings you can create a sense of logic and identity within an otherwise eclectic room of new and old…this article shows you how!
The first step in choosing a new set of window dressings is to look at your current room. What is there in the space that defines it and gives it a style or character? It could be an old couch, a mirror, wallpaper or a rug. Whatever it may be, you should use this as a central point for your inspiration. Look at the colours or patterns within the item and use this style or colour palette to choose your curtains and blinds.
Consider prints, velvets, silks, hessians, damask and plains. Consider how using vertical or horizontal pattern will accentuate the width or the height of the space. Consider whether to include just curtains or a curtain and blind. Although not particularly necessary, this enables you to have an elaborate dress curtain for visual impact and use your blind on a daily basis to block out the light. Similarly, having a structured and fully coordinating set of window dressings really lifts the standard of a room and gives it a real focal point.
If you do decide to go down this route, it is generally advised to keep your blind and curtain fabric different. Choose a pattern or stripe for one and a complementary plain for the other.
If you want to further enhance the look of the room why not purchase some coordinating scatter cushions and a throw to incorporate your couch into the design scheme. Either buy ready made or ask a seamstress to make you the covers piped in matching material to your curtains or blinds. Similarly, why not consider adding ribbon or trim around your existing lamp shades to again incorporate them in to your scheme?
Whatever level you want to take your design to, by revamping your soft furnishings, you are guaranteed a hugely effective and high-quality transformation. Similarly, by keeping your walls neutral you are keeping the room versatile, bright and spacious and furthermore, you can change your curtains in years to come without needing to decorate the whole room.
When looking to choose fabrics and curtains do not be scared to ask for samples as, once home, fabrics can look completely different. Furthermore, it is sometimes best to use both ready made and made to measure products.
For example, you may find the perfect pair of ready made curtains for your home but struggle to find a matching blind in a complementary colour and to fit your window. If this is the situation, shop around and look for the best solution for you, your budget and your timescales.