How To | Choose A Window Treatment

Styling to Suit your Interior

The colour and style of what you put at your windows are important elements of the room.

Consider the style and period of the building when planning window treatments.
Begin by taking note of the existing interior colours and styles that you like and make sure that your proposals work well with these. Include future plans too- it’s key that your decisions now hold good for future flooring changes for example.
Furnishing style needs to be in balance. Too many competing styles make for an interior with little identity. Use patterns and styles that work well together. If you’re being brave with the use of large and bold patterns, take account of the scale of the space.
Textures also play an important role in adding to your interior style. Shiny light-reflective fabrics help make a light and glamorous style, while soft, matt finishes will help create warmth and a cosy feel.

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Styling to Suit Window types

Period Windows

Classic Georgian windows have splayed reveals with wooden panels and panels below, finished with an architrave all round. For curtains, heading styles such as pinch pleats suit well. A comman way of treating Georgian windows is to fix pole brackets to the top corners of the architrave so that the curtains just cover the area. For a contemporary look, enhance the architectural details and use the traditional shutters or fit a blind inside the reveal.
With Victorian styles, the scale and solidity demands fabrics and treatments that can match the architectural heft. Heavy, curtains with a generous fullness help balance the scale, with deep pelmets adding impact to large windows.
Modern architecture has become much simpler and less detailed. Window treatments, such as roman blinds and simple curtain heading styles prevent over dressing windows. Alternatively for a contemporary tailored look, a straight pelmet remains simple in design and works well.

Large Windows

Large windows provide an opportunity to make a statement with good fabric and curtains of a generous fullness .
Windows that look too wide can be helped by a longer curtain length and by using a minimal overhang to each side of the reveal.
The proportions of windows that are very tall and narrow can be improved by fixing the curtain track/pole close to the top of the window and allowing a generous overhang each side of the reveal. Layering window treatments, for example by adding a roman blind behind the curtaining, can also be used to create the illusion of better proportion.

Small Windows

Small windows require a lighter treatment and long curtains can be overpowering. A roman blind is a simpler and more contemporary solution to hang outside or inside of the reveal. Alternatively for a traditional look curtains that hang to the sill within a deep window sill work well. A bent track also works well for this type of window, allowing the curtains to draw into the sides of the reveal, helping to maximise light.
Narrow windows can be made to appear much larger using curtains hung further beyond the reveal than usual, covering a larger expanse of wall.
Short windows can be made to appear larger using a roman blind fitted much higher than the top of the window, covering a large expanse of wall above and adding height.
For attic dormer windows where light is at a premium, traditionally dormer rods are used. There is a limit to the width they can span – generally up to about 1 metre reveal width.

Bay Windows

Bay windows can be challenging. A simple option is to fix curtains straight across the opening of the bay, but when drawn, they will close off the bay area. A bent track can be fitted around the bay, or blinds can be fitted within each section of the bay, particularly useful if there are window seats within the bay. Special care is needed when measuring for blind within a bay, as you need to plan sufficient clearance between each blind.

Window styling solutions

Restricted Space

Windows with restricted space for stack back can sometimes be treated with blinds, avoiding the need to find space for hanging curtains. Sometimes a single curtain is a solution. For balance, if a side wall abuts the window, hang the single curtain to this same side. Alternatively, by using curtains of a reduced fullness, less space is required for the curtains to stack. Another light weight suggestion is to use sheer, voile curtains.

Shaped Windows

Round, triangular and other awkward window shapes can usually be treated effectively or are sometimes best left alone, as the architect probably intended.

Wonky Windows

For window soffits that are out of square with floor or sill, or for ceilings that are not level it is usually best to use your eye. Try to align the pole with horizontal lines that appear “right”, but also consider whether this will make difficulties when planning curtain lengths.
Hanging floor-length curtains to crash onto the floor by 2-3”, 5-8cm is good for disguising an uneven floor. Alternatively, it is possible to make curtains to suit the slope of a floor or pole – within reason! (Made to hang to the correct lengths when closed, which means being less perfect when open).
Windows with reveal sides that are not perpendicular are only a concern for blinds. The sides of roman blinds or roller blinds must be square. Plan for the minimum blind width that can hang square within the reveal. Alternatively, plan to hang the blind outside the reveal, extending beyond and outside the uneven sides to the window.